The purpose of the NABH Youth Services Committee is to promote the need for behavioral health treatment, education, and rehabilitation services for troubled youth; to get more visibility for youth services; and to raise youth services on the national agenda. The committee addresses public policy issues related to youth services and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The Board established the committee in 1998 as a way of elevating youth service issues on the association’s overall agenda.

The committee has helped NABH to launch a major national and grassroots campaign to “Make Behavioral Health for Youth a Priority.” This ongoing effort is designed to help policymakers and community leaders understand the importance of meeting the behavioral health needs of our nation’s youth.

Priority advocacy areas are to fight for expanded coverage for behavioral health care for youth, improved coordination of care, and fair funding.

The committee includes:


  • Pat Connell, R.N., M.B.A., FACHE, C.B.H.E., C.H.C., VP of Behavioral Health, Compliance & Government Relations, Boys Town Behavioral Health Division, NE


  • Samuel Bastien, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Four Winds Hospital-Saratoga, NY
  • Amy C. Brown, M.A., National Director of Operations, Discovery Behavioral Health, CA
  • Sally Cooper, M.D., Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Spring Harbor Hospital, ME
  • Lisa D. Evans, M.A., Chief Operating Officer, Perimeter Healthcare, GA
  • Andrew Hardin, Kindred Behavioral Health, KY
  • Tom Kenny, M.B.A., President, Sequel Youth & Family Services, TX
  • Kerry Knott, Regional Vice President Universal Health Services, FL
  • Michael R. Lyons, Vice President, Specialty Education, UHS of Delaware, Inc., FL
  • Hank Milius, President/Chief Executive Officer, Meridian Health Services, IN
  • Jamison Monroe, Executive Chairman, Newport Academy, TN
  • Mary C. Pawlikowski, Chief Operating Officer, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, TN
  • Kelly Stone, Executive Director, Lakeside Academy, MI
  • Megan Stupak, Corporate Counsel, Business Transactions & Compliance, Sequel Youth and Family Services, AL
  • Matt Wiltshire, Ed.D., M.P.H., Division President, Acadia Healthcare, Inc., AR
  • Kevin Young, VP of Behavioral Health, Centra Health, VA

Staff Liaison:

  • Kirsten K. Beronio, J.D., director of policy and regulatory affairs, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare