NATIONAL CLINICAL ADVISORY BOARD
SelfRefind is committed to providing the very best medical, clinical and recovery supports to the individuals, families and communities we serve. In June of 2015, we established our National Clinical Advisory Board composed of nationally known substance use disorder experts—who are also known for their compassion, solution-focus and understanding of how pharmacology, therapy and recovery support work together.
The National Clinical Advisory Board provides expert guidance and collegial support to SelfRefind—ensuring we continue to provide exceptional, leading edge care based on the current research, evidence based practices and top notch customer service.
SelfRefind is the largest provider of recovery-oriented, trauma informed medication assisted treatment in Kentucky and is committed to sharing its successful model nationally—to help those in need of our unique blend of medical, clinical and recovery supports with top notch customer service—and to reduce stigma and discrimination for those challenged by opioid use disorders.
Everyone deserves recovery and the SelfRefind National Clinical Advisory Board is committed to collaborating with us to make SelfRefind’s model available and easily accessible in communities in many states and around the country.
JIM CLARKSON, MA, LADAC
Jim Clarkson, MA, LADAC serves as Senior Advisor at SelfRefind, a premier Recovery Oriented, Trauma Informed Medication Assisted Treatment provider with 20 locations across Kentucky and in Ohio. Jim previously served as CEO of ViaPositiva—a consulting, counseling, coaching and training company based in Albuquerque, NM. He also served as a National Vice President with ValueOptions, Inc.--the nation's largest private behavioral health and wellness managed care organization. With ValueOptions, Jim was responsible for enterprises in emerging market areas and managed the substance abuse delivery systems for the states of New Mexico and Kansas and served as a subject matter expert and internal and external consultant around the country on provider development and sustainability, credentialing, funding, the ACA, trauma informed practices, recovery oriented systems of care and the implementation of many other evidence based practices. Jim recently led NAADAC’s Addiction Professional Business Learning Collaborative.
Jim has also provided consultation and training nationally and internationally including for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx), the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness as well as many other state and federal agencies. He has presented keynote and plenary addresses at many conferences on “How Funding Works”; “Identifying, Accessing and Sustaining Funding in Behavioral Healthcare”; “The Nuts and Bolts of Working with Managed Care”; “Payment and Quality: Developing a Recovery Oriented Systems of Care”; and “Preparing for the Affordable Care Act” and “The Trauma Informed Organization.”
In addition to his role as a managed care executive, Jim has worked and consulted with programs across the country focusing on the connection between spirituality, mental health, addiction recovery, and the “next generation” in client-centered therapy processes. Jim has served as President of the New Mexico Recovery Professionals Alliance, is a Certified NIATx Change Leader (Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment), a Key Supervisor for the Matrix Institute, a Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer and for 28 years has helped Fortune 500 companies and public healthcare systems create environments for recovery, sustainability and positive therapeutic outcomes.
GERALD SHULMAN, M.A., M.A.C., FACATA
Gerald Shulman, President of his own training and consulting company in behavioral health, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Master Addiction Counselor and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. He has been providing treatment, or clinically / administratively supervising and/or managing the delivery of addiction and mental health care full time since 1962.
Among his current interests is using the DSM-5, the older adult substance abuser (he was a workgroup leader for TIP #26 on Substance Abuse Among Older Adults), delivering high quality treatment services in a managed care environment, the ASAM Criteria (of which he was an author), assessment, a comprehensive approach to relapse prevention, pharmacotherapy for addiction, case management, customer service in behavioral health and outcomes-driven treatment. He is a trainer and consultant who has provided services in the public and private sectors, both civilian and military, to providers, managed care staff, professional associations, states and EAPs in 44 states and 6 foreign countries.
Mr. Greenstein has over 15 years of experience in the behavioral health industry with a focus on leadership, operations, reimbursement strategies, and business development. He has extensive experience with startup organizations, multi-state systems, and program development/new business line expansions.
Mr. Greenstein currently serves as the Executive Director of the New England Region for Recovery Centers of America, Inc. (RCA)., a start-up organization with plans to open eight (8) full-service behavioral health campuses in the northeast corridor between 2015-2016, including four (4) in the New England Region. Prior to RCA, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Spectrum Health Systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare system with operations in eight states, $52M in annual revenue and 1,100 employees.
Mr. Greenstein has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center and was involved with the initial startup team which developed the nationally recognized substance abuse treatment agency.
He has served on the board of a number of community and national non-profit agencies including Foundation for Recovery, Inc., PACT Coalition for Safe and Drug Free Communities, and was appointed by the State of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to serve on the State of Nevada Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council along with the State of Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Advisory Board.
AL VILLAPIANO, ED.D.
Albert J. Villapiano, Ed.D. is Vice President of Clinical Development for Inflexxion, Inc., Newton MA and leads the companies behavioral health efforts and the ongoing enhancement and implementation of such tools as the Behavioral Health Index—Multimedia Version (BHI-MV), Addiction Severity Index—Multimedia Version (ASI-MV) and Comprehensive Health Assessment for Teens (CHAT). He is also a co-principal investigator on several National Institute of Health (NIH) grants and a licensed Psychologist who received his doctorate from Boston University.
Dr. Villapiano has over 25 years of experience as a clinician, trainer, researcher, administrator and consultant and has held academic appointments at Harvard University and Boston University Medical Schools. His primary interests are the development and implementation of innovative processes and tools to improve the quality of behavioral health assessment, treatment and outcome. Among his publications is Time-Effective Treatment: A Best Practices Manual for Substance Abuse Professionals, (2003). Chiauzzi, E., Villapiano, A., Budman, S., & Goldman, R., Center City, MN: Hazelden Foundation.
Mr. Tadich is currently the Interim CEO for a behavioral health partnership that holds a capitated contract with the State of Colorado to provide mental health and substance use treatment for a Medicaid population of 140,000 in the Denver Metro area. This partnership, Foothills Behavioral Health Partners, is comprised of two Community Mental Health Centers with multiple sites, and ValueOptions.
Mr. Tadich had management oversight at ValueOptions (now Beacon Health Options) for thirteen state programs that provide behavioral health services for Medicaid and indigent populations. In his capacity as President, Mr. Tadich oversaw the executives heading each state service center and collaborated with them on strategies, program development, budgets, and client relations. Mr. Tadich served as the site executive liaison to the rest of ValueOptions’ senior management and the various operational departments.
Mr. Tadich has more than thirty five years experience in managed healthcare. He has worked in all segments of the market including commercial programs, health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. He has been particularly active in the behavioral health aspects of healthcare systems for the past twenty years.
Immediately prior to joining ValueOptions, Inc., Mr. Tadich was the Executive Director for United Healthcare’s Medicare Advantage Operations in Northern California. He also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Behavioral Health for seven years. He was a member of United’s venture board that evaluated niche companies for potential investment or acquisition. He has experience in Health Maintenance Organization operations, underwriting, sales, marketing, and product development. He has worked extensively with state and federal government agencies on program development and compliance initiatives.
Mr. Tadich has an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has served on a number of boards of directors and has previously been licensed as a securities dealer.
Ms. Dalyn Schmitt, founder and former CEO of Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center, INC and brings 30 years of professional experience in the behavioral health profession. Schmitt's professional role provided strategic and visionary leadership and identified current and future organizational needs. She lead an organization that served individuals living in urban, suburban, rural and frontier areas within a cost effective organizational structure. Under her leadership, tele-health and other innovative technologies were introduced and implemented. Her ability to study and stay abreast of the changing needs in the marketplace by identifying and anticipating trends offered options to the Board of Directors which kept the organization competitive.
Currently serving as Owner and President for Heartland Consultation, Inc., Schmitt leads teams involved in crisis intervention, outreach to community services, and consults with emergency services department of health care systems. She provides coaching, education, training, community awareness, and consultation to various community organizations/agencies, employers, and general public. Schmitt served as President of Kansas Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and taught addictions related courses at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus and Saint Mary’s University. She has served on the Redesign Committee for the State of Kansas to evaluate the effective delivery of substance abuse treatment. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Jordan is the current Vice President of Wellness and Recovery at ValueOptions (now Beacon Health Options), a health improvement company specializing in mental and emotional well-being and recovery. His passion to help those struggling with the challenges of mental illness arose from his own experiences. As a man of color, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a person in recovery since 1998, Mr. Jordan has dealt with the obstacles these populations face in accessing appropriate treatment.
For the past 15 years, Mr. Jordan has been an effective advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disability and other organizations in his home state of Tennessee. These accomplishments, along with his current role at ValueOptions (now Beacon Health Options), have made him a strong voice in the Recovery and Peer movements.
Mr. Jordan received the 2014 Peer Specialists of the Year Award from the National Council for Behavior Health which recognizes a person with a lived experience of mental illness who uses his or her strengths to help peers on their road to recovery. He was also one of the seven selected as a recipients of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 2012 VOICE Awards Fellows and 2010 VOICE Award for Consumer Leadership. He also received the NAMI National Multicultural Outreach Award. He was recently chosen by National Council Magazine as one of 50 individuals in the past 50 years who lives demonstrate the potential of recovery.
Mr. Jordan has served on numerous boards, committees and national thought leader groups. Having recently completed six years on the Board of Directors of NAMI, he now serves on the Executive Committee for SourceAmerica. He was recently appointed to the National Academies' Standing Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms. He serves on the Select Committee of the IC&RC to develop competencies for peer services; the ABHW Thought Leaders Group for Peer Services. He has provided consultation to the DBSA on Peer Specialist Training for the VA; testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on the needs of returning veterans and their families. He has also written numerous articles on the subject of wellness and recovery for various trade publications.
BARBARA MONDRAGON, MPA
Barbara is part of the national outreach team which is responsible for developing and cultivating new relationships around the country with the overarching aim of helping individuals and families locate recovery services and support. She acts a liaison between business partners and referents and the clinical care team at WestBridge. Specifically, she serves as a liaison to insurance, managed care organizations, Employer Assistance Programs (EAP), and regulators to develop and promote WestBridge’s position as a national thought leader and industry resource.
Barbara has a robust background in direct care and administrative roles in advocating and assisting with individuals facing challenges. Her most recent experience includes serving as the national lead for the Grants Management Practice for Beacon Health Options. In this role, Barbara worked with numerous behavioral health providers, managed care executives, research teams, and state and federal regulators to locate, write and submit competitive grant proposals, and to consult on the implementation and management of behavioral health services. In addition, Barbara has experience leading housing programs and emergency services that serve individuals struggling directly or peripherally with behavioral health, homelessness, domestic violence, child welfare, and criminal justice involvement.
Barbara earned her Masters of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. Barbara enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She’s actively engaged in parenting and encouraging her children’s development and interests. Her daughter Felicity is four and her son Brody is two years old.