2022 Mental Health Management Summit
Best Practices in Mental Health, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment

October 17-18, 2022 * JW Marriott Grand Lakes * Orlando, FL

2022 Mental Health Management Summit








About the Conference:

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 about what the future of mental healthcare will bring, achieving mental health equity, treating co-occurring disorders, integrating physical and behavioral health, the need for early screening and intervention, expanding access to behavioral health treatment and addressing disparities, trends to watch for, and much more.

Who Should Attend?

From Health Plans/Hospitals/Health Systems/Mental Health Facilities/Employers/Community Health Centers/Recovery Centers/ Managed Care Organizations/Law Enforcement:

  • CEO’s
  • CFO’s
  • Medical Directors
  • Behavioral Health
  • Care Coordination
  • Social Workers
  • Medical Management
  • Disease Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Community Health
  • Addiction & Recovery Coordinators
  • Mental Health
  • Reimbursement
  • Network Management
  • Case Management
  • Managed Care
  • Counselors
  • 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, October 17, 2022

7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast 

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

8:15am – 9:00am
What Will the Future of Mental Healthcare Bring?
In a short span of time, the pandemic has increased our awareness of the vulnerability of mental health. Sitting squarely at the intersection of physical health and external circumstances, we’ve seen how quickly our moods and behaviors can be impacted by circumstances and challenges, and we’ve also realized just how strong and resilient our minds can be. But perhaps most importantly, we are now witnessing a shift in our thinking about mental health. Concerns around mental health and its treatment are finally taking more of a front seat in the mainstream of society. The field of mental healthcare is ever-evolving, which might leave us wondering where we’re headed next. As we step forward into a world of less stigma, more understanding, and fewer barriers to care, we ask: what could the future of mental health care look like? This session will explore all this and more.

9:00am – 9:45am
Achieving 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. This session will explore components of an effective strategy to achieve mental health equity including increasing population-based care; increasing community-based health care services; addressing social determinants of health; engaging the community; and supporting a diverse, structurally competent workforce.

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

10:15am – 11:00am
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder
Mental health problems and substance use disorders sometimes occur together. This is because:

  • Certain illegal drugs can cause people with an addiction to experience one or more symptoms of a mental health problem
  • Mental health problems can sometimes lead to alcohol or drug use, as some people with a mental health problem may misuse these substances as a form of self-medication
  • Mental and substance use disorders share some underlying causes, including changes in brain composition, genetic vulnerabilities, and early exposure to stress or trauma

This session will explore treatments for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders – mental illness and substance abuse disorder.

11:00am – 11:45am
Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: A Major Step Toward Population Health Management
Improved care coordination for patients requiring both physical and mental health services could save the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars annually while improving quality, outcomes and patient lifestyle. Behavioral health is a critical and often-overlooked component of a successful population health management program—a topic frequently discussed but rarely addressed comprehensively. Integration of behavioral health and primary care services can both enhance compliance with preventive care, thereby improving the effectiveness of chronic disease treatment, and help engage patients in self-management to improve lifestyle behaviors that contribute to these chronic conditions. Integration of the two disciplines also can decrease expensive and frequently unnecessary emergency department visits and inpatient admissions, particularly for patients with more severe mental health conditions, who tend to have a high degree of physical health comorbidities. This session will explore the economic and patient care benefits that can be gained from integrating physical and behavioral health services, and why this should be a business priority for any organization making the transition from fee for service to population health management. 

11:45am – 12:30pm
The Need for Early Mental Health Screening and Intervention
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. Young people who show early signs of mental health disorders often do not receive treatment because of stigma due to lack information about where to go. Yet delayed treatment is associated with incomplete and prolonged recovery. This session will explore why 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.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Dr. Les Kertay
SVP, Behavioral Health
Axiom Medical 

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Panel: Access to Mental Healthcare in the 21st Century
One of the most important aspects of receiving medical care is access to that care. For people with mental illness who have greater healthcare needs and are at risk for poor health outcomes, reduced access to care constitutes a crisis. Addressing mental health and substance use disorders is an urgent matter, and expanded access to treatment is key. As providers of emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care, hospitals and health systems are often the first-line responders for behavioral health disorders, as well as the conduits to community-based organizations that provide care. Panelists will explore initiatives underway to increase access to mental health and behavioral health services in the communities they serve.

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

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Transforming Mental Health in Schools
Mental health services embedded within school systems can create a continuum of integrative care that improves both mental health and educational attainment for children. To strengthen this continuum, and for optimum child development, a reconfiguration of education and mental health systems to aid implementation of evidence-based practice might be needed. Integrative strategies that combine classroom-level and student-level interventions have much potential. A robust research agenda is needed that focuses on system-level implementation and maintenance of interventions over time. This session will explore how mental health integrative strategies and interventions can be implemented in schools to provide earlier and improved access to care.

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Treatment in Rural Areas and Addressing Disparities
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. 

End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, October 18, 2022

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast 

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

8:15am – 9:00am
Why Telehealth for Mental Health Care Is Working
What once seemed futuristic—receiving health care through a screen—has not only become common place, but preferable for certain medical visits, including mental health. Both adult and pediatric providers say that offering care via telehealth has been not only crucial during the pandemic, but also often advantageous, even as many clinicians are again seeing patients in person. Naturally, there are benefits and drawbacks—and it isn’t ideal for every patient, or every situation—but many providers and patients are happy. This session will address the benefits of telehealth in addressing mental health illness. 

9:00am – 9:45am
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.

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

10:15am – 11:00am
Improving Access to Children’s Mental Healthcare
It can be challenging for some families to get mental health care for their children. Nearly one in five children have a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. Children with these disorders benefit from early diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, only about 20 percent 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 healthcare for their child. This session will explore innovative solutions that improve access to mental healthcare for children.

11:00am – 11:45am
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

11:45am – 12:30pm
Mental Health Trends to Watch For
Mental health became an important part of the public conversation, as Olympic athletes, celebrities and other public figures came forward about their well-being and helped reduce the stigma. We can expect mental health to continue to be a top priority, particularly as the United States reckons with a growing mental health crisis. New developments in science, such as the COVID-19 vaccines, are a testament to humanity’s commitment to healing. Other studies have shown us how we can improve mental health services, address racial and socioeconomic disparities, and ultimately, enhance our overall well-being from the inside out. This session will explore what mental health trends to watch for in the year ahead.

Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, October 18, 2022

12:45pm – 2:45pm

Workshop: Strategies Employers Can Use to Address Workplace Mental Health Issues

COVID-19 has inflicted a serious mental health toll on many U.S. workers. Like other Americans, workers have lost loved ones, connections to friends and family, and the comforts of their daily social rhythms. The pandemic has also imposed a unique set of stresses on workers, including the risks of losing their job, rapid adjustment to working from home and additional workloads. And workers on the front line must face an increased risk of infection and increasingly aggressive customer interactions. As a result, many of these workers – especially those like nurses, doctors and teachers – are reporting elevated levels of anxiety, depression and sleeping problems. Americans are also drinking a lot more alcohol and overeating, engaging in less physical activity. One-third of them have gained weight since the start of the pandemic. Employees workers are better able to navigate mental health issues when their employers have a plan in place. This session will explore recommended strategies for employers to adopt, including:

- Creating clear policies

- Partnering with mental health providers

- Preventing illness with wellness programs

- Fighting mental stigma by changing norms

- Nurturing social support through teamwork

- Value based care


JW Marriott Orlando Grand Lakes
4040 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32837

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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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