We are excited about the agenda for Mental Health America's 2013 Annual Conference. Below you can find the agenda at a glance and a detailed description of each session. For more information about a particular session, click on the link below.
We are particularly enthusiastic about the participation of keynote presenters: Geoffrey Canada, President & CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York, on Friday, June 7; David Granirer, stand-up comedian and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health at the Clifford Beers Award Dinner on Friday, June 7; and Dr. James Prochaska, developer of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and Director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Center at the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, June 8.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||REGISTRATION OPEN|
|2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.||FIRST TIMERS OPENING SESSION|
|3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.||AFFILIATE VISIONING FORUM|
|3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.||AFTERNOON WELLNESS ACTIVITY|
|4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.||ADVOCACY TRAINING|
|7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||WELCOME NETWORKING RECEPTION|
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - CAPITOL HILL DAY
|6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.||REGISTRATION OPEN|
|7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||SHUTTLE DEPARTURE|
|7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.||MORNING WELLNESS ACTIVITY|
|7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.||BREAKFAST AND HILL DAY KICKOFF|
|9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.||HILL DAY VISITS WITH LEGISLATORS|
|11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||CONSUMER SCHOLARSHIP ORIENTATION|
|1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.||AFTERNOON WELLNESS SESSIONS|
|3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.||CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES CAUCUS|
|4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||LILLY REINTEGRATION SCHOLARSHIP FORUM|
|5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||EVENING WELLNESS ACTIVITY|
|5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||HILL DAY RECEPTION|
|7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||AFFILIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DINNER|
Friday, June 7, 2013
|7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.||REGISTRATION OPEN|
|7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.||MORNING WELLNESS ACTIVITY|
|7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.||DELEGATE ASSEMBLY BREAKFAST|
|8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||OPENING PLENARY|
|9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.||HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO OPEN|
|9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||EXPERT LEARNING & NETWORKING SESSION|
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||MEET THE AUTHOR SESSION|
|12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.||KEYNOTE LUNCHEON|
|2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.||HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO BREAK|
|4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
|6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.||RECEPTION|
|7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.||CLIFFORD BEERS AWARDS DINNER|
Saturday, June 8, 2013
|7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.||REGISTRATION OPEN|
|7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.||MORNING WELLNESS ACTIVITY|
|9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.||MORNING KEYNOTE|
|10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
|11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.||HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO BREAK|
|12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.||CLOSING LUNCHEON: A CALL TO ACTION|
|2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||OPEN CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES|
|6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||A NIGHT IN THE LIMELIGHT**|
*As of February 2013 (subject to change)
**"A Night in the Limelight," a benefit event for Mental Health America, is a separate event that will be held at the Gaylord. Tickets for this activity will be purchased separately. More information is below.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
|FIRST TIMERS OPENING SESSION||2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.|
A must-attend event for those who are attending the conference for the first time! Learn what Mental Health America is all about and what the next few days will bring while you meet MHA staff and other first-time attendees who share your interest in promoting whole health and well-being.
|AFFILIATE VISIONING FORUM||3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., President and CEO of Mental Health America, will host this forum with all Affiliates in attendance to hear the respective visions they have for MHA as a progressive and relevant national organization. He will likewise share his vision for MHA. It is anticipated that this forum will begin to create greater synergies between MHA National and its Affiliates.
|ADVOCACY TRAINING||4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
Great for veteran and rookie advocates, this session will give you all the preparation you'll need for your Capitol Hill visits on Thursday. We'll give you background, insight and fact sheets on Mental Health America's legislative priorities, and first-time advocates will learn tips and tricks for making a lasting impression on Members of Congress.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013
|HILL DAY KICKOFF||7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.|
Get inspired and educated for a day of advocacy activities on Capitol Hill. Former U.S. Representative and mental health champion Patrick Kennedy will address the crowd. Breakfast begins at 7.
|HILL DAY VISITS||9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
Don't forget to schedule your visits with your Senators and Representative in advance! Contact email@example.com for more information.
|CONSUMER SCHOLARSHIP ORIENTATION||11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.|
This informal meeting for consumer scholarship winners and other consumer attendees will provide an overview of the conference program and resources to help you get around the Gaylord National Resort and neighboring area.
|CMHS CAUCUS||3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
The issues of mortality and morbidity present challenges for persons in recovery that can be addressed through collective action and creative strategies. This caucus will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on how we can promote wellness for ourselves and peers. We will examine each of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness to discover what we can do to improve wellness in our own lives, the lives of others and in our community. Also, participants will learn how to become involved in SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative and how to organize activities in their own communities and organizations to help promote wellness.
|LILLY REINTEGRATION SCHOLARSHIP FORUM||4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
For 15 years, the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship program has offered financial assistance for a wide range of educational opportunities in which people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder work to attain a certificate or degree. Scholarships are available to assist people with earning high school diplomas, Associate degrees from trade or vocational school programs, Bachelor degrees and Graduate degrees. Dr. Ralph Aquila will discuss the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship program, how people can apply for financial assistance, how awardees are selected, criteria for applying and the overall success of the program. All registered conference attendees are invited to attend this informational session.
|HILL DAY RECEPTION||5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
Join us at the Dirksen Senate Office Building to share success stories from your Hill Day Visits and network with other advocates.
|AFFILIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DINNER||7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.|
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and affiliates, this event will allow Affiliate Executive Directors to share their experiences with each other.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013
|DELEGATE ASSEMBLY BREAKFAST||7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.|
At this annual meeting of the Members of the Corporation, eligible delegates will elect Mental Health America's incoming Board of Directors and vote on other business issues. We'll also present Mental Health America affiliate awards that honor cultural competency, innovative programming and volunteer service.
|OPENING PLENARY||8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.|
R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will address the connection between mental health and substance use disorders and the importance of deploying a public health approach that promotes community and evidence-based initiatives focusing on prevention, treatment, and recovery and tailors interventions to specific populations most at risk for certain types of drug problems.
Paolo del Vecchio, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will address critical challenges and opportunities in developing and implementing strategies and campaigns for the prevention and early intervention of mental health conditions. He will also discuss promoting health and wellness through clinical and community preventive services, empowering people in health decision making, eliminating health disparities and integrating peer supports in recovery.
Keynote Presenters: R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President; and Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
|BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1-5||9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.|
Choose from five different concurrent breakout sessions:
|Improving General Health for Mental Health Consumers: Current Trends in Research, Policy and Practice|
Speakers: Dr. Ben Druss, Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; and Dr. Martha Ward, Assistant Professor, Emory School of Medicine
|This presentation will provide an overview of the problem of poor general health and early mortality among mental health consumers and current efforts to address this public health crisis. It will discuss what works in improving health and wellness in general populations, how those models can be implemented in mental health populations, and present examples of ongoing clinical and research models from the field.|
|Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Training: Science-Based Mind-Body Resiliency Factors for Relapse Prevention and Whole Health|
|Speakers: Larry Fricks, Director, Appalachian Consulting Group; and Patrick Hendry, Senior Director for Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America|
|This presentation will introduce the new WHAM training, including the 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors developed by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions in partnership with the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, attendees will learn skills to combat stress by engaging in the BHI Relaxation Response and peer-led skills to combat negative self-talk.|
|Alternative Medicines and the Wellness Spectrum|
|Speakers: Dr. David Shern, former President and CEO, Mental Health America; Dr. David Mischoulon, Depression Clinical & Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Joseph de Raismes, General Counsel, Mental Health America|
|Consumers and health care practitioners are bombarded with contradictory testimonials and anecdotes about herbs, supplements and other non-prescription treatments that are marked for mental health conditions. These complementary and alternative (CAM) approaches are used by at least 40 percent of consumers, often without advice from a health care practitioner. In fact, many health care practitioners and consumers are not aware of the evidence of efficacy and safety that exists due to a lack of an economic incentive for manufacturers to do reliable research. This session will explore the use of CAM treatments based on available evidence.|
|Investing in "Upstream Services" - A Call for Prevention and Early Intervention|
|Speakers: Sherri Luthe, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions; Dr. Olga Acosta Price, George Washington University; Bryan Samuels, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Sandra Spencer, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.|
|The prevention and early intervention of mental health conditions and other co-occurring disorders are integral to working with individuals to achieve whole health and wellness. The Affordable Care Act outlines ways in which to address this goal. This session will focus on behavioral health prevention, early intervention, community-inclusion, assessments and identification for all populations, including adults, adolescents and children.|
|Emotional CPR (eCPR): Assisting People Through Emotional Crisis and as A Way of Life|
|Speakers: Lauren Spiro, Director, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery|
|eCPR is a public health education program designed to prepare anyone to assist someone through an emotional crisis. The presenter will describe the three elements of eCPR -- Connecting, emPowering, and Revitalizing -- and review the proficiences of each element. After a role-play demonstration, the participants will be invited to role play in groups to experience eCPR. This will be followed by a dialogue about their experience and a description of the levels of training available. eCPR has been recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and CARF International.|
|EXPERT LEARNING & NETWORK SESSION||11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
Experience cutting-edge technology-based modalities related to whole health and wellness. This session will feature four organizations, including; Beating the Blues, GPS Your Path©, GoStrengths!, and myStrength, Inc. Representatives from each organization will be in attendance to provide participants with a hands-on experience of their products.
|MEET THE AUTHOR SESSION||11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
Through the written word, people can find health and wellness. Meet three authors who have written critically-acclaimed books related to health, wellness, recovery and overall life improvement. Featured authors will be Owen Ashton, author of Rising Above Fog: A Riveting True Story of Personal Triumph; Therese J. Borchard, author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes, and Janine Driver, author of You Can’t Lie to Me. Each author will speak a few minutes about their books and how it promotes health and wellness followed by the opportunity for attendees to purchase books, get them signed and ask questions.
|KEYNOTE LUNCHEON||12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.|
Geoffrey Canada presents Saving the World - One Child at a Time
In his more than 20 years with Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in New York City and as a passionate advocate for disadvantaged families, struggling communities and education reform. Canada will share models for reform that combine educational, social, and medical services that begin at birth and follow children to college. He will discuss the trend toward service integration, and the impact his suggested models for reform have on child welfare. Canada will also review efforts to replicate aspects of Harlem Children's Zone, specifically through the Promise Neighborhoods initiative.
|BREAKOUT SESSIONS 6-10||4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
Choose from five different concurrent breakout sessions:
|Trauma-Informed Care: A Change in Perspective|
|Speakers: Dr. Joan Gillece, Project Manager, NASMHPD; and William Kellibrew, Lead Consultant, SAMHSA Center for Trauma Informed Care|
|SAMHSA is promoting alternatives to seclusion and restraints through trauma-informed practices in the delivery of services to people who have experienced violence and trauma and are seeking support for recovery and healing. This presentation will address the prevalence of trauma and suggest techniques to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization. Participants will learn what trauma is and how it affects individuals psychologically, developmentally, and neurobiologically. Self-regulation strategies will also be explored.|
|Connecting Spirituality and Wellness Across Cultures|
|Speakers: Elicia Goodsoldier, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Mental Health Partners; Gayathri Ramprasad, President & CEO, ASHA International; Tracee Black-Fall, Founder & Executive Director, Tova's Nest; and Tom Starling, President & CEO, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee|
|Being spiritual can have a positive impact on one's well-being. However, professionals, caregivers and advocates are often unaware of spirituality beliefs and traditions across cultures. Presenters will discuss how their culture perceives and practices spirituality and wellness to promote whole health. Featured cultures will include Native American, African American, and Eastern South Asian.|
|Wellness and the Role of Intimacy|
|Speakers: Julie Tennille, Ph.D. Candidate and Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, School of Policy and Practice; and Dr. Eric Wright, Director, Center for Health Policy/Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI|
|Although research has established that satisfying sexually intimate relationships are integral to overall health and well-being, people with mental illness are confronted by an array of obstacles in the pursuit of such relationships, including global reluctance on the part of providers to discuss sexuality as part of the recovery process. Presenters will facilitate a dialogue between consumers and providers about the role of intimacy and wellness. They will also identify and discuss specific strategies that both consumers and providers can use to improve sexuality-related communication and provide more effective support to consumers.|
|What Does A Model Coverage Package Look Like?|
|Speakers: Charlie Curie, The Curie Group, LLC; Adrienne Ellis,MHA of Maryland; Pam Greenberg, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness; and John O’Brien, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services|
|Individuals risk the ability to achieve health and wellness if the availability of health services or medications is not covered. This session will focus on Medicaid expansion (ME), health insurance exchange (HIE), managed care versus fee-for-service, the array of services unique to our population and medical necessity. In addition to exploring the infrastructure and financing of services, this session will address how the Affordable Care Act tackles coverage.|
|Be Merge: Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Care through Early Identification of Behavioral Health Problems|
|Speakers: Pam Gionfriddo, CEO, Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County; and Paul Gionfriddo, Consultant, Our Health Policy Matters|
|Be Merge is a creative approach to primary and behavioral health integration training and implementation. Developed by the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, it offers tools to providers to move from a fragmented system to a more coordinated health care delivery system while increasing the number of people with behavioral health concerns who are identified early and connected to quality whole health care. Be Merge is consistent with the Affordable Care Act push toward integration and is available for immediate use by interested MHA affiliates and behavioral health care organizations across the nation.|
|CLIFFORD BEERS AWARDS DINNER||7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.|
Featuring a special presentation by stand-up comedian and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health, David Granirer
Come and spend an evening with old and new friends and join in honoring an extraordinary youth advocate with the Youth Leadership award, and bestowing our highest honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award for lifetime achievement in mental health consumer advocacy. The night will end with the traditional ringing of The Mental Health Bell.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013
|MORNING KEYNOTE||9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.|
Dr. James Prochaska presents Enchancing the Health and Well-being of Populations at Each Stage of Change
Dr. Prochaska will discuss the major breakthroughs that are being made in producing changes to enhance whole health in entire populations, including individuals who are ready to make changes, getting ready and not ready. These breakthroughs include simultaneously changing multiple behaviors that impact on multiple domains of well-being. These breakthroughs can provide empirical and practical foundations for transforming our fragmented health care system into an integrated whole health system.
|BREAKOUT SESSIONS 11-14||10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.|
Choose from four different concurrent breakout sessions:
|Integration and Transformation: From Disease Management to Recovery and Wellness|
|Speakers: Rusty Selix, Karl Wilson, and Harvey Rosenthal|
|The Affordable Care Act shares the basic principles of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in recognizing that there is no health without mental health. This session will focus on a variety of approaches that better coordinate care and integrate behavioral health care with general health care regardless of the clinical setting. Specifically, this session will address health homes, peer support services, community-based services, workforce and network adequacy.|
|Incorporating Mental Health in Corporate Wellness: Strategies that Work, Produce a Return on Investment and Strengthen Your Organization|
|Speakers: Clare Miller, Director, Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Foundation; Shel Gross, Director of Public Policy, Mental Health America of Wisconsin; Zima Creason, Associate Director, Mental Health America of California; and Ben Harrington, Executive Director, Mental Health Association of East Tennessee|
|Employers increasingly recognize that untreated mental illness increases absenteeism, saps productivity and drives up health care and disability costs. Many companies are interested in promoting a culture that supports emotional health and encourages early intervention for people who may benefit from mental health services. This session will highlight three MHA affiliates and the ways in which they are working with businesses in their communities.|
|Ask Every Child: Implementing a Screening and Intervention Program for Child Maltreatment and Toxic Stress in the Public Schools|
|Speaker: Dr. David Johnson, Co-Director, Post Traumatic Stress Center|
|As a nation, we can no longer wait until children break down from toxic stress and only then provide complex and expensive treatments to repair damage done much earlier. This presentation will describe an innovative screening and intervention program in grades K-12 of a public school district, called Ask Every Child, which attempts to identify highly stressed children prior to the emergence of psychiatric symptoms or problematic behaviors. Critical collaborations and challenges will be outlined, and promising outcome data will be presented.|
|Healing Companions: How Dogs Transform the Lives of People with Mental Illness|
|Speakers: Jane Miller, President, Healing Companions; and Tracy Corso, Consumer and Psychiatric Service Dog Owner|
|Psychiatric service dogs are capable of changing the lives of people with mental illness. This presentation will clarify the difference between psychiatric service dogs and therapy dogs and address the healing power of psychiatric service dogs. Ms. Miller will discuss her commitment to educating people about the legal, ethical and practical criteria that enable people with mental illnesses to benefit from psychiatric service dogs, while consumers will share their personal stories of how their psychiatric service dogs have transformed their lives.|
CLOSING LUNCHEON: A CALL TO ACTION
|12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.|
Mental Health America President and CEO Dr. Wayne W. Lindstrom and former CEO Dr. David Shern will recap the conference events and give a final charge for participants to take action and change the world.
Join us for Mental Health America's inaugural "Night in the Limelight" benefit featuring acclaimed actor Jeffrey Tambor from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort. For more information, visit A Night in the Limelight.