Behavioral Health and Well-Being Summit

Pamela Greenberg
Pamela Greenberg
President and CEO
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

The number of individuals experiencing mental health conditions or substance use disorders continues to rise. Stress. Burnout. Depression. Anxiety. There is a behavioral health crisis in the United States. As the country continues to grapple with the physical health effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the behavioral health impacts continue to grow. How are leaders in this space responding to the growing behavioral health needs of the country? What have we done well over the past 18+ months? What more needs to be done?

  • Gain insight into leading BH organizations’ visions and philosophies to address the BH needs of the population in 2022 and beyond
  • Explore what regulatory, legislative, and policy barriers to advancing BH initiatives still exist
    • Telebehavioral health
    • IMD exclusions
    • Provider access and availability
    • Workforce shortages
    • Sharing data
  • Discuss what we’re hearing from members, patients, employees
  • Examine whether organizations are thinking about populations differently now than in the past
  • Leverage the attention to BH and well-being that COVID-19 has created
    • Panelists:

      Chuck Ingoglia
      Chuck Ingoglia
      President and CEO
      National Council for Mental Wellbeing

      Schroeder Stribling
      Schroeder Stribling
      President and CEO
      Mental Health America

      Additional Panelists TBA

      Moderator:

      James A. Laughman
      James A. Laughman, MSW, LSW
      President
      PerformCare, a subsidiary of AmeriHealth Caritas

Virtual care adoption accelerated at a rapid pace as a result of the pandemic. This was especially true of telebehavioral health opportunities. With policies and regulations relaxed for the Public Health Emergency (PHE), more flexibilities allowed for greater access to BH services via technology. This panel explores the flexibilities allowed for over the past year with a look to the future, as well as the many other considerations health plans, providers, and employers are considering to ensure high-value care is being provided.

  • Discuss current flexibilities allowed under the PHE, and insight into what’s next when the PHE ends
  • Identify the policy changes that will likely, should be, or could be made permanent
  • Examine the nuances surrounding “Audio Only” and language for this and other telebehavioral health considerations included within the proposed CMS CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule
  • Explore State vs. Federal considerations to enable increased access to telebehavioral health providers
    • Discuss efforts surrounding cross-state licensing within regions and other state-specific initiatives
  • Consider the modalities that work best for telebehavioral health – and those that don’t – and identify quality and outcomes measures necessary to ensure high-value care is being delivered

Panelists:

Adam Easterday
Adam Easterday
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Optum

Brad Lerner
Brad Lerner
Vice President, Government Affairs, Associate General Counsel
Beacon Health Options (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anthem)

Shannon M. McMahon
Shannon M. McMahon, MPA
Executive Director, Medicaid Policy
Kaiser Permanente

Moderator:

April Mims
April Mims
Vice President, Public Policy
Hims & Hers, a founding company of the Telehealth Equity Coalition

10:10 AM ET

Networking Break

From the Covid relief packages of 2020 and 2021 to the FY2021 Fiscal Budget, billions of dollars have been allocated to mental health and substance use services and supports, school-based mental health programs, workforce training, and more. This panel unpacks the agencies, programs, and services where the funding was allocated, what’s been set aside, how monies are being prioritized, and new ways being considered to spend these much-needed dollars.

  • Explore where funding was allocated and where any measurable outcomes may soon be reported
  • Discuss funding that’s been set aside and new areas where the funding could make a substantial impact
  • Examine how different types of programs benefited from the funding, such as workforce development initiatives, diversity efforts, block grants, and crisis services
  • Consider where additional resources should be apportioned
  • Hear varying organizations’ vision for investment and resource allocation to complement, supplement, amplify, or fill a gap

Panelists:

Chris Carroll
Chris Carroll, MSc
Public Health Advisor
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
HHS

Brian Hepburn
Brian Hepburn, MD
Executive Director
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

Reyna Taylor
Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, Policy Development
National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Moderator:

Brian Coyne
Brian Coyne
Vice President, Federal Affairs
Magellan

As the incidence of mental health and substance use issues rose over the past year, individuals were faced with additional challenges brought about social isolation, economic stressors, racial injustices, and political strife. Many recent reports have shown higher levels of suicide thoughts in certain demographics and an increased need for mental health services. In this session, explore ways that individuals, organizations, and communities are trying to meet this need, updates on progress, and what more needs to be done surrounding crisis services in America.

  • Understand the increased need spurred by the pandemic
  • Gain updates surrounding the 988 hotline, the three-digit-call number to connect callers in a mental health or suicide crisis to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Explore what organizations and their partners are doing to develop and enhance comprehensive community services
  • Discuss what other programs, services, policies, and initiatives are taking place across the country
Laura Evans
Director, National and State Policy
Vibrant Emotional Health

Taylor Kleffel
Taylor Kleffel
Manager of State Policy
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

12:05 PM ET

Lunch Break

Part 1: Evaluate How Stigma around SUD Influences the C-Suite

  • Learn about the research being done at Dell Medical Center at University of Texas Austin surrounding:
    • How is stigma within an organization affects integration efforts, policy, or initiatives within the organization
    • How are some organizations are breaking down stigma by hiring and promoting from within those who have experienced their own journey surrounding SUD
Richard Bottner
Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C
Director, Support Hospital Opioid Use Disorder Treatment (SHOUT) Texas
Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

Part 2: Panel Discussion: Awareness Is Not Enough – Strategies to Combat Stigma around MH and SUD

  • Discuss ways to build upon the momentum of awareness and dialogue around mental health in the news, sports, and beyond
  • Identify strategies being implemented to move beyond talk and into action
  • Share ways that employers can (and should) prioritize mental health and well-being in action, such as new benefit offerings and workplace culture initiatives

Panelists:

Brendan Shane
Brendan Shane, MBA, MSW, LICSW
Director, Behavioral Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Nicole Stec
Nicole Stec
Associate Director of Well-Being
Banner Health

Moderator:

Richard Bottner
Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C
Director, Support Hospital Opioid Use Disorder Treatment (SHOUT) Texas
Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

  • Discuss different ways of virtually engaging with individuals to improve access to services and treatment – Telebehavioral health and beyond
  • Explore ways organizations are trying to address the workforce shortage for BH providers
  • Hear successes of different models of outreach and service to get individuals started on their treatment journey – Peer support, community health workers, etc.
  • Learn about the expansion of the CCBHC model across the country and results realized during the demonstrations

Panelists:

Nick Dewan
Nick Dewan, MD
Vice President, Behavioral Health
GuideWell

Helena Plater-Zyberk
Helena Plater-Zyberk
CEO and Co-Founder
Supportiv

Brie Reimann
Brie Reimann
Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Consulting
National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Additional Panelists TBA

  • Gain insight into the exploding digital health market surrounding BH
    • Understand the different types of digital applications and services, such as digital therapeutics (FDA-approved), clinically-validated mental health and addiction treatments and services, wellness and mindfulness solutions, etc
  • Hear how health plans, employers, and EAPs are evaluating and considering solutions to meet their needs
  • Be aware of potential pitfalls or areas of concern when selecting a solution

Panelists:

Bernard DiCasimirro
Bernard DiCasimirro, DO
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
New Directions Behavioral Health

Doug Nemecek
Doug Nemecek, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Cigna

Laura Veroneau
Laura Veroneau
Partner
Optum Ventures

Moderator:

Andy Molnar
Andy Molnar
Chief Executive Officer
Digital Therapeutics Alliance

03:15 PM ET

Networking Break

  • Learn about new VBC models in BH, including those focused on Substance Use Disorder treatment and support
  • Examine different types of BH/SUD episodes of care arrangements that exist
  • Discuss models of BH/SUD integration that enable and reward coordinated care
Eric Bailly
Eric Bailly, LPC, LACD
Business Solutions Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Strategy
Anthem

Kelly Crosbie
Kelly Crosbie, MSW, LCSW
Chief Quality Officer, Division of Health Benefits
North Carolina Medicaid

  • Discuss how employers are supporting their workforce to address social needs
  • Share efforts to address social isolation and loneliness for remote and hybrid employees
05:05 PM ET

Close of Day One