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Via Positiva. Offices Now In Boston, Houston and Angel Fire, NM

Technical Assistance and Consulting for Behavioral Health Provider Organizations, Insurance Companies, and Corporations.  Strategies for Financial Growth and Sustainability.  Business Cases, Negotiation and Contracting with Third Party Payers, Corporations and Regulators.  Strategic Planning and Step by Step Implementation--for your agency's sustainability, financial strength and clinical and recovery excellence!
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Sylvia Barela Joins Via Positiva as New CEO
joining Via Positiva on April 1, 2022. Sylvia was born and raised in New Mexico. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration degree with a Healthcare Concentration.  Sylvia joins us with deep clinical knowledge and compassion along with a very impressive sustainability and growth track record as CEO of a large provider system.  She has been a key leader in developing New Mexico’s System of Care and we are thrilled that she will now be leading Via Positiva on the national stage,” said Jim Clarkson, current President at Via.  In addition to leading Via Positiva, Sylvia will offer executive coaching and consultation to providers, corporations and regulatory funders.  Sylvia can be reached at or (505) 310-2910.

Together, we are a consulting firm of Behavioral Health Executives providing full-service consultation to help substance abuse, mental health and other human service providers navigate the behavioral health payer landscape toward becoming fiscally strong, sustainable, integrated, and clinically excellent.  We often begin with an on-site walk-through of your agency and then develop a comprehensive plan with clear strategies and action steps for increased revenue, sustainability and growth-- aligning your work flow, client path, marketing and outreach efforts, information technology, operations, clinical and recovery strategies to support your agency's fiscal strength and prepare for and engage in value based and other emerging reimbursement models. Our portfolio includes small, mid-size and large, nationally prominent providers across the country.  

Meet Our Expert Board of Advisors for 2022:

John Tadich, MBA, is the former CEO of United Behavioral Health and President, Public Sector at ValueOptions.  John is a noted national leader, mentor and innovator in behavioral health.  He is the past Chairman of the Ihope Network and serves on many boards and advisory boards across the country within behavioral health.

Clarence Jordan, MBA, is Vice President of Wellness & Recovery at Beacon HealthOptions (Anthem) responsible for Beacon’s national development and implementation of the use of peers in treatment and recovery.   He received the 2014 Peer Specialist of the Year Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health. This prestigious award recognizes a person with a lived experience of mental illness who uses his or her strengths to help peers on their road to recovery.  Jordan’s passion to help those struggling with the challenges of mental illness arose from his own experiences. As a man of color, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a person in recovery since 1998, Jordan has dealt with the obstacles these populations face in accessing appropriate treatment. Foremost are the dual challenges of ignorance and cultural stigma: “When I served in the Navy, my ‘image’ of a person with mental illness was certainly not me. I believe I share this experience with thousands of military service members who could benefit from VA services but may not be getting them. The same holds true for communities of color, where social isolation and discrimination are no strangers.”

Michael Klaybor, Ph.D., is former national board member of the National Employee Assistance Professional Association and has been providing professional counseling and consulting services to individuals, families and organizations for more than 30 years. He has wide and deep roots and relationships in the energy, medical and industrial sectors.  Specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, his approach is dynamic in addressing and resolving problems of anxiety, depression and marital problems. 

Dawn Nickel, Ph.D., is the Founder of She Recovers Foundation, a worldwide network and movement of women’s recovery and wellness and an international subject matter expert in gender specific services for women.

Trudy Soole, LPCC, is President of Soole Solutions, Member, Santee Sioux Nation, therapist, traditional healer and nationally respected speaker and trainer.

Christopher Botten, is an Associate at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, a very popular leader and trainer on the business and finance of behavioral health.

Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor, M.A., LPC, is a therapist, ordained Unity minister, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Spiritual Director, HeartMath Coach and Lead Unified Mindfulness Coach.

Sylvia Barela, MBA, is the National Managing Partner of Via Positiva and the former CEO of Santa Fe Recovery, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She is a statewide leader in the cultures and behavioral health services in New Mexico and subject matter expert in substance use disorder in the Public Sector.

For Providers: This is a time of transition and challenge for most behavioral health agencies and their leaders due to healthcare reform, changing managed care criteria, contracting expectations, and integration.  Our team includes highly successful former CEOs and managed care executives to help solidify and enhance your strategic plan in a highly supportive, judgment free way through agency technical assistance and executive coaching.  

Practitioner Coaching, Training and Technical Assistance

Step by step guidance, inspiration and support for new counselors, therapists and recovery coaches into their start up practices and for established practitioners seeking to expand or enhance their current practices.  We are behavioral health thought leaders and nationally respected speakers providing keynotes, plenary sessions and agency specific trainings on key topics relevant to behavioral health including finances, strategic planning, evidence based practices and managing growth and change.

For Insurers and Managed Care Organizations
Business Consultant

Via provides behavioral health subject matter expertise, marketing and Request for Proposal response assistance to insurance companies and managed care organizations and has helped the largest insurers in the country respond successfully to State Medicaid and other RFPs.

For Investment Banks, Private Investors and Venture Capitalists


Via guides and facilitates investments, mergers and acquisitions with investment banks, private investors and venture capitalists providing due diligence activities, market analysis and facilitation of communication between clinical, recovery, financial, systems and business paradigms.