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Agenda for 2018 Clearwater Beach, FL

Preliminary Program – Subject to Change – Check Back for Additional Information and Updates

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors
Afia   Book Sponsor
Altruis   Exhibitor
Behavioral Health Response   Exhibitor
CapGrow Partners   Exhibitor
Credible   Exhibitor
DATIS   WiFi Sponsor & Exhibitor
Genoa Healthcare   Reception & Dinner Sponsor & Exhibitor
Genoa Telepsychiatry   Exhibitor
H4 Technology
Healthcare Services Group   Exhibitor
iCentrix   Exhibitor
InnovaTel Telepsychiatry   Exhibitor
Iris Telehealth   Exhibitor
The Joint Commission   Exhibitor
Kronos   Exhibitor
Martyn Family Foundation   Education Sponsor
Mediware   Exhibitor
The Meyers Group   Exhibitor
MHRRG/Negley Associates   Closing Reception Sponsor & Exhibitor
Netsmart   Exhibitor
NorthRock Pharmacy   Orientation Luncheon Sponsor & Exhibitor
OnShift   Exhibitor
PharmBlue   Exhibitor
Regroup Therapy   Exhibitor
Relias   Exhibitor
Streamline Healthcare Solutions   App Sponsor & Exhibitor
TenEleven Group   Exhibitor
Valant   Opening Reception Sponsor & Exhibitor
Welligent   Exhibitor
Tuesday, February 27

1:30 - 5 pm

 Innovation Incubator

The Innovation Circle 

Presenter: Healthcare Consultant and Innovation 360 Practitioner Susan Wright

We’re all searching for innovative ways to create sustainable change in our organizations. Now there’s a more intelligent way to assemble your team and align their mission goals. Join us for an energizing, interactive session that will create a broader understanding of innovation and how to link innovation to your business strategy. This session will also introduce InnoSurvey, a powerful tool for assessing and measuring innovation in your organization.

5:00 - 6:30 pm

 Welcome Reception
 Sponsored by: Valant

Wednesday, February 28

7:30 am

 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 am  Welcome & Annual Meeting

Join us as we recognize member achievements, announce our new board members and lay out our goals for 2018.

9:30 - 10:00 am

 Morning Break

10:00 - Noon
 General Session

My Journey: Making Mental Health Essential Health

Presenter: Mental Health Advocate & Former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy will discuss why the healthcare system needs to adapt to better accommodate mental healthcare, the underlying public policy imperatives of parity, why we need to invest in innovation, and his own journey towards mental health and recovery. He will participate in a book signing for attendees following his remarks. 

Noon - 1:30 pm

 Lunch On Your Own
 Orientation Luncheon
(invitation only)
 Sponsored by:  NorthRock Pharmacy


 1:30 - 3 pm

 Breakout Sessions

Telepsychiatry & Integrated Care

Presenters: Innovatel CEO Jonathan Evans and Dr. Liberty Eberly

Primary care physicians provide over half of the mental health treatment in this country and prescribe 80% of psychotropic drugs, all with limited training in the treatment of mental health disorders. The presentation will review data regarding the opportunity for integrated care provided by a telepsychiatry partnership. Data regarding the COMPASS study and new collaborative care codes will be reviewed. 

Population Management within a Sub Capitated Environment

Presenters: Lakeview Center’s President and COO of Behavior Health Dennis Goodspeed and Clinical Director David Josephs

Gain insight into the clinical and operational evolution of a community behavioral health center as it moved from a fee-for-service to a sub-capitated financial environment. You’ll leave with a blueprint for operational changes which can help you produce positive clinical and financial results without going crazy or broke.

 3 pm

 Afternoon Break

 3:30 - 5:00 pm

 Breakout Sessions

Social Media in the C-Suite

Presenter: mhca Director of Communications & Membership Lonnie Parizek

Social CEOs are good for business, so why aren’t more c-suite executives engaging with customers, employees and supporters online? Often it’s because they’re afraid of doing more harm than good on the unfamiliar communications platforms. In this session, you will discover how to use social media to humanize your organization, create a sense of community and establish trust through transparency, all of which strengthens your brand and bolsters your bottom line. 

How Cloud-Architected Technology will Drive the Future of Behavioral Health

Presenters: Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cloudticity Gerry Miller

“Cloud architected” is a buzzword dive-bombing all aspects of the technology industry - but what exactly is the cloud? What are the differences from hosting and colocation? How secure is it? How will the cloud impact behavioral health? Is there a business case for cloud-architected technology? In this session, you’ll learn all of this and more.

5:30 - 8:30 pm

  Reception & Banquet
 Sponsored by: Genoa Healthcare 

Thursday, March 1

 7:30 am - 8:30 am

 Registration & Continental Breakfast

 8:30 - 10:00 am

 General Session

mhca Talks: Conquering Dragons – How Leaders Respond to Personal and Professional Challenges

Presenters: Vinfen Corporation CEO Bruce Bird, Coleman Professional Services CEO Nelson Burns, Community Reach Center CEO Rick Doucet, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare CEO Maggie Labarta, and The Center for Mental Health CEO Shelly Spalding  

Have you ever found yourself face to face with a challenge of seemingly mythical proportions? Hear a series of brief presentations about how your mhca peers adapted to meet challenges, or tried something new with near disastrous consequences. They'll share the good, the bad and the ugly, so you'll leave with powerful insights that will help you survive your next battle!

 10:00 am

 Morning Break

 10:30 am - Noon

 General Session (continues)

Shift Your Brilliance – Leading Amidst Uncertainty

Presenter: Simon T. Bailey

The leadership skills of yesterday will not carry the day in the new and rapidly evolving business landscape. To stay relevant and competitive, even the most senior leaders must reposition themselves and their companies – and this will take a retraining of our mindset. Simon guides participants in how to discover the insight needed to be a leader for the future and challenges everyone to commit to becoming the Chief Breakthrough Officer in their organizations.

 Noon - 1:30 pm

 Lunch on Your Own

 1:30 - 3 pm

 Breakout Sessions

Marketing Behavioral Healthcare in the Current Landscape

Presenters: Sound Chief Marketing & Public Relations Officer Stephen McLean, Coleman Professional Services Director of Public Relations & Marketing Kathy Myers, Burke Director of Communications Kinnie Reina, and Genoa Healthcare VP of Marketing & Communications Shannon Beaudin-Klein

Presenters will deliver a series of brief presentations highlighting how they are adapting marketing and communications strategies to overcome challenges and position their organizations for success in the current behavioral health marketplace. Learn how these organizations have updated their brand, improved internal communications, increased mental health awareness in their communities, and more!

Service Delivery Innovations that Drive Enhanced Outcomes

Presenter: Gracepoint COO Roaya Tyson and Director of Performance Improvement and Analytics Joe Lallanilla 

Learn how Gracepoint’s implementation of a Centralized Receiving Facility to address the needs of a high need high utilizing population reduced recidivism, increased clinical engagement, produced positive client outcomes and positively impacted their culture, and financial performance AND join in a roundtable discussion regarding innovative approaches to addressing HNHU populations.

 3 pm

 Afternoon Break

 3:30 - 5:00 pm

 mhca Board of Directors Meeting
Chair: Barbara E. Daire LCSW

 5:00 - 6:30 pm

 Sponsored by: MHRRG/Negley

Friday, March 2
 9 am - 2 pm  MHRRG Annual Shareholders & Board of Directors Meeting
 Chair:  Margarita Labarta PhD

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