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June 04
COIN Behavioral Health Group Drives Conversation on Important Issues Facing Counties

Written by Andrew Whitacre​, NACo Health Associate.​
Counties face a number of challenges in ensuring that their residents have access to quality behavioral healthcare. In order to help facilitate conversation and innovation in how to address those hurdles, NACo has created a Behavioral Health group on its County Innovation Network (COIN). The group offers county leaders and behavioral health experts the opportunity to share best practices, promote new innovations and engage in conversations on important issues. Members can also share resources and promote events that may benefit other group members.

The group features NACo Senior Fellows that are local behavioral health systems experts:

Patrick Fleming has worked in human services for over 28 years and currently serves as the director of the Salt Lake County, Utah Division of Behavioral Health Services. He has previously held positions as the director of the Utah County Division of Human Services and as director of the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse.

Patricia Ryan recently retired as the Executive Director of the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA), which is the statewide advocacy association for local mental health departments and an affiliate of the California State Association of Counties. She previously served as the Vice President for Behavioral health and Governance at the California Hospital Association and spent 12 years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD).

Leon Evans is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Health Care Services in Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas. He is responsible for ensuring services to the mentally ill, mentally disabled, and those with substance use disorders in the county. He previously spent time as the Director of Community Services for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

These experts have spent decades within county behavioral health systems and are available to members of the group to answer questions.

COIN is an online community for county leadership and staff that enables you to easily communicate with peers across the country to share best practices and address pressing national or local topics.

To get started, register to become a COIN member and get engaged at To join the Behavioral Health group, find the ‘Participate’ tab at the top of the screen, click ‘Groups’, then click the ‘View Group’ tab under ‘Behavioral Health.’


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