Our Team

COE-NF
OPERATIONS TEAM

Jacob “Jay” Berelowitz

Program Director
LNHA, LMSW, CPHQ, CCM

Jennifer Goodpaster

Program Manager
BS, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, QCP, CPHQ

Stacy Hull

Behavioral Health Technical Resource Manager
LPC, MAC, CPCS

Nikki Harris

Training and Education Lead
MA, CBHC-BS

Wilbert Martin

Recovery Specialist
MBA, BA, CACII

COE-NF Behavioral Specialists

Each Behavioral Specialist covers a multi-state region. Click on your state to see who your Behavioral Specialist is.
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Region 1
Steven Shaw Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Region 2
Jornelle Blair (New York) Region 2 (NY, NJ, PR, VI)
Region 3
Chervin Galon Region 3 (PA, D.C., WV, VA, DE, MD)
Region 4
Sherri Creel (Florida) Region 4 (KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, FL)
Region 5
Amy Reeder Region 5 (IL, IN, OH, MI, WI, MN)
Region 6
Crystal Daniel (Texas) Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
Region 7
Amber Jennings Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE,)
Region 8
Stephanie Smith (Colorado) Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Region 9
Tara Bowsher (California) Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, CNMI, FSM, GU, MH, PW)
Region 10
David Rodriguez (Washington State) Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
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the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.