Mental Health & Substance Abuse Management Summit
Best Practices and Innovations in Mental Health and Wellness for Providers, Health Plans and Employers
March 23-24, 2020 * Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Management Summit








About the Conference

Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. 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 and more.

Who Should Attend?

From Hospitals/Health Systems/Health Plans/Gov’t Agencies/Psychiatrists/Employers/Law Enforcement

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • VP
  • Medical Directors
  • Behavioral Health Directors
  • Pharmacy Directors
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Outreach Coordinators
  • PDMP Directors
  • Pain Management Directors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Telehealth Directors
  • State Health Directors
  • Nursing Director
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • HR/Benefits
  • Emergency Room Directors
  • Substance Abuse & Prevention Directors
  • Pediatricians
  • Law Enforcement
  • Narcotic Enforcement
  • Physicians
  • Quality Improvement Director
  • Family Services Director
  • Clinical Directors
  • Investigators
  • Compliance Director
  • Correctional Coordinators

This Event Will Also be if Interest to:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies * Law Firms * Consultants * Drug Development Companies

Conference Agenda

Day One – Monday, March 23, 2020

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

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

8:15am – 9:00am
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

9:00am – 9:45am
Collaboration Between Opioid Treatment Programs and Community Partners

In response to the heightened risks associated with the use of opioids, this session will discuss community safety strategies to reduce the harm imposed by opioids on communities and help to control the opioid epidemic. Topics will include:
- Best practice in opioid prescribing and monitoring to reduce the quantity of opioids in circulation
- Strategies to assist healthcare partnerships and collaborations by advancing their understanding of medication-assisted treatment as a crucial element to community wellness in an era of healthcare reform
- The essential role that the community plays in recovery support and prevention

Jennifer Esper
Chief Executive Officer
Esper Treatment Center

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

10:15am – 11:00am

Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM
Associate Clinical Professor
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

11:00am – 11:45am

Pranav V. Shah, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Southern California Permanente Medical Group Orange County
Kaiser Permanente

11:45am – 12:30pm
Collaborative Models of Care: Shifting the Paradigm of Mental Healthcare and Focusing on Prevention

Current treatments and the standard model of mental healthcare do not adequately address the complex challenges of mental illness, which accounts for roughly one-third of adult disability globally. These circumstances call for radical change in the paradigm and practices of mental healthcare, including improving standards of care and re-envisioning current models of mental healthcare delivery. This session will examine challenges facing mental healthcare and how to developing a collaborative care model in primary care settings that incorporates conventional therapies and complementary and alternative medicine approaches.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:15pm
The Role of Data and Analytics in Supporting Mental Health

Data and analytics plays an important role in more effectively analyzing mental healthcare data. It refers to the suite of tools combining automated analysis techniques with visualizations, and the analytical capabilities of users, to capitalize on complex data to improve understanding and decision-making. This session will examine how to use data to strengthen your mental health program.

Michael Sprintz, DO, DFASAM
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Sprintz Center for Pain
Sprintz Center for Recovery

2:15pm – 3:00pm
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.

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Networking & Refreshments Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Panel: Integrated Treatment Plans for Dual Diagnosis

Mental disorders, such as depression, often accompany an addiction. When co-occurring disorders are present, the individual has a dual diagnosis. Many people diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD) also suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require an integrated treatment plan that addresses both disorders as interconnected mental health issues. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 45 percent of people with addiction have a co-occurring mental health disorder. We will feature providers who have integrated services and support across systems, and their lessons learned.

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Mental Wellbeing: A Holistic Approach to Workplace Wellness

Personal accountability – the belief in one’s ability to influence the world around them, improve relationships, achieve goals and set their own trajectory in life – an essential and often overlooked element of employee wellbeing. Learn how to transform your organization’s culture for heightened accountability, alignment and engagement, impacting employees’ lives at work… and at home.

End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, March 24, 2020

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am
Scott Kiloby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Kiloby Center for Recovery, Inc.

9:00am – 9:45am
Making Behavioral Health Part of Your Workplace Wellness Program

This session will examine how employers can and should address the total health of employee populations by addressing mental health issues and emotional wellness. Topics to be addressed will include:
- Ensuring employees have access to mental health benefits including an employee assistance program (EAP)
- Making behavioral health a priority to enhance employee well-being and boost productivity
- How focusing on addressing behavioral health can reduce costs
- Leveraging telemedicine to offer employees instant access to mental health coaching and educational resources

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

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

Good mental health is integral to human health and wellbeing. A person’s mental health and many common mental disorders are shaped by various social, economic and physical environments operating at different stages of life. Risk factors for many common mental disorders are heavily associated with social inequalities, whereby the greater the inequality the higher the inequality in risk. 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 in order to improve a population’s mental health.

11:00am – 11:45am
Understanding the Genetic Roots of Addiction: Causes and Solutions

Learn how we can determine genetic influencers on predispositions toward various addictive behaviors and mental health conditions. Why are so many individuals falling victim to the chain of addictive behaviors and becoming part of the worst epidemic in the history of the word? The answer is, in part, both genetic and environmental. We will explore the causes and solutions.

11:45am – 12:30pm
How to Manage Pain in Patients with Mental or Behavioral Health Disorders

Managing pain in patients who have mental or behavioral health disorders presents many challenges. Stigma surrounding addiction has detrimental effects on patients with comorbid chronic pain conditions—despite evidence that addiction is a disease with the same genetic transmissibility as many other chronic diseases. Clinical pharmacists play an integral role in educating these patients about appropriate opioid use. This session will feature a clinical pharmacist who will discuss addiction as a chronic disease and how addiction affects treatment.

Conference Concludes

Workshop – Tuesday, March 24, 2020

12:45pm – 2:45pm
Core Elements in Responding to Mental Health Crises

Adults, children and older adults with a serious mental illness or emotional disorder often lead lives characterized by recurrent, significant crises. These crises are not the inevitable consequences of mental disability, but rather represent the combined impact of a host of additional factors, including lack of access to essential services and supports, poverty, unstable housing, coexisting substance use, other health problems, discrimination and victimization. Individuals experiencing mental health crises may encounter an array of professionals and non-professionals trying to intervene and help: family members, peers, healthcare personnel, police, advocates, clergy, educators and others. This workshop will provide guidance on crisis services and best practices, and an explanation of factors essential to any response to mental health emergencies, including:

- Ensuring that mental health crisis interventions are guided by standards consistent with recovery and resilience and
- Replacing today’s largely reactive and cyclical approach to mental health crises with one that works toward reducing the likelihood of future emergencies and produces better outcomes


Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821

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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 3 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $185. Cancellation received less than 3 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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