2022 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Management Summit
Best Practices and Innovations in Mental Health and Wellness for
Providers, Health Plans and Employers

March 28-29, 2022 * Grand Hyatt Nashville * Nashville, TN

2022 Mental Health and Substance Abuse 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

Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused depression, anxiety, and loneliness to spike around the world, at a time when, according to the World Health Organization, many countries are experiencing disruptions and cutbacks in mental health services.

Mental health illness and substance use disorders affect people of all ages and demographics and are extremely burdensome to society and socioeconomic costs. More than one in four adults living with serious mental health problems also has a substance use problem. Because of this, behavioral health integration and management has moved to the forefront as the healthcare industry strives to advance the coordination of behavioral healthcare services and implementation of integration initiatives to improve access to treatment.

This conference will bring together some of the leading national experts responding to this ever-increasing public health crisis to provide insights on policy, operations, and management of mental health strategies to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America’s communities. Join your peers to shape the future of mental health and hear how to address the opioid epidemic, collaboration with community partners, treating co-occurring disorders, value-based care, workplace wellness, social determinants, managing mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

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
  • Substance Use Disorder Program Managers
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Social Workers
  • Medical Management
  • Disease Management
  • Clinical Services
  • 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 - Monday, March 28, 2022
7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am

The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. During the pandemic, about four in ten adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019. Many adults are reporting specific negative impacts on their mental health and well-being, such as difficulty sleeping or eating, increases in alcohol consumption or substance use, and worsening chronic conditions, due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. As the pandemic wears on, ongoing and necessary public health measures expose many people to experiencing situations linked to poor mental health outcomes, such as isolation and job loss. This session will explore mental health and substance use during, and prior to, the COVID-19 pandemic, and populations that were particularly at risk for experiencing negative mental health or substance abuse consequences during the pandemic, including young adults, people experiencing job loss, parents and children, communities of color, and essential workers.

9:00am – 9:45am

Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care and Ensuring Network Adequacy

Employers, health plans and other key stakeholders all have key roles to play in improving access to mental health and substance use care. The key barriers to improving well-being and health outcomes for people who have mental health conditions need to be addressed. These include a fragmented care system; an undersized, poorly distributed and underprepared workforce; and payment models that reinforce care silos and fragmentation of care. This session will examine resolutions to these challenges, including:

  • Payment models that support service integration
  • How train a workforce skilled in managing mental health and substance abuse in the context of integrated care
  • Developing incentives to disseminate tested organizational models and create new approaches

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am

Mental Health Equity

Mental health equity is the right to access quality healthcare for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or geographical location. This includes access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for mental and substance use disorders. Advancing health equity involves ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This also applies to mental health. In conjunction with quality services, this involves addressing social determinants, such as employment and housing stability, insurance status, proximity to services, culturally responsive care – all of which have an impact on behavioral health outcomes.

11:00am – 11:15am

Yoga Break

11:15am – 12:00pm

Transforming Mental Health in Schools: The Impact of COVID-19

This session will explore how lockdown affected mental health in our nation’s schools, and how mental health interventions can be implemented in schools to provide earlier access to care. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • How schools have been addressing the mental health of children and young people during the pandemic
  • How the pandemic may have changed priorities
  • The long-term consequences of COVID-19 for the mental health of staff and students

12:00pm – 12:45pm

The Importance of Early Assessment and Treatment of Mental Illness

Mental illness has been viewed as a disease of early adulthood. But the onset of these illnesses typically occurs in teens and young adults. In fact, about half of all lifetime cases of mental illnesses start at age 14. Symptoms in three-quarters of mental illness cases appear by age 24. About one in 10 children and teens suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment. Early detection and treatment of mental disorders can result in a substantially shorter and less disabling course of illness. As the mental health field becomes increasingly able to identify the early antecedents of mental illnesses at any age, interventions must be implemented, provided in multiple settings, and connected to treatment and supports. This session will examine how early interventions and educational efforts can help a greater number of parents, the public, and providers learn about the importance of the first years of a child’s life and how to establish a foundation for healthy social and emotional development.

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Break

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Social Determinants of Mental Health and COVID-19

Contracting COVID-19, being exposed to it, or being affected by societal containment measures can have consequences that are themselves social determinants of health. Preexisting social determinants of health also drive the disproportionately high prevalence of COVID-19 infection and deaths among minority, marginalized, and other vulnerable populations. Thus, the social determinants of mental health act as both mediators and moderators of the pandemic’s impacts, and like all social determinants, the effects of the pandemic are underpinned by public policies and social norms. The major economic impacts of containment measures have had cascading effects that will affect mental health for years to come. This session will examine the importance of social factors in the initiation and maintenance of mental illness and the need for action and effective interventions to improve the conditions of everyday life to improve a population’s mental health.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Panel: Fostering Resilience and Recovery

Implementing trauma-informed approaches within primary care marks a fundamental shift in care delivery that supports improved utilization of services, improved patient outcomes, increased staff satisfaction and healthier work environments. Trauma occurs in all populations regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality or geography and the impacts of trauma are long-lasting affecting development, wellness and stress response across the lifespan. This session will explore effective strategies primary care providers can implement to improve the health and resiliency of individuals with histories of trauma resulting in better patient and provider outcomes.

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Networking & Refreshments Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment

Dual diagnosis are treatments for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders – mental illness and substance abuse. Research has strongly indicated that to recover fully, a patient with co-occurring disorder needs treatment for both problems – focusing on one does not ensure the other will go away. Dual diagnosis services integrate assistance for each condition, helping people recover from both in one setting, at the same time. This session will examine integrated services and support, and lessons learned.

4:45pm – 5:30pm

Mental Health Collaborative Models of Care

The integration of behavioral health and general medical services has been shown to improve patient outcomes, save money, and reduce stigma related to mental health. The collaborative care team is led by a primary care provider and includes behavioral health are managers, psychiatrists and frequently other mental health professionals. The team implements a measurement-guided care plan based on evidence-based practice guidelines and focuses particular attention on patients not meeting their clinical goals. This session will examine how to develop a collaborative care model in primary care settings that incorporates conventional therapies and complementary and alternative medicine approaches.


End of Day One


Day Two – Tuesday, March 29, 2022
7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am

Post COVID-19 Pandemic Mental Health Challenges

The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can persist and be long lasting for several years after the pandemic. Increases in the prevalence of common psychiatric disorders and suicide are expected during the post-pandemic time. This session will examine why enhancing access to the mental health services including telepsychiatry, early assessment, treatment and psycho-social support, screening and support for specific groups such as frontline HCP where appropriate, implementing long term measures to mitigate the impact of economic recession on mental health and addressing stigma during the pandemic are paramount in addressing the problem.

9:00am – 9:45am

Making the Shift to Value-Based Care for Behavioral Health Providers

Health care payers are increasingly shifting away from fee-for-service payment systems that reward volume to value-based payment models that incentivize high-quality, cost-effective care – or value-based care, and behavioral health providers and facilities must begin getting ready for the future by gathering data and analyzing patient populations and outcomes. This session will examine how to implement value-based strategies and integrate mental health treatment to provide quality, cost-efficient care.

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am

Law Enforcement’s Role in Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

The law enforcement has played in combatting the misuse of opioids and subsequent overdose deaths has evolved significantly. The acknowledgement that opioids must not only be treated as a public safety issue, but also as a public health crisis has led law enforcement to engage in non-traditional collaborative relationships. Law enforcement agencies across the country have responded to the crisis with a multitude of ideas and initiatives. More broadly, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies recognize a need for a stronger national response that can distill from those local initiatives promising general practices, identify and promote new answers to national needs, and develop strategies to reduce opioids’ national impact. This session will explore the multidisciplinary approach law enforcement, regulatory boards, the medical community and treatment professionals must engage in to reduce the abuse and negative outcomes associated with prescription opioids, heroin and illicit fentanyl abuse. This presentation will focus on strategies that have proven successful in creating effective partnerships to overcome the opioid epidemic.

11:00am – 11:15am

Yoga Break

11:15am – 12:00pm

Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

Integrative medicine for mental health supports a whole-body approach to mental health disorders, utilizing multiple fields of medicine and nutritional sciences. This session will explore how to help patients regain mental wellness through the use of individualized metabolic testing, nutritional therapies, and dietary interventions. By focusing on an individual’s unique genetic, biochemical, and nutritional status, customized treatment plans can be implemented to provide better wellness outcomes.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

How Community-Based Mental Health Can Expand Access to Treatment

Addressing our country’s mental health crisis will require a multipronged approach over many years. Steps are being made at every level of government: States are beginning to strengthen and enforce insurance protections for mental health conditions and implementing Medicaid waivers to expand home- and community-based mental health services; Congress passed legislation for a pilot program that created a new kind of community behavioral health clinic to deliver a more holistic set of treatment services; and city governments are examining ways to connect people in mental health crisis to care rather than the local correctional system. This session will examine community-based mental healthcare, and how it encompasses a wide variety of programs and services designed to help meet local needs.


Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, March 29, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Workshop: Incorporating Mental Health into Your Corporate Wellness Program

Corporate wellness programs tend to focus on helping employees improve their health by creating clinical improvement initiatives around certain measures such as blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, glucose, and smoking cessation. Often missing from corporate wellness programs, however, is a focus on mental health and emotional wellness. Each year, one in five adults in the U.S. will experience mental illness. Yet only one in three who need help will get it. As a result, many people will either miss work or will get less done on the job. The latter is known as presenteeism, when people go to work while struggling with physical or mental health issues. Focusing on workplace mental health is so important for your bottom line. Companies who ignore emotional health do more than put their employees’ mental well-being at risk. If stressed, unhappy employees spread negativity throughout the organization, companies may find their complacency over their employees’ emotional health also puts their business at risk. This session will explore ways mental wellness can help employees thrive in the workplace, and how employers can help make it a priority and incorporate it into their corporate wellness program.


Grand Hyatt Nashville
1000 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

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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

Are there discounts for Non-Profit/Government Organizations?

  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

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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