New Podcast Episode Explores The Behavioral Health Continuum of Care

July 3, 2024

In the newest episode of Disruptors at Work: an Integrated Care Podcast, host Dr. U. Grant Baldwin, Jr., DBH, Director of the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, and Trina K. Ita, MA, LPC, explores the behavioral health continuum of care, which entails prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services. This episode discusses how the current behavioral health system faces challenges such as fragmented care, lack of access, and stigma. Additionally, presents considerations for how digital behavioral health solutions, including telemedicine, mobile apps, and online therapy platforms can mitigate these challenges.

Thank you to our subject matter expert:

  • Trina K. Ita, MA, LPC

Listen or watch the episode below.

About the Expert

Trina K. Ita is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) student at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, and holds a Bachelor’s in psychology from Tuskegee University and Master’s in Counselor Education – Community/Agency Counseling from Kean University. She has worked in behavioral health for over 30 years holding a variety of leadership roles in the private & public sectors to include provision of services in private practice. She formerly worked in the child welfare system in Texas as Chief Strategist for Behavioral Health Services for Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and is now serving as the Deputy Executive Commissioner of Behavioral Health Services for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). In this role she has the responsibility for the behavioral health continuum of care for adults and youth and the array of service offerings funded by the Texas Legislature (i.e. prevention, intervention, treatment, substance use, veterans behavioral health, disaster behavioral health, etc.) as well as responsibility and oversight on the administration of the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and the Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grant (SUPTRS BG or SUBG).