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Agenda At A Glance

Tuesday, June 13: Pre-Conference Day for MHA Affiliates
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Advocacy Briefing/Hill Day Rally
Capitol Demonstration Area (House side)
Rain location: 121 Cannon House Office Building
8:00 a.m. Preconference Registration Open
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Affording Prescription Meds, No Matter What Happens on Capitol Hill (Speaker: Carolina Fojo)
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Part 1: Mental Health America National Certified Peer Specialist Certification (Speakers: Amy Farrington, Patrick Hendry)
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Enhancing Consumer Service through Enhanced Cultural and Linguistic Competence (Speaker: Nhat Minh Nguyen)
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Affiliate Exchange Lunch
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. MHA Screening Program and Screening to Supports (Speaker: Theresa Nguyen)
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Part 2: Mental Health America National Certified Peer Specialist Certification (Speakers: Andrea Crook, Susan Gallagher, Pam Gionfriddo, Patrick Hendry)

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Affiliate-Only Reception
Open to all MHA Affiliate Staff

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Affiliate CEO Dinner 
Open to MHA Affiliate CEOs only. Attendees must RSVP to Valerie Sterns at
Sponsored by: Janssen 

Wednesday, June 14
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. MHA National Board Meeting (By Invitation Only)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. MHA Delegate Assembly (Affiliates Only)
Innovation in Programming Awardee: MHA-NYC
8:30 a.m. Registration Open
12:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Opening Session
Speakers: Reggie Williams, Board Chair; MHA and Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, MHA; U.S. Senator Al Franken, Patrick and Amy Kennedy
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
The Connection Between Sexual Trauma and Mental Illness (Speaker: Mishawn Glover)
Successes, Challenges and Opportunities in Tackling the Heroin Crisis (Speakers: Rep. Lou Lang, Jud DeLoss, Heather O'Donnell)
Blue Monk: The Reception History of a Jazz Giant (Speakers: Mark Mahoney, Kate Mahoney)
Cannabis: Facts, Myths and Mental Health (Speakers: Christina Keelan, Elizabeth Elliott, Molly Hall)
Many Voices of Recovery: A Multimedia Experience (Speakers: Malkia Newman, Soliana Berhane, Andrew Parrish)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
Speaker: Michelle Williams
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Legislator Award Presentation to Senator Chris Murphy
*Other recipients will receive award Thursday morning 
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Clifford Beers Society Reception (By Invitation Only)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Clifford Beers Awards Dinner
Musical Performance by Maya Kuper & Paul McComas of the Dayna Clay Band 
Speakers and Awardees: Paul Gionfriddo, Bob Gebbia, Brandon Staglin, Kate Mahoney, Nadia Ghaffari

Thursday, June 15
7:30 a.m.  Registration opens
7:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

2017 Legislator Awards
Awardees: Senator Bill Cassidy, Rep. Tim Murphy, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Sexual Assault on Campus: A Public Relations Analysis (Speaker: Caroline Laurin)
Harm Reduction 101 (Speakers: Mark Jennings, Jessica Nagel, Guyton Colantuano)
Intimate Relationships and Mental Illness (Speakers: Lenese Stephens, Beverley Francis-Gibson)

Smashing Stigma: How Canadian Musicians and Artists are Altering the Conversation (Shelley Mayer, David Brouitt)
When A Loved One Comes Out: The Family, Society, and Mental Health Implications (Speakers: Wesley Davison, Nicole Avallone)
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Innovation in Suicide Prevention Research and Practice with LGBTQ Youth (Speakers: David Bond, Jeremy Goldbach)
Very Special K - A Little Goes a Long Way (Speakers: Dr. M
ason Turner, Loretta Wilson, Anne McNealis)
Song of Compassion: Supporting Musicians and Access to Care (Speakers: Kate Hardy, Amelia Lehto, Thomas Camilleri)
Hooking Up with Family Planning (Speakers: Felicia Felock, Dazon Dixon Diallo, Emma Gilchrist)
Rocking it On the Local Level - MHA Affiliate Programs (Speakers: Olivia Boyce, Suzi Craig, Jennifer Spiegler)

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Media Awards Luncheon 
Emceed by Doreen Geltzer, NBC4-Washington
Awardees: Gemma Correll, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Ben Selkow, David Solomon, One Day At A Time (Netflix)

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Hour / Innovation Nation
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Sex Addiction and Recovery (Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Weeks)
Mental Illness Within the Family (Speakers: Kimberly Zapata, Jennifer Hunt)
Music, the Arts, and Welcoming Faith-Based Communities (Reverend Vanessa Wilson)

The Power of Songwriting (Speaker: Amy Oestreicher)
Slaying the Hydra: Concurrent Drug and Mental Disorders (Tonmoy Sharma)

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Former Board Reception (By Invitation Only)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. General Reception
With a Special Screening of Beyond Silence: A Be Vocal, Speak Up for Mental Health Documentary
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. An Evening With Glennon Doyle
Friday, June 16
7:30 a.m.  Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Morning Plenary: United States Senator Tim Kaine
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
Medication Assisted Treatment: A Primer (Speakers: Angele Moss-Baker, Nick Szubiak)
Screening, Pharmacists and Mental Health: A Partnership with Walgreens (Speakers: Theresa Nguyen, Rachel O'Koren)
Lyrics Speak: Music as a Catalyst for Conversation (Speakers: Joseph Penola, Jeanine Hoff)
Sexual Abuse by Professionals: A Focus on Prevention and Support (Speakers: Ellie Jarvie, Karen Lane)
Heroin, Oxys, and the Highway to Hell (Speakers: Dr. Mark Fuller, Dr. Lisa Kugler)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Queering the Body: Body Image and the LGBTQ+ Population (Speakers: Kayti Protos, Heidi Dalzell)
Let's Talk About Side Effects: Benefits and Risks of Mental Illness Medication (Speakers: Patrick Hendry, Jeffrey Shair)
Dancing Through the Darkness (Speaker: Ashley Miers)
From Benzos to Buddha: Overcoming Addiction and Finding My Higher Self (Speaker: Emily Grossman)
Music, Schizophrenia, and Recovery (Speaker: Brandon Staglin)
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon



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