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NAPHS Appoints Addiction Treatment Committee

November 30, 2010
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Washington, D.C. - With addiction treatment a major service provided by its members – and a primary business for many others, the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) Executive Committee has established a new NAPHS Addiction Treatment Committee. The new group is similar to existing constituency committees within the association for Youth Services and for Behavioral Health Services within General Healthcare Systems.

“Looking at NAPHS Annual Survey data, about 25 percent of NAPHS members offer residential addiction programs,” said NAPHS President/CEO Mark Covall. “About half of the hospitals have addiction treatment, and many more offer outpatient addiction treatment. It’s important that we hear the concerns and priority issues of our members working in these areas.”

The committee, appointed by NAPHS Board Chair Kevin Sheehan, includes:
• Chair Jerry Rhodes, president, Recovery Division, CRC Health Group, PA;
• William Greene, M.D., attending physician, Shands at Vista, FL;
• Paul Hackman, CEO, Ridgeview Institute, GA;
• David Hillis, president, AdCare Hospital of Worcester, MA;
• Jeff Hillis, chief operating officer, AdCare Hospital of Worcester, MA;
• Kathi Lencioni, MPH, FACHE, senior vice president/CEO, SHARP Mesa Vista Hospital, CA;
• David Proffitt, CEO, Acadia Hospital, ME;
• Bruce Shear, president and CEO, Pioneer Behavioral Health, MA;
• Blair Stam, executive vice president, Signature Healthcare Services, CA;
• Ben Underwood, FACHE, CEO/managing director, Talbott Recovery Centers, GA; and
• David K. White, Ph.D., president and CEO, MedMark Services, Inc., TX.

NAPHS Director of Congressional Affairs Nancy Trenti, JD, serves as the staff liaison to the committee.

The committee will work to:
• advocate for improved insurance coverage, patient access, and payment/reimbursement for addiction treatment services;
• raise the importance and visibility of addiction treatment on the national agenda (as well as within the association) and work with members on state-level issues;
• build coalitions in support of addiction treatment policy issues;
• evaluate and foster understanding of how addiction treatment fits into broader healthcare reform;
• foster networking on critical issues (such as clinical care, administration, financing, accreditation, and more).

NAPHS advocates for behavioral health and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment, and care for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and substance use disorders. Its members are behavioral healthcare provider organizations that own or manage more than 600 specialty psychiatric hospitals, general hospital psychiatric and addiction treatment units and behavioral healthcare divisions, residential treatment facilities, youth services organizations, and extensive outpatient networks. The association was founded in 1933.