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

Agenda for 2022 Scottsdale, AZ

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

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

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

2022 Fall Conference
Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Afia Health   Wednesday Morning Break & Orientation Lunch Sponsor   www.afiahealth.com
Blaze Advisors
  Exhibitor   www.blazeadvisors.com
Cantata Health Solutions   Exhibitor   www.cantatahealth.com
CARF International   WiFi Sponsor   www.carf.org
ContinuumCloud   Exhibitor   www.continuumcloud.com
Core Solutions   Exhibitor   www.coresolutionsinc.com
Coviu   Exhibitor   www.coviu.com/en-us
Eleos Health
  Thursday Morning Break Sponsor & Exhibitor   www.eleos.health 
Genoa Healthcare   Wednesday Reception Sponsor & Exhibitor   www.genoahealthcare.com
Genoa Telepsychiatry    Exhibitor   www.genoatelepsychiatry.optum.com
Health Management Associates (HMA)   Take Note! Sponsor   www.healthmanagement.com
iCentrix Analytics   Exhibitor   www.icentrixanalytics.com
INCITE Consulting Solutions   Wednesday Afternoon Break & Leaders are Readers Sponsor   www.inciteconsultingsolutions.com
Iris Telehealth   Exhibitor   www.iristelehealth.com
Martyn Family Foundation   Education Sponsor   www.martynfoundation.org
MHRRG / Negley Associates   Innovation Incubator & Tuesday Evening Reception Sponsor & Exhibitor   www.mhrrg.com | www.jjnegley.com
Netsmart   Thursday Evening Reception Co-Sponsor & Exhibitor   www.ntst.com
NextGen Healthcare   Wednesday & Thursday Continental Breakfast Sponsor   www.nextgen.com
Owl   Exhibitor   www.owl.health
Pulse for Good   Exhibitor   www.pulseforgood.com
  Conference App & Charging Stations Sponsor & Exhibitor   www.qualifacts.com
Streamline Healthcare Solutions   Networking Luncheon Sponsor & Exhibitor   www.streamlinehealthcare.com
Talent Works   Wednesday Afternoon Wellness Break   www.talent-works.com
The Meyers Group   Exhibitor   www.mr-themeyersgroup.com
ZMark Health
  Exhibitor   www.zmarkhealth.com

VideoSession green 150x150  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, November 8

 1:30 - 4:30 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Innovation Incubator
 Sponsored by:  MHRRG & Negley Associates 

VideoSession green 150x150 Disruption - Your Journey from Now to Next

Presenter: Senior Leadership Advisor, International Speaker & Best-selling Author David Nour

Most mental health leaders would agree that to remain relevant, they must evolve. After all, the unique needs and opportunities in the industry are evolving. With ever  increasing demands in data analytics, social, mobile, cloud, NPS, Sentiment Analysis, and soon to join the party, AI/Machine Learning, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrencies, doing  more of the same will no longer suffice. Although disruption is interesting to talk about, it’s a complex topic. We believe it to be a journey, from Now to Next involving a stair step to Iterate -  Innovate - and Disrupt. In this innovation mini-workshop, we’ll discuss the fundamental flaws in many business models in a dynamic and highly agile market, opportunities to scale and create  new profitable revenue and growth avenues, the critical need to pivot ahead of market demands, and the ever increasing impact of technology combined with customer-centricity.

5:00 - 6:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 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, November 9

 7:30 - 8:30 am MST (UTC-7) 

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:  NextGen Healthcare

 8:30 - 10:00 am MST (UTC-7) 

 Welcome & General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

VideoSession green 150x150Curve Benders – How Strategic Relationships Can Power Your Non-linear Growth in the Future of Work

Presenter: Senior Leadership Advisor, International Speaker & Best-selling Author David Nour 

In the future of how we’ll work, live, play, and give, 15 forces will create dramatic headwind, tailwind, or turbulence in our lives and careers. Learning their relevance is no longer  optional; it’s a necessity. For most mental health professionals learning is linear – they learn, then they apply. When it comes to your industry relationships, a different lens is needed.  Time and again, people enter our lives that dramatically alter both the direction and destination of our lives. These individual relationships become enablers of an adaptive and accelerated  non-linear growth. They are your Curve Benders. So, who are your Curve Benders and how do you find them? More importantly, how do you become one in the lives of others? And how can  the Curve Bending mindset unlock the next level of value creation and profitable growth in the mental health industry? Find out in this exciting session!

 10:00 - 10:30 am MST (UTC-7)

 Morning Break
 Sponsored by:  Afia Health 

 10:30 am - Noon MST (UTC-7)

 General Session

VideoSession green 150x150 Digitizing Your Enterprise - A View of What 2027 May Look Like for Your Organization

Presenters:  CEO Mike Valentine and EVP of Corporate Development Kevin Scalia, of Netsmart; CEO Steven Ronik EdD, of Henderson Behavioral Health; President & CEO Abby Drane MBA CPA, of Seven Counties Services; and President & CEO Carl Clark MD, of WellPower

Innovation. Transformation. Agility. The current approach to the use of technology will need to change to meet the healthcare system needs and to capture the opportunities of the near future. Organizations will need a comprehensive technology platform that will seamlessly integrate care, promote safer communities, and utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) on larger data sets to improve efficiencies and drive better outcomes. How and where do you begin? There are numerous strategies, but a good place to start is to focus on the windshield (next 12 months), landscape (19-36 months) and horizon (37-60 months). Organizations are often highly attentive to windshield items, which today include workforce shortages, staff retention and easier, more efficient ways for staff to complete their work. During this session, you’ll hear from organizations that are balancing their focus on the windshield and landscape as they move beyond automating documentation and into areas such as providing more mobile care, while also preparing for what’s on the horizon, where they are employing predictive analytics and AI-powered clinical decision support. Those who succeed will be the organizations that reimagine their technology foundation by leading with dynamic, innovative solutions to transform both the client and staff experience for the better.

 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) 

 Wellness Break
 Sponsored by:  Talent Works

Give yourself a mini spa treatment at the Agave Spa Scrub Bars located in the conference-area restrooms, then leave your worries behind in the Apache Burden Basket and enjoy a glass of Infused Vitamin C + Electrolytes Cranberry Elderberry Water.

1:30 - 3:00 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Breakout Sessions 

VideoSession green 150x150 Elevating the Waters for All

Presenters:  Tamara Player MSW LCSW, CEO, of Polara Health; Karen Hoffman Tepper PhD, CEO of Terros Health; and Brad Harper, Managing Director, Joan Hibdon, Director, and Rachel Lutowsky, Managing Director, of Fahrenheit Advisors

In our every changing world, with work force shortages, the great resignation and healthcare workers being ‘stretched beyond’, investing in our future has never been more  important. Terros Health, Polara Health and Fahrenheit Advisors share how they are elevating the waters for all through leadership development, coaching and succession  planning.

VideoSession green 150x150 Coordinating Strategic Responses to Save Lives & Communities

Presenters: CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness Director of SACASA and Addiction Outreach Services Katlyn Monje, Vice President of Clinical Services Daniel Barden, and Sr VP of Marketing & Business Development Kristine Welter Hall

In this workshop, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc. will tell the story of the progression of an insulated Medication Assisted Treatment program into a community- centered collaborative hub of providers that meets the needs of individuals 24/7/365. The presentation highlights how co-located collaborations with police, hospitals, and other social service agencies were developed and expanded beyond the original intent to address criminal justice, health care, housing options, employment and other social determinants of health, including  the on-going efforts needed to develop a common culture between groups with differing approaches. The presentation will also show how a strategic substance use treatment marketing  campaign was created and has been effective in increasing outreach, engagement and enrollment in services.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Afternoon Break
 Sponsored by:  INCITE Consulting Solutions 

 3:30 - 5:00 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Breakout Sessions

VideoSession green 150x150Crisis Care Best Practices – 988 and the Arizona Model

Presenters: Solari CEO Justin Chase, LaFrontera EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center Regional VP Erica Chestnut-Ramirez, and RI International Deputy CEO Paul Galdys

This presentation will focus on how Arizona has implemented an effective and robust Crisis System and how the implementation of 988 will continue to move the model forward  with a systematic approach including specific core elements:

  • Regional or statewide crisis call centers using technology to support real-time coordination across a system of care
  • Centrally deployed mobile crisis outreach and support on a 24/7 basis
  • Crisis stabilization programs for individuals who need support and observation

VideoSession green 150x150Lessons in Resilience

Presenter: Zepf Center CEO Deb Flores, and Gretchen Clark Hammond PhD MSW LSW, CEO of Mighty Crow

What we learned from working in suicide prevention.

 5:00 - 6:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Sponsored by:  Genoa Healthcare

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

Thursday, November 10

 7:30 - 8:30 am MST (UTC-7) 

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by:  NextGen Healthcare 

 8:30 - 10:00 am MST (UTC-7) 

 General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

VideoSession green 150x150Leveraging Medicaid to Address Health Disparities

Presenter:  Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Director Jami Snyder

This session will focus on the various levers available to state Medicaid programs in addressing inequities that exist within healthcare delivery systems. Specifically, it will touch on how Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, has used vehicles such as federal waiver authorities, policy change, provider incentives, stakeholder partnerships, and population-specific interventions to address disparities in the state. Additionally, the session will focus on the unique challenges on the horizon for Medicaid agencies, as they seek to   eliminate long-standing inequities that have existed within the program.

 10:00 - 10:30 am MST (UTC-7) 

 Morning Break
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

 10:30 am - Noon MST (UTC-7) 

 General Session

VideoSession green 150x150You Can’t Color Inside the Lines If There Are No Lines

Presenter: Principal at Health Management Associates Joshua Rubin

The days of bright lines are over. The days of hybrids, integration, collective responsibility, shared services, multi-service providers, and multi-provider platforms are here. We  had clear definitions of our agencies, our clients, our services, and our missions. Now we have confusion, competition, and chaos as new providers, funders, and models emerge to challenge us and push us forward. Behavioral health agency executives face massive strategic challenges and unprecedented paradigm shifts that will require creativity, courage, and confident leadership. With the lines gone, so is any security we had, but so are a lot of the constraints that have held us back. It’s time to draw something new, different, better.

 Noon - 1:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Networking Lunch (Open to Member CEOs & Staff only)
 Sponsored by:  Streamline Healthcare Solutions

 1:30 - 3:00 pm MST (UTC-7)

 Innovation Expo

VideoSession green 150x150 INNOVATION EXPO!

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from your peers! Several mhca members will provide mini-presentations on their innovative efforts followed by time for audience questions.


  1. Casa de los Ninos: "Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health: Why It Is Crucial and How to Support It". Susie Huhn MA, CEO, and Cathleen M. Phelan LCSW IMH-E, Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor, of Casa de los Niños

  2. The Guidance Center: "Moms and Babies First – A Perinatal Maternal Mental Health Center of Excellence". Devon Forrest MA, CEO, and Trever Davis DBH, Chief Operating Officer, of The Guidance Center

  3. Copa Health: "Stronger Together: A Provider Approach to Integrated Care". Shar Najafi-Piper PhD, CEO, of Copa Health; and Jim Stringham, VP/CEO, of Banner Government Health Plans (BGHP)

 3:00 - 3:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Afternoon Break
Sponsorship Available!

 3:30 - 5:00 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Connect with Your Peers

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 MST (UTC-7) 

mhca Board of Directors Meeting
Chair: Tuerk Schlesinger

 5:00 - 6:30 pm MST (UTC-7) 

 Closing Reception
 Co-Sponsored by:  mhca & Netsmart

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.

Contact Us

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Tallahassee, FL  32308
TEL:  (850) 942-4900
FAX:  (850) 942-0560