Webinar: Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention

Consumer, Recovery, and Family Webinars

Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention

How the Affordable Care Act and state-based efforts can lead to comprehensive and coordinated health services for people with mental health and addiction disorders. 

The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), Faces & Voices of Recovery (Faces & Voices), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) jointly present the third in a series of Webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation in the states. State-based advocates from the mental health and addiction disorders consumer, recovery, and family communities will find these Webinars particularly helpful as they work to ensure the new law helps those with behavioral health needs.

Register now for the next Webinar, Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention. This Webinar will give advocates and leaders in the recovery, consumer, and family communities the information they need to interact effectively with state legislators, administrators, and others trying to improve the delivery of health services in their states. 

To register, go to: https://www.mymeetings.com/emeet/rsvp/index.jsp?customHeader=mymeetings&Conference_ID=3091893&passcode=1554360

This live Webinar will take place on Thursday, July 14, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.   You must register ahead of time to gain admission to the Webinar.


Mohini Venkatesh, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Charles Willis, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network

Neil Kaltenecker, Georgia Substance Abuse Council

 About the presenters:

Mohini Venkatesh is the Senior Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. In this position, Ms. Venkatesh serves as the staff policy liaison to the National Council’s network of associations throughout the states, conducts federal legislative analysis on health reform and other policy issues, and manages several leadership and quality improvement initiatives. Prior to being in Washington, D.C., she worked on an inpatient psychiatric unit in a general hospital in Massachusetts and has worked at several social service non-profit organizations, including a state association advocating for community behavioral health services. Ms. Venkatesh sits on the board of a community behavioral health organization and received a Masters in Public Health from Yale University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Charles Willis is the Georgia Peer Support Resiliency Project Director with the GA Mental Health Consumer Network, an organization that promotes recovery through advocacy, education, employment empowerment, peer support and self-help.  His work in the area of Self Directed Recovery has led him to become an Advanced Level Wrap Facilitator through the Copeland Center. He is an enthusiastic individual with over 20 years of successful, results-oriented experience in the helping professions of education and facilitation.  In addition, Mr. Willis has worked as a Senior Research Interviewer with Emory University Grace Crum Rollins School of Public Health. 

Mr. Willis has an undergraduate and Master’s Degree from Fort Valley State University. He has completed the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Training, which is a project of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and The Department of Human Resources Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases.  He has earned the credential of a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner from the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. He is a member of the Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC), Board Member of Mental Health America of Georgia, and a member of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council.  

Neil Kaltenecker is a passionate and effective advocate for substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment and recovery services. She serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, a non-profit organization that builds community collaborations to reduce the impact of substance abuse in our communities through education, advocacy, and training. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University in Criminal Justice/Corrections and a M.S. from Florida State University in Criminology.  Her professional career began in law enforcement and adult corrections in 1982, and she focused her efforts on juvenile justice beginning in 1990 through 2004.  She joined the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases Division as the state’s first Director of the Office of Addictive Diseases in January, 2005.  As the Single State Authority for addiction services funding, she administered all federal block grant and state-appropriated dollars in Georgia targeted for substance abuse treatment.  Ms. Kaltenecker’s current focus is positively impacting public policy and a recovery-positive legislative agenda, promoting recovery oriented systems of care as well as behavioral health process improvement and workforce development training.  She is committed to growing Georgia’s recovery communities.

This Webinar series is coordinated by Affirma Solutions, Inc., under a contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Please look for more information coming soon on upcoming webinars providing information on the implementation of health reform for consumers of mental health services, people in recovery from addiction, and their families.

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