2014 Plenary Sessions

Monday Morning Plenary

8:00 - 9:45am, March 3, 2014


Promoting and Protecting the Mental Health of Children:
A Collaborative Approach

by Dr. David Satcher, Director, The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI)

  • Dr. Satcher will be the featured speaker for the opening plenary session for the conference on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. This presentation will begin by discussing the history, mission, and programs of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and their relevance to promoting and protecting mental health, especially of children. This will include discussion of the key ingredients of successful collaborations, as taught in the leadership institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Satcher will then describe the magnitude of the mental health problems/challenges which children face in this country and the impact of these on home, school, and community. The presentation will also discuss the potential role of home, school, and community in collaborating to promote and protect the mental health of children, including summary statements from the Surgeons General Report on Children’s Mental Health released in 2001. Finally, Dr. Satcher will discuss opportunities to reduce stigma, to enhance early diagnosis and treatment, to allow early access to care, and to improve academic performance. The presentation will conclude by looking at the special needs of urban communities for collaboration and the model that has been most successful in taking advantage of this type of consortium.

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Monday Afternoon Plenary

12:30 - 1:45pm, March 3, 2014


Children's Mental Health in a Time of Dynamic Policy Change

Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann, Director, The Carter Center

  • Dr. Bornemann has been confirmed as the Monday afternoon speaker for the conference on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. This presentation will focus on access to children's mental health resources in the context of rapidly evolving public health policy. This presentation will highlight the Affordable Care Act and its implications for children's mental health. Additionally, this presentation will note current successes and positive changes, as well as cover challenges to ensuring children's access to quality mental health care. This presentation will also focus on Georgia as a case study, representative of many states balancing a high demand for services with continued strained resources to try and meet public mental health needs.

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Tuesday Morning Plenary

8:00 - 9:45am, March 4, 2014


Wraparound for a New Era

  • Presenters: Eric J. Bruns, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine; Janet S. Walker, PhD, Associate Professor, Portland State University; Michelle Zabel, MSS, Director and Clinical Instructor, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland, School of Social Work; Elizabeth Manley, Director, New Jersey Children’s System of Care; Madeline Lozowski, Executive Director, Family Support Organization of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties, New Jersey; Jody Levison-Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health

    In this plenary session, Eric Bruns and Janet Walker, Co-Directors of the National Wraparound Initiative, and Michelle Zabel, Director of the new Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Mental Health will describe new research and implementation efforts that are helping Wraparound “go to scale” nationally. Drs. Bruns and Walker will be joined by a panel of visionary state leaders and family advocates who will describe strategies they have used to take wraparound and family and youth peer support to new levels of prominence in the current era of health reform and service integration.

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Tuesday Afternoon Plenary

Sponsored by Transitions RTC

2:15 - 3:45pm, March 4, 2014


Promoting Learning and Working during Young Adulthood: Adult System Perspectives

  • Presenters: Maryann Davis, PhD, Director, Marsha Ellison, PhD, Associate Director of Knowledge Translation, Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RTC), University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA; Nancy Koroloff, PhD, Director of Research, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR; Amanda Costa, Research Technician at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, Steven A. Reeder, M.Ed., CPRP, CRC, Director, Office of Adult Services, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mental Hygiene Administration, Baltimore, MD

    Young adulthood is a critically important time for completing education and training and establishing career foundations that will support independent adult lives. This plenary will present the current research regarding the unique needs of young adults with serious mental health conditions as they set out on this path to more mature adulthood. Knowledge from research and lived experience about interventions that support education, training, and work goals of young adults, and the system context of those interventions will be described. This plenary will also summarize the perspectives of adult service system stakeholders on this topic and their thoughts on how research can help inform adult system change.

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Wednesday Morning Federal Update Plenary

8:00 - 9:15am, March 5, 2014


What’s Happening in Children’s Behavioral Health? A Federal Perspective

  • Presenter: Suzanne Fields, MSW, LICSW, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Health Care Financing, SAMHSA, Rockville, MD

    This plenary session will focus on federal strategies to advance the behavioral health of children, adolescents and families and to link policy research and practice. Included in the discussion will be a focus on new Administration initiatives, federal interagency work to generate a “collective impact”, specific SAMHSA programmatic and funding strategies and ongoing health reform activities.

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Co-occurring disorders among adolescents and emerging adults: National trends in research, policy, and opportunities for program funding

  • Presenter: Michael L. Dennis, PhD, Director, Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Coordinating Center, Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington, IL

    Adolescents and emerging adults with co-occurring disorders have long been identified as a special needs population, yet a noted treatment gap exists. Hot topics in research, effective programming, and policy-setting, along with opportunities for funding for adolescents and emerging adult have grown dynamically with the expanding body of literature addressing treatment successes and research outcomes. We will explore the current trends pertaining to the most effective treatment delivery and development for this specialty group.

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