Jim Clarkson, MA, LADAC, serves as CEO of Via Positiva—a consulting, counseling, coaching and training company and serves as an Advisor to leading Medication Assisted Opioid Use Disorder Treatment providers and initiatives around the country. He is Chairman of the National Advisory Board at Ensoftek, Inc., the proprietor of DrCloudEHR, in Beaverton, Oregon. He previously served as a National Vice President with ValueOptions, Inc. (now Beacon Health Options), the nation’s largest private behavioral health and wellness managed care organization. With ValueOptions, Jim was responsible for enterprises in emerging market areas and managing substance abuse delivery systems and served as an internal and external substance use disorder subject matter expert. Previously, Jim both led behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment provider agencies and worked as a clinician for many years.
Jim has also provided consultation and training nationally and internationally including for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment, the National Association for Addiction Professionals, the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness as well as many other state and federal agencies. Jim is a national presenter, trainer and subject matter expert in the business of behavioral health and led the National Addiction Professional Business Learning Collaborative and served on the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative.
In addition to his role as a managed care executive, Jim has worked and consulted with programs across the country focusing on the connection between spirituality and wellness, mental health, addiction recovery, and financial literacy. He managed the Healing Circle at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has worked with many pueblos and tribes. Jim has served as President of the New Mexico Recovery Professionals Alliance, is a Certified NIATx Change Leader (Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment), was a Key Supervisor for the Matrix Institute, is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer and for 30 years has helped Fortune 500 companies and public healthcare systems create environments for recovery, sustainability and positive therapeutic outcomes.