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Hot topics for St. Louis: The Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit

March 25, 2014
by Dennis Grantham
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Aimed at executives, managers, and future leaders in behavioral health organizations, the Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit – the management track of the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD ’14) - will engage participants in an intense, multi-day dialogue about key business and clinical-care topics in the business of treatment and recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.

Executives are invited to join with clinical treatment professionals in the entire NCAD agenda, hearing nationally prominent speakers including:

  • Mark Gold, M.D.
  • Andrea Barthwell
  • Former MLB great Darryl Strawberry
  • Michael Walsh
  • Mark Monson
  • Ben Cort
  • Andrew Kessler, and more.

In executive-focused panel sessions at the Leadership Summit, you’ll join with expert panelists to examine a range of strategic issues facing public and private provider organizations, hospitals, and treatment centers, including:

  • the implications of current and anticipated changes in service payment practices amid the push for parity and greater service integration
  • the political, medical, and market forces driving Medicaid and health insurance expansion; and,
  • the merits and pitfalls of patient confidentiality legislation – CFR 42, Part 2 – in light of increasing pressures for industry consolidation and change.

In addition, Summit participants can engage in timely and practical presentations, workshops, and discussions involving these topics:

  • Creating the organization of the future: Mergers and acquisitions, consolidations, and partnerships are tools that organizations can use to expand their footprint, service offerings, and competitiveness within the healthcare field. But about half of such growth-oriented ventures fail, due in part to the manner in which they are structured. How can your ensure that your venture will be built to succeed?
  •  Building a telehealth infrastructure: Experts will assess telehealth technologies with an emphasis on how these technologies can enhance the quality of treatment services and increase access. They’ll review telehealth trends, treatment outcome rates, privacy/security issues, ethics, the building of therapeutic alliances, and license portability.
  • Branding and marketing your business: In the Summit’s “marketing” track, participants will examine the practical and ethical boundaries within which they can uniquely position and brand their programs, the first step toward marketing their programs in an informed, deliberate and honest way. Explore approaches that build business success while serving the greater mission of truly helping those with SUDs and co-occurring disorders.
  • Quality and outcomes measurement: As providers compete to deliver evidence-based practices and services, assuring program fidelity and quality is essential to expanding effective mental health and SUD treatment nationwide. Join us for the discussion of the latest principles in program quality management and practical application of outcomes measures in current programs.
  • New directions in advocacy: Today, “advocacy” goes well beyond influencing public policy to engaging with other like-minded organizations. Due to recent legislative victories, the door is now open to make a real difference when it comes to substance abuse treatment – but it will not remain open for long.  As advocates, we need to act quickly, and together.

Together, the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD ’14), the nation’s largest conference dedicated to clinical issues in the treatment of substance-use and co-occurring mental health disorders, and the 2014 Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit, will be held from August 22-26, 2014 at the historic Union Station Hotel in St. Louis.

You’re cordially invited to attend. For more information, visit or



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