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You’re invited: Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit slated for September 21-23

May 3, 2013
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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The editors of Behavioral Healthcare magazine invite industry leaders to attend the second Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit, which will be held September 21-23 at the Marriott Anaheim in Anaheim, California.

The Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit has been developed specifically for the executive, operational, and strategic leadership of the nation’s behavioral healthcare organizations and providers. The Summit offers you and other executive, operational, and strategic leaders an extraordinary opportunity to connect with the latest business, policy, technology, clinical, reimbursement, and marketing issues. 

Again in 2013, the Summit is co-located with the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), the nation's largest conference dedicated to the medical, clinical, and counseling professionals who provide prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery management services. And, again in 2013, participants can attend the Summit and all of NCAD '13 for the cost of a singleregistration.

Outstanding plenary sessions

Plenary speakers, who will address combined NCAD/Leadership Summit sessions to kick off and close each day include:

  • Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us, a look at the roots of America’s obesity problem through the lens of the industry executives and food scientists who helped to create and feed our expanding waistlines, as well as possible solutions.
  • Scott Strode, the founder of Phoenix Multisport and the 2012 CNN “Hero” who explores how hundreds in his physically active recovery community combat substance abuse with the emotional strength, peer relationships, and physical transformation that an active lifestyle can bring.
  • David Mee-Lee, MD who will unveil the latest ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, due for publication in October 2013 and challenge leaders to consider how these, together with the changes wrought by the unfolding of the Affordable Care Act and the American Psychiatric Association’s recently revised DSM-5, open the door to new possibilities for substance use disorder treatment and reimbursement.

Insightful Summit presentations and discussion

Following each day’s plenary, Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit sessions offer industry leaders two days of insightful, in-depth, interactive, and sometimes inspiring information on topics including:  

  • Developing critical elements of organizational ethics
  • Issues for health homes in substance abuse treatment agencies
  • Strategies and metrics for improving agency — and funder audit — performance
  • Creating, evaluating, and sustaining relationships with third-party insurers
  • Building and using performance measures for board members and agency leaders
  • Impacting front-line employees with “lead from the middle” management strategies
  • Resolving the impasse on patient confidentiality issues in a the world of electronic health records exchange

Outstanding presenters

Each Summit session will be led by expert presenters in a dynamic and interactive environment that invites questions and discussion.  2013 Summit speakers include:

  • Aaron Williams— SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Kathleen ReynoldsSAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Thomas Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS — Executive Director, Achievement through Counseling and Treatment, JEVS Human Services
  • David Bucciferro  Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology
  • Renee Popovits, J.D. — Popovits & Robinson
  • Scott Weinstein — HHS Office of National Coordinator
  • Stacy Blumberg, M.B.A. — De Paul Treatment Centers
  • Paul M. Lefkovitz, Ph.D. — General Manager, Benchmarking, Netsmart Technologies
  • Cynthia Johnson , Ph.D. — Director, Mississippi State Hospital-Community Services 
  • Lydia Weisser, D.O., M.B.A. — Medical Director, Mississippi Department of Mental Health 

Technology and services exhibition

Beyond plenary and session information, the Summit and NCAD 2013 share an exhibition hall featuring 200 leading organizations and solution providers serving behavioral health and addiction treatment, as well as a Technology Pavilion with theater and demonstration area highlighting:

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