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:
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
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
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 www.countyinnovation.us. 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.’