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National Council welcomes Jeffrey Walter as new board chair

July 1, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) has announced that Jeffrey Walter will serve as its new board chair. Walter is the president and CEO of Rushford, a National Council member organization and Hartford HealthCare partner providing addiction, mental health, and prevention programs to thousands of people in Connecticut, New England and beyond.

“As board chair, I’m committed to securing Congressional passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which is fundamental to assuring that all Americans have access to high quality, affordable behavioral healthcare,” said Walter, who has led Rushford for more than 30 years. “The National Council will continue to ensure that addictions and mental health service organizations are at the table wherever health care policy and funding decisions are being made,” he added

President and CEO of National Council, Linda Rosenberg said, “Addiction is a public health crisis for which we are unprepared. Since 1980, 3.3 million people in the U.S. have died of addictions (while 600,000 people have died of AIDS). If it was any other disease, we’d be marching on the streets. The failure to integrate addiction prevention, treatment and recovery effectively into our nation’s health care structure costs more than a third of a trillion dollars annually, harming families and communities across the country. The National Council is committed to turning the spotlight on addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery and we’re honored to have Jeffrey Walter’s leadership as we pursue this mission.”

The National Council also welcomes the following new directors elected to its board:

  • Eileen Durkin, MBA, President & CEO, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago

  • John Kastan, PhD, Executive Director, Peninsula Counseling Center, Valley Stream, NY

  • Randy Tate, MSW, CEO, NorthCare, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Topher Hansen, JD,
CEO,CenterPointe, Lincoln, NE

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