FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2016 (Washington, DC) – The National Council for Behavioral Health welcomes four, newly-elected regional directors committed to promoting excellence and sharing their unique expertise within mental health and addictions services in regions across the United States.
“The board members are the organization’s boots on the ground,” said Susan Blue, chair of the National Council board of directors. “Their knowledge moves the organization forward in the field. I look forward to improving the future of behavioral health care with this inspiring group of leaders.”
The National Council welcomes the following individuals:
- Region 4 (Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee): Linda McKinnon, President and CEO, Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (FL)
Central Florida Behavioral Health Network is responsible for assuring high-quality, accessible and coordinated services and a system of care that is community-driven. McKinnon has been a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist working at all levels of care for substance abuse and mental health treatment.
- Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska): Patricia Coleman, President and CEO, Behavioral Health Response, Inc. (MO)
Behavioral Health Response, Inc., is an accredited clinical contact center that provides expert behavioral health and crisis response services through a variety of platforms 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to agencies and companies worldwide. Coleman serves as chair of the Workforce Investment Board (city of St. Louis), board member of Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri and executive committee board member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
- Region 9 (California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada): Vitka Eisen, CEO, HealthRight 360 (CA)
HealthRight 360 is a Federally Qualified Health Center and one of the largest providers of behavioral health services to homeless and low income individuals in California. Eisen serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives and Treatment Communities of America.
- Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington): David Johnson, CEO, Navos Mental Health Solutions (WA)
Navos Mental Health Solutions has been at the forefront of many service innovations, including being a state and a regional leader in implementing full scope primary care services in Washington State. Johnson has served as board member and chair of the Washington Council for Behavioral Health. Previously Johnson was a school counselor, child and family therapist, clinical supervisor, program director and clinical director.
The National Council board is committed to diversity, leadership and promoting excellence in mental health and addictions services. The new board term began on July 1, 2016.
About the National Council
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with 2,500 member organizations, serving 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the USA and more than 500,000 individuals have been trained. In 2014, the National Council merged with the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS). To learn more about the National Council, visit www.TheNationalCouncil.org.