Rutgers, RWJBH’s Ghinassi named chair of National Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care CEO Frank Ghinassi has been named the 2024 chair of the board of trustees for the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Rutgers announced Wednesday.

Ghinassi, who is also senior vice president of behavioral health services at RWJBarnabas Health, has been a member of the association since 1997 and a member of the board since 2016. He has also served as the NABH’s chair for its Addiction Services Committee and Quality Committee.

“Frank Ghinassi’s leadership, expertise and experience in the behavioral health care segment is matchless,” NABH CEO and President Shawn Coughlin said in a prepared statement. “For decades now, Dr. Ghinassi has brought a wealth of clinical knowledge, business acumen and compassion to every position he has held and every project he has led.

“The best way I can explain his influence is this: Whenever our team discusses which members could help us develop a new program or resource for our association, the first question everyone typically asks is, ‘What about Frank?’”

The NABH advocates for behavioral health care and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of prevention, treatment and care for individuals of all ages with mental health and substance use disorders.

“As one of the largest behavioral health providers in the country and the largest in the state, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, together with RWJBarnabas Health, has an obligation to influence change through leadership roles at the state and the national level,” Ghinassi said.