"Mark Stanford, Ph.D. has the length, breadth and depth of experience in addiction, mental and general health settings that explain why his training and consultation is so grounded and effective. Mark's personal and interpersonal style is such that when he trains and consults, his work is not only competent and practical, but is enjoyable and really communicates."

David Mee-Lee, M.D. Psychiatrist, International Trainer in Addiction Medicine, and Chief Editor of The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria

"Mark Stanford Ph.D. is one of the architects of an exemplary system of care for the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). Mark has the rare combination of abilities to understand the science of addiction and to be able to translate that science into real world practices and policies that result in the optimal delivery of evidence-based care. Added to this expertise, Mark has spent thousands of hours with the patients who receive SUD treatment, so for him patient-centered care isn't a new buzz word, it is how he has spent his career."

Rick Rawson, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, UCLA School of Medicine


Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is the scientific and research-driven study of the interrelationship between emotions, behaviors and biology relating to a person’s mental health and overall well-being. A person struggling with behavioral health issues may be experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief/bereavement, addiction, learning disabilities or ADHD, mood disorders, or other psychological distress. In an integrative way, counselors, therapists, life coaches, psychologists, nurse practitioners or physicians can help manage behavioral health concerns with treatments such as therapy, counseling, and/or medication.

Integrated Care

Integrated behavioral health care is whole-person care where the individual’s body, mind and spirit are treated concurrently within a single and coordinated health care setting. In its broadest definition, integrated behavioral health care describes any situation in which behavioral and medical care providers work together for patients they have in common. In a more specific application, integrated behavioral health is the integration of treatment for mental health and substance use conditions where providers are “co-occurring competent” meaning, they are competent to provide services for persons with both mental health and substance use conditions, not just one or the other. This also applies to the treatment system or agency where they work. Organizations and agencies also need to become co-occurring competent.

Consulting Services

Over the years, Mark Stanford, PhD and others, have worked with many public and private behavioral health systems and their workforce to help improve services for patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions. In today’s standard of care and best practices model, it takes a well-equipped, professional treatment program to properly diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders (COD). A well trained staff in a program with a culture of co-occurring competency is a best practice standard of care.
Synergia Consulting Group offers trainings on a variety of topics in behavioral health and treatments, agency consultations including enhancing existing quality improvement systems. With over 35 years of successful experience in clinical direct services, quality management and systems infrastructure upgrades, preparing or reinforcing your behavioral health services to current standards of care is a primary focus.

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