2024 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Management Summit

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

October 17-18, 2024 * JW Marriott Bonnett Creek * Orlando, FL

2024 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Management Summit








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 mental 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
  • Human Resources
  • 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 - Thursday, October 17, 2024
7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


8:15am – 9:00am

Untangling the Web: Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Disorders 

For many individuals, substance use disorders and mental health conditions are inextricably linked. This session will shed light on the challenges of co-occurring disorders and explore integrated approaches for effective screening, diagnosis and treatment. Gain insights into the intricate interplay between mental health and addiction, and learn best practices in diagnosis, treatment planning, resilience-building, and long-term recovery management for affected individuals and their families.


9:00am – 9:45am

Mental Health at Work: Creating a Supportive Culture for Employees

Mental health is a critical workplace issue that impacts employee well-being, productivity, and the bottom line. This session will explore how companies can prioritize and promote psychological safety as part of their culture. We’ll discuss comprehensive strategies employers can implement to proactively address mental health, including an action plan for implementing mental health support suited for your organization.


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

Integrated Care: Bridging the Gap Between Mental and Behavioral Health

For too long, mental health and behavioral health services have existed in siloed systems, despite their closely intertwined relationship. This session will make the case for an integrated care approach that treats the whole person. We will discuss the importance of coordinating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services. Topics will include:

  • The prevalence of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
  • How unaddressed mental illness impacts the ability to make healthy choices
  • Challenges and inefficiencies of navigating separate siloed treatment systems
  • Core principles and evidence-based models of integrated care delivery
  • Implementing screening, referral and follow-up protocols across providers
  • Using a collaborative care team approach with coordinated treatment planning
  • Examples of effective integrated care initiatives and their impacts


11:00am – 11:45am

Teen Mental Health: Challenges and Support Strategies

The teenage years are a critical period when many mental health issues can first emerge, or existing conditions may worsen. This session will explore the unique stressors and challenges today’s teens face that can impact their mental well-being, such as academic pressure, social media, bullying, identity issues, and more. We will discuss warning signs to look for, as well as evidence-based strategies for supporting teen mental health.


12:30pm – 1:30pm



1:30pm – 2:15pm

Overcoming Rural Barriers: Increasing Mental Health Access and Equity 

Rural communities face significant disparities and unique challenges when it comes to accessing quality mental healthcare. This session will explore strategies for enhancing services and supports for the millions of Americans living in rural and remote areas and innovative strategies to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of mental health resources.


2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel: Community Partnerships: The Key to Increasing Mental Health Care Access

Lack of access is one of the biggest barriers preventing people from getting the mental healthcare they need. This session will explore how developing strong community partnerships can help bridge major gaps in the mental health system. Our panel of experts will discuss collaborative models for improving the availability, affordability and quality of mental health services locally. Topics will include:

  • The current landscape of mental healthcare access and disparities
  • Benefits of integrating mental health in non-traditional settings like schools, workplaces and faith communities
  • Strategies for engaging and coordinating efforts across different sectors like healthcare, government, nonprofits and businesses
  • Leveraging community health workers to provide culturally competent outreach
  • Innovative technology solutions to increase access points
  • Funding and policy approaches to support community-driven initiatives


3:15pm – 3:45pm

Networking & Refreshments Break


3:45pm – 4:30pm

Expanding Access Through Telehealth: Using Telemedicine for Substance Use and Mental Health Care

Telemedicine has emerged as a powerful tool for increasing access and convenience when it comes to substance use and mental health treatment. This session will explore the current landscape and future potential of telehealth services in the behavioral health field. Gain insights into how telemedicine can enhance and supplement in-person behavioral health services and learn best practices for leveraging telehealth to provide accessible, affordable, quality virtual care.


4:30pm – 5:15pm

The Benefits of Making Mental Health a Priority in Employee Wellness Programs

Strategizing ways to design plans for overall employee wellbeing, with a focus on a connection to mental health resources in the workplace, is more important than ever. Creating opportunity for engagement and behavioral health resources for employees should not only be a priority, but an important consideration to support a thriving work environment. This session will explore a mulit0pronged approach for employee wellbeing resources. Highlights will include plan design, customizing a network based on employee occupation and providing an expansive employee resources program.



End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, October 18, 2024
7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Remarks


8:15am – 9:00am

Strategies for Prevention and Early Intervention

About half of all lifetime mental health conditions start by age 14, highlighting the critical importance of prevention and early intervention efforts during childhood and adolescence. This session will explore evidence-based approaches to supporting optimal mental health development and addressing problems before they escalate, along with how to implement comprehensive, age-appropriate prevention and early intervention initiatives.


9:00am – 9:45am

Promoting Mental Health in Schools: A Whole Child Approach

Schools play a pivotal role in supporting the mental health and well-being of our youth. This session will make the case for integrating comprehensive mental health services and programming into the educational environment. We will discuss the importance of taking a “whole child” approach that looks beyond just academics to nurture all aspects of student development. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • The impact of mental health on learning, behavior, and school performance
  • Strategies for fostering a positive, trauma-informed school climate
  • Implementing multi-tiered systems of mental health support
  • Training staff in mental health literacy and intervention
  • Developing community partnerships to provide wraparound services
  • Ensuring access and reducing stigma around mental health care


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

Mental Health Through a DEI Lens: Understanding Disparities and Cultivating Inclusive Care

There are well-documented disparities in mental health prevalence, treatment access, and quality of care for racially, culturally and linguistically diverse populations. This session will examine the intersections between mental health and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We will discuss how systemic inequities, discrimination, and lack of cultural competence impact mental health outcomes. Learn best practices for delivering inclusive, anti-racist, and identity-affirming mental health support and services.


11:00am – 11:45am

How Value-Based Care Impacts Mental Health

Value-based care has revolutionized the healthcare industry. This model rewards providers for achieving positive outcomes with their patients and clients. It promotes helping a patient reduce the impact of chronic disease or achieving overall positive results rather than the traditional fee-for-service model. Healthcare providers everywhere are turning to this model to improve the lives of patients, but what about behavioral health providers? In this session learn about how value-based care can also impact the field of mental health.


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 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 - Friday, October 18, 2024
12:45pm – 2:45pm

Burnout Prevention for Mental Health Professionals 

Those working in mental health fields like counseling, psychology, social work, and psychiatry are at extremely high risk of experiencing burnout due to the incredible emotional demands of their roles. This workshop will provide mental healthcare workers with proven strategies and tools for prioritizing their own self-care and combating job burnout amongst their workforces. Participants will:

  • Increase awareness of the unique burnout risks in mental healthcare fields
  • Learn to recognize the tell-tale signs of burnout in themselves and colleagues
  • Explore the impacts of burnout on mental health, relationships, and client care
  • Identify their own personal triggers, stressors, and symptoms
  • Cultivate resilience through mindfulness, cognitive reframing, and coping techniques
  • Develop a personalized self-care plan incorporating a variety of wellness strategies
  • Practice emotional intelligence skills like self-awareness, self-regulation and empathy
  • Examine how organizations can address burnout through systemic policy and culture changes



JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek
14900 Chelonia Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32821

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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

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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