David Shillcutt is a Strategic Advisor with EBG Advisors, Inc. He has deep experience in the areas of behavioral health, mental health parity, government and commercial reimbursement, and managed care due to his work at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mr. Shillcutt helps clients navigate the provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the 21st Century Cures Act, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, as well as the other federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to mental health and substance abuse services. He also provides advice on mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) service coverage and on legal and regulatory matters arising under Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party reimbursement programs. In addition, Mr. Shillcutt advises on the confidentiality and privacy of SUD patient medical records, controlled substances, and the implications of proposed changes to the ACA or other potential legislation on mental health and substance abuse treatment services and coverage.

Representative Experience

From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Shillcutt was a Health Insurance Specialist at CMS in the Medicaid Division of Managed Care Plans. In that role, he led the drafting, implementation, and oversight of mental health and substance use disorder parity regulations for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs, and represented CMS on the White House Parity Task Force. He also developed and led technical support programs for physical and mental health integration and for reducing SUDs through the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program. Previously, Mr. Shillcutt was a Presidential Management Fellow at the CDC’s Center for Global Health, and then spent two years as the agency lead for regulatory affairs at SAMHSA. While attending the University of Georgia School of Law, he worked at a not-for-profit health care system in Georgia, performing legal research and preparing policy statements on health care reform.


  • University of Georgia  (J.D.)
    • School of Law
  • Harvard University  (B.A., cum laude)