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behavioral healthcare organizations
focused on the development of C-suite executives.

Agenda for 2024 Clearwater Beach, FL

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 STANDARD TIME (UTC-5)!

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Blue & Co.   Solution Center   www.blueandco.com
Cantata Health Solutions   Solution Center   www.cantatahealth.com
CapGrow Partners   Solution Center   www.capgrowpartners.com
CARF International   WED Continental Breakfast Sponsor   www.carf.org
Compliatric   Solution Center   www.compliatric.com
Continuity Consulting   Solution Center   www.continuity.consulting
ContinuumCloud   Solution Center   www.continuumcloud.com
Core Solutions   Solution Center   www.coresolutionsinc.com
Eleos Health   WED Executive Roundtable Breakfast, Chair Massage Station, Book, Professional Headshots, and WiFi Sponsor   www.eleos.health
firsthand   WED Morning Break Sponsor   www.firsthandcares.com
Genoa Healthcare   WED Reception Sponsor & Solution Center   www.genoahealthcare.com
Guard1   Solution Center   www.guard1.com
iCentrix Analytics   Solution Center   www.icentrixanalytics.com
INCITE Consulting Solutions   Solution Center   www.inciteconsultingsolutions.com
Iris Telehealth   Solution Center   www.iristelehealth.com
Jeri Davis International   Take Note Sponsor   www.jeridavis.com
Johnson & Johnson   Solution Center   www.jnj.com
Limbic   Solution Center   www.limbic.ai
Martyn Family Foundation   Education Sponsor   www.martynfoundation.org
Mend   WED Sunrise Yoga and Afternoon Break Sponsor & Solution Center   www.mend.com
MHRRG / Negley Associates   TUE Reception Sponsor & Solution Center   www.mhrrg.com | www.jjnegley.com
Moss Adams   Conference App Sponsor   www.mossadams.com
Netsmart   Networking Lunch Sponsor & Solution Center   www.ntst.com
NextGen Healthcare   THU Reception Sponsor & Solution Center   www.nextgen.com
Next Wave Performance   THU Contintental Breakfast Sponsor   www.nextwaveperformance.org
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
  Orientation Lunch Sponsor & Solution Center   www.simitreehc.com/behavioralhealth
Streamline Healthcare Solutions   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  >>>>>>>>

Tuesday, February 27

 1:30 - 4:30 pm EST (UTC-5)

 mhca Visioning Session (mhca Members only)

mhca Visioning Session

Facilitator:  Dennis P. Morrison PhD, Owner and Clinical Strategist, of Morrison Consulting

Come discuss the results of our recent mhca visioning survey and provide additional input on our future leadership, our overall direction, and our specific priorities as an association.  Don’t miss this opportunity to shape the future of your association.

5:00 - 6:30 pm EST (UTC-5) 

 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, February 28

 7:00 - 7:30 am EST (UTC-5)

 Sunrise Yoga
 Sponsored by:  Mend

Join Mend at the Opal Sands Event Lawn for an invigorating morning session of yoga to start the day!

 7:30 - 8:30 am EST (UTC-5)

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by:  CARF International

 7:30 - 8:15 am EST (UTC-5)

 Executive Roundtable Breakfast (by invitation only)
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

 8:30 - 9:30 am EST (UTC-5)

 Welcome & Annual Meeting

Our Board of Directors will provide an annual report to the membership and recognize outstanding members for their contributions to mhca’s success.

  • Dale E. Shreve MSW, President & CEO, mhca
  • James H. Stewart II MBA, Chair
  • Kelly Phillips-Henry PsyD MBA, Vice Chair
  • Abby Drane MBA CPA, Treasurer
  • Kiara Kuenzler PsyD LP, Secretary
  • J. Tuerk Schlesinger MBA, Past Chair

 9:00 - Noon EST (UTC-5)

 Professional Headshots (by appointment only)
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

Please visit the mhca registration desk to schedule your appointment to have professional headshot portraits taken during this time.

 9:30 - 10:00 am EST (UTC-5)

 Morning Break
 Sponsored by:  firsthand  

 10:00 am - Noon EST (UTC-5)

 General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

Two Industry Leaders, 200 Days on the Road

Presenters:  Consulting for Human Services CEO Stacy DiStefano and Going Digital Behavioral Health Tech CEO Solome Tibebu

Over the last 12 months, Stacy and Solome have given dozens of keynotes, moderated main stage sessions, co-hosted national and regional industry events, lead webinars, published  white papers, and provided strategic guidance to providers, digital tech startups, investors, state departments of human services as well as the Department of Justice. Don’t miss the opportunity to  hear their Top 10 Takeaways! They will share controversial event sessions, recurring themes, which conversations were most surprising, and what keeps thought leaders in mental health up at night.  We will hear the macro trends impacting our sector, M&A news across nonprofit and for-profit behavioral health, and hear this highly regarded duo’s takes on what executive teams should expect  to see in 2024 and beyond.

 Noon - 1:30 pm EST (UTC-5)

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 Noon - 1:30 pm EST (UTC-5)

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

 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST (UTC-5)

Breakout Sessions

Your $1M Memorable Media Message

Presenter: Emmy-winning media & public speaking trainer Kathryn Janicek

Three-time Emmy Award-winning TV exec Kathryn Janicek shows you how to leverage your experience and promote your brand in the media to expand your practice and bottom line. This interactive  workshop will help you gain a higher understanding of how the media works - and teach you exactly how to make sure you make it into every story you’re interviewed for and get your ROI of  every media opportunity. We’ll teach you how to dominate and deliver the story to help educate patients on the importance of your work and have the media calling you back over and over again.

Leadership Best Practices for AI Implementation

Presenters: Nisheeta Setlur, VP of Customer Success, Eleos Health; Dennis Morrison PhD, Owner and Clinical Strategist, Morrison Consulting; Melissa Larkin-Skinner MA MBA LMHC, CEO, Centerstone FL; Brandon Ward PsyD, Chief Innovation Officer & VP of Information Systems, Jefferson Center

No matter how great a technology is, it won’t be effective if providers don’t use it. In this workshop, mhca member executives and experts will share leadership best practices for  successfully navigating the technical, cultural and operational dimensions of AI adoption.

 1:30 - 4:00 pm EST (UTC-5) 

 Professional Headshots (by appointment only)
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

Please visit the mhca registration desk to schedule your appointment to have professional headshot portraits taken during this time.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm EST (UTC-5)

 Afternoon Break
Sponsored by: Mend

 3:30 - 5:00 pm EST (UTC-5)

 Breakout Session

Awareness vs. Actionable

Presenters: Consulting for Human Services CEO Stacy DiStefano and Going Digital Behavioral Health Tech CEO Solome Tibebu

Learn what to watch and what to act upon when you return to your organizations Monday morning. Here’s your opportunity to ask questions, challenge the status quo, explore what  technology is hype and what is helpful. This session will dive more deeply into the strongest trends, discuss examples we’ve seen on innovative thinking and success endorsed by payors and start-ups, and gain practical guidance on how to engage with nontraditional partners.

Letting Go Is Hard to Do... Succession Planning for Successful CEO Transitions


  • Moderator:  Jeri Davis MBA, President & CEO,  JDi Healthcare Consultant & Recruiters
  • Kim Veith MBA MSW LCSW LCADC – CEO, Bright Harbor Healthcare:  Handling Internal Candidates and Internal Politics So You Retain Great Employees
  • Vera Sansone LCSW - President & CEO, CPC Integrated Health:  Developing a Transition Plan – Options for Recruiting your Replacement
  • Mary E. Garrison LCSW ACSW – President & CEO, Heritage Behavioral Health Center:  Common Pitfalls to Avoid and/or Address as Your Organization Moves Through the Process

CEO succession planning is much more than finding a competent replacement. It is initially about preparing and supporting your Board, senior leadership, and the entire organization through the  process, while simultaneously ensuring a smooth and successful entrance for your incumbent. In this presentation and discussion with a panel of new mhca CEOs, we will highlight successful  strategies and common pitfalls to avoid when navigating this critical process essential to the future of your organization.

 5:00 - 6:30 pm EST (UTC-5) 

 Sponsored by: Genoa Healthcare

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

 6:45 - 9:45 pm EST (UTC-5) 

 Eleos Health Private Dinner Cruise
 Sponsored by: Eleos Health 

Join Eleos Health for an evening on the water! Indulge in a delightful dining experience under the twinkling stars, complemented by a DJ spinning lively tunes, aboard The Starlight Majesty.

The cruise begins boarding at 6:45pm and departs promptly at 7:15pm ET. The cruise will return between 9:15pm and 9:45pm. Transportation to and from the cruise will be provided. Please meet outside the conference hotel's front entrance by 6:40pm, where bright red trolleys await.

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

Thursday, February 29

 7:30 - 8:30 am EST (UTC-5) 

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by:  Next Wave Performance  

 8:30 - 10:00 am EST (UTC-5)

 General Session
 Sponsored by: Martyn Family Foundation

Us Vs. Them - Putting The Other Generations In Their Place

Presenter:  Internationally-recognized author and speaker Jeff Havens

Get ready for the most unconventional, hysterical, and HELPFUL generational conversation of your life. Us Vs. Them will cover issues of employee loyalty, culture creation, instilling a solid work ethic, mastering change, and conflict resolution all while hilariously destroying the idea that we’re inventing new people every 10 or 15 years. Trust us - you have NEVER seen a keynote quite like this, and you’ve never laughed as hard during an educational presentation as you will while attending Us Vs. Them.

  9:00 am - Noon EST (UTC-5)

 Professional Headshots (by appointment only)
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

Please visit the mhca registration desk to schedule your appointment to have professional headshot portraits taken during this time.

 10:00 am - 10:30 am EST (UTC-5)

 Morning Break
 Sponsorship Available!

 10:30 am - Noon EST (UTC-5) 

 Innovation Expo!


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

  1. Emergence Health Network: "Data + Culture= Value"
    Presenters: CEO Kristi Daugherty LCSW-S LISW-S MBA and Chief Clinical Officer Chrystal Davis LPC-S
    This presentation highlights how data gathering and mining, in combination with building a culture of innovation, creates a formula for successful, planned growth. Ensuring organizational resources are directed at both building analytical prowess and cultivating successful leaders is essential to harnessing innovation for sustained success. Value is built at every organizational level, so presenters will focus on instilling your principles throughout all departments and divisions.

  2. Preferred Behavioral Health Group: "Trauma Informed Care: What Is It? How Do We Get There?"
    Presenter: CEO Tara A. Chalakani PsyD LPC RN
    This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of trauma, trauma-informed care, and the benefits of becoming a trauma-informed organization with special attention to the needs of the behavioral health workforce. Attendees will also understand the process and necessary steps to become trauma-informed organization.

  3. David Lawrence Centers: "Intentional Leadership Development - A GiANT Need and Opportunity"
    Presenter: CEO Scott Burgess
    You know the adage, a manager says, “what if we train them, and they leave.” Then the leader says, “ what if we don’t train them, and they stay.” Don’t fall victim to this binary way of thinking. Scott will share how his organization is intentionally addressing leadership development and succession planning, along with employee engagement and retention, through their robust GiANT leadership academy.

  4. Aspire Health Partners: "Transformation Potential through Innovative Solutions"
    Presenters: Chief Integration Officer Shannon Robinson MSN APRN and Chief Nursing Officer Michael Valenti PhD APRN PMHNP-BC NEA-BC
    This presentation will explore innovative solutions to transforming healthcare through integration, closing service gaps, improving quality of care, patient outcomes, and organizational efficiencies; and cutting edge measures to reshape the healthcare landscape utilizing collaborative care models and patient centered approaches.

Noon - 1:15 pm EST (UTC-5)

 Networking Lunch  (mhca Members only - limited seating)
 Sponsored by:  Netsmart

Roundtable: Using Innovation Strategies to Differentiate Your Business

How do you grow and differentiate your business in an increasingly competitive market? Join us for a roundtable lunch led by Netsmart. We’ll discuss how successful organizations plan for longevity and expansion, and how you can use technology and innovation as a secret weapon for recruitment, retention, service line diversification, revenue cycle optimization and increased market share.

Topics will include:

  • The importance of data to drive decision-making and business intelligence.
  • How advanced automation can attract the right workforce and help them perform at the top of their skill set, staying true to your organization’s mission.
  • The need for a single platform that integrates with the entire healthcare ecosystem.
  • Tips for remaining competitive by deploying extremely usable technology to meet diverse needs and invest in your growth.
  • The importance of basing services on client needs and learning how to innovate to meet them.

Noon - 1:30 pm EST (UTC-5) 

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST (UTC-5)

 General Session

Stop Documenting and Start Listening with Ambient Listening

Presenter:  Robert Murry PhD MD FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, NextGen Healthcare

What’s the key to unlocking true clinical efficiency and putting the power back in provider’s hands? Ease prescribing provider workload by lessening tedious post-visit tasks. Providers benefit from reduced time spent charting, whether they are in a physical or behavioral health setting. Enter ambient listening—with this AI-based technology, a prescriber note is automatically generated from a patient-provider visit. Ambient listening uses integrated speech-to-text technology to convert the naturally spoken patient-provider conversation into an impermanent transcript, which generates a structured note—all in a matter of seconds after the visit ends.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm EST (UTC-5)

 Afternoon Break
 Sponsorship Available!  

 3:30 - 5:00 pm EST (UTC-5)

 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 EST (UTC-5)

mhca Board of Directors Meeting
Chair:  Jamie Stewart

 5:00 - 6:30 pm EST (UTC-5)

 Closing Reception
 Sponsored by: NextGen Healthcare 

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

1876 Eider Court, Suite A
Tallahassee, FL  32308
TEL:  (850) 942-4900
FAX:  (850) 942-0560