Behavioral Health Management Summit

March 30 – 31, 2023 * Embassy Suites Downtown * Nashville, TN

Behavioral Health Management Summit








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. 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/Law Enforcement:

  • 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
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Human Resources
  • 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, March 30, 2023

7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


8:15am – 9:00am

Achieving Behavioral Health Equity

Significant behavioral health disparities persist in screening, diagnosis and treatment for racial and ethnic minorities. Reducing behavioral health disparities, and ultimately achieving behavioral health equity, requires understanding the wide range of factors that influence health outcomes at multiple levels. This session will explore components of an effective strategy to achieve behavioral health equity, including increasing population-based care; increasing community-based health care services; addressing social determinants of health; engaging the community; enhancing the pipeline; and supporting a diverse, structurally competent workforce.


9:00am – 9:45am

Why Telehealth for Behavioral Healthcare Is Working

What once seemed futuristic—receiving healthcare through a screen—has not only become common place, but preferable for certain medical visits, including behavioral 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 behavioral health illness.


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

Implementing School-Based Mental Health Services

Mental illness in children and youths has become an increasing problem and mental health is one of the most pressing needs in schools today. Whether it is long lines in counseling offices or behaviors that are a cry for help for which educators don't have the answer, schools across the country are struggling with how to respond. With limited resources, overwhelmed student service providers and without a roadmap to do things differently, many aren't sure where to start. This session will explore topics such as:

- Moving beyond a crisis response model to a more proactive approach

- Care for mental health providers and reducing symptoms of burnout

- Employing systems of identification for services when almost all students need support

- Providing support in a culturally responsive manner

- Adopting practices that promote mentorship, supportive adults and restorative practices to address mental health needs

- Addressing mental health needs for students with a disability through an individualized education plan


11:00am – 11:45pm

The Integration of Care for Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Other Behavioral Health Conditions into Primary Care

Behavioral health care includes care for patients around mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behavior change, life stresses and crises, and stress-related physical symptoms. Mental and substance use disorders alone are estimated to surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of worldwide disability. This session will explore:

- The importance of the healthcare system effectively addressing behavioral health conditions

- Better integration of behavioral health into the primary care setting

- Barriers to increased integration into primary care

- Various approaches of integrated care delivery


11:45am – 12:30pm

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


12:30pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break


1:30pm – 2:15pm

How to Support Employee Mental Health in the Workplace

Discussions about how to support mental health in the workplace are being redefined across the globe in ways we’ve never seen before. Having a healthy and engaged workforce requires employees to prioritize emotional wellness in the workplace. However, employees aren’t only seeking better support for employee mental health in the workplace, they’re demanding better employee mental health benefits. The need for mental health programs at work is here to stay — and rapidly increasing. It’s up to employers to become better at managing and supporting mental health at work. This session will explore ways employers can support employees and their mental health.


2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel: Sustaining Behavioral Healthcare in Your Practice

Speakers will share tips on how to identify practice needs, train care team members and assign roles and responsibilities for addressing patient behavioral health needs in a streamlined way. Learn about the tools and resources available to practices to help identify practice and patient needs and identify qualified candidates for care team roles.


3:15pm – 3:45pm

Networking & Refreshments Break


3:45pm – 4:30pm

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.


4:30pm – 5:15pm

Using Data to Improve Health Outcomes and Effectively Manage Member At-Risk Populations

The prevalence of data in various forms has been a staple of managed and direct care practices for decades.  Interpreting and using this data in an effective and clinically actionable manner has been an elusive and sometimes frustrating process for many. Data science in a fast-evolving field and its use and implication in the field of behavioral health is virtually limitless. This session will review a newly developed program designed to use data strategically to successfully identify, manage and monitor specific member at-risk populations.



End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, March 31, 2023

7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Recap


8:15am – 9:00am

Technology and the Future of Behavioral Health Treatment

Technology has opened a new frontier in mental health support and data collection. Mobile devices like cell phones, smartphones and tablets are giving the public, doctors and researchers new ways to access help, monitor progress, and increase understanding of mental wellbeing. Providers have an opportunity to leverage emerging technology—but doing so will entail significant shifts in the way behavioral healthcare is delivered. Organizations need to begin systematically incorporating technology into their care delivery at every step of their patients’ journeys in a way that may significantly change traditional approaches. An enormous array of technology options is emerging that can support patient care, such as self-guided, gamified treatment to virtual assistants and AI that can be used to ensure better care for patients through enhanced digital triage processes, augmented and virtual reality treatments, and computational psychiatry. This session will explore how providers can leverage each of these changes—and many more—to deliver better outcomes for their patients.


9:00am – 9:45am

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.


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

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.


11:00am – 11:45am

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

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, March 31, 2023

12:45pm – 2:45pm

Workshop: Establishing Efficient Workflows

This session will explore how to successfully integrate behavioral healthcare into a workflow to create a seamless experience for patients and the care team. Learn how to integrate behavioral healthcare in a way that supports efficiency and care quality, while avoiding disruption to practice operations. Also get insight into key considerations, tools and resources required for workflow enhancements, barriers and solutions to overcome them.



Embassy Suites Downtown
708 Demonbreun Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Mention BRI Network to get the discounted rate of $269/night


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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 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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