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RPC Meeting - Denver, CO

PIVOTAL MOMENTS IN HEALTH POLICY: Pitfalls and Opportunities

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Room Capitol 5, 4th floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States
(303) 436-1234

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This event is free for affiliates, associate members, RPC funders, and legislators. Register for the meeting

Event Details

The ​Mental ​Health ​America ​(MHA) ​Regional ​Policy ​Council ​(RPC) ​cultivates ​a ​constructive ​partnership ​with ​its ​affiliate ​field, ​state ​policy ​leaders, ​and ​other ​mental ​health ​stakeholders ​working ​together ​to ​initiate, ​advocate ​for, ​and ​implement ​federal ​and ​state ​policies ​that ​positively ​affect ​people ​living ​with ​mental ​health ​and ​substance ​use ​conditions. ​

MHA ​aligns ​its ​RPC ​Policy ​Meetings ​with ​the ​meetings ​of ​major ​state ​executive ​and ​legislative ​membership ​groups. ​The ​objective ​for ​meeting ​is ​to ​work ​as ​trusted ​partners ​with ​policymakers ​to ​improve ​and ​inform ​communication ​and ​dialogue ​among ​them ​and ​mental ​health ​advocates, ​providers, ​community ​collaborators ​and ​industry ​associates, ​and ​to ​respond ​to ​a ​dynamic ​national ​environment ​by ​identifying ​opportunities ​for ​state ​action ​to ​advance ​mental ​health. ​Each ​meeting ​includes ​a ​reception ​honoring ​mental ​health ​champions ​from ​all ​levels ​of ​state ​government. ​

The ​upcoming ​meeting ​addresses ​challenges ​to ​the ​states ​that ​will ​emerge ​out ​of ​the ​changing ​landscape ​in ​Washington. ​Both ​in ​and ​outside ​of ​the ​meetings, ​the ​RPC ​works ​continuously ​to ​strengthen ​a ​“boots ​on ​the ​ground” ​coalition ​to ​protect ​and ​expand ​upon ​bipartisan ​policies ​on ​behalf ​of ​people ​with ​mental ​illnesses, ​including:

  • Mental ​health ​and ​addiction ​services ​covered ​at ​parity ​in ​all ​public ​and ​private ​insurance ​plans;
  • Affordable, ​accessible, ​and ​continuous ​insurance ​coverage ​for ​people ​with ​pre-existing ​conditions;
  • Fair ​federal ​funding ​and ​flexibility ​in ​Medicaid ​that ​allows ​people ​to ​access ​the ​most ​current ​and ​effective ​treatments ​and ​supports ​leading ​to ​recovery; ​
  • Improved ​coordination ​and ​integration ​of ​care, ​including ​using ​peers ​as ​essential ​members ​of ​care ​and ​support ​teams; ​and
  • Ending ​the ​use ​of ​jails ​and ​prisons ​as ​custodial ​care ​facilities ​for ​people ​with ​behavioral ​illnesses.


Tuesday, July 18th

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Affiliate-Only Dinner

Guest Speakers: County Sheriffs of Colorado Executive Director Sheriff Chris Johnson on sheriffs’ role, legislative initiatives; Public Policy Director of MHA of Texas Gyl Switzer on Medicaid reconnection

Wednesday, July 19th

7:30 am

Breakfast begins

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Award presentations honoring state legislative mental health champions

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Steve McCaffrey, MHA of Indiana, New directions Medicaid model waiver

9:45 am - 10:30 am

Kathryn Jantz, the Steadman Group, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Accountable Health Communities (AHC) 101

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Gretchen Hammer, Colorado Director of Medicaid on Innovative Colorado Medicaid Programs; Moe Keller on Colorado Accountable Care Organization Grant Phase II

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Mark Smith, Da Vinci Group and Shruti Kulkarni, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence an interactive conversation on perspectives of American Legislative Exchange (ALEC) and the Trump Administration

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

MHA Affiliate-Panel Highlighting State Experience Avoiding Pitfalls: Tennessee on dis-enrolling Medicaid enrollees, Texas on Legislative Study Commission, Montana on its Medicaid work program.

1:30 pm

Closing/Wrap Up


On-site Contacts: Caren Howard, Debbie Plotnick

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 820
 Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone (703) 684.7722

Toll Free (800) 969.6642

Fax (703) 684.5968

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