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Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Virtual Policy Institute

Time Activity
12:00 – 12:10 pm ET Welcome and The State of Behavioral Health in a COVID-19 World
Chuck Ingoglia, National Council for Mental WellbeingBehavioral health has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and has responded with flexibility, creativity and passion. Chuck Ingoglia reflects on the state of behavioral health in a COVID-19 world and shares his vision for the future.
12:10 – 12:40 pm ET General Session: Responding and Recovering from Crisis: COVID and Behavioral Health
Matt Salo, National Association of Medicaid Directors
Moderator: Chuck Ingoglia, National Council for Mental WellbeingAs states across the nation brace for budget shortfalls and increased need for behavioral health services, Matt Salo and Chuck Ingoglia examine and discuss the latest developments, trends and upcoming realities for states and their Medicaid plans. What will recovery from the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 look like and how can providers, clients and family members be prepared for what comes next?
12:40 – 12:50 pm ET Announcement from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai
12:50 – 1:10 pm ET Recognizing Our Champions: Advocacy Leadership Awards
Sponsored by Sunovion
Presenter: Jeff Richardson, Sheppard Pratt Community Services

  • Award for Individual Achievement in Advocacy: Lauri Cole – New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
  • Award for Public Service in Advocacy: Representative Leslie Herod – Colorado House of Representatives
  • Award for Organizational Achievement in Advocacy: New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s Advocacy Leadership Awards, supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., honor our advocacy heroes. It is our opportunity to commend the individuals and organizations that have led legislative or regulatory advocacy and public policy efforts to expand access to services and supports to ensure quality care and the hope of recovery for all people living with mental illnesses and addictions.

1:10 – 1:30 pm ET Legislator of the Year

  • Introduction: Shannon Hall, Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland
  • Legislator of the Year: The Honorable David Trone, U.S. House of Representatives, Representing Maryland’s 6th District

For his recognition of the toll of mental illness and addictions and his dedication to creating legislation that responds to the need for critical mental health and addiction care leading to recovery, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing recognizes Representative David Trone of the United States Congress.

1:30 – 1:35 pm ET Legislator of the Year

  • Introduction: Lee Johnson, Texas Council of Community Centers
  • Legislator of the Year: The Honorable John Cornyn, U.S. State Senate, Representing the State of Texas

For his continued dedication to mental health care reform, his commitment to recovery and his ongoing work to ensure more Americans have access to critical mental health and addiction care, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing recognizes Senator John Cornyn of the United States Congress.

1:35 – 2:15 pm ET Break
2:15 – 3:15 pm ET Breakout #1: Ensuring Parity During and After a Pandemic

  • Brad Lerner, Beacon Health Options
  • David Lloyd, The Kennedy Forum
  • Le Ondra Clark Harvey, Ph.D., California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
  • Moderator: Reyna Taylor, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Working together to establish parity in a post-COVID-19 world is more critical than ever before. This panel of providers, insurers and advocate will seek to find answers to this dilemma by examining and discussing their roles in ensuring consumers have proper access to treatments and the insurance coverage they deserve while operating in the complex and ever-changing intersection of federal and state laws amid a global pandemic.

Breakout #2: Identifying and Addressing Health Inequities Amid a Global Crisis

  • Devin Reaves, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Sam Brinton, The Trevor Project
  • Shelina Davis, Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Shannon Crossbear, StrongHeart Resources Development
  • Moderator: Tom Hill, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Almost overnight, our world has undergone a mass transition and the hardest hit are communities of color, people living in poverty, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA2 and those with behavioral health conditions. We will bring together the voices of those on the frontlines responding to COVID-19 and those with lived experience as we focus on these challenges and their impact on individuals and families with insight into how they are incorporating strategies and a health equity framework to serve their communities.

Breakout #3: Telehealth During COVID: The Pros, Cons and Next Steps

  • Introduction: Jon Evans, innovaTel Telepsychiatry
  • Krista Drobac, Alliance for Connected Care
  • Phyllis Foxworth, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
  • Pat Coleman, Behavioral Health Response
  • Moderator: Joe Parks, M.D., National Council for Mental Wellbeing

We go beyond just a recap of allowances and new billable telehealth services across the health payer spectrum and focus on the pros and cons of a fully virtual treatment system. We are in the midst of a transition to virtual visits and telehealth that is affecting providers and clients alike. What does expanded telehealth mean for providers and businesses, as well as clients and family members in need of services? Can we expect to fully return to pre-pandemic life and if not, how can we prepare?

3:15 – 3:45 pm ET Closing General Session: An Update from the White House and Administration

  • Saibatu Mansaray, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  • Moderator: Mark Fontaine, Florida Behavioral Health Association

A rare opportunity for a fireside chat with Saibatu Mansaray, Assistant Director for Public Health, Education and Treatment Task Force, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which is dedicated to reducing drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy. Discussion highlights will include ONDCP’s leadership role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, how the pandemic has impacted the ongoing opioid overdose and suicide epidemics across the nation and a deep-dive into future challenges and opportunities on the horizon for providers and patients.

3:45 – 4:00 pm ET A Call to Action
Chuck Ingoglia, National Council for Mental WellbeingKeep the spirit of Hill Day alive! Chuck Ingoglia will recap the highlights and share his insights on the first-ever Hill Day at Home. He’ll discuss the policy priorities for tomorrow’s advocacy efforts and talk about the critical “next steps” we’ll be taking long after the event has concluded.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Digital Advocacy Events

Time Activity
8:00 – 11:00 am ET Action #1 – Emergency Appropriation of $38.5 Billion for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

You will receive an email from the National Council at 8 a.m. local time prompting you to take action and email your representatives. We’ll have a template ready and by entering your zip code, we can populate information for your members of Congress.

We also want you to Tweet your members of Congress explaining why we need this funding. You’ll be able to Tweet when you email your members of Congress, or you can craft a Tweet on your own. Use hashtag #Unite4BH

12:00 pm ET Action #2: Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act of 2020 (S. 3312)

You will receive your second email with a link to take action on this bill. You’ll be asking your Senator to co-sponsor the legislation, if they have not already.

2:00 – 3:30 pm ET From Personal Stories to Policy Strategies: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Presented by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, American Association of Suicidology and Spark MediaThe award-winning film, Scattering CJ, is a celebration of compassion about how one family’s loss to suicide moved thousands of people to fulfill their son’s dream. Key scenes from the film will lead to interactive panel discussions examining this national crisis from unique points of view.

Panel #1

  • Hallie and John Twomey, CJ’s Parents
  • Donna Holland Barnes, Ph.D., Howard University
  • Andrea Kalin, Spark Media
  • Frank Campbell, Ph.D., National Suicidology Training Center
  • Antigone Davis, Facebook
  • Moderator: Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., United Suicide Survivors International

Suicide loss survivors and advocates share their thoughts and observations about the social stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, the grieving process, how to better support families who have loved ones with mental illness and using the power of personal narrative to build empathy and understanding.

Panel #2

  • John Draper, Ph.D., National Networks
  • Doree Ann V. Espiritu, M.D., Henry Ford Medical Center
  • Rheeda Walker, Ph.D., University of Houston
  • Keita Franklin, Ph.D., Psych Hub
  • Jerry Reed, Ph.D., Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Moderator: Jason Cherkis, Huffington Post

Join mental health experts and policy leaders as they exchange their views on current legislative initiatives, policy strategies and national programs to improve mental health, prevent suicide and address mental health disparities.

3:00 pm ET Action #3: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 (H.R. 4194)

This is the final action of the day. You will receive a third email to ask members of the House of Representatives to pass this legislation.