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May 9, 2023 16 mins

In this episode, you will learn the real questions your organization should ask before applying for SAMHSA grants. Learn the role of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency) grants and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) in improving mental health and substance abuse support services.. This episode is brought to you by Afia, A SimiTree company. Today's host is Elizabeth “Liz” Kern, Principal Consultant, and guest Kathy Polasky-Dettling, Vice President of Clinical Strategies. Join these experts for this episode, "Things to Consider If You Want To Become a CCBHC."

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Elizabeth “Liz” Kern, Principal Consultant

Liz has been a principal consultant at Afia for 7+ years. She leads EHR vendor selections and implementations, as well as data-driven optimizations, for behavioral health and I/DD providers throughout the US.

Kathy Polasky-Dettling, Vice President of Clinical Strategies

With over 26 years of experience in community mental health centers, Kathy is a consultant specializing in Behavioral and Primary Health Care Integration, as well as Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) planning and implementation. Her expertise lies in developing and managing clinical and integrated health programs, allowing her to provide valuable insights to organizations seeking to improve their behavioral and primary health care services.

About Afia

Are you tired of navigating the complex and confusing world of healthcare on your own? Look to the behavioral health experts at Afia, a SimiTree Company. Our team of experienced healthcare consultants will guide you through the process of finding and managing the technology and service your organization needs to deliver exceptional care. Our services include healthcare consulting, IT management and optimization, data analytics, and more. No matter the size of your organization, we are committed to creating custom-tailored solutions so you can make data-informed decisions, drive growth, provide purpose, and predict the future.

At Afia, we believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality healthcare. Let us help you create streamlined and optimized processes to give your patients the highest quality of care. Visit us at to learn more about how we can help your organization thrive.

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