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Thursday, December 05, 2019
7:00 am
1 Calle San Gerónimo San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

San Juan Regional Policy Council (RPC) Meeting (12/5)

Regional Policy Council Awards Breakfast and Meeting coinciding with the Council of State Governments National Conference

Mental Health America's Regional Policy Council will hold a one day meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, December 5, 2019 starting with an Awards Ceremony at breakfast recognizing state mental health champions. Following the Awards Breakfast, participants will gather to learn about high-level policy ideas. Lunch is included. Learn about how the meeting went.


Behavioral Health in America: Where Are We? Where Should We Be?

Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST) – Attendee Dinner

Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM (AST) – Policy Conference

Caribe Hilton, 1 San Geronimo Street San Juan 00901 PR

Thursday December 5th
7:00 am – 8:00 am Legislator Awards Breakfast with Opening Remarks by Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg, and a Council of State Governments (CSG) representative honoring 2019 State Legislator Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Champions: Tennessee Rep. Gloria Johnson, Kentucky Rep. Al Gentry, Arizona Sen. Sean Bowie, Arizona Sen. Heather Carter, New Jersey Asw. Yvonne Lopez, and Delaware Leader Valerie Longhurst
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Introductions
8:15 am – 9:00 am How Utah is working to end teen suicide and fix its 51st place in the MHA state rankings, Rep. Steve Eliason, (Utah), MHA’s 2017 Mental Health Champion Honoree
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Getting Clinically Integrated Peer Specialist (CIPS) Legislation on the Books in the States: Why It Matters, Kelly Davis, Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services Mental Health America (MHA)

9:45 am – 10:00 am Break
10:00 am – 10:30 am Carve-in-Carve-out, good, bad, it all depends. Charles Curie, The Curie Group, and former head of SAMHSA
10:30 am – 11:30 am Tennessee: Medicaid Carve-in, Carve-out, Block Grant, Oh My! Ben Harrington, CEO, MHA of East Tennessee
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Networking Lunch (provided)
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Affiliate Panel: Carve-in, Carve-out, Lessons Learned, Dan Martin, MHA of Maryland; John Richter, MHA New York State; Luis Perez, Mental Health Connecticut and Barb Johnston, MHANJ.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Affiliate Discussion: How Outcomes Will Drive Change
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Federal and State Legislation and Meeting Conclusions
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm MHA National Update

*The agenda is a draft and times may change. 

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Regional Policy Council (RPC) Sponsors




Myriad Genetics

Neurocrine Biosciences

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. 

Takeda Lundbeck Alliance 

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries