National Dialogues on Behavioral Health

The National Dialogues on Behavioral Health is the oldest ongoing annual conference on mental health and substance abuse in the United States. Formerly known as the Southern Conference on Mental Health, the first conference was held in 1959. This year the conference is 62 years old.

The conference has been described as “a gem in the behavioral health field.” The purpose of the conference is to bring experts, administrators, providers, consumers, family members and advocates together to discuss the cutting edge in the topic of interest with a focus on implementation and “how to do it.” A distinctive feature is the opportunity for extended dialogue and interaction among the participants.

Updates: The 2021 NDBH Virtual Conference – “Behavioral Health in the 21st Century: Fast Forward After the Pandemic Age” The 62nd Annual Conference  (Second Virtual Conference). 1 Session each Thursday  September 30 – November 4, 2021, Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.  Continuing Education Credits Approved for Social Workers.

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National Dialogues on Behavioral Health Conference 2021


The 62nd Annual Conference (2nd Virtual Conference)

1 Session Each Thursday September 30 – November 4,2021, Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET

This program has been approved for 15.0 General continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.



National Dialogues on Behavioral Health 2021 Conference

Behavioral Health In The 21st Century: Fast Forward After The Pandemic

Conference Overview

Once again, the National Dialogues on Behavioral Health conference that is usually convened in New Orleans is going to be a virtual conference. The focus is on the design of the future behavioral health system for specific populations based on our current knowledge base and the lessons learned during the covid pandemic. Topics include: models and programs for persons with serious mental illness, persons with substance use disorders, children and adolescents, and persons who experience system disparities; new models of crisis services; emergent models of physical/behavioral health integration such as CCBHCs and FQHCs; and challenges faced by behavioral health leadership and advocates.

We look forward to your participation.

Suggested Audience

Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Psychologists, Counselors, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Administrators, Health Policy Makers, Behavioral Healthcare Providers, State/County Behavioral Healthcare Administrators, Peer Recovery Workforce, Judiciary Justice System Administrators, Law Enforcement/Justice System Stakeholders, Emergency/Disaster Response Professionals, Educators and School Based Counselors, Human Services and Child Welfare Administrators and Providers, and Academicians.