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Addiction Treatment Committee

With addiction treatment a major service provided by its members, the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) has established the NAPHS Addiction Treatment Committee. The group is similar to existing constituency committees within the association for Youth Services and for Behavioral Health Services within General Healthcare Systems.

 

“Looking at NAPHS Annual Survey data, about 25% of NAPHS members offer residential addiction programs,” said NAPHS President/CEO Mark Covall. “About half of the hospitals have addiction treatment, and many more offer outpatient addiction treatment. It’s important that we hear the concerns and priority issues of our members working in these areas.”

 

The committee includes:

 

Chair:

  • Jerome E. Rhodes, chief executive officer, CRC Health Group, PA

Members:

  • Jeff Barnett, Barnett division president, Acadia Healthcare, Inc., TN
  • Marina Cecchini, M.P.A., Administrator, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, FL
  • Jim Dredge, CEO, The Meadows of Wickenburg, AZ
  • Paul Hackman, CEO, Ridgeview Institute, GA
  • William Hartigan, president/CEO, Liberty Behavioral Management Corp., NJ
  • David Hillis, president, AdCare , MA
  • Jeff Hillis, chief operating officer, AdCare Hospital of Worcester, MA
  • Jim Igo, vice president, INTEGRIS Mental Health, Inc., OK
  • Kathi Lencioni, MPH, FACHE, senior VP/CEO, SHARP Mesa Vista Hospital, CA
  • David Sack, M.D., chief executive officer, Elements Behavioral Health, CA
  • Debbie Sanford, chief officer, Pine Grove Behavioral Health, MS
  • Kevin Sheehan, President & CEO, Community Interventional Services, CA
  • Blair Stam, executive vice president, Signature Healthcare Services, CA
  • Benjamin Underwood, FACHE, CEO/managing director, Talbott Recovery Centers, GA
  • Dan Valentine, director, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, CA
  • Robert Waggener, CEO, Foundations Recovery Network, TN
  • Richard Wohl, senior vice president, Princeton House Behavioral Health, NJ

Staff Liaison:

  • Mark Covall, President & CEO, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, Washington, DC
  • Nancy Trenti, JD, Director of Congressional Affairs, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, Washington, DC

 

The committee works to:

  • advocate for improved insurance coverage, patient access, and payment/reimbursement for addiction treatment services;
  • raise the importance and visibility of addiction treatment on the national agenda (as well as within the association) and work with members on state-level issues;
  • build coalitions in support of addiction treatment policy issues;
  • evaluate and foster understanding of how addiction treatment fits into broader healthcare reform;
  • foster networking on critical issues (such as clinical care, administration, financing, accreditation, and more).