Our new board member, Shawn Coughlin, is the executive vice president for government relations and public policy at the National Association for Behavioral Heath (NABH). NABH represents behavioral healthcare providers committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment and care of children, adolescents, and adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Shawn is a leading healthcare advocate and policy expert who oversees the association's advocacy work on Capitol Hill, and helps to set and implement strategic policy goals that support high-quality evidence based behavioral healthcare for Americans who live with mental and substance use disorders.
"As a result of my role with NABH, I have become more educated and aware of the critical needs of at-risk youths regardless of their country or location, and the benefits of providing them with an alternative to the many negative forces they experience daily on the streets," Shawn says. "In my view, the goals of BBBP align perfectly with the mission of NABH and I believe we can identify additional resources and services we can bring to bear in addressing the pressing needs of the children and communities the BBBP serves."