2017 ICMS Conference, Compassionate Care in a Business Environment
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2017 ICMS Conference, Compassionate Care in a Business Environment
Nicolas Armenti, PhD
Nick Armenti is currently Director of Managed Care Services at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC). Since February 2015, in conjunction with staff at the State of New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Dr. Armenti has been developing and overseeing the operations of the Interim Managing Entity (IME) a managed care program designed to address individuals’ requests for referrals to treatment and providers’ requests for authorization for individuals’ admission to or continuation of treatment. Special emphasis is on the development and oversight of the utilization management (UM) functions of the IME, which provide utilization review (UR) of all providers’ authorization requests.
Dr. Armenti provided development and oversight of the provider network and UM procedures for the Sandy Super Storm Hope4You behavioral health program, which is funded by DMHAS’ Social Services Block Grant, from January 2013 to September 2015 and worked closely with the DMHAS staff to ensure effectiveness of services to residents in the New Jersey’s10 coastal counties.
Previously, Dr. Armenti served for 18 years as President and CEO of LifeCare Management Systems, Inc., which was founded as one of the first provider-owned, national managed behavioral healthcare organizations (MBHOs). As an MBHO, LifeCare managed both mental health and substance use services for third-party payers (e.g. Aetna Health Maintenance Organization in New Jersey, New Jersey self-insured automotive dealer).
Director, P.E.W.S. (Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality) Program, Mental Health Association in New Jersey
Laverne Williams is certified as a Social Worker, WRAP (Wellness & Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Hearing Distressing Voices Workshop Presenter, Grief Recovery Specialist and facilitator of The Buried in Treasures Workshop, a self-help and empowerment seminar for Finders and Keepers. As an ordained Deacon, Ms. Williams has more than 30 years of experience, including advocacy and diligently combining theology with behavioral science.
Ms. Williams’ workshops on changing how underserved communities and communities of color view mental illness and best practices to encourage treatment adherence. They have been presented to numerous statewide and local agencies, mental health service providers, faith-based institutions, consumer organizations and family member groups.
Most recently, Ms. Williams was the lead author of Implementing a Mental Health Ministry Committee in Faith-Based Organizations: The Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality program, which is featured in the April 2014 edition of the Social Work in Health Care Journal.
Amanda Davis, MSW, LCSW
Amanda Davis has worked in the fields of addictions and behavioral health for nearly eight years. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and completed the Addiction Counselor Training certificate program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. Her areas of expertise are addictions, co-occurring disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors. Ms. Davis has worked in non-clinical, clinical and administrative roles. She is also participating in the Trauma-Informed Care workgroup with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to develop the standards for trauma-informed care in treatment programs.
Jacqueline Felczak, LPC, LCADC
Jacqueline Felczak has worked in the field of behavioral health for 27 years. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Montclair State University and a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Her areas of expertise are co-occurring disorders, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and addiction interventions. Ms. Felczak has worked for several behavioral health organizations in clinical and administrative roles. She has presented on various behavioral health topics on both the local and state levels. She is trained in dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. Ms. Felczak is also part of the Strength for Change group practice where she treats adolescents and adults.
Anthony Castellano, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, ICADC
Anthony Castellano is the Vice President of Preferred Behavioral Health Group’s (PBHG’s) Substance Abuse Services and is the past Director of Substance Abuse Services. He has worked in many aspects of mental health, addictive disorders and prevention. Mr. Castellano has been employed at PBHG for more than18 years and worked in Ocean County in addiction treatment for more than 20 years. He is the current Chairperson of the Ocean County Opiate Task Force and past Chair of the Ocean County Professional Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (PACADA).
Mr. Castellano is affiliated with the Ocean, Monmouth, Hudson, Passaic, and Mercer Consortiums, and Ocean County Drug Court Consultant. He also served on the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services/Administrative Office of the Courts Drug Court Subcommittee. He provides consulting and training for the Bloustein Center for Survey Research at Rutgers University, training addiction professionals in the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System and the Level of Care Index).
Mr. Castellano received a Special Recognition Award from Ocean County’s Drug Court Judge Barbara Villano and the Ocean County Drug Courts Invaluable Contributions to the Drug Court Program Award from Honorable Judge Wendel Daniels. He was also awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for Service Above and Beyond from Judge Peter Giovine for his work with Drug Court Participants in 2001. Mr. Castellano was also given a Proclamation from Senator Menendez for his dedication to social work and he received the NJAMHAA 2017 Courage and Compassion Award for Outstanding Leadership in Substance Use Disorder Services.
Mr. Castellano is currently working with Joseph D. Coronato, the Ocean County Prosecutor, to find ways to decrease the opiate overdose rate in Ocean County and across the nation. He is also implementing the Heroin Addiction Response Program, a volunteer program in Ocean County on which PBHG has committed to working with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office and local law enforcement. This is a program where a person with an opiate addiction can present to a police department and be brought to PBHG so staff can guide them into treatment. PBHG aims for this program to be added to every police department in Ocean County and throughout the state.
Jean Hennon, MA, LMFT, LCADC
Jean Hennon has worked in all aspects of mental health services, and drug and alcohol prevention and treatment, including outpatient, development, planning, supervision and clinical training/education. She is primarily responsible for all mental health trainings for substance abuse services at Preferred Behavioral Health Griyo.
Ms. Hennon earned her undergraduate degree from Monmouth University in of Long Branch, New Jersey and graduated with honors and she holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Farleigh Dickinson. She continued her education and received a post-Master’s degree from Seton Hall University in Marriage and Family Therapy and completed an externship in family therapy training at Ackerman Institute in New York City. She is also certified in the Women’s Training Curriculum for the Certification Board.
Ms. Hennon serves on several County and State Boards pertaining to mental health and substance abuse services.
Laura Messina, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Laura Messina is the Project Manager of Preferred Behavioral Health’s Child Protection Substance Abuse Initiative (CPSAI) program. CPSAI is a program collaborated with the Division of Child Permanency and Protection (DCP&P) to help, support, educate and refer families and guardians who have been affected by alcohol and drugs, for the protection of their children. Ms. Messina manages administrative staff, clinical supervisors and a staff of more than 78 employees. She reviews organizational processes to plan, implement and evaluate program changes as needed. Ms. Messina has advanced the CPSAI staff through trainings, clinical meetings and supervision to utilize evidence-based practices.
Ms. Messina has worked in many areas of the drug and alcohol prevention and treatment field. She has worked with individuals with co-occurring disorders in education and recovery groups, as well as individual and intensive case management. She represented Preferred Behavioral Health as a Drug Court Liaison, attending weekly meetings with Drug Court staff, along with the Ocean County Drug Court Team.
Ms. Messina holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Ms. Messina is affiliated with the Ocean, Monmouth, Hudson, Passaic and Mercer Consortiums and is an Ocean County Drug Court Consultant. She provides consulting and training for the Bloustein Center for Survey Research at Rutgers University, training addiction professionals on the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System and the Level of Care Index. Ms. Messina has her Seminar in Field Instruction certification from Rutgers University. She has been supervising students for their BSW and MSW degrees since 2006.
David Vinokurov began his career with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 1991 in the Coney Island-Ave. X, Brooklyn, NY field office. He advanced through SSA’s various programmatic, technical and management positions, including Claims Representative, Operation Supervisor, NY Regional Office Social Insurance Specialist, NY City Deputy Area Director and District Manager of the Trenton, NJ Social Security Office, a role he has served in since January 2009.
Mr. Vinokurov provides direct leadership and guidance to one of the largest Social Security offices in New Jersey. Social Security and its employees serve as the primary contact between the public and the agency. Statewide, the organization includes 24 local field offices, the office of the Area Director, and three teleservice centers.
During his 25-year career, Mr. Vinokurov has served as the Deputy Area Director for New York City. His major accomplishments include vigorously promoting SSA’s financial literacy program and furthering the public’s knowledge and understanding of SSA’s programs. He provided key leadership for the development and implementation of the agency’s web–based services used by the public to conduct business with Social Security.
Mr. Vinokurov has received many awards during his career, including citations from SSA’s New York Regional Commissioner, several citations from SSA’s Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner for his leadership in the implementation of the electronic process nationwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.
Perry Iasiello, MSW, LCSW
Prior to his current role, Perry Iasiello served as Regional Director of Behavioral Health Services for Prime Healthcare. He oversaw behavioral health systems from Rhode Island to Pennsylvania, including St. Mary’s General Hospital and the St. Clare’s Health System. Mr. Iasiello was previously the Executive Director at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey.
In addition to his health systems experience, Mr. Iasiello founded Skyline Behavioral Health, LLC. As President and CEO of this organization, he leads a team of subject matter experts who provide behavioral health compliance training and leadership seminars to executives, physicians, clinical staff and the pharmaceutical industry.
Mr. Iasiello received a Master’s degree from Fordham University and completed post-graduate work at Rutgers University. After an 18-year career in community mental health, he joined the leadership team at the Devereux Foundation as the Director of Operations for its northern New Jersey locations where he pioneered some of the state’s first residential treatment programs for adolescents with dual diagnoses. After several years of service, he became the Chief Operating Officer at Allies New Jersey in Hamilton. In addition to his administrative and leadership duties, he consults with community providers on the topics of clinical supervision, compliance activities in the developmental disabilities and community mental health arenas and revenue cycle challenges specific to behavioral health providers. He has given presentations about his work at the state and national levels. His many accomplishments in advancing access to behavioral health services have been recognized by communities, civic organizations and elected officials.
Michael D'Amico MSW, LCSW
Michael D'Amico holds Bachelor’s Master’s degrees in Social Work from Rutgers University and he completed post-graduate training in Trauma-Informed Care and Domestic Violence. He is also trained in Structural Family Therapy and other evidence-based modalities. Mr. D'Amico has dedicated his career to serving adults and at-risk children and families in outpatient, in-community, in-home and school-based settings. In his current role, he oversees outpatient and in-community counseling for children and adults in the southern region of New Jersey and in school-based youth services in Trenton and Camden. Mr. D'Amico also serves as chair of the agency’s Clinical Integration Committee and as a Field Liaison through Rutgers School of Social Work.
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