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National Council Partnership

National Council
for Community Behavioral Healthcare


  • Jeff Capobianco, M.A., Ph.D. (Cand.), leads the National Center's evaluation and performance measurement efforts and serves as a research investigator at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
  • Larry Fricks serves as the Deputy Director for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. He leads trainings for Peer Support Specialists and Whole Health Action Management for Peer Leaders.
  • Joan King is a senior integration consultant at the National Council. King leads trainings for Case Managers.
  • Kathleen Reynolds, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., serves as the Project Director for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. She leads trainings for Community Health Workers.
  • Cheryl Sharp, MSW, is the special advisor for trauma-informed services at the National Council.

IBHI in partnership with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (the National Council) provides trainings to the recipients of the CMMI Challenge Grant, as well as other organizations with similar needs.

IBHI and the National Council share a commitment and a common set of values related to serving the behavioral health needs of our population. We share a vision for improving the quality of services that are provided to those who have needs. We also see our organizations playing a major creative role in transforming our nation's healthcare system. To that end, our organizations have jointly developed a set of services we are calling "Workforce Transformation." IBHI and the National Council see these services providing an unmet need that exists in many, if not most of the local and regional healthcare systems across the country.

Workforce Transformation services build upon managed behavioral health skills of the IBHI staff and the state-of-the-science education and practice improvements offered by the National Council. Together, we go beyond workforce development and the traditional audience of CIHS to Workforce Transformation on a broader spectrum. We offer our combined expertise in the behavioral health care arena to all facets of physical health and their successful integration for the promotion of people's health in all communities.

The goal of our Workforce Transformation services is to rapidly prepare healthcare workers with the healthcare skill-sets necessary to implement and sustain each organization's innovative service delivery model. Together, IBHI and the National Council assist clients to develop a workforce that includes:

  • Peer delivered services for clients with chronic and persistent behavioral health concerns. Peer Support Specialist training encompasses an array of relevant topics ranging broadly from specialist services in an integrated practice and discussion of different states' approaches to Peer Support Specialist training and certification to more practice-oriented issues such as facilitation skills and effective goal setting for recovery.
  • Community health services to provide culturally specific assistance to clients that guide them through their local health care system as well as teach them how to independently navigate their system. Community Health Worker Training consists of: discussion of mental and substance use disorders; practice-based skills, such as counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing; introduction to mental health services; and mental health promotion, including stigma reduction and recovery.
  • Care management that empowers clients to make informed choices and to be active participants in their healthcare. Training for care managers covers a variety of topics including an overview of the national drive toward healthcare transformation and integrated care; discussion of the overlay of physical and behavioral health issues; and specific techniques to rapidly achieve positive patient outcomes.
  • Behavioral health services provided in medical homes and other primary care settings. The training provided for these PCMH roles covers topics such as understanding differences between behavioral and medical practicioners and practices to achieve effective communication and relationships; recognizing and distinguishing between behavioral and physical health issues in clients; and implementing effective techniques for communicating with clients with co-occurring behavioral and medical health issues.

Our partnership brings together a cohesive national network of expert trainers and consultants. These programs are made available to you through a combination of our eCampus using web conferencing technology, as well on site, at your local facilities. Recognizing that instruction is not by itself sufficient to achieve system change, we also provide consultation and technical assistance which "wraps around" and supports the effectiveness of our trainings.


Peer Support Specialist Training

Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Training for Peer Leaders

Community Health Worker Training

Case Manager Training



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