The association has appointed an NABH Quality Committee to provide perspective on quality issues to the NABH Board of Trustees and to enhance the association’s ongoing work with other national organizations (such as the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).

The committee includes:


  • Frank A. Ghinassi, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care/RWJBarnabas Health, NJ


  • Tina Aown, Signature Healthcare Services, CA
  • Marianne Birmingham, Vivant Behavioral Healthcare, AZ
  • Alisa B. Busch, M.D., M.S., McLean Hospital, MA
  • Pat Connell, R.N., M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., C.BH.E., C.H.C., Boys Town Behavioral Health Division, NE
  • David Ermer, M.D., Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services, SD
  • Tom Flanagan, Center for Behavioral Health, MO
  • Mark Friedlander, M.D., M.B.A., Universal Health Services, Inc., PA
  • Paul M. Heffington, L.C.S.W., R.N., A.P.R.N., Community Health Systems, TN
  • Candy Hightower, M.S., L.P.C., L.C.D.C., HACP-CMS, Summit BHC, TN
  • Karen Johnson, M.S.W., Universal Health Services, Inc., IL
  • Navdeep Kang, Acadia Healthcare, Inc., TN
  • Elisabeth Kunkel, M.D., Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, PA
  • Stacy Miller, Universal Health Services, Inc., TX
  • Ruth Moore, CC.E.P., Acadia Healthcare, Inc., CA
  • Thomas Otten, Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services, SD

Staff Liaisons:

  • Rochelle Archuleta, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare
  • Shawn Coughlin, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare