The BHBusiness Implementers Network offers expert coaching tailored to your needs

Submitted by: 01/19/2016 by Maureen Fitzgerald

NIATx coach Mat Roosa is guiding members of SAMHSA’s BHBusiness Implementers Network on a variety of projects.

Says Mat, “A key goal of the Implementers Network is to help participants stay on course with their projects in a busy and changing environment.”

Richard Davidson is the Director of Evaluation and Data at Family Service Association of San Antonio joined the Implementers Network as a follow-up to his team’s earlier participation in a BHBusiness learning Network, Improving Billing Systems to Increase Collections and Compliance.

Says Richard, “We thought we had a pretty good billing system in place, but our coach (Elizabeth Strauss) guided us to information and resources that made it even better.”

Richard’s goal with the Implementers Network is to work on strategies for integrating his agency’s services with primary care. “With Mat’s help, we’re looking at ways to prepare for the anticipated changes in Medicaid and private insurance plans that will tie reimbursement to treatment outcomes.”

A second goal for Richard and his team is to increase counselor utilization rates and set agency targets.

“I have been so impressed with the breath of knowledge of my BHBusiness mentors,” adds Richard. “They have introduced me to resources and information that I did not know about previously. I encourage anyone who’s struggling with any agency process to join a BHBusiness Network.”

Janice Biggs, MS, LMHC, LADC1, is also participating in the current Implementers Network. She provides adult mental health and substance abuse counseling in her own private practice, Revelations;Talk Therapy, LLC., in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She joined the Implementers Network to work on strategic business planning.

“I am in the process of expanding my practice to bring other providers in to work under my licenses,” says Janice. “It’s been extremely helpful to have help from a coach who can share his own experience in running a private practice.”

Another participant, Seanna Williams, LCSW, is the Clinical Director and Clinical Therapist at True North Treatment Center in Orem, Utah. She joined the Implementers Network to get help in completing the strategic plan that’s required as part of her agency’s reaccreditation with CARF.

“With the Implementer’s Network coaching, I can close my door and concentrate on getting the strategic plan done with assistance from someone who knows the CARF process,” says Seanna.

Janice and Seanna both appreciate that the coaching is tailored to their unique projects and schedules. They also agree that the regular one-on-one coaching calls keep them on track toward their goals.

“Without the scheduled calls, this could easily get sidelined by other priorities,” says Seanna.

Interested in joining the next round? Complete the BHBusiness Implementers Network application by January 22, 2016.

Questions?  E-mail Amy McIlvaine, NIATx Educational Services Director at

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