Mental Health Professionals Connect
December 14, 2018
Event website

The second Friday of each month, The Cognitive Clinic hosts the Mental Health Professionals Connect. This is a networking opportunity in which counselors, social workers,and others in the mental health and wellness field can come together to share what they are doing. The event will be from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and will be held at our Palos Hills location. Light refreshments will be served. Each month there will be a different speaker sharing interesting information related to the field of mental health, wellness, and counseling. The event is free to attend. Registration is highly encouraged.

Our next Mental Health Professionals Connect will be held on December 14, 2018. The event is free to attend. If interested, 1 FREE CEU will be available for LPCs, LCPCs, LSWs, and LCSWs and some categories of IAODAPCA for $10.

The topic is: Peer Support

Aetna Better Health Premier Plan is an option for individuals to coordinate care for those who receive both Medicare and Medicaid. It serves as a vital role in holistic healthcare when it comes to our members and their families. One unique role within the health plan is the role of Recovery Support. This position helps bridge the connection between Care Managers, physicians, and resources in the community. In this presentation, we will discuss how Recovery Support Specialists play an important part in enhancing recovery outcomes; creating connections to other support services; educate clinical staff about the culture of recovery; and work with clinical staff in order to decrease the chances of members being hospitalized

Presenters: Asha Rondinella, Community Liason Recovery Specialist,

Asha joined the Aetna Better Health team as the Community Liaison Recovery Specialist. In this role she provides education to various community stakeholders, as well as recovery support to members directly. Prior to this role, she has worked in the capacity of a Peer Recovery Specialist in a variety of settings including community-based organizations and nursing facilities (IMDs). Her most recent role was on an Assertive Community Team (ACT) team at a Community Mental Health Center. In November, 2016, Asha received a certification as a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS). Additionally, she is certified as an eCPR Practitioner. Asha is an individual with Bipolar I and her ongoing process of recovery provides hope and an alternative perspective to those within behavioral health communities.

Jacqleeen Musarra, Director, Community Outreach,

Jacqleen first joined the Aetna Better Health team in the role of Community Liaison Manager for Illinois. Since that time, the Community Outreach team developed and she expanded into her role of Director of Community Outreach. She has served in a variety of administrative roles in the industry through utilization management, client rights advocacy, quality assurance and quality improvement. Additionally, her work in provider organizations also includes providing case management, individual and group counseling and substance abuse treatment. Prior to joining Aetna Better Health she most recently served as the Director of Performance and Quality Improvement at a large social-service agency in Chicago. At the agency she led the Quality Improvement team in monitoring Behavioral Health, Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Foster Care, Out of School Time Programming and Adult Education. Prior to her work in Illinois she served as the Director of Continuous Quality Improvement at a behavioral health and addiction center in Ohio. Jacqleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Miami University (Ohio). She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services from John Carroll University. She holds certifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio.

We look forward to seeing you there. Contact Eva at or 708-586-9050 to sign up or if you have any questions.



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9944 South Roberts Road

Suite 202

Palos Hills, IL 60465

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