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 60 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.
This program was approved for 18.25 General contact hour(s) of continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers Louisia, Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.”
This year the 60th NDBH conference focuses on the disconnect between individuals and families’ need for care, and the need for the interconnectedness across systems that is necessary to provide true integration of care that results in good outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The underlying premise is that there are four critical factors needed to address this disconnect: engagement, collaboration, connecting care and the alignment of payment with outcomes that are valued by individuals receiving services, as well as the communities in which they live.
Issues to be discussed include: How can effective collaborations be built across multiple systems? What are best practice examples of connecting care? What measures are most appropriate to use to determine if services were effective and that the outcomes attained are the ones that are valued by individuals receiving services? How do we align payment for services and outcomes? These issues will be addressed within the context of Mobile Crisis Teams, Law Enforcement, Suicide Prevention, the Opioid Crisis, and School Safety. Conference participants will have an opportunity to dialogue with experts who have implemented cutting edge strategies and approaches that address these issues.
The pre-conference will address the four critical factors necessary for integrating care with a focus on the timely topic of School Mental Health and Safety. Presentations will focus on approaches used by first responders in relation to families and communities, what behavioral health providers are doing with regard to prevention, intervention and school based mental health and what state behavioral health agencies are doing to address school mental health and safety in collaboration with other systems, providers and communities.
Suggested Audience: Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Psychologists, Counselors, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Administrators, Policy Makers, Behavioral Healthcare Providers, State/County Behavioral Healthcare Administrators, Members of the Judiciary, Justice System Administrators, Law Enforcement/Justice System Stakeholders Departments, Human Services and Child Welfare Administrators and Providers, Emergency/Disaster Response Professionals, Educators, School Based Counselors, Health Plan Administrators, Health Policy Makers, Academicians, Peer Recovery Workforce.