2015 Plenary Sessions

Monday Morning Plenary

8:00 - 9:45am, March 23, 2015 - Bayshore Ballroom

Making Behavioral Health the 21st Century Movement

by the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, former US Representative, Rhode Island; Co-Founder, One Mind for Research & Founder, Kennedy Forum

  • In this era of health care reform, the behavioral health field is undergoing a significant transformation and Patrick Kennedy is advocating to address the disconnect between mental wellness and physical wellness. In this presentation, Patrick Kennedy paints a compelling portrait of the importance of bringing leaders in the areas of policy, finance and practice together to identify solution-based strategies for ensuring a strong behavioral health system for all Americans.

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Monday Afternoon Plenary

12:30 - 1:45pm, March 23, 2015 - Bayshore Ballroom

Stop the Epidemic! Powerful Universal Protective Prevention AND Potent Yet Simple Treatments for Mental, Emotional, Behavioral & Related Physical Disorders for America’s Future

Dennis Embry, PhD, President, Senior Scientist, PAXIS Institute, Tucson, AZ

  • The United States leads the way in scientific strategies that can prevent or protect against lifetime mental emotional and behavioral strategies. That science is better than the early studies of the Salk vaccine against polio. This talk details how that science could be practically implemented prenatally through late adolescence/young adulthood. Hyperlinks and tools for a national movement will be available, with the relevant scientific references and practical steps.

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Tuesday Morning Plenary

8:00 - 9:45am, March 24, 2014 - Bayshore Ballroom

Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults: Highlights from an Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Report

  • Jennifer Collins
    Mark Courtney
    John Schulenberg
    Maryann Davis

    Presenters: Maryann Davis, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School; John Schulenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research and Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan; Mark Courtney, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago; Jennifer Collins, Student, University of Maryland College Park

    Young adults are at a significant and pivotal time of life. They may seek higher education, launch their work lives, develop personal relationships and healthy habits, and pursue other endeavors that help set them on healthy and productive pathways. However, the transition to adulthood also can be a time of increased vulnerability and risk. Young adults may be unemployed and homeless, lack access to health care, suffer from behavioral health issues (i.e. mental health or substance abuse issues) or other chronic health conditions, or engage in binge drinking, illicit drug use, or driving under the influence. Young adults are moving out of the services and systems that supported them as children and adolescents, but adult services and systems—for example, adult behavioral health care systems, the labor market, and the justice system—may not be well suited to supporting their needs.

    This interactive session will focus on the October 2014 Institute of Medicine and National Research Council report on the health and well-being of young adults. The report summarizes what is known about the behavioral and physical health, safety, and well-being of young adults and offers recommendations for policy, programs, and research. It was prepared by a multidisciplinary committee with expertise in behavioral health, public health, health care, social services, human development, psychology, neuroscience, demography, justice and law, sociology, economics, the private sector, family studies, and media and communication.

    The plenary speakers will include three members of the authoring committee and a member of the young adult advisory group that worked with the committee throughout the process: Maryann Davis, Ph.D.; John Schulenberg, Ph.D.; Mark Courtney, Ph.D. Their presentations will provide an overview of the report’s key findings and recommendations and a deeper look in three areas:

    • Behavioral health care, including transitions from child/adolescent to adult care.
    • Educational attainment and employment trends, including the relationships between education/employment and behavioral health.
    • Behavioral health concerns among marginalized young adults—such as those aging out of foster care, those in the justice system, and those who dropped out of school—and the policies and programs intended to support them.

    The committee members will be joined by Jennifer Collins, a member of the young adult advisory group that worked with the committee throughout the study process. Ms. Collins will reflect on her own experiences during the transition to adulthood, and talk about what resonated with her in the discussions about the health, safety and well-being of young adults. Following the presentations, there will be ample opportunity for questions and interactive discussion with audience members.

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Tuesday Afternoon Plenary

2:15 - 3:45pm, March 24, 2015 - Bayshore Ballroom

Integrating Mental Health through School-wide Systems of Positive Behavior Support

Lucille Eber, EdD, Director, Midwest PBIS Network, School Association for Special Education in DuPage County, LaGrange, IL; Panel Response: Pam Horn, MEd, U46 School District, Elgin, IL; Jessica Aquilina, EDd, Curriculum Specialist, NEIU, Archbald, PA

  • Jessica Aquilina
    Pam Horn
    Lucille Eber

    Increasing access and effectiveness of mental health supports through schools is a national priority supported by all federal and local youth serving agencies and departments. In 2009, leaders in Education and School Mental Health initiated the development of an Interconnected Systems Framework for embedding evidence-based mental health practices within multi-tiered behavioral systems in schools. Building on the effective school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) framework being implemented through multiple USDOE initiatives, the Interconnected Systems Framework provides a structure and process for expanding the continuum of effective interventions provided to youth through blended school/community teams. This session will describe the history and rationale for this blended framework and provide local examples of community and school leaders and practitioners designing, delivering and monitoring an expanded continuum of evidence-based practices.

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Wednesday Morning Plenary

8:00 - 9:15am, March 25, 2015 - Bayshore Ballroom

Addressing the Impact of a Changing Health Care Environment through Behavioral Health Research and Policy

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD, Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD

  • Dr. Huang will discuss the impact of a changing health care environment on behavioral health evaluators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. With the increasingly difficult economic climate facing our nation, it is imperative that research and policy leaders examine effective approaches to serving children with behavioral health challenges and their families. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we begin a national discussion on funding strategies that support an evidence-based approach to meeting the behavioral health needs of children and families.

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