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November 26 Forum in Newark on Transferring Lessons Learned in the Public Behavioral Health System to the Expanded Options under the ACA

Mental Health America’s Regional Policy Council will host an issue forum in Newark on Tuesday, November 26, on Transferring Lessons Learned in the Public Behavioral Health System to the Expanded Options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The briefing will be held at the Hilton Newark Penn Station, 1048 Raymond Blvd., from 10:00 am to 12 Noon.

The inclusion of mental health and substance use disorder services in the new state exchanges created under the ACA will do much to improve access to care. The forum will examine how the recovery practices utilized in the public mental health can be translated into services that will be provided under the ACA.

Speakers and Topics: Dr. Mark Salzer, Temple University Collaborative—Community Inclusion Dr. Ian Shaffer, Health First—Medical Necessity and Recovery Outcomes Peter Ashenden, Optum Health—Peer Specialists in the Health Care Market Mady Chalk, Center for Policy Research and Analysis at Treatment Research Institute—Substance Use Treatment in the Public and Private Systems

Mental Health America’s Regional Policy Council is a network of affiliate leaders who monitor and advocate for ACA implementation efforts in the states. This is the fourth in a series of forums on implementation being held around the country.

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