The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

ACA and Addiction Treatment: Implications, Policy and Practice Issues

Free webinar produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTCNORC, and National Council 


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The ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in many changes, with still more in the pipeline. Professionals and organizations must be informed of how the ACA affects addiction treatment and recovery services in order to remain compliant, as well as maximally benefit from this historic bill. This free webinar dives into the issues you want to know regarding how the ACA influences treatment models, patient profiles, service delivery, reimbursement, policy and your professional practice.
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will understand: 
  • How science has influenced the components of the ACA
  • How the addiction treatment model can and should change
  • Implications of the ACA and MH/SA parity on the patient profile of treatment seeking individuals
  • ACA-related service delivery and payment reforms that incentivize rapid screening and access to treatment
  • What policy and practice issues (e.g. workforce, clinical services, financing) still need to be addressed in a post-ACA world

Mohini Venkatesh

Vice President of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health

In this position, Ms. Venkatesh leads a variety of practice improvement and leadership programs that help mental health and addiction provider organizations develop business and clinical strategies to most efficiently serve their communities. She serves as the staff policy liaison to the National Council’s network of associations throughout the states, and conducts federal legislative analysis on health reform and other policy issues. 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 is the board vice-chair for a community behavioral health organization in Washington, D.C. and is a fellow with the Non-Profit Roundtable’s Future Executive Directors Program. She received a Masters in Public Health from Yale University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Aaron Williams

Director Training and Technical Associate for Substance Abuse for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) at the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council)

In this role, Mr. Williams leads the National Council/CIHS’ strategic initiatives on substance use screening and treatment, and provides direct training and technical assistance services that promote primary and behavioral healthcare integration with special attention to addiction treatment providers. Prior to joining the National Council, Mr. Williams served as the Associate Director of Research and Information for the Danya Institute, Inc., and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Central East) where he was responsible for the management, and dissemination of all research related to Institute endeavors. Mr. Williams has more than 13 years of experience in the field of behavioral health services, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment, workforce development, and the use of evidence-based-practices in clinical settings. Over this time, Mr. Williams has written and contributed to numerous articles and reports on: drugs of abuse, workforce development of substance abuse professionals, and implementation of evidence-based practices; and demonstrated abilities in developing research plans, training protocols, as well as evaluating program effectiveness. 

Dr. Timothy Condon

Visiting Research Professor at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions at the University of New Mexico

Dr. Condon is involved in various projects related to intersection of public health and public safety, prescriptions drug abuse, healthcare policy reform and implementation and the integration of behavioral and physical health systems.  He also serves as the Chief Science Advisor to the Center for Health and Justice at TASC-IL. Prior to joining CASAA, Dr. Condon served in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as the Science Policy Advisor to the Director. Before coming to ONDCP, Dr. Condon was appointed as Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2003.  Through his active outreach in advancing the science of addiction and its implementation into clinical practice, Dr. Condon continues to create needed change in how drug abuse addiction is perceived and treated in this country and internationally, erasing damaging stigma and ushering in a new health paradigm that accurately views addiction as a chronic, treatable disease. 


Eric Goplerud, PhD, and Tracy McPherson, PhD, both of NORC at the University of Chicago