We are a team of behavioral health experts who care deeply about improving the lives of people with mental health and substance use challenges.
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) is a behavioral health consultancy for systems, organizations, and providers who desire to improve outcomes for people with mental health and substance use challenges. We do this through clinical practice and policy implementation, behavioral health training, evaluation, and customized solutions.
Every person deserves the opportunity to pursue a life that by their definition, provides meaning, purpose & valued identity.
We must all address implicit bias and aggressively deploy collaborative strategies of change that mitigate the impact of racism.
We continually seek efficient, collaborative and equitable solutions to improve the health of individuals and communities.
CIBHS works to improve the ability of behavioral healthcare providers to serve the needs of their clients.
The relationship with our customers is important. Our success is measured by the success of our customers and their constituents.
Cultural and linguistically responsive services are critical. CIBHS employs strategies rooted in co-design to increase inclusivity.
Better outcomes are our true north concerning service delivery.
CIBHS strives to be a catalyst for the delivery of care that is accessible, culturally relevant and delivered with fairness and justice.
Percy Howard, LCSW has 35 years of expertise in private practice, county behavioral health, child welfare systems, nonprofit organizations, and juvenile justice settings. He catalyzed CIBHS’ ability to implement recovery-oriented and family-directed evidence-based practices, change management and evaluation supports throughout California.
Victor Kogler, former executive director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Institute, has worked in the substance use disorder field in California since 1971. He was Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Program administrator for 20 years and was president of the County Alcohol and Drug Programs Administrators Association of California.
Jennifer Clancy has over 15 years of experience leading complex Medicaid/Medicare-related programs to improve outcomes for people with behavioral health conditions or barriers to wellness. She develops strategic initiatives with community, government, and foundation partners to improve the quality of county behavioral health programs.
Robert Diaz, with an accounting, finance, and information systems background, has led accounting teams in sectors from healthcare services to environmental protection, notably the California Society of Anesthesiologists and Audubon California. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from CSU Fresno as well as his MBA from CSU Sacramento.
Gayaneh Karapetian, is a licensed clinician who delivers training and implementation support on trauma-informed care trainings and other resiliency promoting practices for California counties, community-based organizations and individual practitioners.
Expertise in innovative project design, change management, policy implementation and business operations. Passionate about mentoring innovative change leaders in their pursuit to improve patient outcomes, streamline business operations and engage staff in meaningful results-oriented work. PI Framework: LEAN Six Sigma, IHI, NIATx.
Hiram Santisteban is a senior administrative/financial executive with a proven record of growing organizations by driving program cohesion, improved financial performance, and operational efficiencies. A skilled relationship builder, he brings internal/external stakeholders together to develop sound strategic plans, organizational infrastructure, and culture shifts to deliver results.
Samantha Spangler is an expert in data analysis and presentation; analysis design; program evaluation; training development and delivery; scientific and technical writing; business analysis; and business process re-engineering. She helps clients use data to understand system, program and client-level performance, to improve outcomes.
Hope Alvidrez, Human Resources Manager, oversees payroll, attendance, benefit administration, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, and effective communication and outreach activities. She conducts continual research, analysis, and negotiation of best practices for continued improvement and implementation to CIBHS operations.
CIBHS is continuously building our diverse, creative, and talented team to help us improve behavioral health systems and the lives of the people they serve.