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Our Mission

PHI regulations protect patient privacy, give you flexibility to provide the best possible treatment, and help clarify the boundaries in protecting and sharing patient information. 

The Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information (also known as the CoE-PHI) is funded by SAMHSA to assist people and organizations to understand and apply federal health privacy laws and regulations –on the job, specific to their task or role, and to help patients and families know what their rights are when seeking and receiving treatment for Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health.  


Designed to provide assistance and support to healthcare teams, state agencies, school professionals, and the consumers and families they serve, the CoE-PHI helps to answer these questions through:

  • Expert training provided virtually through national webinars and face-to-face (limited amount annually)
  • Individualized Technical Assistance provided remotely
  • eLearning Modules
  • Archived Webinars (some offering continuing education units) 
  • Resources and tools that can be accessed 24/7 to help you confidently interpret and apply privacy regulations on the job and in your practice.

Resources, training, technical assistance, and any other information provided through the CoE-PHI do not constitute legal advice. 

Team and Advisors

The CoE-PHI is administered by CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.) in partnership with the Legal Action Center (LAC) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

CAI is a nationally recognized leadership, workforce, and systems-strengthening capacity building provider. The Legal Action Center (LAC), the only non-profit law firm in the U.S. with long-standing and specific expertise in interpreting and applying privacy laws in practice. 

Combined, our team has expertise in PHI laws and regulations, organization and delivery of SUD, mental health, and healthcare services, school-based systems for providing healthcare, consumer and family engagement, workforce development, training, technical assistance, and systems strengthening.

Jacqueline Seitz, JD
Jacqueline Seitz, JD
Health Privacy Lead
Jacqueline Seitz is the Health Privacy Lead for the COE-PHI, and Senior Staff Attorney for Health Privacy at the Legal Action Center, where she provides legal counsel and technical assistance…
Christine Khaikin, JD
Christine Khaikin, JD
Senior Health Privacy Associate
Christine Khaikin is the Senior Health Privacy Associate for the COE-PHI and a Health Policy Attorney at the Legal Action Center, where she participates in all aspects of their substance…
Scott Wells, JD
Scott Wells, JD
Privacy Law Compliance Senior Associate
Scott M. Wells, JD, serves as the Privacy Law Compliance Senior Associate for the Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information at CAI.  Before joining CAI, Scott was a staff attorney at…
Amber Black, JD
Amber Black, JD
Health Privacy Associate
Amber Black is a Health Privacy Associate for the COE-PHI, and a Staff Attorney for Health Privacy at the Legal Action Center, where she provides legal counsel, training, and technical…
Mary Dino, LCSW
Mary Dino, LCSW
Mental Health Lead
Mary Dino, LCSW, is the Mental Health Lead for the CoE-PHI, and the Director of Mental Health and Trauma at CAI Global, Inc., where she co-designs and facilitates consultation, training…
Sally Friedman, JD
Sally Friedman, JD
LAC Project Co-Lead
Sally Friedman is the Vice President of Legal Advocacy at the Legal Action Center, a non-profit law and policy organization that fights discrimination against and protects the privacy rights of…
Michael Graziano, MPA
Michael Graziano, MPA
Project Director
Michael Graziano serves as the Project Director for the Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI) at CAI.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College,…
National Advisory Group

The CoE-PHI has convened a national advisory group, comprised of experts in the field and national associations that represent SUD and mental health program administrators, providers, and the patients and families they serve. The group makes sure that CoE-PHI activities are responsive to the needs of the field.  Members act as advisors in the development of CoE-PHI training and technical assistance activities, resources and educational materials and promote broad awareness of CoE-PHI resources throughout their networks.

American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. (AATOD)
Mark W. Parrino, MPA- President

American Medical Association (AMA)
Laura Hoffman, JD

American School Health Association (ASHA)
Jeanie Alter, PhD, MCHES, CPS, FASHA

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Coordinator Office
Laurie Krom, MS- Co-Director

Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC)
Nancy Roget, Co-Director, Mountain Plains ATTC, and Executive Director, Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT)

Faces & Voices of Recovery
Patty McCarthy Metcalf, MA, Executive Director 

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCACII, CDCIII, SAP, Executive Director

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)
Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA-R)
Joycelyn Sue Woods, MA, CARC, CMA, Executive Director

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
Robert Morrison- Executive Director
Melanie Whitter- Director of Research and Program Applications

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
Aaron J. Walker, MPA- Policy Manager

National Latino Behavioral Health Association

H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH

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