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Agenda for 2023 Scottsdale, AZ

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.

Sessions are being held one day earlier for this conference, not our "normal" TUE-THU schedule.
Conference dates are Monday, October 23 – Wednesday, October 25, 2023.



Times posted are in MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME (UTC-7) !

2023 Fall Conference

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Afia Health   Orientation Lunch Sponsor   www.afiahealth.com
Aramark   Solution Center   www.aramark.com
BusinessWhys   Solution Center   www.businesswhys.com
Cantata Health Solutions   Solution Center   www.cantatahealth.com
CARF International   WiFi Sponsor   www.carf.org
Compliatric   Solution Center   www.compliatric.com
Consulting for Human Services    TUE Afternoon Break Sponsor
ContinuumCloud   Solution Center   www.continuumcloud.com 
Core Solutions   Solution Center   www.coresolutionsinc.com
Eleos Health   WED Continental Breakfast / Rise & Dine Sponsor   www.eleos.health
Genoa Healthcare   TUE #NoMatterWhat & Book Sponsor & Solution Center   www.genoahealthcare.com
Genoa Telepsychiatry   Solution Center   www.genoatelepsychiatry.com
Health Management Associates (HMA)   Blanket Sponsor   www.healthmanagement.com
Iris Telehealth   Solution Center   www.iristelehealth.com
Martyn Family Foundation   Education Sponsor   www.martynfoundation.org
Mend   TUE Morning Break Sponsor    www.mend.com
MHRRG / Negley Associates   Leadership Incubator and MON Reception Sponsor & Solution Center   www.mhrrg.com | www.jjnegley.com
Netsmart   TUE Continental Breakfast Sponsor & Solution Center   www.ntst.com
NextGen Healthcare   TUE Breakout and Reception Sponsor & Solution Center   www.nextgen.com
ObservSMART   Solution Center   www.observsmart.com
Owl   Solution Center   www.owl.health
Pondurance   Solution Center   www.pondurance.com
Pulse For Good   Solution Center   www.pulseforgood.com
Qualifacts   Solution Center   www.qualifacts.com 
RPC Staffing   Conference App Sponsor   www.rpcstaffing.com
Streamline Healthcare Solutions   WED Networking Lunch Sponsor & Solution Center   www.streamlinehealthcare.com
The Joint Commission   Charging Stations Sponsor   www.jointcommission.org/BHC
The Meyers Group   Solution Center   www.mr-themeyersgroup.com
ZMark Health   Solution Center   www.zmarkhealth.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  >>>>>>>>

Monday, October 23

 1:30 - 4:30 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Leadership Incubator
 Sponsored by:  MHRRG / Negley Associates

Creating and Sustaining a High-Performance Culture

Presenter:  Internationally respected Speaker, Author and Coach Mike Staver

What do you stand for? What does your company stand for? Are your values clear? Are they obvious to customers, staff, and the community? Is your company optimally positioned  and differentiated by the consistent application of your vision and core values? No matter where your company and your industry stand in the growth cycle, focusing on who you are and what you stand for is the most critical thing you can do. Learn how identifying and applying your core values to your leadership will enable you to build a high-performance culture.

5:00 - 6:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Welcome Reception
 Sponsored by:  MHRRG / Negley Associates  

7:00 - 10:00 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Eleos Health Topgolf Dinner Party
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health   

Eleos Health invites mhca Members to a Topgolf Dinner Party, to be held at Topgolf, 9500 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256.

Please join Eleos Health for an exciting opportunity to showcase your golf swing and connect with other esteemed leaders in the field of behavioral health. Whether you're a golf pro or taking your first swing, this event guarantees an unforgettable fusion of entertainment, exceptional company and culinary delights. This is an exclusive and flavorsome adventure you won't want to miss!

2-Way Transportation will be provided. Pick-up is at 6:40 pm outside the Westin Kierland. Head towards the South Terrace (outside the ballroom area) for a trolley ride together to Topgolf. Alternatively, you can choose to meet at the event location.

If planning to attend, please pre-register with Eleos Health at the following link:

Tuesday, October 24  

 7:30 - 8:30 am MST (UTC-7)

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:  Netsmart

 8:30 - 10:00 am MST (UTC-7)

 Welcome & General Session
 Sponsored by:  Genoa Healthcare

#NoMatterWhat | 5 Practices to Unlock Your Potential and Unleash Unstoppable Growth

Presenter: Best-selling Author and Founder of the #NoMatterWhat Movement Sterling Hawkins

Mental health corporations are facing more unknowns and more challenges than ever before. In this keynote, be inspired to make proactive choices forward rather than becoming  overwhelmed by uncertainty, burnout and disruption. Learn the 5 steps in the #NoMatterWhat System to create new connections, break down siloed thinking and elevate yourself and your team to new levels of performance and opportunity.

 10:00 - 10:30 am MST (UTC-7)

 Morning Break
 Sponsored by:  Mend  

 10:30 am - Noon MST (UTC-7)

 General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

Navigating Crazy: How to Live and Work Sanely in an Insane World

Presenter: Internationally respected Speaker, Author and Coach Mike Staver

We live in a world where things are coming at you faster than ever and performing at your best is harder than it’s ever been. What are you supposed to DO with life and work  difficulty? What are the best ways to navigate the ups and downs that are an inevitable part of both life and work? One thing is for sure; the old ways aren’t working anymore. But there is good news. There are new ways. There are BETTER ways. And this session will give you a whole new skill set for dealing with these changing times.

 Noon - 1:30 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 Noon - 1:30 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Orientation Lunch for New & Prospective mhca Member CEOs (by invitation only)
 Sponsored by:  Afia Health

 1:30 - 3:00 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Breakout Sessions

Building your Discomfort Muscle to Thrive #NoMatterWhat

Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation 

Presenter:  Best-selling Author and Founder of the #NoMatterWhat Movement Sterling Hawkins

It’s time to stop avoiding, denying and surviving discomfort and instead dive into how to use it to create real positive change for yourself and your organization. This workshop will unpack the  #NoMatterWhat System to give you the tools to change, regardless of what you’re facing. Bring your courage of acceptance, the willingness to make mistakes and the vulnerability to let go.

The Terros Health Journey to Fully-Integrated Whole-Person Care: Becoming a CCBHC and FQHC

Sponsored by: NextGen Healthcare

Presenters: Jennifer Nye LAC, Chief Operations Officer; and Ray Young LPC, Health Center Director; of Terros Health

Learn from Terros Health’s journey to becoming a fully integrated CCBHC and FQHC. Terros leaders will share lessons learned, insights, and best practices acquired during the complex and often  daunting process of building an FQHC and earning CCBHC status. They will discuss important considerations for integrating behavioral health and physical health care including evolving  reimbursement models, managing complex cultural change, and the challenges to and opportunities for both improved patient experiences and financial sustainability.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Afternoon Break
 Sponsored by:  Consulting for Human Services 

 3:30 - 5:00 pm MST (UTC-7)  

 Breakout Session

Intensive Community Based Services: How Focus on Needs & Values Led to Change and Quality

Presenters:  Shawn Caracoza LCSW, Chief Operations Officer; and Don Taylor LCSW, Regional Executive Director; of Pacific Clinics

This presentation will provide an overview of Pacific Clinics’ organization and service lines, then dive deep into the agency’s shift from children’s residential services, to community- based Wraparound, to our current comprehensive complex care models for youth. This includes the reasons for the transition, how we did it, and what the community-based alternative now looks like (including intensive foster care programs with unique funding approaches).

 5:00 - 6:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

Sponsored by:  NextGen Healthcare

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

Wednesday, October 25

 7:30 - 8:30 am MST (UTC-7) 

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

 7:45 - 8:15 am MST (UTC-7)   

 Rise and Dine with Eleos (mhca Members only)
 Sponsored by: Eleos Health

If planning to attend, please pre-register with Eleos Health at the following link:

 8:30 - 10:00 am MST (UTC-7)

 General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

Oh No! Not More of That Fluffy Stuff

Presenter: Best-selling Author, International Speaker and Senior Director with Huron Rich Bluni RN

When we are feeling stressed and burnt out, it’s not because we are lacking an “intellectual skill” or we don’t care enough…quite the contrary! Often we start getting burnt out because we care a lot. But what happens when you aren’t “feeling it” anymore? What if we focused on our stories? Thought about how we “start”? Talked about giving people what they need rather than what we think they need? Does that sound like “Fluffy Stuff”? Good, because it is! After this presentation, you may see that sometimes all of that “Fluffy Stuff” is exactly what you need.

 10:00 - 10:30 am MST (UTC-7)

 Morning Break
 Sponsorship Available!

 10:30 am - Noon MST (UTC-7) 

 Innovation Expo!


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


  1. Family & Children’s Services: "Bridging the Gap"
    Presenters: Gail Lapidus LCSW, President & CEO; Jill Young MHR LADC, Chief Program Officer for Outpatient Mental Health Services; and Krista Lewis MHR LPC, Chief Program Officer for Medical & Crisis Mental Health Services; of Family & Children’s Services
    Transitions from inpatient to outpatient care pose substantial obstacles and risks to successful treatment outcomes for children with SED and adults with SMI/COD. Rates of outpatient non-engagement range from 22% to 90%, depending on the population of focus and the non-engagement time period measured. The Bridging the Gap project ameliorates barriers to outpatient engagement, thereby reducing the risk of symptom exacerbation, relapse, hospital readmissions and suicide.

  2. Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System: "No Wrong Door & Same Day Access In Mental Health Care"
    Presenter: Phyllis Persinger, President & CEO, of Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System
    We believe that immediate, barrier-free access to mental health and substance use care can and should be the norm, not the exception. A shining example of this commitment to accessibility “when and where someone needs it” is Volunteer Behavioral Health’s innovative “No Wrong Door, Same Day Access” model. Learn the latest improvements and updates to the this model based on invaluable feedback from clients and staff. Our goal is not just to showcase the success of the “No Wrong Door, Same Day Access” model, but also to inspire other mental health care providers to adopt a similar approach.

  3. Egyptian Health Department: "Integrated Hub (iHub)"
    Presenters: Angie Hampton MS, CEO; and Teresa Pickering, CIO, of Egyptian Health Department
    Egyptian Health Department has developed an innovative framework called the iHub that illustrates rural best practices that include screenings for social determinants of health and linkages to high-impact programs and essential services. The iHub consists of two projects called the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK)- a CMS funded project - and the Integrated Care for Adults (InCA)-a State of Illinois Healthcare Transformation Collaborative project. Learn how our focus on social determinants of health and health promotion is improving rural health.

  4. AltaPointe Health: "Partnering With University Medical Systems For Integrated Primary And Behavioral Healthcare"
    Presenters: Tuerk Schlesinger MBA, CEO; and Sandra K. Parker MD, VP & Chief Medical Officer; of AltaPointe Health. Dr. Parker is also Professor and Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry - U. of S. Alabama Frederick P. Whiddon Medical School
  5. About 15 years ago, AltaPointe Health became the primary rotation site for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s medical student psychiatry clerkship. This grew to AltaPointe Health becoming the functional Department of Psychiatry for the University a few years later. Then AltaPointe took over a FQHC, and now the relationship with the University has come full circle with AltaPointe Health becoming the primary outpatient clinical site for the Department of Family Medicine for the University. Having ready collaboration between primary care physicians and psychiatrists has improved the clinical care throughout our organization.

 Noon - 1:15 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Networking Lunch (mhca Members only)
 Sponsored by:  Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Value-Based Payment Models: Leveraging Your EHR System

Speaker: Sam Taurina, Regional Sales Director, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

This luncheon is open only to mhca Members, and seating is limited to 40. First come, first served. So please RSVP as soon as you can.

 Noon - 1:30 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 1:30 - 3:00 pm MST (UTC-7)

 General Session

Creative Deconstruction of Outpatient Behavioral Health

Presenter: HMA’s Managing Director for Behavioral Health Dr. Gina Lasky PhD MAPL 

Outpatient therapy is the iconic model for mental health and substance use care with an entire continuum built on this foundation. There are few who question whether it works; yet, individuals and family members seeking care often say they want something different. Behavioral health leaders have an opportunity with policy and funding trends to carefully review and question  foundational assumptions, outpatient model components, human centered design feedback and operational impacts. Now is the time to build the care that we know is meaningful (for individuals  and the workforce), effective and more efficient.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Afternoon Break
 Sponsorship Available!  

 3:30 - 5:00 pm MST (UTC-7)

mhca Board of Directors Meeting
Chair:  Jamie Stewart

 5:00 - 6:30 pm MST (UTC-7)  

 Closing Reception
 Sponsored by:  mhca  

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

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