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National Council welcomes new Clinical Services Director

October 3, 2012
by Shannon Brys
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The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) welcomes Linda Ligenza as Clinical Services Director. Ligenza will support national behavioral health quality improvement initiatives, with immediate focus on helping organizations become trauma-informed.

“We are pleased to have Linda Ligenza join the National Council. Her background in implementing evidence-based practices — particularly in the area of trauma-informed care — will help National Council member organizations raise the bar on the services they provide,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. 

Ligenza was formerly with SAMHSA as disaster trauma special expert in the Traumatic Stress Services Branch. She served as advisor to the SAMHSA Administrator, US Surgeon General, and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Prior to that, she worked with the New York State Office of Mental Health for 20 years and coordinated the New York City mental health response for families affected by 9/11.

Ligenza is a social worker specializing in facilitating implementation of evidence-based clinical interventions, including treatments for trauma. She also is certified to teach Mental Health First Aid courses. As consultant to the National Council’s Adoption of Trauma-Informed Care Practices Learning Communities, Ligenza has already led many behavioral health organizations in addressing the impact of trauma in persons presenting with behavioral health challenges. She joins Cheryl Sharp, the National Council’s Special Advisor for Trauma-informed Services, in helping members implement best practices to care for those impacted by trauma.