Future of Mental Healthcare 2023 Agenda

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

Registration, Breakfast & Networking 

9:00 AM PT

Chairs Opening Remarks 

Merrill Friedman, RVP, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy, Elevance Health
9:10 AM PT

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

Bradley E. Karlin, Adjunct Full Professor, Johns Hopkins University

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?  
  • 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?

Moderated by: Bernard DiCasimirro, Chief Medical Officer, Lucet

Oleg Tarkovsky, Director Behavioral Health Services, CareFirst BlueCross

Douglas Jacobs, MD, Chief Transformation Officer, Center for Medicare

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

Jennifer Christian-Herman, Vice President, Mind Body Medicine/Behavioral Health, Blue Shield of California

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

Presentation: Improving the Payor/Provider Relationship: Uncovering Behavioral Health Provider Sentiment and Advancing Access to Care

  • The relationship between clinicians and payors often faces challenges. Yet, new results from a study conducted by SimplePractice shows a significant number of behavioral health clinicians want to accept insurance, despite pain points and barriers.
  • In this session, we’ll share exclusive research on solo and small group behavioral health providers’ attitudes towards accepting insurance and uncover how insurance companies can begin to improve provider experiences — and ultimately, member access to care.

Jonathan Seltzer, President, SimplePractice

11:50 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 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?

Moderated by: Merrill Friedman, RVP, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy, Elevance Health

John Q. Young, Chair & 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 

12:35 PM PT

Lunch & Networking

2:00 PM

Presentation: Advances in Non-Drug Treatments to Address the Growing Mental Health Care Crisis 

Marissa (Missy) Pittard, Senior Director of New Market Development, Big Health

2:25 PM PT

Presentation: Bringing Measurement Based Care to Special Populations

Doug Nemececk, Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, Evernorth Health Services

Melissa Reilly, Chief Growth Officer, Behavioral Health, Evernorth Health Services

2:50 PM PT

Roundtable Discussions

During these intimate breakout sessions, attendees will break into smaller, multi stakeholder groups. Through collaboration and peer-peer learning, the groups will come up with innovative solutions and actionable items to address the challenges facing the behavioral healthcare space.

The focus of the discussions will be:

  • SDoH and health disparities
  • Innovative solutions to address the workforce issue
Marjorie Morrison, CEO, Psych Hub

Tammer Attallah, Executive Clinical Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Program, Intermountain Healthcare

3:30 PM PT

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

4:15 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

4:35 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

Moderated by: Rob Waters, Founding Editor, Mindsight News 

Tom Insel, former Director NIMH and author of Healing

Le Ondra Clark Harvey, CEO, California Community Behavioral Health Association

Brandon Staglin, President, OneMind

David Lloyd, Chief Policy Officer, The Kennedy Forum

5:35 PM PT

Chairs Closing Remarks 

Merrill Friedman, RVP, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy, Elevance Health

5:45 PM

Networking Drinks Reception 

Join us for a one hour drinks reception to end day 1 of the Future of Mental Healthcare Summit. This will be the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow attendees after a day of informative sessions.

7:00 PM

End of Day 1 


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October 26th, 2023
8:00 AM PT

Registration, Breakfast & Networking 

9:00 AM PT

Chairs Opening Remarks 

Merrill Friedman, RVP, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy, Elevance Health

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

  • What trends are we seeing in terms of mental healthcare investment and innovation?
  • How can we drive behavioral healthcare innovation which focuses on outcomes and quality? 
  • What new programs and technologies can be utilized to move the needle? 
  • What are your predictions for what we will see in terms of investment and innovation in the next few years?

Moderated by: Joao Barbosa da Silva, Investor, re.Mind

Faye Karnavy Sahai, General Partner, Telosity Ventures 

Danish Munir, Founding Partner, GreyMatter

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? 
  • 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 

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

Sushant Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO, Meomind

10:50 AM PT

Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:35 AM PT
Fireside Chat: The Teen Perspective on Young Men’s Mental Health 

Taylan Dincer, AIM Youth Ambassador, AIM Youth Mental Health

Banyan Wentzel, AIM Youth Ambassador, AIM Youth Mental Health 
12:05 PM PT
Healing Together: Harnessing the Efficacy and Scalability of Group Therapy to Address the Youth Mental Health Crisis 

Caroline Fenkel, Chief Clinical Officer, Charlie Health

12:30 PM 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?

Moderated by: Laura Erickson-Schroth, Chief Medical Officer, The Jed Foundation (JED)

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

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

Jim Polo, Chief Medical Officer, Carelon Behavioral Health

Renee Schneider, Lead, Mental and Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, Google

1:15 PM PT

Lunch & Networking 

2:15 PM PT

Fireside Chat: Delivering Mental Health Solutions that Work: What do we Carry Forward to 2024?

We will discuss solutions that are being created and deployed to improve access to mental healthcare across a continuum of settings and also explore how collaborations can create unique, connected support for diverse populations.

Moderated by: Vandana Pant, Senior Director Design & Innovation, Sutter Health

Jeanne Rosenberger, Vice Provost for Student Life, Santa Clara University

Nancy Brown, Director, Behavioral Health Service Line,  Sutter Health

Jonathan Porteus, CEO, Wellspace Health

2:45 PM PT

Presentation: The Essential Role of Health Equity to Achieve Optimal Mental Health  

Wm. Jahmal Miller, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Mercy Medical Group

3:05 PM 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? 

Moderated by: Katherine Suberlak, VP Clinical Services, Oak Street Health

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

Jim Polo, Chief Medical Officer, Carelon Behavioral Health

Cory Johnson, Assistant Professor and Director of Behavioral Medicine, University of California

3:50 PM PT

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

Merrill Friedman, RVP, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy, Elevance Health

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