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2018 Affiliate Pre-Conference Information

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MHA will host three separate Pre-Conference events for affiliates in June, prior to the MHA Annual Conference.

June 12, 2018
MHA will host Hill Day activities in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Hill Day will afford affiliates an opportunity to meet with their congressional leaders to educate them on issues that have a direct impact on mental health. Also, select Members of Congress and the Senate make brief remarks based on their exemplary leadership in advancing legislation that promotes and protects the behavioral health of Americans.

MHA is pleased to facilitate an Advocacy Conference Call to assist advocates in engaging with legislators on Capitol Hill and in home districts. The conference call will take place on Tuesday, June 5 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT. Remember to mark your calendar! Email Caren Howard at choward@mentalhealthamerica.net for the call-in details.

Once registered for Hill Day, be on the lookout for an email with all the materials you need – between our materials and the conference call, we will get you ready to feel confident to talk to a legislator - whether in Washington, DC or back home in your local district.

Learn more about Hill Day 18 and register today!*

*Hill Day is included as a part of a full Affiliate conference registration. If you have already registered for the full conference, then you do not need to seperately register for Hill Day.

Questions and/or comments regarding Hill Day may be directed to Caren Howard at choward@mentalhealthamerica.net or (703) 797-2585.

June 13, 2018
Pre-Conference Day will give affiliates access to information, data, best practices and provide you with an opportunity to hear from and collaborate with peers and experts from across the country. Pre-Conference Day will be delivered through a variety of formats such as workshop presentations, panels discussions, an Executives Roundtable facilitated by MHA President and CEO Paul Gionfriddo, and speed sharing sessions, where affiliates will share innovative programs, shared goals and implementation strategies in rapid and engaging exercises.

Here are a few highlights:

Integrating Mental Health Education in Schools - Learn what strategies were used, the relationships that were formed and ultimately how the Mental Health Association in New York State was instrumental in getting mental health education mandated in New York Schools.

Taking the Scary out of Social Media - Attendees will receive a comprehensive overview of social media platforms and how to use them as a marketing tool for your organization.

Executives Roundtable Luncheon - Hear from MHA President and CEO Paul Gionfriddo, about MHA’s outlook for the next five years and how affiliates will play a critical role. Affiliates will have an opportunity to ask questions and hold candid conversations.

A Dialogue on Successfully Providing Peer Support Services - Join MHA national staff and affiliate leaders in learning where peer support is headed—and how you can get involved. Whether you've never employed peers, are a peer-run organization, or anywhere in between, this workshop will give you the chance to connect with leaders doing exceptional work. You will learn what’s working and what’s on the horizon and leave with a plan tailored to your needs.

Advancing the Mission through Mergers and Acquisitions - As financial resources become more constricting, MHA affiliates need to focus on the seismic shift as mental health agencies move into a ‘fee-for-service’ environment. Now more than ever, affiliates are feeling great pressure and are considering joining forces with like-minded organizations to combine and re-align resources to increase efficiencies. Join MHA affiliates from Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as they discuss their well-planned and strategically anchored mergers that have produced greater growth and more services to advance their organization’s mission and unite with other organizations.

Maximizing the Benefits of MHA Screening - In Feb 2017, MHA launched the beta version of our new Screening-to-Supports. Come learn more about how the platform currently supports over 3,000 visitors a day and opportunities for MHA Affiliates. We will provide an overview of MHA Screening and hands on training on data collection and analysis of our MHA Screening data and continue to discuss and share about affiliate opportunities in research, grants, and programming.

Affiliate Speed Sharing Sessions - Learn from MHA affiliates as they discuss their approach to capacity building and sustainable funding and effective programs with successful outcomes in the speed sharing sessions. Don’t reinvent the wheel, learn about best and promising practices that your fellow MHA affiliates have already created.

The conversation doesn't have to end with the workshops. Enjoy a few hours of networking with peers & meeting affiliate and MHA staff, while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Affiliate Networking Reception. Pre-Conference Day will conclude with the annual Affiliate CEO Dinner.

June 13, 2018
The Policy Institute will take a deep dive into how to move public policy from its present emphasis on adults in crisis, to public policy focused on prevention and early intervention directed at children and young people. Learn about evidenced-based interventions, and meaningful outcome measures for families and children in maternity and primary care settings that will reduce and remediate adverse childhood experiences and trauma. Explore the potential for Medicaid, private insurance, public health dollars, and other funding sources to achieve a policy shift, including state Medicaid plan amendments and waivers, and making the most of essential benefits and parity provisions of ACA and the Parity Act. Learn about the potential for using education policy to augment behavioral health care funding using the Free Care Rule, ESSA, and IDEA to improve school climate initiatives to reduce bullying and address trauma for all kids, and strategies for reducing the use of suspension and expulsion for kids in special education. Help us to identify strategies to put such policies into practice in the states and at the federal level.

So, don’t bring just one staff person, bring as many as possible and your leadership too, for Hill Day, Pre-Conference Day, and the Policy Institute, with the goal of having representation for each event and with the intention of pooling information and sharing resources upon your return home. Please note: Pre-Conference Day sessions and the Policy Institute are separate events but will occur simultaneously and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The discounted room rate is $239 per night and the deadline to book hotel rooms is Monday, May 21, 2018. Rooms are going quickly, book your hotel room today!

Pre-Conference registration is automatically included for MHA affiliates that register for the full MHA Annual Conference. Simply remember to check yes for Affiliate Pre-Conference Day, when registering for the Annual Conference. Click here to register. If you don’t know your affiliate registration code, contact MHA’s Valerie Sterns at vsterns@mentalhealthamerica.net.

Stay tuned for additional information on Hill Day activities, the Policy Institute and the speaker line-up for Pre-Conference Day.

Questions about Pre-Conference Day?
Contact Valerie Sterns at vsterns@mentalhealthamerica.net or (703) 797-2594.

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Phone (703) 684.7722

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