Hands-on consulting and training, working alongside your company to help your staff learn, grow, and shine.
Elizabeth (‘Beth’) Irias’s consulting work was born out of her passion for improving the quality of care for mental health patients… she feels strongly that streamlining administrative processes often leads to improved treatment outcomes.
Beth has a strong background in Utilization Review, Clinical Management, and Quality Assurance, she provides businesses with clinical support as they navigate accreditation, program development, managed care utilization review processes, and appeals with external organizations like the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance. She is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Psychology Department at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, and an experienced trainer. She has served on a number of clinical management teams, including directing the Admissions Department at a 100-bed residential dual-diagnosis treatment facility in Los Angeles, CA, and running the Utilization Review Department for an adolescent dual-diagnosis facility in Woodland Hills, CA. She’s worked alongside prominent and influential behavioral health attorneys, learning the ins and outs of managed care systems, and she passes important and game-changing Utilization Review strategies onto her consulting clients.
Experienced guidance that you can trust, helping your business reduce liability risks and improve managed care authorizations.
She works with companies throughout the United States on improving the quality of patient care, and she is a professional conference and seminar speaker on the national circuit, known for her engaging tongue-in-cheek presenting style.
Partners, Consulting Clients, & Past Presentation Hosts Include:
Personalized Utilization Review and clinical documentation trainings for clinicians and administrative management teams
Program Development Plans, including Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Residential levels of care
Counseling about clinical accreditation reviews for organizations including CARF, The Joint Commission, and the State of California
Comprehensive clinical documentation reviews
Guidance regarding the selection and implementation/training of Electronic Medical Records systems
The conceptualization, creation, and implementation of effective and efficient behavioral health clinical documentation
Guidance regarding appeals with the Department of Managed Health Care, the Department of Insurance, and other independent medical review organizations
Clinical supervision of Associate Marriage & Family Therapists and Associate Clinical Social Workers
Continuing Education Credits
As an added benefit, many of Beth’s trainings including Continuing Education credit hours for Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers, Clinical Counselors, and Addiction Counselors, provided via her company, Clearly Clinical. Please inquire directly with Beth about which trainings include CE credits.
APA: Clearly Clinical's courses meet the qualifications for CE hours as required by the APA. Clearly Clinical is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Clearly Clinical maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
NBCC: Clearly Clinical's courses meet the qualifications for CE hours as required by NBCC. Clearly Clinical has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6954. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Clearly Clinical is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
CAMFT: Clearly Clinical's courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; Clearly Clinical is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for California LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs. Clearly Clinical maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content; CAMFT-CEPA: #99380
NAADAC: Courses have been approved by Clearly Clinical, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. Clearly Clinical is responsible for all aspects of the programing; NAADAC Provider #180654.
CCAPP: Clearly Clinical's courses meet the qualifications for CE hours as required by the CCAPP. Clearly Clinical is approved by California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals-EI; CCAPP-EI #5-17-274-1119.
Patti Rudolf, Director of Utilization Review at Benchmark Transitions
“I think what Beth does, and how she does it, is perfect. The way she presents her training is so informative. She comes in relating to everyone from all points, and only provides insight on how they can grow to be the best they can be, while giving them views from all angles whether its insurance, UR, or the law. These are all points I have tried very hard to bring to Benchmark’s staff, however, I think is some instances, it is best to hear it coming from an outside source that can relate to their end of things. I had all great feedback from everyone who attended, which by the way, I have never heard them rant how good a training was before, so that speaks volumes.” November 2018
Monica Blauner, President of the California Society of Clinical Social Work, L.A.
“After 40 years in practice, I finally know what should be in my clinical documentation. Beth’s presentation was the clearest and most comprehensive explanation of what information should be included in our notes and why, that I’ve heard. I appreciated that she focused more on content than on format. All mental health clinicians should hear this presentation, and I’ve been telling my colleagues what I’ve learned.” July 2018
Dr. Thomas Wood, Clinical Director at Nexus Recovery Services
“Beth has a fund of knowledge in the field of behavioral health that is only matched by her perceptiveness, quick mind and a pragmatic ability to make good solid recommendations. I found her to be collaborative, respectful and I took away many great suggestions for optimizing our agency’s clinical forms within our electronic medical record that we have already implemented to great effect. She has a very accessible teaching method and style. In my role as a clinical director, I consider her to be an invaluable resource!” March 2018
Carolyn Hall, Owner of Roundtable Counseling
“I had Beth Irias come and do a training for my staff in June and I was thrilled! She was professional, yet approachable, and helped to educate all clinical members on documentation practices. The information she presented was clear and concise and she was open to all questions from my staff. I would hire her again and will likely do so regularly to advise on legal and ethical issues.” July 2018
Corliss Porter, VP of Programming for CAMFT Ventura County
A note from Ventura County CAMFT VP of Programming, Corliss Porter : “Your presentation on clinical documentation & Best Practice was popularly received and reviewed by the participants at Ventura County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist at our February 2018 meeting. Your presentation on clinical documentation was excellent, and it was evident that you'd put in a lot of time and effort to make the topic interesting and even a little fun and humorous. Our members have asked that you be invited back next year for a 3-hour CEU presentation. Your expertise on the topic matched with your engaging presentation style provided us with essential state-of-business knowledge, and we'd recommend your work to other organizations looking to improve their practices. " March 2018
Jill Howe-Versos, Associate Director at the Antioch University Counseling Center
“I want to express my sincere thanks for Beth’s presentation, “The Business of Practice: Are You and Your Practice at Risk?,” at our Brown Bag Symposium. The feedback I received from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. Her generous donation of time and talent, as well as her interest in the professional development here at Antioch, is greatly appreciated.” April 2018
Devon Wayt, Vice President at Northbound Treatment Services
“Elizabeth is the best clinical documentation consultant we have ever partnered with. Her acumen, and masterful understanding of the utilization review process, is unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. She asks the right questions, answers the right answers, and she has the ability to meet any clinician where they are at in their clinical documentation growth journey. Our belief systems aligned immediately, and we are honored to consider her a part of our team.”
Robert Scholz, Former Clinical Director at Engage Psychological Services
"Elizabeth possesses an incredible skill set that make her an invaluable asset to behavioral health care companies. She provided Engage exceptional guidance as we strengthened our UR/ QA process and developed training for our staff to support this process. Her ability to connect quickly and determine the needs of our program were very helpful and gave us great confidence in her ability to assist us. She possesses a genuine care for wanting to make the field better and to help clients get the services they deserve and need. I cannot recommend Elizabeth highly enough as a consultant and therapist - the future of the field is in good hands because of people like her!" March 2017
Ori Kanefsky, COO at Nexus Healthcare Solutions
"Beth has consulted with Nexus in a number of different areas, including clinical staffing, business development, Quality Assurance, and Utilization Review. Beth is quick to respond to our needs, and works collaboratively with our team. Her professionalism, knowledge, skill, and background have helped us meet the needs of our behavioral health clients and improved our UR authorization lengths. I would highly recommend her to others in the behavioral health space looking for consulting services." March 2017
Evan Amarni, CEO/Exec. Director at Multi Concept Recovery
“Elizabeth's training on clinical documentation is amazing! It is both engaging and educational. Beth's personality and candy kept it fun! Highly recommend Beth to anyone seeking to improve their documentation skills. Furthermore, she is professional and delivered what she committed to deliver. Thanks, Beth!" September 2017
Sara Rector, Therapist at Circle of Life Counseling Center
“I had the opportunity to hear Elizabeth Irias speak on Clinical Documentation. She was an excellent speaker and so well versed on the subject that I decided to have a personal consultation and found it to be very beneficial. Based on the consultation, I was able to able to advocate for several clients whose insurance company had previously denied continued treatment. Elizabeth gave me a new perspective on what insurance companies are looking for, the laws protecting our clients and the language to communicate those needs." November 2017
Marty Lythgoe, Former Program Director at Genesis Programs
"I consulted with Beth re: the daunting task of converting to electronic health records. She was not only knowledgeable but also served to calm much of my anxiety. She answered most of my questions and was also quick to respond, "I don't know" when she did not have the answer. She was an excellent listener and seemed to genuinely focus on our company's needs and budget in making suggestions. If you are considering this kind of transition, I highly recommend Beth." March 2017