A national association of innovative & entrepreneurial
behavioral healthcare organizations
focused on the development of C-suite executives.

Agenda for 2024 Providence, RI

Preliminary Program – Subject to Change – Check Back for Additional Information and Updates

  NOTE:    In-Person Conference only!  No Virtual Conference or Remote attendance will be offerered.

Times posted are in EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (UTC-4)!

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Accumedic   Solution Center   www.accumedic.com
Cantata Health Solutions   Solution Center   www.cantatahealth.com
Compliatric   Solution Center   www.compliatric.com
ContinuumCloud   Solution Center   www.continuumcloud.com
Eleos Health   WED Continental Breakfast Sponsor   www.eleos.health
Genoa Healthcare   TUE Innovation Incubator Sponsor & Solution Center   www.genoahealthcare.com
Health Management Associates (HMA)   Illuminating Ideas Sponsor   www.healthmanagement.com
iCentrix Analytics   Solution Center   www.icentrixanalytics.com
Johnson & Johnson   Solution Center   www.jnj.com
Limbic   Solution Center   www.limbic.ai
Martyn Family Foundation   Education Sponsor   www.martynfoundation.org
Mend   THU Continental Breakfast Sponsor   www.mend.com
MHRRG / Negley Associates   TUE Reception and Take Note! Sponsor & Solution Center   www.mhrrg.com | www.jjnegley.com
Netsmart   WiFi Sponsor & Solution Center   www.ntst.com
NextGen Healthcare   Solution Center   www.nextgen.com
ObservSMART   Solution Center   www.observsmart.com
Owl   Solution Center   www.owl.health
Pulse for Good   Solution Center   www.pulseforgood.com
Qualifacts   Solution Center   www.qualifacts.com
  Solution Center   www.simitreehc.com/behavioralhealth
Streamline Healthcare Solutions   Solution Center   www.streamlinehealthcare.com
The Meyers Group   Solution Center   www.mr-themeyersgroup.com
WellSky   Charging Station Sponsor   www.wellsky.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE:    Recorded Sessions  

  NOTE:    In-Person Conference only!  No Virtual Conference attendance will be offerered. 

Some sessions will be recorded and made available in the Conference Presentations documents library.
These sessions are denoted by the green icon at the right  >>>>>>>>

Tuesday, August 20

 1:30 - 4:30 pm EDT (UTC-4)

 Innovation Incubator
 Sponsored by:  Genoa Healthcare

Don’t Believe The Hype: Helping Patients And Providers Navigate Digital Mental Health

Presenter: Matt Vogl, Founder & CEO, of VXVY Mental Health

Despite the potential for digital mental health to help address many of our world’s most pressing mental health needs, patients are reluctant to use them and medical and mental  health professionals are reluctant to recommend them to their patients because there are few resources to help people find something that his high-quality, evidence-based and right for them. Matt will talk about his organization’s efforts to create a cutting edge resource to connect people with cultivated, thoroughly-vetted and personalized digital health resources, how the resource can benefit patients, providers and tech developers, and how CMHCs can get involved in the push for digital mental health to realize its full potential.

5:00 - 6:30 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

 Welcome Reception
 Sponsored by:  MHRRG / Negley Associates  

All attendees and their travel companions are invited to join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres

Wednesday, August 21

 7:30 - 8:30 am EDT (UTC-4) 

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

 8:30 - 10:00 am EDT (UTC-4)

 Welcome & General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

Turtle on a Fencepost 

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Loyd, Chief Medical Officer, of Cedar Recovery

A call to build a Recovery Ecosystem. Dr. Stephen Loyd educates the audience on the science of addiction, the history of the opioid epidemic, and the current state of treatment with  the engaging story of two paths of recovery. Weaving his own personal journey with addiction throughout, the audience will get an intimate look at the struggles of addiction and the
difficulties in living a happy, healthy, and drug-free life.

 10:00 - 10:30 am EDT (UTC-4) 

 Morning Break
Sponsorship Available!

 10:30 - Noon EDT (UTC-4) 

 General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

Navigating the AI Revolution 

Presenter: Aaron Horowitz, Co-founder & CEO, of Empath Labs

Delve into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence across various sectors, with a special focus on its implications and applications in healthcare. This presentation will focus  on understanding the current state of AI and preparing your organization for future challenges and opportunities.

 Noon - 1:30 am EDT (UTC-4) 

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 Noon - 1:30 am EDT (UTC-4)

 Orientation Lunch for New & Prospective mhca Member CEOs (by invitation only)
 Sponsorship Available!
 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT (UTC-4)

 Breakout Sessions

Exploring AI’s Impact 

Presenter: Aaron Horowitz, Co-founder & CEO, of Empath Labs

Get ready to roll up your sleeves! In this interactive session you will get first-hand experience with using AI tools, while exploring how they can make a tangible impact in your business.

Opioid Abatement Dollars and Building a Recovery Ecosystem 

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Loyd, Chief Medical Officer, of Cedar Recovery 

Dr. Loyd will discuss utilizing opioid abatement dollars to build an effective recovery ecosystem to allow patients to receive individualized care as part of a comprehensive treatment  system.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

 Afternoon Break
 Sponsorship Available!  

 3:30 - 5:00 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

 Breakout Session

From Good to Great: The Transformative Power of Organization Design 

Presenter: Eric Curtis, CEO & Managing Partner, of Curtis Strategy

Shifts in revenue, expenses, funding, and staffing resources are jeopardizing the long-term viability of nonprofit organizations and forcing them to undergo restructuring. To navigate  this rapidly changing landscape, organizations must focus on assessing their capabilities, aligning their structure with their goals, and optimizing their operations to continue to meet the demands of those they serve. Well-designed organizations will help nonprofits bridge the gap between their strategic goals and operational structure, fostering collaboration, accountability, and clarity of  purpose and outcomes.

Provider Network Integrity 

Presenters: Shawn Williams CPA FHFMA, of Blue & Co., LLC; Crystal Bingham MBA PMP, of Blue & Co, LLC; and Scott Riggs MBA CPA, Chief Financial Officer,  at Meridian Health Services Corp

Behavioral health providers can benefit from undergoing provider network integrity assessments, which uses internal or external claims data to understand migration patterns of consumers within the network. Understanding patterns of consumer activity allows provider management to develop strategic initiatives for individual practitioners, expanded service offerings, facility infrastructure, and quality of care.

 5:00 - 6:30 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

 Sponsorship Available!  

All attendees and their travel companions are invited to join us for a casual reception.

Thursday, August 22

 7:30 - 8:30 am EDT (UTC-4) 

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by: Mend

 8:30 - 10:00 am EDT (UTC-4) 

 General Session
 Sponsored by: Martyn Family Foundation

The Future Of Community Behavioral Health: Where Do We Go From Here? 

Presenter: Joshua Rubin MPP, Principal, at Health Management Associates

The only constant in the community behavioral health system is change, and in recent years the pace of change has only increased. Today, with CCBHCs rolling out across the country, integrations expected internally and with health and social services providers, post-pandemic behavioral health needs skyrocketing, mergers accelerating (and the size of the mergers increasing), the future role of community behavioral health providers can be harder to envision than ever. HMA Principal Josh Rubin will help us identify the trends that will impact us in the long term so we can make strategic decisions for our organizations, our clients, and our communities.

 10:00 - 10:30 am EDT (UTC-4)

 Morning Break
 Sponsorship Available!

 10:30 - Noon EDT (UTC-4) 

 Innovation Expo!


Come hear about a variety of innovative initiatives your mhca peers are involved in! Each presentation will be 20 minutes long.

  1. ServiceNet: "Innovative Approach to Vocational Services"
    Presenters: Bruno Calouro MBA, Chief Operating Officer; Shawn Robinson, Vice President of Vocational Services; and Amy Diehl, Director of Communications & Development
    By prioritizing meaningful employment, community impact, and personal growth, our innovative approach to vocational programming—encompassing initiatives such as our Prospect Meadow Farm, Skillbuilders Makerspace+, Work Crews, and the Rooster Cafe — has transformed the lives of our clients. ServiceNet’s model incorporates innovation and unconventional elements, from shiitake mushrooms to 3D printers; and it has led to remarkable outcomes.

  2. Mind Springs Health: "Get on the Skateboard: Transforming Medically Managed Withdrawal Management Using Tele-Solutions"
    Presenters: Amy Everett MA LPC, Executive VP of Operations; and David Conklin, Chief Medical Officer
    Delve into our innovative model that bridges the gap between the traditional social setting withdrawal management and the remote medical team supporting clients via a hybrid telehealth model. Our approach combines evidence-based practices with cutting-edge telehealth technology, resulting in improved client outcomes and streamlined care delivery. Join us as we explore the intersection of compassionate care, technology, and innovation in substance abuse treatment.

Innovation Round Table Discussions:
Engage in dynamic table discussions about the innovations you have implemented in your organization over the past 12 months. Share your impactful projects and how they have made a difference. Benefit from addressing questions and receiving suggestions from a small group of your peers.

 Noon - 1:30 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT (UTC-4)

 General Session

Making Waves in Rhode Island for Better Behavioral Health 

Presenters: Ana Novais, Assistant Secretary of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services; Rich LeClerc, Director, RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals; Ashley Deckert, Director, RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families; and Dr. Phil Chan, Medical Director, RI Department of Health and The Providence Center

The State of Rhode Island has been using an interagency, public/private approach to pursuing significant improvements in our behavioral health system of care, across the life course. This session will introduce our health care system planning, that includes a Children’s and Youth Behavioral Health System of Care, going live with new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, and a deep focus on overdose prevention, including the first state-approved Overdose Prevention Center.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

Afternoon Break
Sponsorship Available!

 3:30 - 5:00 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

 Free Time

Time to connect with your mhca peers is the most valuable benefit of attending our conferences - take this time to gather with your friends old and new for some relaxation and conversation.

 3:30 - 5:00 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

mhca Board of Directors Meeting
Chair:  Kelly Phillips-Henry PsyD MBA

 5:00 - 6:00 pm EDT (UTC-4) 

 Closing Reception
 Sponsorship Available!

All attendees and their travel companions are invited to join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

About Us

mhca is a results-oriented organization that operates in a fast, flexible, and focused mode. We take pride in the purposeful and productive involvement and participation of our members. Because mhca is composed of members who share common visions and priorities, we are able to quickly determine our objectives, commit the necessary resources, and accomplish our goals.

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