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.
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.