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The Business of Mental Health

What is Value Based Care and how is the care and payment model affecting behavioral health? Join our hosts Dave Ballenberger and Kristin Sunanta Walker as they go in-depth with Kevin Fischer.

Kevin Fischer is the Executive Director of NAMI Michigan. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. A retired businessman, Kevin joined NAMI as a volunteer in 2011 shortly after losing his oldest son Dominique to suicide in 2010. After serving on the NAMI Michigan Board of Directors as the NAMIWalks Chairperson for two years, and as Board Vice-President for two years, Kevin accepted the role of Executive Director in 2014.
Kevin is the founder and Director of The Dominique Fischer Memorial Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of several behavioral health organizations throughout Michigan. Quoted as saying “this is his last job; his last fight,” Kevin is dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness, which he considers the leading barrier to early diagnoses, treatment and better outcomes for all.

Mental Health News Radio Network is proud to announce The Business of Mental Health, a new segment on its popular Mental Health News Radio podcast. The segment is co-hosted by David Ballenberger, M.S.W. with behavioural health industry veteran, MHNR Network and Everything EHR CEO, Kristin Sunanta Walker. It is the first podcast show of its kind to cover the financial and business side of mental health care in the World.

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Johnny Crowder joins hosts Dave Ballenberger and Kristin Walker, to talk about his SMS platform CopeNotes.com which is shaking how we look at effective treatments in mental health. Johnny is a musician, singer, artist, and tech entrepreneur who has fronted several heavy metal bands. He founded CopeNotes as a tool to help those struggling with their mental health. A daily reminder that helps you strengthen and renew neural pathways.

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The first episode in our new series on Mental Health News Radio has our cohosts, Dave Ballenberger and Kristin Walker, exploring the topics, guests, and ideas for this show. Why is a show on the business side of Mental Healthcare important?

There is not a podcast in the world that comes close to these topics and just like any sector of healthcare – mental healthcare is a booming business. It is also unique in that discussions of profit, using the word “sales”, and the downsides of this industry are rarely, if ever, spoken about.

Kristin Walker is the founder of MHNR Network and has spent the last several years working directly in the business side of mental health.

Dave Ballenberger, MSW has spent his entire career in the mental health field from working as a clinician to running a successful technology company.

Tune in each week to discover the “under the hood and behind the scenes” of their most favorite part of the healthcare industry.

www.mentalhealthbusinessradio.com

Join Dave Ballenberger, M.S.W. and Kristin Sunanta Walker for a series like no other in the world of podcasting about mental health. Guests include CEO’s of mental health organizations, technology companies that support mental health, innovators in the field of business and tech in one of the most under-funded sectors of healthcare. We go behind the scenes of the business of mental healthcare.

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David E. Ballenberger, M.S.W., has forty years’ experience gained in various social work capacities from direct care and counseling to administration, with emphasis on behavioral treatment program development. Mr. Ballenberger has held a variety of senior leadership positions throughout his career serving adults, families, and children through residential, outpatient, and community support programs at organizations including Rose Hill Center, Camp Oakland Youth Programs, Rubicon Odyssey, and Boysville of Michigan.

During his successful career, he provided direct care of delinquent, neglected, and abused adolescents; operated an adolescent substance abuse program; directed outdoor education, independent living, group homes, family counseling, aftercare, and school social work programs. This includes designing programs in independent living preparation; supervising independent living, day treatment, short-term residential care, and aftercare; developing the first group home program in the State of Indiana; managing transition from public agency to private non-profit status; and designing early intervention programs.

A noted expert in developing and implementing programs, he has used and developed technology for staff training, program management, and streamlined evidence-based practice and accreditation compliance processes. Mr. Ballenberger also serves on the Board of Directors of Mental Illness Research Association (MIRA) and the Mental Health Association of Michigan. Additionally, he is an active member of other organizations including NAMI, the Michigan Federation of Private Child and Family Agencies, the Michigan Alliance of Children’s Agencies, and the Michigan League of Human Services.

Mr. Ballenberger served as President of an advanced technology company utilizing artificial intelligence throughout their products such as electronic healthcare records software for behavioral health.  He oversaw all operations including product design, implementation, marketing and sales.  This includes promoting the newest suite of web-based products intended for private practices, residential service providers, and hospitals.

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