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State of Addiction Treatment 2023
Just as the public deserves a complete and clear education of the healthcare tools available to them to overcome addiction, so too does the treatment provider need the best tools and plans to serve the public. And in order for providers to effectively deploy those tools and plans, they need a clear view of the runway in front of them.

Focusing on the most critical issues shaping the delivery of treatment and future of the space, the State of Addiction Treatment in 2023 panel discussion will identify the challenges faced by addiction treatment program operators from multiple perspectives and offer actionable advice to successfully navigate the year to come.


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Ben Dittman
Senior Vice President of Partnerships @Kipu Health
Ben established Avea Solutions, the industry-leading revenue cycle management software for behavioral health treatment providers. Ben is now Senior Vice President of Partnerships at Kipu Health, the top electronic medical records platform, which recently acquired Avea. Before founding Avea, Ben spent 15+ years in banking, system design, and consulting. Ben enjoys mountain biking in Bend, Oregon, taking photographs while traveling, and acquiring cool gadgets in his spare time.
Christi Cessna, MS
Chief Executive Officer @Integrative Life Network
Christi Cessna, MS is the CEO of Integrative Life Network, the premier family of trauma-focused treatment centers for behavioral health. A well-rounded business development and operational executive with over 20 years of experience, Christi is a proven leader who excels at building teams, operationalizing systems and processes, and producing desired results. She’s worked with companies in different growth stages, launching and sustaining capacities of de novo and acquired programs, M&A, and well-established programs. As an executive leader, Christi guided organizations on how incorporating best practices and progressive treatment approaches lead to program differentiation and being a treatment center of choice for professionals. She has worked for several of the industry’s most respected private programs and brands, delivering pivotal outcomes. Christi holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, has experience as a practicing clinician, and is a certified DISC trainer.
Dexter Braff
Founder + President @The Braff Group
With 30 plus years of experience representing health care service companies, Dexter is recognized as one of the preeminent industry experts in health care M&A. Dexter has been the keynote speaker, panelist, or speaker on various issues regarding health care mergers and acquisitions or finance at conferences across the country. Dexter holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science from the University of Oregon, a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, and received the Vincent W. Lanfear Award for academic achievement from the University of Pittsburgh. Dexter has been selected to serve on the board of several companies and institutions including the advisory board for the Home Care Innovation & Investment Conference. Dexter was inducted into The Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association Hall of Fame as “Dealmaker Extraordinaire” in 2018.
Nathaniel Weiner
Principal and Vice-Chair, Behavioral Health Law Group @Polsinelli LLP
Nathaniel ‘Tani’ Weiner is a Principal of Polsinelli LLP, and Vice-Chair of the Firm’s Behavioral Health Law Group. Tani is a seasoned M&A lawyer with a special focus in behavioral health, and designs and closes deals by taking into account corporate structure, as well as licensure, regulatory and reimbursement considerations that are unique to behavioral health providers. Tani has handled dozens of successfully completed transactions, and has supported leading behavioral health providers in all facets of their legal affairs, including, prior to joining Polsinelli, as Deputy General Counsel of Acadia Healthcare and CRC Health Group. Tani regularly partners with behavioral health stakeholders to navigate complex transaction, regulatory and reimbursement issues that are part of the rapidly evolving behavioral health space. Tani – along with Polsinelli’s national HealthCare M&A practice -- have been recognized for legal excellence in the prestigious Chambers USA law firm rankings.
Glenn Hadley
SVP of Strategy @Dreamscape Marketing
Spending years working nationally to revitalize behavioral healthcare conferences and pioneering the virtual trade show platform, Glenn wanted to get back to his core goal of helping people break through personally and professionally. He brings a unique, broad, and informed perspective of the healthcare profession to Dreamscape Marketing. Nationally, Glenn is heading the development of new professional business relationships in hopes of bringing healing to new markets. As a former professional tennis player, coach, and director, Glenn brings a wealth of knowledge in team-building and community organization to the healthcare industry.
Bethany Nelson, PhD
Director of Foundation Operations @NAATP
Dr. Bethany Nelson serves as the Director of Foundation Operations for FoRSE within the NAATP team. Bethany earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Tennessee where her research focused on criminology, identity, and mass media. Prior to joining the FoRSE team, Dr. Nelson worked in both fundraising and program management for several nonprofits across the southeast.
Dr. Emily Bielen
Director of Operations @Dreamscape Marketing
Dr. Emily Bielen is the Director of Operations for Dreamscape Marketing. Prior to Dreamscape, she was the head of marketing and program management for global industry leaders in behavioral healthcare, setting local and international marketing strategies that merged a company’s brand with its commitment to the evolution of engagement-driven service. Emily continuously works collaboratively within companies to develop creative strategies that increase sales, brand value, and differentiation. She designs lead acquisition strategies through digital ecosystems and human capital infrastructure and provides leadership to individuals and organizations striving for maximum return. Emily holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Sedona, attended Columbia University’s School of Social Work, and has a B.A. in metropolitan studies from NYU. She currently lives with her four beautiful children and devotes her everyday work to her calling to elevate the consciousness of our world.
Michelle Mullany
CEO @Prosperity Behavioral Health
Michelle Mullany is CEO of Prosperity Behavioral Health, a leading RCM and financial services provider for behavioral health facilities. She has spent her career developing and scaling behavioral health services. She worked as System Vice President at Main Line Health and Vice President of Inova Health System overseeing all mental health and substance use services. Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marine Corps veteran.