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Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
500 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78701

Austin Regional Policy Meeting (8/15)

Regional Policy Council Awards Breakfast and Meeting coinciding with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Annual Meeting

High Noon for Behavioral Health

Mental Health America's Regional Policy Council will hold a one day meeting in Austin, Texas starting with an Awards Ceremony at breakfast recognizing state mental health champions. Following the Awards Breakfast, participants will gather to learn high-level policy ideas and strategies for overcoming challenges to implementation after legislation is enacted. Register now!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

7:30 am - 3:30 pm Cental Daylight Time

Meeting Address:

Hilton Austin (Convention Center)
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701 

Register NOW!


Book your room online or call to make your reservation: (512) 482-8000 and ask to be added to the MHA block. Our discounted room rate expires on: Friday, July 5.


Meeting Agenda 

All times are in Central Daylight Savings Time. TImes are tentative and subject to change. 

Wednesday, August 14

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm         Mental Health America Affiliate Staff-Only Dinner (By invitation only)

Thursday, August 15

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Legislator Awards Breakfast Ceremony with with Remarks by 2017 MHA Legislative Champion Rep. John Nygren of Wisconsin, honoring 2019 Legislative Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Champions

8:15 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome and Introductions with Remarks by Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO, Mental Health America (MHA)

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Competency Restoration, Dr. Patrick Fox, Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Colorado Community Health Alliance

9:45 am - 10:15 am

Reducing Recidivism in Public and Private Prisons, Mark Smith, Da Vinci Group

10:15 am - 10:30 am 


10:30 am - 11:15 am

Implementation of Behavioral Health Initiatives in Texas, Sonja Gaines, Deputy Executive Commissioner Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services, Texas Department of Health and Human Services

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs): Passing Legislation is Not Enough, Moe Keller, Director of Advocacy and Policy, Mental Health Colorado

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Networking Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Suicide Prevention and Rural Access for Veterans, Erin McGann, Justice-Involved Veterans Coordinator, Texas Veterans Commission

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm 


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Affiliate Panel (invited): MHA of Greater Houston, Mental Health Minnesota, and MHA Oklahoma on local and rural concerns, and successful legislative initiatives

2:15 pm - 2:25 pm

National Update and Conclusion


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