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The Future of Mental Healthcare East 2022 Summit Agenda

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Conference Day 1

  • Tuesday July 19th 2022
Tuesday July 19th 2022

8:00 AM ET  Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:00 AM ET  Chair’s Opening Remarks & Setting the Scene

Alex Briscoe, Principal, California Children’s Trust 

9:10 AM ET Keynote Presentation: The Current Landscape of the Mental Health and Well Being Ecosystem: Opportunity for Transformation 

  • Current trends and outcomes: what is driving increasing prevalence; how are we responding as a nation
  • Assets to build on: beyond bright spots, how can we fundamentally increase access to whole person care and conditions for flourishing
  • Accelerating the movement: timely opportunities for transforming mental health and well being outcomes

Tyler Norris, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer, Well Being Trust

9:35 AM ET Future of Mental Health Podcast filming 

In this live recording of the Future of Mental Health podcast, Psych Hub Co-Founders Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy will speak with Kyu Rhee, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Aetna. Together, they will discuss the mental health pandemic, and how to better integrate evidence-based medicine into key medical and personalized management strategies.

Hosted by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Marjorie Morrison, CEO of Psych Hub

10:20 AM ET Keynote Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How can we Build an Effective and Collaborative Ecosystem?   

The explosion of behavioral health issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on frontline physicians. There has been a paralleled explosion in digital healthcare companies and it is clear that technology is going to play a pivotal role in behavioral healthcare post pandemic. Once the patient has taken the brave step to seek help, the current, fragmented system is often difficult to navigate. Moving forward, how can we ensure an effective ecosystem with everyone working together with a patient centered approach. 

  • How can providers, biotech companies, policy makers, payers and researchers effectively work together?  
  • How can we help patients navigate the system, including how to navigate the differences between medicare, medicaid and commercial insurance?
  • How can we provide alternatives to the traditional drug or face-to-face therapy treatment options?
  • What framework would best serve an integrated system to ensure a patient centred approach is undertaken? 
  • How can we overcome the lack of interconnectivity to create a continuum of care?

Moderated by: Schroeder Stribling, CEO and President, Mental Health America

Mark Freidlander, Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, UHS

Neil Leibowitz, Chief Medical Officer, Beacon Health Options

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

11:00 AM ET  Morning Break, Refreshments & Networking

11:30 AM ET Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How do we Handle the Provider Shortage?

The lack of providers is perhaps the main challenge facing the behavioral healthcare space. With unprecedented provider burnout during the pandemic exacerbating this problem, and with more providers leaving than entering the space, this problem is only going to get worse. It is clear we need innovative ways to challenge the dominant doctor, diagnose, drug form of healthcare, deliver behavioral healthcare treatment and support providers. 

  • What role will telehealth play in easing the strain off of providers?
  • How can we use community or health workers to lessen the burden for psychiatrists?
  • Can we create and properly fund a peer movement?
  • What role will psychosocial interventions play? 
  • What innovative models of mental healthcare models could we use?
  • How can we shift the focus to prevention?


Moderated by: Murray Zucker, Chief Medical Officer, Happify Health

Eric Meier, CEO, Owl 

Pamela Greenberg, President and CEO, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

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

Romilla Batra, Chief Medical Officer, SCAN Health Plan


12:15 PM ET Presentation: Measurement-Based Care (MBC): Past, Present and Future – How data will transform behavioral healthcare of tomorrow 

  • Reflections on the field: The history of MBC, current state observations, and expectations of tomorrow
  • Rogers Behavioral Health: Leveraging MBC at scale – How Rogers drives clinical outcomes through systematic measurement
  • The future of MBC: How genetics, biometrics and machine learning will change how care is delivered

Dylan Ross, VP Clinical Innovations, Rogers Behavioral Health

Kelly Piacsek, VP, Research, Rogers Behavioral Health

Brian Kay, VP, Continuous Improvement, Rogers Behavioral Health

12:40 PM ET Presentation: Therapeutic AI – The Future of a Collaborative Healthcare Ecosystem 

Artificial intelligence can be mental healthcare’s boon or a bane. The role we ultimately allow therapists to play in the development of Therapeutic AI will determine which. The fear that AI will take over the world is a staple of science fiction that  technologists and scientists, from Elon Musk to the late Stephen Hawking, have voiced genuine concerns about. But, a more insidious potential threat is driving the evolution of digital healthcare and already within the gates. Artificial intelligence is infiltrating every facet of health care — specifically mental health care — and failure to develop these AI’s the right way, may produce catastrophic results.  In this presentation, Ran Zilca,

Happify Health’s Chief Therapeutic Intelligence Officer will break down the differences between rule-based, adherence fidelity AI’s, and generative, open-source AIs. Zilca will review the limitations of different models and walk attendees through a series of open-source AIs to demonstrate what can happen when conversations with an AI are not trained by clinicians.

Ran Zilca, Chief Therapeutic Intelligence Officer, Happify Health

1:05 PM ET Presentation: Why thousands of Mental Health Professionals are using Virtual Reality in Therapy

The benefits of Virtual Reality in Mental Health are well established through 1000+ studies spanning three decades. VR technology has become user friendly and affordable enough to be used widely and consumer adoption of VR is growing rapidly. Amelia Virtual Care has developed a VR platform for mental health used by more than 2000 therapists globally. Amelia will share why therapists are using VR to enhance patient experience, increase adherence, and improve outcomes, and how they are using it for both in-person and remote therapy. 

Afsana Akhter, CEO, Amelia Virtual Care 

1:30 PM ET Lunch & Networking

2:30 PM ET Presentation: Keeping Social Determinants of Health in Mind when Reaching, Diagnosing and Treating Behavioral Healthcare Patients

  • Explore why taking a broader lese view of community health is so important
  • Discussing why social determinants of health need to be part of the conversation 
  • A look at the importance of including social determinants of health in achieving health equity

April Joy Damian, Vice President and Director, Weitzman Institute

2:55 PM ET Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: The Future of Equity in Behavioral Healthcare

  • How do we define equity in behavioral healthcare?
  • How can we ensure culturally responsive care?
  • What innovative ways can we use to ensure we reach everyone?
  • How do we meet people where they are?  
  • How do we ensure fair access for all? 

Arthur Evans, CEO, American Psychological Association 

Meena Seshamani, Director, Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Schroeder Stribling, CEO and President, Mental Health America 

Celeste James, VP of Equity and Population Health, Big Health 

Reena Pande, Chief Medical Officer, AbleTo 

3:40 PM ET Afternoon Break, Refreshments & Networking

4:10 PM ET Presentation: How 988 can Improve access to Support During a Mental Healthcare Crisis

988 is a critical component of the nationwide effort to address the mental health crisis, reduce hospitalisations and divert people away from the criminal justice system towards mental health support. 

  • Discussing how we can work with states to have a continuum of mental healthcare services
  • Explore how 988 will help save lives 
  • Learn how 988 can improve access to and engagement with mental healthcare support 

Robert Gebbia, CEO, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

4:35 PM ET Presentation: To Be Announced 

Jennifer Gentiles, SVP, ieso

5:00 PM ET Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How do we Address the Mental Health of Youth?

The pandemic has exacerbated mental healthcare issues experienced by youth, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms. Following the Surgeon General’s report highlighting the urgency of this emerging crisis, more attention needs to be focused on the mental health of youth. 

  • What are some of the challenges of addressing teen mental health? 
  • What are some of the ways we need to innovate to be impactful?
  • How have the effects of the pandemic influenced the education crisis?
  • What innovative ways can we utilize to reach youth? 
  • What methods could be used to help teenagers build resilience? 

Lori Butterworth, CEO, AIM Youth Mental Health 

Vicki Harrison, Program Director, Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing

Kathryn Boger, Senior Consultant, McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, McLean Hospital

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Conference Day 2

  • Wednesday July 20th 2022
Wednesday July 20th 2022

8:00 AM ET Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:00 AM ET Chair’s Opening Remarks & Setting the Scene

9:10 AM ET Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How can we Create a Work Environment which Supports Employees Mental Health?

It is important that companies integrate mental health into how they do business and create an environment that ensures their employees can take advantage of the benefits provided if and when they need them. Burnout decreases employee productivity and efficiency, as well as increasing absenteeism, highlighting the importance of companies prioritising the mental health of their employees.  

  • How can we ensure awareness of the resources so employees know what support is available to them?
  • What role do employees have in reducing stigma around behavioral health?
  • What resources do employers need to put in place to address the mental health of their employees? 
  • How can we address burnout and increase resilience? 
  • How can employers think through their business strategy to ensure it is supportive of mental health?

Moderated by: Daryl Tol, Executive Vice President, OneMind

Jennifer Gendron, Chief Commercial Officer, Koa Health 

Craig Kramer, Mental Health Ambassador, Johnson & Johnson 

Rebecca Whiting-Holliday, Head of Clinical, Global Mental Health, Google


9:55 AM ET Presentation: Taking an Integrative Approach to Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes

Services have traditionally been fragmented into multiple siloes.  A new paradigm is needed to provide comprehensive care that meets the needs of individuals, families and communities. 

  • Discussing key drivers that facilitate and inhibit transformation
  • Exploring the roles of financing, technology, and consumerism
  • Learning how the pandemic can foster needed change

Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

10:20 AM ET Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How is the Behavioral Healthcare Space going to Change Post Covid?

There has been an unprecedented rise in behavioral healthcare issues with the pandemic and there has never been more people talking about mental health. With the mass recognition of mental health care issues, the time to act is now: we need to make a commitment to reduce the rate of mortality from deaths of despair. With increased focus on mental healthcare, can we harness the momentum to create a movement away from mental illness but a preventative, population approach to mental health. 

  • What role will telehealth play post-pandemic?
  • How can we broaden the lens of mental health care to include wellbeing?
  • What is the future for innovative models of care?
  • Given the current political landscape, what are the opportunities for reform?
  • How are data and analytics going to be used in the future for mental healthcare?

Dan Pelton, Mental Health Service Lead, Deloitte

Scott Rauch, President & Psychiatrist-in-Chief, McLean Hospital

Hossam Mahmoud, Regional Chief Mental Health Officer, Beacon Health Options 

11:05 AM ET Morning Break, Refreshments & Networking

11:35 AM ET Presentation: Use of Natural Language Processing and Data-Driven Approaches for Effective Patient Stratification and Efficient Resource Allocation in Mental Health Treatment

Mohsen Omrani, CEO, OPTT

12:00 PM ET Presentation: A National Emergency Needs More than Incremental Change (and Transformation is Simpler than you Think)

Kacie Kelly, Chief Innovation Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

12:25 AM ET Closing Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: What is the Cost of Unaddressed Mental Health?

Insurers, providers, employers and policy makers each have opportunities to harness the current focus on behavioral healthcare and create a better future. There has been growing recognition of the cost of unaddressed mental health post pandemic, but there is still a lack of solutions facing this problem. 

  • What is the economic burden of not addressing the mental healthcare crisis?
  • What is the cost of not maximising brain capital? 
  • What challenges will we face if we do not tackle the mental healthcare crisis? 
  • Is the burden equal for all mental healthcare issues?
  • What progress have companies already made to tackle this?

Danna Mauch, President & CEO, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health 

John Boyd, CEO, Rogers Behavioral Health 

David Guth, Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone

Chuck Gillespie, CEO, National Wellness Institute

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of the Future of Mental Healthcare Summit 2022

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