Who We Are & What We Do

Who We Are  

The College for Behavioral Health Leadership (CBHL) strives to be a resource for behavioral health leaders across the country. We are THE PLACE where leaders collaborate to grow their knowledge and ability to transform communities across the nation.  We continually seek to understand and support the leader of today. We aim to foster and expand innovation, and we are working to position leaders to respond to the challenges of the future.

Distinctly different from how other organizations and degree programs offer leadership development, we purposely advocate for innovative leadership practices that continually evolve and draw from multiple, diverse opinions, sectors and stakeholders. We intentionally push the boundaries of those working within silos to focus on effective multi-sector community-based solutions resulting in transformative change.

Since 1979, CBHL has continually sought to expand the capacity of leaders to individually and collectively transform systems serving people and communities inclusive of people with behavioral and complex health needs. We are building upon decades of experience and the deep skills and commitment of our members to respond to this urgent challenge.

The Time is Now  

Behavioral health, health and social service systems are changing rapidly. There is a growing recognition of the need for improved behavioral health, but many public and private leaders are not prepared for the challenges ahead. Despite a growing demand for innovative multi-sector leadership, most leaders are still being prepared to adopt traditional, single sector, hierarchic approaches to management.

Instead, behavioral health leaders of today and tomorrow must address complex, cross-sector challenges, work comfortably through ambiguity, collaborate with and learn from colleagues, and utilize innovative and evidence-based strategies.  Developing effective, population-based, cross-sector approaches to eliminate inequity requires integrated care, collaborative community action and behavior change.

What We Do  

Through our convenings, member engagement, and multi-sector collaborations, we offer behavioral health leaders opportunities to:

  • Learn innovative strategies and skills to match an ever-increasing pace of change;
  • Think and collaborate across sectors;
  • Focus on achieving ambiguous and complex systemic and community-wide goals through collective action; and
  • Be re-energized and excited to make a life-changing impact and reinvent the future!

Innovate, Inspire, Implement  

Leaders become stronger when they can test ideas, build relationships, and incorporate cutting edge skills. CBHL brings leaders together across sectors to learn from and teach one another in settings where new partnerships, stimulating experiences, and innovative solutions emerge, and together we create transformative leadership of the future.

 CBHL’s approach to leadership development encompasses the following areas of innovation:

  • We work to inspire and educate leaders at all levels to be successful.
  • We involve leaders from all sectors – public and private, service delivery, managed care and system oversight organizations.
  • We support leaders in the broad development of population health strategies to provided integrated services in all settings and systems for people and communities with complex needs.
  • We help the new generation of leaders balance traditional hierarchical leadership with the capacity to build collaboration within communities across sectors.
  • We train and coach our leaders in innovative technologies to co-create the changes needed in their communities, using models like human-centered design, collaborative impact, and participatory planning.

What We Offer    

Access: Membership provides access to and connections with behavioral health and other thought leaders that have sponsored and led innovations across the US.

Connections:  Members tell us this is the one place where individuals from all sectors can work together to create change on substantive issues; a robust member directory and asset map providing access to other CBHL leaders able to serve as a resource to you will be available in 2020.

The Summit: This annual convening serves as the incubator of national change, addressing the changing needs of leadership and the core issues challenging the health and wellbeing of communities.

Leadership: CBHL supports leaders of all levels and offers consultation and coaching services, such as peer-to-peer coaching using a liberating structures method called Troika Consulting.

Networking and Shared Learning: Virtual networking calls, a member listserv, website, webinars presented by experts, and other learning opportunities will be designed based on member interest for members to learn with and from the best thought leaders in the field.

Resources:  CBHL is seeking funding for the development of an e-library to address the gap in the aggregation of information related to population health, and to create an active forum for leaders across disciplines to spread innovation.