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Nashville Regional Policy Meeting (8/6)

Regional Policy Council Awards Breakfast and Meeting coinciding with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit

Mental Health America's Regional Policy Council will hold a one day meeting in Nashville, Tennessee starting with an Awards Ceremony at breakfast recognizing state mental health champions. Following the Awards Breakfast, participants will gather to learn about high-level policy ideas. Lunch is included. Register for the meeting now! 

Tennessee Two Step:  Dancing Behavioral Health Access, Criminal Justice Diversion, and Early Intervention to the Front of the Line


Register for MHA's Legislative Breakfast and RPC meeting now by clicking here!


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

7:30 am - 3:00 pm Cental Daylight Time

Meeting Address:

Omni Nashville
250 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203


Room Block Address:

Hilton Garden
305 Korean Veterans Blvd
Nashville, TN 37201

Book your room online now or call to make your reservation: (615) 251-3013 and ask to be added to the MHA block. Our discounted room rate expires on: July 6th, 2019.


Meeting Agenda 

All times are in Central Daylight Savings Time. TImes are tentative and subject to change. 

Monday, August 5

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm         Mental Health America Affiliate Staff-Only Dinner (By invitation only)

Tuesday, August 6

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Legislator Awards Breakfast Ceremony Opening Remarks by Lt. Governor Randy McNally and 2018 MHA Legislative Champion Sen. Richard Briggs, honoring 2019 state Legislative Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Champions

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions with Tom Starling, Board Chair, MHA

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention, Rep. Steve Eliason, Utah House of Representatives and MHA 2017 Mental Health Champion Honoree

9:45 am - 10:30 am

Behavioral Health Reforms in Tennessee, Matt Yancey, Deputy Commissioner and Monty Burks, Director of Faith Based Initiatives at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:15 am 

The Changing Landscape of Handling Persons in Crisis in our Communities: Using Community Policing and Partnerships to Address Behavioral Health, Director David Rausch, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Peer Services: Recovery in the Criminal Justice System, Sheryl McCormick Coordinator, Peer Support and Recovery Training Services, Peninsula

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Networking Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Recidivism Reduction by Courts & Corrections, Sherry Crouse, Director of Knoxville Day Reporting and Community Resource Center, Tennessee Department of Corrections and Judge Dan Eisenstein, Davidson County General Session, Division II (retired)

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Using Sequential Intercept Mapping to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in Shelby County, Dr. Altha Stewart, Director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Psychiatry

2:15 pm - 2:25 pm 

Affiliates in Action Speed Round

2:25 pm - 2:30 pm

National Update and Conclusion



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