2021 Behavioral Health Management Summit
October 28-29, 2021 * JW Marriott Bonnet Creek *Orlando, FL

2021 Behavioral Health Management Summit








COVID-19 Advisory: BRI Network holds above all else, the health & safety of our attendees and their families. Currently this event is scheduled as an in-person event. We will however, continue to monitor and follow recommendations regarding capacity from CDC and other health agencies.
About the Conference

More than 25 percent of adults in the U.S. experience some type of behavioral health disorder in a given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yet nearly 60% don’t receive treatment in a given year. COVID-19, its economic fallout, and the companion global confrontation with issues of social justice have together caused enormous strain on the mental and behavioral health of people across the country. There have been spikes in anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health issues as people navigate these complexities, intensifying the need for access to treatment.

Today’s challenges have made clear the need for players across the behavioral health landscape—including but not limited to healthcare providers, both private and public insurers, government policymakers, and employers—to innovate to better serve the behavioral health needs of people across the country. This conference will explore how doing so could not only address a pressing social challenge but also improve healthcare outcomes; reduce healthcare costs; and create a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce.

Who Should Attend?
From Health Plans/Hospitals/Health Systems/Mental Health Facilities/Community Health Centers/Recovery Centers/Employers/Managed Care Organizations:

  • CEO’s
  • CFO’s
  • Medical Directors
  • Behavioral Health
  • Care Coordination
  • Social Workers
  • Medical Management
  • Disease Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Community Health
  • Mental Health
  • Reimbursement
  • Network Management
  • Case Management
  • Managed Care
  • Care Management
  • Outpatient Services
  • Clinical Operations
  • Provider Relations
  • Integrated Care
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Psychologists
  • Administrators
  • Nursing Director
  • Safety Manager
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • MAT Care Coordinator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Public Health
  • Counseling Services
  • Substance Abuse Management

Also of Interest to Vendors and Solutions Providers; Healthcare Consultants; TPA’s

Conference Agenda

Day One – Thursday, October 28, 2021
7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am
Addressing an Epidemic Within a Pandemic

The current pandemic has caused an onslaught of dilemmas for Americans everywhere, affecting different facets of society from housing to education and the economy. Among these is an epidemic often forgotten about by the masses: opioid addiction.

The pandemic has only worsened the situation for those who are already struggling. Access to support groups, which are now mostly facilitated online, are becoming scarce. Without proper internet access, people could be cut-off from support for days, if not longer. This session will explore addressing an epidemic within a pandemic, including impacts via policy solutions in the areas of data and surveillance, harm reduction, treatment, and special consideration for vaccine distribution, justice-involved individuals, and those experiencing homelessness.

9:00am – 9:45am
The Use of Telehealth Within Behavioral Health Settings: Utilization, Opportunities and Challenges

Telehealth use among behavioral health providers is a promising strategy to improve access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment across the U.S. The adoption of telehealth by behavioral health providers has lagged behind primary care and other physical health providers—up until COVID-19—which is driving enormous demand for virtual mental healthcare services as patients confront the stress of the pandemic and social crises. Topics to be discussed include:
– Barriers to telehealth
– Telemental health delivery models
– Guidelines and best practices
– Looking forward

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Behavioral Healthcare Billing: How to Maximize Your Reimbursement Rate

Billing is one of the most critical skills needed to succeed in the field of behavioral healthcare. Whether you’re a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychologist or counselor, you’ve probably experienced at least one situation in which you couldn’t get an insurer to pay out on a claim and had to take the loss. Unless you work in a practice with a dedicated billing and coding specialist, you likely handle billing and compensation yourself, and any professional will admit this can be frustrating. If you’re struggling to maximize your insurance reimbursement for mental health services, you’re not alone. This session will provide you with some helpful tools, tips and tricks to help ensure you get the maximum payout every time.

11:00am – 11:45pm
Improving Access to Children’s Mental Health Care

It can be challenging for some families to get mental health care for their children. Nearly 1 in 5 children have a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. Children with these disorders benefit from early diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, only about 20% of children with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders receive care from a specialized mental health care provider. Some families cannot find mental health care because of the lack of providers in their area. Some families may have to travel long distances or be placed on long waiting lists to receive care. Cost, insurance coverage, and the time and effort involved make it harder for parents to get mental health care for their child. This session will explore innovative solutions that improve access to mental health care for children.

11:45am – 12:30pm
Employer Strategies for Responding to the Mental Health Crisis

The impact on our workforce mental health should be at the top of every employers’ mind. Whether employers remain open and onsite during the pandemic – or have opted to continue remote working, the mental health of their workforce will be adversely impacted either way. This session will examine how employers can leverage preventive care, collaborative care, employee assistance programs, and data to respond as the behavioral and mental health crisis grows.

Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Leveraging Technology to Implement Behavioral and Mental Health Treatment

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the way in which health care is delivered continues to change. And according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the risks associated with substance use and mental health due to social isolation during COVID-19 will likely increase. And despite the morbidity and societal costs, treatment is inaccessible to many. This session will explore how providers are leveraging technology to provide digital triage services, virtual visits and therapy.

2:15pm – 3:15pm

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking & Refreshments Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm
School-Based Mental Health Services

Regardless of whether students return to school in person or via distance learning, education leaders and policymakers across the country must equip schools to address the social, emotional and behavioral effects of the ongoing pandemic. To address these issues, many policymakers are turning to school-based mental health services as a key strategy for supporting student wellness. This session will examine strategies to support mental health and address trauma as schools prepare to open.

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Community Engagement and Partnership Strategies

Health plans can expand their reach and improve access to members with behavioral health needs by creating strong community partnerships. Topics to be addressed in this session will include:
– Building relationships with community organizations
– Ensuring network adequacy to improve access to behavioral health services
– Developing networks to ensure access to critical services a the right level of care
– How building your network can enhance quality and reduce costs
– Gaining the interest and support of community stakeholders
– Engaging hard to reach populations who need behavioral health services the most
– Create more effective interventions for members with behavioral health needs
– Engaging hard to reach populations

End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, October 29, 2021
7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am
The Essential Role of Mental Health for A Diverse, Inclusive Workplace

In response to global protests for racial justice, employers around the world are emphasizing their commitment to inclusion and social equity. To deliver on this commitment, organizations must ensure employees from diverse backgrounds can access effective mental health support – a challenge that has been overlooked for too long. Recent acts of racism and violence, and the health disparities of COVID-19, are taking a toll on mental health. As employers strive to advance racial justice, they must focus on mental health in both their workplaces and their communities. This session will explore several important steps they can take.

9:00am – 9:45am
Dual Diagnosis: Barriers and Gateways to Effective Addiction Care

Addiction to drugs or alcohol often coexists with one or more other mental health conditions. Not surprisingly, having more than one disorder presents treatment challenges, but challenges that can be overcome. Historically, mental health treatment and substance use treatment are done in different places, by different people. People are trained in one or the other discipline, and they don’t necessarily cross-train. This immediately puts patients at a disadvantage. It can be inefficient and inconvenient. More importantly, the patients get care for addiction and the co-occurring condition(s) at separate times. The gold standard is to take care of them at the same time. This session will explore how to treat co-occurring conditions together.

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Social Determinants of Behavioral Health

This session will examine programs that health plans are putting into place to positively impact health outcomes and the quality and cost of care of some of the highest utilizers. Topics to be discussed will include:
– Connecting members to critical services
– How to improve screening and interventions
– How to improve resource utilization
– The impact of social determinant programs on member health and cost of care
– Ways to reduce disparities in health outcomes

11:00am – 11:45am
The Critical Role Behavioral Health Plays in the Success of Population Health

As hospitals and health systems work to develop population health strategies and integrate behavioral health into medical care to better serve their communities, health plans should be integrating their efforts within their organization. Integrating medical and behavioral health is a best practice for delivering holistic care. Through the integration, plans can better serve their members and providers by making sure both have access to the resources they need to improve health outcomes. This session will examine the key considerations in designing a sustainable and effective integrated behavioral health program, and how to leverage your program to differentiate your organization in the market.

11:45am – 12:30pm
Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Treatment in Rural Areas

One in four rural hospitals are at risk of closure. That means behavioral health in rural communities is quickly becoming less available to populations that already struggle with higher rates of isolation, addiction and access to affordable care. 60 percent of mental health visits in rural areas are conducted by a primary care provider who may have limited expertise in behavioral health. This session will examine how to champion behavioral health in rural areas, including how healthcare providers can achieve progress through initiatives and investments in technology to facilitate the delivery of integrated, collaborative care and unite medical professionals in a holistic approach to patient care.

Conference Concludes

Workshop – Friday, October 29, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:45pm – 2:45pm
Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder

Substance use disorders are common causes of morbidity and mortality and place substantial burdens on society in terms of productivity loss, healthcare utilization, and crime. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is broadly characterized by the continued use of opioids despite the associated problematic consequences. Similarly, alcohol use disorder (AUD) is characterized by problematic alcohol use in which the patient cannot control its intake and experiences negative emotional symptoms when not using alcohol. However, SUDs are preventable and treatable. This session will explore medication and counseling treatment to improve patient outcomes in this population.

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
14900 Chelonia Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32821
Sponsors and Exhibitors

Are there group discounts available?

  • Yes – Register a group of 3 or more at the same time and receive an additional 10% off the registration fee

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

Can the registration be transferred to a colleague?

  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

Where can I find information on the venue/accommodations?

  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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