Health Reform’s Implications for Behavioral Health Providers: Sept. 21 Webinar with SAMHSA

by Rebecca Farley on September 13, 2010

The National Council held a free webinar offered by SAMHSA’s Co-Occurring Disorders Integration & Innovation.

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has ensured that the role of behavioral health in the overall healthcare system will change. Now, it is more important than ever to know how healthcare reform will affect your role and the role of States, behavioral healthcare providers, and consumers. Join us to get information and guidance to plan and prepare for clinical and fiscal changes, including those related to Medicaid.

What the Webinar Covered:
  • Healthcare homes and the role of behavioral health
  • Functions of accountable care organizations
  • Evidence-based approaches for people with co-occurring disorders
Stay tuned to to read the answers to questions our presenters did not have the time to answer during the webinar!


John O’Brien, MA, Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Health Finance, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Mr. O’Brien has extensive experience in the design and implementation of system reform initiatives. He has provided consultation to more than 35 States and local human services authorities. His primary focus is assisting States in developing State plan amendments for mental health services, federal Medicaid Waivers, managed care vendor procurements and financing mental health, substance abuse and child welfare services and research of children’s behavioral health systems.

Charles Ingoglia, MSW, Vice President, Public Policy, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Mr. Ingoglia has worked as a provider, advocate, and educator for government and public sector organizations for more than 15 years. Currently, he directs the federal affairs function of the National Council as well as its policy and technical assistance outreach to more than 1,700 member organizations across the nation. Most recently, his efforts have centered on key issues such as parity, healthcare reform, and increasing access and retention in community behavioral healthcare.

Dale Jarvis, CPA, Managing Consultant, Financial and Information Systems, MCPP Healthcare Consulting

Mr. Jarvis brings a diverse background as administrator, author and educator to healthcare organizations throughout the western United States. He has served as the financial director for healthcare organizations in Washington and Michigan. He also taught Healthcare Financial Management at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

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Dr. Nancy Rosen-Cohen September 22, 2010 at 5:34 am

I listened to this webinar, and found the presentation to be clear and concise and extremely beneficial. This is the first discussion that has been basic information to providers and advocates. Thank you


Cathy October 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Where can I access a print copy of the slide presentation from the 9/21 SAMHSA webinar so I can share with staff?



admin October 9, 2010 at 4:49 am

Recordings and PDFs of the presentations can be found on the National Council website at


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