The Future of Mental Healthcare East

The Future of Mental Healthcare East

April 19-20, 2023 | Boston, MA

Reimagining mental healthcare to provide a holistic continuum of care

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I am honored to join my esteemed colleagues at The Future of Mental Healthcare Summit East, to bring mental health policy to the forefront. Nearly 25 percent of adults living with the challenges of mental illness report an unmet need for treatment, and this number has not changed in over a decade. At Otsuka, we believe in the value within every mind. It is crucial that we come together and recognize mental illness as a chronic disease that warrants early, equitable and accessible intervention.

Debra Barrett, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

I am committed to increasing awareness and changing the conversation about mental health and addiction issues. As an industry and as a provider, we are intently watching a surge in the need for high quality behavioral health services and we must step up and address the demand with patient-centered care that transforms lives and communities.   

Mark Friedlander, CMO Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services
Industry Leaders

The Future of Mental Healthcare Summit provides a meeting point for key decision makers, and a platform for leaders in this field to share their insights. Bringing together executives from payers, providers, pharma, patient advocacy organizations and more, this Summit provides an opportunity to connect with industry leaders.

Future Focused Discussions

Access to high-quality, evidence-based care; engagement with mental healthcare services for all populations and outcomes for people living with mental healthcare and substance use disorders are core themes of the Summit. Topics include healthcare equity, value- and measurement- based care, youth mental health, mental health care policy and so much more.

Intimate and High-Value

The Summit brings together a focused, multistakeholder group of senior executives for a collaborative learning experience across the speaker faculty and audience. This intimate setting will facilitate a united approach to the challenges in transforming mental healthcare and providing a continuum of care, through high value connections for all involved.

Speaker Faculty

Rhonda Robinson Beale
Rhonda Robinson Beale
SVP Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health Services
UnitedHealth Group
Rhonda Robinson Beale
SVP Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health Services
UnitedHealth Group

Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience  in health care systems, managed care and quality improvement in behavioral health and  medical care. She is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health Services within UHG.  Dr. Robinson Beale has served in the past as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for  Blue Cross of Idaho and for several other large national and local health care organizations,  such as Optum, PacifiCare, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Health Alliance Plan in  Michigan. She has been involved with many national organizations as a subject matter expert,  National Institute of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Institute of Medicine, National  Quality Forum, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American  Society of Addiction Medicine, NCQA and others.  

Dr Robinson Beale has served on many national boards, engaged with key committees and  workgroups and has been significantly involved in influencing changes in the system. She was  on the IOM committee that created “Crossing the Quality Chasm and “To Err is Human.” Dr.  Robinson Beale has been involved in influencing local and national legislation particularly  around Parity and ACA issues. Her involvements led to her having the opportunity to testify  before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) on the state of behavioral health care.

Arthur Evans
Arthur Evans
CEO
American Psychological Association
Arthur Evans
CEO
American Psychological Association

Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is CEO of the American Psychological Association, the leading
scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
Before joining APA in March 2017, Dr. Evans spent 12 years as commissioner of Philadelphia’s
$1.5 billion Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. In that post, he
emphasized a data-driven, population health approach, which improved outcomes for diverse
people with complex needs. This increased the system’s efficiency, saving more than $110
million over the course his tenure that was reinvested to improve and expand services. The
system in Philadelphia has become a national and international model, particularly for
governments desiring to improve health equity.
Prior to Philadelphia, Dr. Evans was deputy commissioner for the Connecticut Department of
Mental Health and Addiction Services, where he led major strategic initiatives that included
increasing the use of evidence-based practices, addressing health care disparities,
implementing a recovery-oriented policy framework, conducting research, and improving
community engagement.
Over the years he has received widespread recognition, including the American Medical
Association’s top government service award in healthcare, the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award from
Faces and Voices of Recovery, and the Visionary Leadership Award from the National Council
of Behavioral Health, as well as being named as an “Advocate for Action” by the White House’s
Office of National Drug Control Policy. A major emphasis of his career has been equity and
social justice and he has received multiple awards named for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for this
work.
Dr. Evans has held faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine, University of
Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine,
and the Drexel School of Public Health.
Dr. Evans holds a doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland
and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Florida Atlantic University, where he
was inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Trip Hofer
Trip Hofer
CEO
Optum Behavioral Health
Trip Hofer
CEO
Optum Behavioral Health

Trip Hofer recently rejoined Optum Health, a UnitedHealth Group Company, as CEO of Optum  Behavioral Solutions. Mr. Hofer is responsible for the overall strategy for our behavioral businesses,  driving growth for our behavioral products and offerings, continuing to ensure our network supports  timely access and expanding behavioral care delivery for the people we serve. Mr. Hofer is a visionary  leader who has a reputation for bringing new and disruptive thinking to his teams. Under his leadership,  we are building the optimal Behavioral Health platform to serve our members – leveraging the  behavioral benefits (insurance coverage), care delivery and digital capabilities of Optum. 

In addition, Trip has served – and continues to serve – as the CEO of AbleTo since 2018. Independent of  Optum, AbleTo is a leading provider of virtual behavioral health care services. Mr. Hofer continues to  drive significant growth for the organization and serve their members’ mental health needs with  superior experiences and innovative solutions. 

Prior to joining AbleTo, Mr. Hofer held leadership roles at CVS Health, Health Dialog and UnitedHealth  Group – including leadership roles on Optum Health’s Employer Solutions and Wellness & Wellbeing  teams. Mr. Hofer spent several years with Booz Allen, a leading management consulting firm  headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Hofer holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence  University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale University’s School of  Management.

Suzanne Kunis
Suzanne Kunis
Vice President, Behavioral Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey
Suzanne Kunis
Vice President, Behavioral Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey

Suzanne Kunis is Vice President of Behavioral Health Solutions for Horizon Blue Cross
Blue Shield of New Jersey. She brings over 30 years of experience in the health care
industry with a significant focus on behavioral health. Suzanne is a registered nurse and
moved from care delivery to health care management early in her career.

Suzanne was recruited to Horizon in March 2017 to develop and lead Horizon’s first ever
internal Behavioral Health strategy and team. Suzanne is responsible for all behavioral
health strategy development and execution including Horizon’s commitment to the
integration of physical and behavioral health. In her five years at Horizon, Suzanne has
led the development of Horizon’s continuum of behavioral health capabilities, programs
and services – an innovative approach to ensure the right care at the right time for all of
Horizon’s members. Suzanne oversees all work related to behavioral health including the
2020 insourcing of behavioral health clinical operations from an MBHO vendor and has
developed and successfully launched a first-of-its-kind integrated system of care to
address the challenges of our fragmented delivery system for our most vulnerable
members in New Jersey. Suzanne is Horizon’s behavioral health champion – the opioid
crisis and continued battle to eliminate mental health stigma are priority items on her
agenda and she is working tirelessly to ensure that Horizon’s employees, provider
network and members know that “mental health is health.”

Prior to joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Suzanne served for 22 years as Senior Vice President
of Behavioral Health Services for Magellan Health Services. She was the business
owner for Magellan’s health plan (Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid) and employer
client relationships. She was responsible for oversight and management of nationwide
service delivery including member services, clinical operations, network development
and management, quality, sales, EAP and finance. During her tenure with Magellan,
Suzanne developed a deep understanding of the behavioral health care issues facing
our country and the long overdue recognition of the impact of behavioral health issues
on comorbid medical conditions.
Suzanne also served as Senior Vice President of Account Management and
Implementations for ComplexCare Solutions (CCS). CCS provided in-home risk
adjustment assessments and care management services for its health plan clients.
After graduating from Thomas Jefferson University, College of Allied Health Sciences in
Philadelphia, Suzanne began her nursing career at the East Orange Veterans
Administration Hospital. She then began a 12-year career journey with which was then
Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey where she served many roles including Vice
President of the Individual Market segment.

Naomi Garcia Alvarez
Naomi Garcia Alvarez
Associate Vice President, Behavioral Health
Molina Healthcare
Naomi Garcia Alvarez
Associate Vice President, Behavioral Health
Molina Healthcare
Nathaniel Counts
Nathaniel Counts
Senior Policy Advisor for Mental Health to the Commissioner of Health & Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Nathaniel Counts
Senior Policy Advisor for Mental Health to the Commissioner of Health & Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Nathaniel Z Counts, JD is the Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Innovation for Mental Health America (MHA) and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He currently also serves as the Senior Fellow in Behavioral Health Policy at the Commonwealth Fund. At MHA, Nathaniel leads policy research and advocacy centered around addressing social and economic determinants of behavioral health, prevention and population health strategies, and the economics of investing to improve behavioral health. Nathaniel’s thought leadership and research has been published in journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Lancet Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Nathaniel also serves as an expert member of the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Nathaniel received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy Student Fellow, and his B.A. in biology from Johns Hopkins.

Robin Caruso
Robin Caruso
Chief Togetherness Officer
Anthem
Robin Caruso
Chief Togetherness Officer
Anthem
Tracy Parris-Benjamin
Tracy Parris-Benjamin
Director, Community Health and Health Equity
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Tracy Parris-Benjamin
Director, Community Health and Health Equity
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Tracy Parris-Benjamin is a master’s-level licensed Social Worker, integrator, and equity
champion, who works to sustain support for advancing diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion,
and development. Ms. Parris-Benjamin holds a distinguished record of health care innovation
and transformation. With the primary goal of achieving equitable health for all, Ms. Parris-
Benjamin works with Horizon’s extensive value-based network to lead the development of
innovative health programs targeted toward marginalized populations. As the current Director of
Community Health and Health Equity at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, she
translates executive strategy into tactical implementation, for a broad variety of community
health initiatives and care models. Ms. Parris-Benjamin is responsible for leading payer/provider
integration work and addressing social determinants of health. She also works with provider
systems that are positioning themselves toward assuming global risk.
Ms. Parris-Benjamin’s experience demonstrates her work as an advocate for community-based
programs and other healthcare initiatives. She leads several workgroups and discussions
around increased awareness and stigma reduction of substance use disorders and has
championed programs for HIV-positive pregnant teens and their families, survivors of domestic
violence, individual and group counseling, parenting workshops to reunite families, and care
coordination for underserved and chronically ill persons. She promotes the need for increased
cognizance on the impact of health disparities and inequities in healthcare, for underserved
populations and persons of color.

In 2019, Ms. Parris-Benjamin received distinguished honors from Diversity MBA as one of the
Top leaders under 50 and was featured in the 2020 inaugural issue of the top 100 Women of
Influence. She has led the development and implementation of Peer-Recovery models and
served as a key speaker for the Partnership for a Drug Free NJ’s ‘Knock Opioid Out of New
Jersey’ Initiative. She is a fellow of the New Jersey Healthcare Executives Leadership Academy
and was voted into Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ 85th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Ms.
Parris-Benjamin was featured on WBGO radio, where she led a discussion on trauma informed
care and has often served as a panelist for discussions related to impending social
determinants of health. She was featured on NJ Spotlight where she raised awareness on the
importance of community engagement to mobilize health education, specifically around COVID-
19 and access to resources in high-risk communities.

Ms. Parris-Benjamin is recognized, by her colleagues, as a strong leader and role model. She
has engaged in several formal and informal mentor relationships. She is passionate about
helping others and bringing awareness to topics and challenges that affect the lives of many.
Ms. Parris-Benjamin currently serves on the boards for the Northern NJ Region American Heart
Association and the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition. In her role as President of the
Northern NJ Region Board of the American Heart Association and Chair for the Go Red for
Women 2021-2022. She is responsible for raising awareness on the importance of Heart and
Stroke health through various speaking engagements, fundraising and developing innovative
collaborations to expand treatments opportunities, research and prevention with a keen interest
in vulnerable communities. She is also an active member of Horizon’s Diversity Counsel where
she leads efforts to raise awareness of racial injustices and systemic structures that continue to
promote healthcare disparities and racial inequities.

Through her work, Ms. Parris-Benjamin has witnessed the importance and value of investing in
a community and devotes time to volunteering. She has supported many projects, such as
community garden restorations, fundraising to support homeless teens, women’s empowerment seminars and other activities in conjunction with local churches and community board
organizations, to name a few.

When she is not tackling social issues within healthcare, Ms. Parris-Benjamin enjoys spending
time with her family.  She is a cherished wife, and mother of two school-aged children.  She is
also an entrepreneur and proud business owner of a children’s entertainment venture that
focuses on developing confidence in children and young adults.

Ms. Parris-Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from
St. John’s University and a master’s in social work from Fordham University.

 Brooke Wilson
Brooke Wilson
Head of Resources For Living
Aetna, a CVS Health Company
Brooke Wilson
Head of Resources For Living
Aetna, a CVS Health Company

Brooke Wilson is the Head of Resources For Living, a division of CVS Health’s Aetna
Behavioral Health, a leading provider of mental health and employee assistance program (EAP)
solutions to members around the globe. In her current role, Brooke oversees Resources For
Living’s strategic direction and product fidelity while also developing solutions to engage and
improve the mental wellbeing of members, caregivers, employers and communities. She was a
pioneer in work-life program development. Throughout her career, Brooke has specialized in
connecting people to solutions for non-medical and social determinants of health and lowering
the barriers to care for mental wellbeing by incorporating new points of access such as digital
solutions and focusing on improving education and literacy. Today, Resources For Living
provides mental wellbeing support to 30 million members and over 1300 organizations.
Resources For Living continues to innovate access, services and care to meet the increasing
demand and changing expectations of individuals and populations who now prioritize wellbeing
as a critical life and workplace imperative.
Brooke brings 25 years of experience in strategy, product development, operations
management, communications, and digital innovation to her current role. She started her career
in the work-life field at Work & Family Benefits, Inc. in 1997. In 2007, Brooke became Vice
President of Marketing and Work-life Operations at Horizon Health EAP Services. In 2009, she
joined Aetna Behavioral Health. Brooke earned her degree from Drew University and is an avid
cyclist. She is currently based in southern Florida.

Charlotte Owens
Charlotte Owens
Vice President, Head of Center for Health Equity and Patient Affairs
Takeda
Charlotte Owens
Vice President, Head of Center for Health Equity and Patient Affairs
Takeda
Debra Barrett
Debra Barrett
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Debra Barrett
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Throughout her career, Debra has been passionate about helping others reach their full potential. As the head of Corporate Affairs, Debra is responsible for creating and advancing the overall strategy across Government Affairs, Corporate Communications, Patient Advocacy & Stakeholder Management, and Corporate Giving. Her role serves to unite the critical ongoing efforts of these teams in order to articulate a consistent narrative about Otsuka’s work and value to key external audiences, and provide a platform to help Otsuka defy limitation, so that others can too.

Prior to joining Otsuka, Debra was SVP Global Government Affairs and Public Policy at Teva Pharmaceuticals where she directed advocacy and policy development. Before joining Teva, Debra was an assignment editor at CNN involved in newsgathering around political Washington, D.C. after beginning her career working for several members in the U.S. Senate. As an active lobbyist for multiple advocacy groups and leading with an entrepreneurial spirit, Debra has dedicated her career to protecting and advancing the rights of those whose voices need to be heard.

Debra’s passion is in developing leaders as well as employees. She is constantly raising the bar by connecting and leveraging critical efforts and Otsuka-people across the enterprise with the goal of driving results that empower and motivate others. She is a certified executive coach with over 20 years of experience in training and developing others. Debra continues to drive herself to be a lifelong learner to nurture new ways to engage and reach Otsuka’s workforce.

Debra holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Marleen Litt
Marleen Litt
Director of Children’s Services, Behavioral Health
UnitedHealthcare C&S
Marleen Litt
Director of Children’s Services, Behavioral Health
UnitedHealthcare C&S

Marleen Litt, LCSW is the Director of Children’s Services, Behavioral Health in the New York Community & State plan at UnitedHealthcare, providing oversite to services carved in to managed care, State implementations, utilization management and internal case management. Prior to that Marleen was an Assistant Vice President at JCCA, a Children & Family provider agency in New York City for 12 years, a hospital social worker at Beth Israel Hospital and an outpatient clinician at Weill Cornell’s Adolescent Development program. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University and attended Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Anitha Iyer
Anitha Iyer
Director of Behavioral Health Population Management
Mount Sinai Medical Group
Anitha Iyer
Director of Behavioral Health Population Management
Mount Sinai Medical Group
Wm Jahmal Miller
Wm Jahmal Miller
Chief Administrative Officer
Mercy Medical Group
Wm Jahmal Miller
Chief Administrative Officer
Mercy Medical Group

Wm. Jahmal Miller is Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Mercy Medical Group, a service
of Dignity Health Medical Foundation. Previously, Miller served as System Vice President with
CommonSpirit Health, where he had responsibility for national health equity and inclusion
initiatives. Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) merged together as
CommonSpirit Health in February 2019, creating a new nonprofit Catholic health system
focused on advancing health for all people. Prior to joining CommonSpirit, Miller was Blue
Shield of California’s inaugural Director of Corporate Reputation & Thought Leadership. Miller
is recognized as a national thought leader and an expert on issues pertaining healthcare
strategy, public health, health equity, mental health and public policy. He serves on the boards
of directors for The Crocker Art Museum Association (CAMA), Valley Vision, the California
Asian Chamber of Commerce, and is an active contributor to Landmark Ventures’ Social
Innovation Summit. In addition to serving on the American Psychological Association’s
Presidential Health Equity Task Force since January 2021, Miller has been elected to The
California Endowment’s board of directors, a not-for-profit foundation with $3.4 billion assets
under management.

Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013, Miller served as the Deputy
Director of the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) and the
State’s lead advisor on issues related to reducing health and mental health disparities and
achieving health equity for all Californians. With the unique distinction of being confirmed by
the California State Senate, he was responsible for leading the state’s mission on health equity
to promote equitable social, economic and environmental conditions.

Earlier in his career, he served in multiple leadership roles with Kaiser
Permanente and Sutter Health, respectively. Over the years, his experience and passion have
also garnered international exposure, as Miller has traveled twice to Cuba as part of
American delegations to study the Cuban health system, culture and history.

Miller is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City, with a Bachelor
of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology. He also holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA)
degree from the University of Southern California. In May 2016, Western University of Health
Sciences conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (DHL) to Miller, recognizing his
lifetime achievements in the field of health and human services. He has completed an Executive
Fellowship with the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program in conjunction with the American
Leadership Forum & CORO. Touro University recognized Miller in April 2017 with the Mosaic
Achievement Award, recognizing his efforts to advance the cause of diversity and inclusion. He
has also been recognized with other industry honors, including being named a “Top 40 under
40” awardee by the Sacramento Business Journal, “Top 100 under 50” awardee by Diversity
MBA, and a Modern Healthcare Up & Comers awardee.

Miller is a native of Sacramento, California and is a proud husband and father.
He is an active member of his local church, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as
well as of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Jahmal is the youngest of four boys and his parents have
been married for 52 years.

Vikram Patel
Vikram Patel
The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health
Harvard Medical School
Vikram Patel
The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health
Harvard Medical School

Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an adjunct professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He is a co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System. 

John Palmeri
John Palmeri
Senior Medical Advisor; Acting Director
SAMHSA; 988 and Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office
John Palmeri
Senior Medical Advisor; Acting Director
SAMHSA; 988 and Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office

John Palmieri, MD, MHA, is a Senior Medical Advisor at SAMHSA and currently serving as the Acting Director for the 988 and Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office. Prior to his arrival at SAMHSA, Dr. Palmieri was the Division Chief for Behavioral Healthcare at the Arlington County, Virginia, Department of Human Services. Dr. Palmieri is a licensed physician in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry. He graduated from Brown University Medical School and completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

 

Kelly Davis
Kelly Davis
Associate Vice President of Peer and Youth Advocacy
Mental Heath America
Kelly Davis
Associate Vice President of Peer and Youth Advocacy
Mental Heath America
Miri Bar-Halpern
Miri Bar-Halpern
Director of Intensive Outpatient Program
Boston Child Study Center
Miri Bar-Halpern
Director of Intensive Outpatient Program
Boston Child Study Center

Dr. Miri Bar-Halpern is a senior clinical psychologist who has expertise in acute residential and outpatient treatment settings for severe psychiatric conditions, including diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with multiple diagnoses. Dr. Bar-Halpern received her doctorate from the University of Hartford with the highest honors and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital. Following, she became a lead psychologist at McLean’s Adolescent Acute Residential Program and an Instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where she received the Partners Excellence Award.

Dr. Bar-Halpern provides consultation and professional workshops nationally and internationally about evidence-based treatment to psychiatric hospitals, mental health organizations, and schools. As an expert in the field of trauma, she helps schools and organizations in developing trauma-informed social-emotional programs to enhance safety, quality of life, and performance.

Dr. Bar-Halpern is the Chief Clinical Officer of CoBe Labs and is the Director of Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services at the Boston Child Study Center. She is also a trainer at McLean Hospital’s Institute for Trauma-Informed Systems Change and is the author of the book Becoming a Superhero: A Book for Children Who Experienced Trauma.

Doreen Marshall
Doreen Marshall
VP, Mission Engagement
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Doreen Marshall
VP, Mission Engagement
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Ipsit Vahia
Ipsit Vahia
Director, Technology and Aging Laboratory
McLean
Ipsit Vahia
Director, Technology and Aging Laboratory
McLean

Ipsit Vahia, MD, is a geriatric psychiatrist, clinician, and researcher. He is the associate chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and director of Digital Psychiatry Translation at McLean Hospital. He is also director of the Technology and Aging Laboratory. His research focuses on the use of technology and informatics in the assessment and management of older adults and currently, he oversees a clinical and research program on aging, behavior, and technology. He has published extensively in major international journals and textbooks.

Dr. Vahia serves on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and on the editorial boards of five journals including his current role as social media editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2016 AAGP Barry Lebowitz Award and the 2014 APA Hartford Jeste Award.

 

David Matteodo
David Matteodo
Executive Director
Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems
David Matteodo
Executive Director
Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems

David Matteodo has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems (MABHS) since 1990. The MABHS is a state-wide organization of inpatient behavioral health facilities, including Private Psychiatric Hospitals, Substance Abuse Hospitals and Treatment Facilities; and Psychiatric Units in general hospitals. The MABHS consists of 50 facilities with over 2,500 beds, which is the vast majority of behavioral health hospitals and units in Massachusetts. Mr. Matteodo represents the interests of these facilities with Government, Insurers, and other interested parties on all issues related to Behavioral Health.

The MABHS is a non-profit 501 c (6) Trade Association whose primary mission is to promote the interests of inpatient behavioral health facilities in Massachusetts.

Prior to becoming Executive Director of MABHS Mr. Matteodo served on the staff of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee for 5 years, the last two of which he was Budget Director. Prior to his service on the Ways and Means staff, Mr. Matteodo was a Senior Research Analyst for the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Healthcare.

Mr. Matteodo is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct. and he also has a Masters Degree in Public Health from Boston University. 

Aliya Jones
Aliya Jones
Executive Medical Director of Behavioral Health
Luminis Health
Aliya Jones
Executive Medical Director of Behavioral Health
Luminis Health

Dr. Jones serves as the inaugural Executive Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Luminis Health, which includes Anne Arundel Medical Center, Doctors Community Medical Center, McNew Family Medical Center, and related communitybased services. She provides leadership to all aspects of the Behavioral Health Service Line including strategic, operational, resource management, and educational efforts and supports the Luminis Health system leaders in their efforts to achieve the strategic initiatives defined as critical to a thriving health system focused on population health and total cost of care efforts. Prior to her arrival at Luminis Health, Dr. Aliya Jones served as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health’s (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) where she served from January 2020 until May 2022. She was responsible for Maryland’s Public Behavioral Health System, serving over 300,000 individuals and ensuring stable functioning of the system throughout the COVID19 pandemic. As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Jones initiated many significant improvements to Maryland’s Public Behavioral Health System, including in the areas of crisis services, behavioral health equity, peer recovery, involuntary commitment, and quality of service delivery. She served as the Chair of the Maryland Crisis Services Workgroup, the CoChair of the Opioid Death Disparity Task Force, the Vice Chair of the Maryland Commission on Health Equity and the CoLead for Maryland’s Monoclonal Antibody Initiative. Dr. Jones was appointed Deputy Secretary after having spent six years with Bon Secours Baltimore Health System as Chair, Department of Behavioral Health and Chief of Psychiatry, where she managed a team of cross functional professionals and oversaw the clinical as well as operational performance and quality improvement and growth of 19 departmental programs.

Phillip Wang
Phillip Wang
Director of the Center for Learning Health Systems,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Phillip Wang
Director of the Center for Learning Health Systems,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Philip Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H. is a Professor of the Practice of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical
School (HMS), and directs the new Learning Health Systems Center at Brigham and Women’s
Hospital (BWH); the Center helps systems collect and integrate data on patients’ outcomes to
continuously improve access, quality, equity, and outcomes from their care. Phil completed
his undergraduate degree in biochemistry, medical school, masters and doctoral degrees in
epidemiology, as well as psychiatry residency and chief residency, all at Harvard University. He
was a faculty member at HMS and BWH until 2006, when he went to serve as Deputy Director
of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and then Deputy Medical Director and Director
of Research for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) where he oversaw the recent text
revision of DSM. He returned to HMS in 2019 and served as Chair and Chief of Psychiatry, as
well as Chief Science Officer at Cambridge Health Alliance. He is currently Co-PI of an NIMH
P50 ALACRITY Center grant, as well as an NIMH T32 Fellowship Training grant through the
Harvard-T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has also been awarded research grants from
CMS, NIDA, AHRQ, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has served on several NIH
Study Sections, as well as the FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee, FDA
Medical Devices Advisory Committee, and FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory
Committee.

Jill Borelli
Jill Borelli
Vice President, Behavioral Health
Point32Health
Jill Borelli
Vice President, Behavioral Health
Point32Health
Wayne Young
Wayne Young
CEO
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Wayne Young
CEO
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Wayne Young is the Chief Executive Officer of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for Harris County, Texas.  As the CEO of one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the nation, Wayne is passionate about the planning and delivery of large-scale behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to a population who rely upon safety net systems of care. Wayne previously served as the chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Behavioral Health Advisory Council and was recently appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas and Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas to the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health.  Wayne was honored to have received the Charley H. Shannon Advocate for Justice Award from NAMI Texas in 2019 as well as to have been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Top 25 Innovators in 2019 and again 2021. 

Marketa Wills
Marketa Wills
Chief Medical Officer
John Hopkins HealthCare
Marketa Wills
Chief Medical Officer
John Hopkins HealthCare

Dr. Marketa Wills focuses on optimizing clinical and quality outcomes  for health plan members while efficiently managing costs of care. She oversees Health Services which includes Pharmacy, Utilization  Management, Appeals, the Medical Directorship, Care Management,  Behavioral Health, Quality Improvement, Medical Policy and Clinical  Analytics departments. She helps to set medical strategy and  standards for health care services provided to plan members,  collaborates with fellow JHHC leaders to develop and implement  plans and objectives for efficiency and growth, and fosters innovation  in achieving member centered, high quality and efficient care. 

Dr. Wills previously served as senior medical director for WellCare  Health Plans. She has also previously worked at McKinsey & Co.,  where she served a broad range of health insurance and provider  clients on a variety of strategic and operational engagements. She  

holds an MD from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an  MBA in Finance & Healthcare Management from the Wharton School  of University of Pennsylvania, and is a practicing psychiatrist.

Vandana Pant
Vandana Pant
Senior Director, Design & Innovation
Sutter Health
Vandana Pant
Senior Director, Design & Innovation
Sutter Health

Vandana is a Senior Director on Sutter Health’s Design and Innovation team. She supports the
development of innovation strategy and design for initiatives across ambulatory and acute
systems of care and leads incubation, launch and scale of new products and services through
collaborations across clinical service lines. Vandana is also the lead for Innovation for Sutter’s
Mental Health and Addiction Care portfolio helping anchor transformations in behavioral health
through the voice and context of human experiences and new digital capabilities. Previously,
she led strategic development for programs and grantmaking at The Health Trust, a Silicon
Valley operating foundation that advances solutions for health and equity. She has also led
organizational development and launched collaborative public-private initiatives at regional and
international nonprofit organizations in health and human services and the arts. Vandana has
previously served terms as a Board member with Art with Impact (mental health) and ORAM
International (LGBTQI refugee rights). She is currently serving as a member on the California
State Behavioral Health Planning Council.

Vandana has a graduate degree in Mass Communications from the Mass Communications
Research Center, New Delhi and an undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Delhi
University, India.

Deborah Weidner
Deborah Weidner
Vice President, Patient Safety & Quality, Behavioral Health Network
Hartford Healthcare
Deborah Weidner
Vice President, Patient Safety & Quality, Behavioral Health Network
Hartford Healthcare
Deb Goldfarb
Deb Goldfarb
Director of Behavioral Health, Population Health
Boston Medical Center
Deb Goldfarb
Director of Behavioral Health, Population Health
Boston Medical Center

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