Future of Mental Healthcare Agenda

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  • October 25th, 2023
  • October 26th, 2023
October 25th, 2023
8:00 AM PT

Registration & Networking 

9:00 AM PT

Chairs Opening Remarks 

9:10 AM PT

Keynote Presentation:  Paving the Future of Mental Healthcare: Rising to the Moment of Unprecedented Need and Opportunity

Bradley E. Karlin, VP and Executive Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Highmark Health

9:35 AM PT

Keynote Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: The Quadruple Aim: Lowering Costs, Improving Quality and Providing Equitable Access for Mental Healthcare

Mental health is arguably the biggest health challenge of our time. The statistics are alarming and getting worse: nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness. Over the last year, the Administration has invested resources to provide mental health and substance use support to make care more affordable and accessible, however despite this, achieving equitable access to care remains a huge hurdle the behavioral healthcare system still needs to overcome.

  • What currently are the main barriers preventing people from accessing care, and what steps have your organization taken to address and overcome these barriers?
  • How can we not only increase access, but increase access to quality and equitable care for all populations?  
  • What role do health plans and employers have in driving down costs of mental healthcare?
  • How can we best utilize tech and digital solutions to improve access to support?
  • How can we increase access to mental healthcare services for youth?
  • What role will non-traditional professionals play?

Caroline Carney, President, Magellan Behavioral Health; Chief Medical Officer, Magellan Health

Oleg Tarkovsky, Director Behavioral Health Services, CareFirst BlueCross

Douglas Jacobs, Chief Transformation Officer, Center for Medicare

Tristan Gorrindo, Chief Medical Officer, Optum Behavioral Care

Don Mordecai, MD, National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness, Kaiser Permanente

10:20 AM PT

Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:00 AM PT

Presentation: Improving Access to Mental Healthcare and Crisis Intervention Services for Youth

Alex Briscoe, Principal, California Children’s Trust

11:25 AM PT
Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: Reimagining the Mental Healthcare System: Integrating to Achieve Patient-Centric, Whole-Person Care

We know that mental and physical health are inextricably linked, yet barriers remain which prevent people from seeking mental healthcare support. On average, it takes 11 years after the onset of mental health symptoms for someone to seek treatment. There is a big push to integrate mental health services into familiar settings, particularly primary care and schools, and expand access to telehealth to address and tackle this issue. Transforming the system to embed mental healthcare and shift the focus towards prevention will be key to connecting more Americans to care and starting to tackle the mental healthcare crisis in the US. 

  • What is stopping us from truly integrating mental health care and primary care to treat the whole person, and how do we overcome this? 
  • How do we redesign the care delivery system to shift towards whole-person care? 
  • Digital transformation has to be a component of the system: how is tech going to integrate into the system? 
  • How do we integrate mental healthcare to expand access to mental healthcare services for youth? 
  • How do we expand access through non-traditional partnerships, professionals and settings?

Robin Henderson, Chief Executive, Behavioral Health, Providence

John Young, SVP, Behavioral Health, Northwell Health 

Eric Paul, President, Behavioral Health Services, HCA Healthcare

Elicia Bunch, Vice President, Behavioral Health, UCHealth

Jeremy Weisz,Co-founder and CEO, Greenspace Health 

12:10 PM PT

Lunch & Networking

2:00 PM PT

Moderators Opening Remarks

Marjorie Morrison, CEO, Psych Hub 

2:10 PM PT

Roundtable Discussion: Solutions to Address the Workforce Issue

The workforce issue continues to be one of the main challenges facing the mental healthcare system. The National Council for Mental Wellbeing reported that 77% of counties in the United States are experiencing a severe shortage of mental health providers, with demand for their services only rising. The US does not have nearly enough mental health professionals to meet demand, with the gap between access and demand being wider in certain populations. There is not one solution to this issue, and using a combination of approaches from all invested stakeholders will be key to addressing this crisis. 

During these intimate breakout sessions, attendees will share their ideas and innovative solutions to address the workforce issue. Through multi stakeholder collaboration and peer-peer learning, the group will come up with actionable items to address the workforce challenge.

Attendees will not only share their ideas and learn from one another, but leave with a set of actions and commitments to take back to their organization to implement.  

Marjorie Morrison, CEO, Psych Hub

3:00 PM PT

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

4:00 PM PT

Presentation:  The Kennedy Forum Policy Guide for Mental Health and Substance Use

Bagely will speak about The Kennedy Forum’s policy recommendations for building a better system of mental health and substance use disorder care for the US, and how uneven access to care and coverage has created a national emergency that needs immediate attention.

  • What we mean by alignment
  • The importance of the financial aspect
  • Why policy is the lever

Rebecca O. Bagley, President and CEO, The Kennedy Forum

4:20 PM PT

Panel Discussion: Mental Health as Essential Health: The Policies and Process We Need to Reach Equity in Care for All 

Using The Kennedy Forum Policy Guide and the Alignment for Progress movement kickoff as a framework, panelists will discuss the goals and objectives of the movement, as well as the need for invested organizations to work together to make success possible.

  • What the data showed
  • First phase goals 
  • A call to action to the audience

David Lloyd, Chief Policy Officer, The Kennedy Forum

5:00 PM PT

Breakout Session: Roundtable Discussions

In this session, participants will receive the print overview of The Kennedy Forum’s Policy Guide with QR code to the Policy Guide site. Each table will be asked to consider the goals and recommendations on which they or their organization could have an impact. Towards the end of the session, representative organizations will be invited to make commitments for follow up after the event.

The Kennedy Forum

5:30 PM PT

Chairs Closing Remarks 


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October 26th, 2023
8:00 AM PT

Registration & Networking 

9:00 AM PT

Chairs Opening Remarks 

9:10 AM PT

Presentation: How is Measurement Based Care Improving Outcomes and Reimbursement for Mental Healthcare?

Kacie Kelly, Chief Innovation Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

9:35 AM PT

Fireside Chat: An Overview of Trends and Future Predictions in Mental Healthcare Innovations

  • How can we drive behavioral healthcare innovation which focuses on outcomes and quality? 
  • Is investing in partnerships key to innovating the mental healthcare system? How do we increase outreach, communication and partnerships between the public and private sector? 
  • What new programs and technologies can be utilized to move the needle? 

Faye Karnavy Sahai, General Partner, Telosity Ventures 

10:05 AM PT

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: What is on the Horizon for Clinical Innovations in Mental Healthcare?

This panel will dive into what’s on the horizon evidence based clinical innovations which have the potential to reinvent the way we deliver healthcare to those living with substance use and mental healthcare disorders. 

  • What innovative models of care have had success in improving outcomes for mental health and substance use patients? 
  • How can we effectively leverage data to transform mental healthcare and shift towards preventive healthcare?
  • How can we personalize the patient healthcare experience, and what effect will this have on outcomes? 
  • How can we sustainably scale these models? 
  • How can we address preventive care, particularly for adolescents and young adults?
  • What is on the horizon for clinical innovations in mental healthcare? 

Moderated by: Ronke Komolafe, CEO – Integrated Physical & Behavioral Health Alliance, Mental Health Chair at Forbes Business Council

Mason Turner, Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Intermountain Healthcare 

Rachel Linonis, Director, Digital Solutions at UCLA’s Division of Population Behavioral Health, UCLA Health

Inderpreet Dhillon, Regional Medical Director of Mental Health Virtual Care Programs, The Permanente Medical Group

10:50 AM PT

Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:30 AM PT

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: Changing the Conversation and Driving a Comprehensive Approach to Mental Healthcare and Suicide Prevention for Young People

In December 2021, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a rare warning on the effects of mental health challenges on young people, following alarming data highlighting the rise of suicide rates, particularly amoung young people.  

  • What role do we each play in breaking down barriers and driving change around access and understanding of mental healthcare and suicide prevention?
  • What challenges have you encountered in your organization, and how have you tackled and overcome them?
  • What are some solutions that have been successfully implemented?
  • How can we drive systems change in school to strengthen the support for youth? 
  • How can we create more supportive cultures and environments?
  • How can we integrate these solutions into a comprehensive approach, to support the mental health of youth in a holistic way?

John MacPhee, CEO, The Jed Foundation

Roger Dowdy, Chief Operating Officer, Providence’s Well Being Trust

Edie Calamia, Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid Aetna, A CVS healthcare company

Kassy Poles, Youth Advisory Board, California Children’s Trust

11:30 AM PT

Closing Panel Discussion: Moving from Fee for Service to Value Based Care – Is this the Key to Improving Outcomes?

The current mental health care system in the US is siloed and highly fee-for-service driven. To fix the broken system, we must shift towards a value based model of payment, prioritizing quality over quantity.

  • What are the opportunities for value based care to transform behavioral healthcare?
  • What is preventing the mental healthcare system from adopting a value based care model?
  • How would a shift to a value based care model affect outcomes for substance use and mental healthcare? 
  • Where are the current success stories within the adoption of value-based payment models?
  • Are value based care models the key to fixing the broken healthcare system? 

Katherine Suberlak, VP Clinical Services, Oak Street Health

David Weathington, Vice President, Network and Value Based Solutions, Elevance Health 

Maria Koshy, Chair of Chiefs of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, The Permanente Medical Group

12:15 PM PT

Chairs Closing Remarks & End of the Future of Mental Healthcare: West


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