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Tuesday, June 12: Hill Day
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Kickoff
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Meetings at the Capitol
5:00 p.m. Reception honoring Mental Health Champions in Congress with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Wednesday, June 13
Pre-Conference Day for MHA Affiliates
8:00 a.m.  Registration/Check-In 
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Integrating Mental Health Education in Schools
(Speakers: Glenn Liebman, CEO, Mental Health Association in New York State; and Ellen Pendegar, CEO, Mental Health Association in Ulster County)
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Taking the Scary out of Social Media 
(Speakers: Jennifer Cheang, Digital Marketing Manager, Mental Health America; and Marcie Timmerman, Executive Director, Mental Health America of Kentucky)

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Executives Roundtable Lunch

(Speaker: Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO, Mental Health America)

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Paying for Peers 
(Speakers: Patrick Hendry, Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services, Mental Health America; Kelly Davis, Director of Peer Advocacy, Support, and Services, Mental Health America; Kasey Moyer, Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Nebraska; Paul Jaquith, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida; Mark Salazar, Associate Director, Mental Health Association of San Francisco; Julian Plumadore, Community Engagement Manager, Mental Health Association of San Francisco; Lisa St. George, Director of Recovery Practices, RI International and RI Consulting; and Mary Jones, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas)
Advancing the Mission through Mergers and Acquisitions 
(Speakers: Michael Brody, President and CEO, Mental Health Partnerships; Robert Davison, Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris; and Renae Vania-Tomczak, President and CEO, Mental Health America of Lake County)
Maximizing the Benefits of MHA Screening
(Speaker: Madeline Halpern, Policy and Programs Analyst, Mental Health America)
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Affiliate Speed Sharing:
Three Crucial Strategies that will Dramatically Increase Giving
(Speaker: Jeremy Morse, CEO, Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County)
Red Flags: School-based Mental Health Education That Works for Everyone

(Speaker: Penelope Frese, Ph.D., Training and Development, Red Flags National)
WHO® - We Help Ourselves
(Speaker: Sylvia Orozco-Joseph, National Director of the WHO® - We Help Ourselves Program, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Affiliate Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Affiliate CEO Dinner (By Invitation Only)

McCormick & Schmick's
1652 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

The Policy Institute
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast 

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

New Opportunities: Combining Health and Education Dollars
Anne De Biasi, Director of Policy Development at Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), brings her expertise using a public health approach to create systems change through the idea of using education policy to augment behavioral health care funding using the Free Care Rule, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

An Educator's Perspective on Mental Health and Schools
Chelsea Prax, Senior Associate of the American Federation of Teachers’ Health and Safety Program, and the Director of the Children’s Health and Well-being Initiative, will discuss ways to improve school climate initiatives, reduce bullying, address trauma, and reduce the use of suspension and expulsion for kids in special education.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Facilitated Discussion, Next Steps, Action Items

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Program Featuring Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
Judge Lerner-Wren is the founder and presiding judge of the nation’s first mental health court. She will speak about her book A Court of Refuge. and Judge Lerner-Wren will share her story of how the court grew from its founding in 1997 as an offshoot of her criminal division to a revolutionary institution that has successfully diverted more than 20,000 people with serious mental illness from jail and into treatment facilities and other community resources, using the theoretical framework of therapeutic jurisprudence.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Leveraging Quality Measures for Improving Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Mental Health
Dr. Junqing Liu leads quality measure development and testing efforts in the area behavioral health at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Dr. Liu will speak about her research on access to mental health services, evidence-based treatment for behavioral health problems, and child welfare services.

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

National Agenda to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Dr. Christina Bethell, is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She will detail the prevalence of ACEs among children in the United States, how the impact of ACEs extends beyond children, and how it has far-reaching consequences for entire communities.

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Facilitated Discussion, Next Steps, Action Items

Thursday, June 14
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration/Check-In Open
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Opening Session
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Keynote - Abby Wambach
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Quieting the Restless Mind- Breathing Exercises for Mental Calm, Clarity and Focus (Speaker: Nirvair Kaur, founder of the Mental Medicine Foundation and certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor)

Mental Health and Veterans Services (Speakers: Melissa Walters, Director of Core4 Whole Health and Community Resilience and Monique Rada, NYC Department of Veterans' Services; Brooksi Bottari and Gregory Hancock, Wounded Warrior Project)

The Next Level of Self-Direction in Healthcare (Speaker: Glenda Wrenn, Morehouse School of Medicine)

Incorporating Fitness and Nutrition Using CBT (Speaker: Kelley Kitley, founder, Serendipitous Psychotherapy, LLC)

Affiliate Spotlight  - Fit for Employment (Speakers: Shannah Mulvihill, Mental Health Minnesota; Dan Lukasik, Ken Houseknect, MHA Erie County)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Keynote - Eugene Robinson
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eugene Robinson Meet and Greet
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception 
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Clifford Beers Society Reception (Invite Only)
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Clifford Beers Awards Dinner
Friday, June 15
6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Registration/Check-In Open
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.  Workout with Autumn Calabrese 
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Keynote - Autumn Calabrese
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Autumn Calabrese Meet and Greet
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Technology and Mental Health: Helpful or Harmful? (Speaker, Peter Shalek, CEO, Joyable)

How Increasing Understanding, Options and Openness are Helping People Tackle TD (Speakers: Dr. Laxman Bahroo, Georgetown University Department of Neurology, Carmen Kosicek, Alay Health Team)

Youth, Anxiety, Depression and Suicide - Programs that Help (Speakers: Juliet Bradley, professor, Human Services Department, Purdue University Global; Kathryn Goetzke, Hopeful Minds)

Shaping a National Mental Health Policy Agenda That's Fit for the Future (Speaker: Nathaniel Counts, Mental Health America)

Affiliate Spotlight - Occumetrics - Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace (Speakers: Kenton Beachy, Executive Director and Maggie Hallett, Director of Development and Workplace Health, MHA of Franklin County)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking Session
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Media Awards Luncheon
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Plenary: Dr. Marc Brackett, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Food for Thought: Nutritional Psychology and the Role of Nutrition in Mental Wellness (Speaker: Shawn Talbott, Chief Science Officer, Amare Global)

State of the Workplace: From National Data to Practice (Speakers: Zorana Ivcevic and Robin Stern, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)

Designing Games for the 21st Century Well-Being (Speakers: Kelli Dunlap, PsyD, Psychologist and Game Designer; Dr. Susan Rivers, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, iThrive)

Acheiving Mental Health Equity for Students of Color (Speakers: Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Senior Scientific Advisor to The Steve Fund; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University)

Affiliate Spotlight - Senior Visitors: Connect, Collaborate, Community (Speaker: RIta Girard and Teresa Bowers, MHA Fredericksburg)

The Future of Mental Health and Schools (Speakers: Bob LaRocca, JD, Glenn Liebman, MHA-NYS)

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. General Reception and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, June 16
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration/Check-In Open
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Natural Living, Natural Recovery (Speaker: Jeanine Hoff, founder, Where is the Sunshine?)

Addressing Mental Health in the LGBTQ Population (Speakers: Liam Miranda, Senior Research Manager, Human Rights Campaign; Jeffrey Kwong, Associate Professor of Nursing, Columbia University and Director, Collaborative Access for LGBT Adults (CALA)

Innovative Approaches to Men's Mental Fitness (Speaker: Speaker: Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, psychologist and impact entrepreneur)

Finding the Best Fit: Exploring Innovative Channels for Mental Health Care (Speaker: Christianne Kernes, co-founder, LARKR)

Re-imagining Psychiatric Care - Telepsychiatry (Speaker, Jon Evans, innovaTel Telepsychiatry)

A Self-Directed Approach to Conquering Social Exclusion (Speaker: Patrick Hendry, Mental Health America)

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Geocaching and Wellness (Speakers: Dr. David Delmonico, Professor, Duquesne University Counselor Education Program)

The Future of Care: Screening to Supports (Speaker, Madeline Halpern, Mental Health America)

When in Crisis: How Texting Can Help (Speaker: Ricky Neal, Crisis Text Line)

Flourishing Boot Camp: Everyday Strategies for Activating Well-Being (Speakers: Dr. Corey Keyes, Winship Distinguished Research Professorship at Emory University; Marion Cooper, Executive Director Canadian Mental Health Association Manitoba; Gregory Kyllo, National Director of Program Innovation, Canadian Mental Health Association)

The Future of Community-Based Organizations in Health Reform (Speakers: Marie Mongeon, George Washington University)

Affiliate Spotlight - The Power of Wellness (Speakers: Pamela Sue Jones, Wellness Coordinator, MHALA-Antelope Valley, Ana Contreras, Wellness Coordinator, MHALA-Antelope Valley)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

Flexing the Mindfulness Muscle: Yoga and Meditation (Speaker: Jamison Monroe, CEO, Newport Academy)

From Principles to Practice: Achieving Integration in Adolescent Care (Speakers: Betsy Thompson, Manager of Mental Health Services; Katherine Hogan, Director of Research and Evaluation; Suzanne Frey, Mental Health Triage Clinician, Teen Health Connection)

Becoming Better Teachers and Mental Health Advocates (Speakers: Kari Little, Founder of Live Now LLC; Drue Metz, Director, Swanky Flicks; Frances Miyamoto, Health Coach)

Engaging Older Adults in Social Fitness (Speakers: Elizabeth Rula, Executive Director and Principal Investigator,Tivity Health; and Jennifer O'Callaghan, national trainer, SilverSneakers program)

Paying for Intervention B4Stage4 (Speaker: J.D. Smith, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)

Affiliate Spotlight - Reaching Youth Where They Are: Mental Health in Schools (Speakers: Sarah Davidon, Research Director, MHA Colorado; Josefina Alvarez, Cristina Ramirez and Allyson Adams, MHA North Shore)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch and Closing Plenary: Cynthia Germanotta, Colleen Werner, Born This Way Foundation


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