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The National Council Conference features speakers and educational sessions that explore the following specific tracks, or topic areas:

Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • A Slippery Slope: The Consequences of Legalized Marijuana
  • What is Community Behavioral Health’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic?
  • Addiction and Recovery: I Stopped Using, Now What?
  • Complex Care: Improving Treatment for Chronic Addictions and Mental Illness
  • Riding the Wave of the Addiction Continuum of Care: Where Can You Fit In?
  • Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Management – A Chronic Disease Approach
  • Acupuncture in Behavioral Health: It’s Easy and It Works
  • Addictions and Primary Care Integration

Board Governance

  • Being an Effective Board Member in Times of Change
  • Compliance and the Board of Directors
  • Sweating the Details: Building Engagement in the Support of Governance
  • What’s the Board Role in Due Diligence
  • Continuing the Conversation: Board Networking Session
  • Liabilities and Responsibilities of Board Members

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

  • CCBHC Masters Class: Back Office Management
  • Beyond the Two-Year Demo
  • Quality Reporting and CCBHCs
  • Building Partnerships: Care Coordination
  • Board Member Buy-In: How to Talk to Your Board About CCBHCs
  • CCBHCs 101
  • Becoming Best Friends: CCBHCs and Designated Collaborating Organizations
  • Don’t Miss Them: Veterans in CCBHCs

Children and Youth

  • National Association of Teen Institutes Summit
  • Family Matters: Using a Person Centered Consultation Strategy to Involve Families
  • The Missing Piece to Building Strong Schools: Trauma-Sensitive School Partnerships
  • School-based Services
  • Treating Gender-Diverse Children
  • The Unusual Suspects: Bringing Youth Mental Health First Aid into Unique Settings

Clinical Practices

  • Best Practices in Providing Suicide Safer Care
  • The Emerging Science of Treating Mental Illness and Addictions
  • Resilience, Race, and the Shadow Side of Strength
  • Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
  • Adaptation to Life: Culturally-Centered Engagement
  • Effective Ways to Prevent Suicide
  • Measurement-Based Care: Are You Onboard?
  • Evidence-Based Practices and You
  • Reducing Readmissions: How Are You Doing?
  • All Cats are Gray in the Dark: Ethical Standards and Practices for Clinicians
  • Addressing Cognitive Health
  • Understanding How the VA Can Be Your Best Friend

Criminal Justice

  • Plan Selection, Auto-Assignment, and Medical Billing for Justice-Involved Individuals
  • Building an Effective Behavioral Health, Corrections, and Public Safety Collaboration to Reduce Criminal Recidivism
  • Transforming Behavioral Health in Treatment Courts: Leveraging Best Practices, Public Partnerships, and Payers
  • Stepping Up, Over, and Out: Collaborating to End Unnecessary Incarceration
  • Cook County Jail: Helping Rethink Incarceration and Mental Health
  • Partnering With Probation
  • Bridging Behavioral Health with the Needs of Justice-Involved Individuals
  • Making Jail the Last Resort in Miami
  • It Takes a Village: Improving Care for Justice-Involved Populations

Early Interventions in Psychosis
  • Better Banter: A Conversation with NIMH’s Dr. Heinssen
  • Not Worth the Wait: Innovating Your Psychosis Treatments
  • The Right Supports at the Right Time
  • Changing Course: Long-Acting Injectables
  • Treatment Revolution: Highlights from the Early Onset Community of Practice

Finance and Payment Redesign

  • Positioning for the Future of Managed Care
  • CMS Update
  • DSRIP and Other Medicaid Opportunities
  • Behavioral Health Payment Reform Overview – 2016 and Beyond
  • Performance Measurement, Payment Reform, and Value-based Purchasing
  • Payment Reform at the Provider Level: Are You Gambling with Your Agency’s Growth?
  • Payment Reform at the Health Plan/Provider Interface: Innovative Contracting Arrangements
  • Same Payers, Different Rules: Effective Approaches For Dealing With Both Commercial and Public Plans
  • Go Big or Go Home: CEOs Share Strategic Growth Strategies
  • Health Plan/Provider Collaborations to Achieve Better Care at Lower Costs
  • Why Value Based Payments Could Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened
  • Looking Under the Hood: Due Diligence with Potential Business Partners
  • Back Office Management: Billing Processes for Complex Contracts
  • Sustainability: Uncovering the Actual Cost of Care
  • Conversations that Matter: Case Rate Payment Reform Boot Camp

Health Care Integration

  • Impactful Integration: Core Skills for the Primary Care Behaviorist
  • How Integrated Are Your Really?
  • Reducing Readmission to Hospitals
  • Success Stories from the Field: The High Highs and the Low Lows
  • Walking the Talk: A Continuum of Care for Chronic Disease
  • The Secret Sauce to Sustaining Integration
  • Five Essentials for Successful Integration
  • Wellness Programs that Inspire Us All to Improve Our Overall Health
  • What Data to Collect How to Present It, and How to Use It
  • Integrated Health Care in Rural Communities: Using Data Driven Decision Making

Living Your Life Well
  • Memory Power: Your Secret Weapon
  • Making Technology Easier
  • Organizational Wellness: Success Stories from the Field

Marketing and Branding

  • Make Your Marketing Sing with Client Stories
  • Ninja Marketing: Effective Marketing on a Dime
  • Surviving and Thriving in Shifting Markets: A Do It Yourself Kit for Increasing Primary Care, Hospital and ACO Paying Referrals
  • You May Not Be a Restaurant, But You’re Being Reviewed: Take Control of Your Online Reputation
  • Showcase Your Data: Infographics and Sharing Your Successes
  • Cut the Chatter: Getting Your Media Messages through the Noise
  • Elevate Your Organization: The Right Tables, the Right Time, the Right Message

Organizational Excellence

  • Managed Care Contracting: Negotiating from a Position of Strength
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Different Ways of Dealing with “No-Shows”
  • How Realistic Is It to Go at Risk
  • Making Permanent Supportive Housing Work
  • Managed Care Town Hall
  • Conversations that Matter: Compliance is Everyone’s Job

Population Health

  • Public Health Officials Summit
  • What Does Population Health Even Mean?
  • Prepare for Population Health: Planning for Infrastructure Readiness
  • Get the 4-1-1:Integrating Cancer and Tobacco Control and Prevention into Your Organization
  • Tobacco & Addictions: Building Partnerships to Reduce Tobacco Use Among People with Addictions
  • Models for Addressing HIV/AIDS and Behavioral Health
  • How Racism Impacts those We Serve and How We Serve

Practice Improvement

  • Integrated Health Quality of Care Indicators

Prevention, Peers, and Recovery

  • Going Down Under: Exploring the Origins and Research Behind Mental Health First Aid
  • Scaling-Up Mental Health First Aid: Best Practices and Successful State Models
  • CIT International and Mental Health First Aid: Building Partnerships to Support Public Safety Professionals
  • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
  • SAMHSA Town Hall
  • The Collective Impact Approach, from Community Mental Health to Neighborhood Development
  • Listening to Understand When People Are In Crisis
  • The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness
  • Partnering with Faith Communities
  • What Snakes Want: How Poetry Helps Us Heal
  • Town Hall: Making Recovery and Wellness Real
  • Young People in Recovery: Nothing About Us Without Us
  • Interpreting Skills for Bilingual Health Professionals


  • Moving Upstream with SBIRT
  • Real Talk About SBIRT
  • SBIRT Brag and Steal


  • Digital Self-Care: Using Technology to Improve Outcomes and Engagement
  • Telemental Health
  • Text Messaging: A Promising Tool for Managing and Improving Individual Care
  • Using Apps and Other Technologies to Support Physical Health in Behavioral Health Settings
  • What’s Your Problem? You or Your ER?

Trauma-Informed Care

  • When the Body Says No: Understanding the Mind Body Connection Between Trauma and Toxic Stress
  • Fire Shut Up in My Bones
  • Illness and Health in a Toxic Society
  • What Happens in Vegas Just Might Change the Face of Primary Care: Trauma-informed Primary Care
  • It’s All About Connection: Building a Trauma-Informed Nation Using ACEs Connection
  • From a Ripple to a Wave: A Tale of Two Trauma-Informed Communities
  • A-Z Trauma-informed EBPs: Which Trauma-Informed Evidence-Based Best Practice is Right for Your Organization?
  • Please Secure Your Oxygen Mask First: Compassion Fatigue and the Importance of Self Care

Workforce, Management, and Leadership

  • Seasoned Leaders
  • Give the Presentation of Your Life
  • Deep Dive: Aspiring CEOs
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths
  • A Political Insider’s View from Washington
  • Women and Leadership: A View From the Top
  • A Quiet Revolution: Changing How We Work, Lead and Innovate
  • The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get
  • Everyone’s Neighborhood: Five Things You Can Do to Combat NIMBY
  • Undercover Boss: Secrets for Success and Advancement to the C-Suite
  • What’s Your Personal Brand?
  • Secrets of the Saavist CEOs
  • Things I Wish I knew Before I Was CEO
  • Talent Management: Supervising a Multicultural and Multigenerational Workforce
  • Get Sticky: Making Your Ideas Succeed


“In my position I am constantly trying to stay up-to-date on current practice as well as get a vision for the future of behavioral health so that my organization remains relevant. This conference did both.”
– Conference ‘15 attendee