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2018 Advancing Behavioral Health Summit

2018 Advancing Behavioral Health Summit: Practices that support youth resilience, stigma reduction, and system alignment

June 5, 2018

Nearly 200 attendees from communities across Wisconsin gathered for the inaugural Advancing Behavioral Health Summit. The day included keynote speakers CAPT. Jeffrey Coady and Dr. Gloria Wilder along with seven breakout sessions highlighting emerging practices, practical examples, and real-world experiences from partners across the state.

The Advancing Behavioral Health Summit is an extension of AHW’s eight-year, $20 million commitment that has united 10 community coalitions from across Wisconsin to address the critical issue of behavioral health outcomes statewide by tackling needs within specific communities.

Keynote Speakers

Captain Jeffrey Coady

Regional Administrator of the U.S., Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

CAPT. Jeffrey Coady is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and a board-certified clinical psychologist. In his current role, CAPT. Coady is working to reduce the impact of mental illness and substance use disorders by providing strategic consultation to national and regional stakeholders while developing multisector collaborations to promote public/private partnerships and foster resilient communities. In his career, he has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), served as Executive Director of the Roseland Community Mental Health Center in Chicago, and served as psychologist at the Core Center of the Cook County Hospital/Rush University Medical Center.

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Gloria Wilder, MD

Pediatrician, CEO of CORE Health, VP of Innovation and Preventive Health at Centene Corporation

Nationally renowned pediatrician and expert on poverty and social justice, Dr. Gloria Wilder has used her personal experiences and passion to drive a career of turning advocacy into action, where she has worked to raise the bar of quality in the provision of care in historically underserved communities and working to end generational poverty. In 2005, she was awarded the National Caring Award for exceptional generosity and commitment to service. In 2004, she was named Physician Humanitarian of the Year by George Washington University. She was also inducted into the prestigious Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. Among her many awards includes the Oprah Winfrey Use Your Life Award. Dr. Wilder’s work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS’ 48 Hours and NBC’s Dateline.

Breakout Sessions

Understanding Historical Trauma in Native American People

Professor Alton “Sonny” Smart is an Anishinaabe educator who occupies many roles in native and non-native communities. He is a member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa of Wisconsin and a Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he coordinates the Native American Rural and Social Work Program and the Native American Family Institute. Professor Smart is known for his ability to use cultural stories of song and dance and life stories of his Anishinaabe people to bridge gaps in understanding between communities. This session will be grounded in the rich oral tradition of Native American culture, including storytelling and engaging dialogue. Join for an overview of the history, installation, and generational after-effects of trauma on Wisconsin’s Native peoples, and discuss cultural restoration as a key to healing.

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Online Screening and Navigation: Improving Access to Local Services for All

During this breakout sessions, we will walk through the process of developing and implementing an online tool that allows the public to search for services (behavioral health and substance use) available in a four-county region of Northeast Wisconsin. The site (MyConnectionNEW.org) is based on the Network of Care platform created by Trilogy Integrated Resources, which is used nationwide. Local coalitions partnered with United Way 2-1-1 to leverage existing infrastructure and to create a comprehensive resource that serves as a one-stop-shop for all things mental health. Come to see MyConnectionNEW.org, to hear how it was established in our region, and to explore the functionality of the site!

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Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs in Community-Based Settings

Evidence-based programs have long been popular among funders and community organizations. However, multiple factors should be considered when selecting, planning, and implementing an evidence-based program. Follow the implementation of two programs aimed at improving youth behavioral health in Wisconsin — Youth Mental Health First Aid and Sources of Strength — and discuss how two community coalitions are strategically implementing these programs in collaboration with stakeholders and in accordance with the needs and characteristics of their communities. 

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Assisting Frontline Health Care Providers Through Specialty Psychiatric Consultation: The Child Psychology Consultation Program and The Periscope Project

Due to extreme provider shortages and long waitlists for specialty psychiatry services, many vulnerable populations may rely upon primary care and other health providers for mental health care. Recognizing this issue, Wisconsin stakeholders advocated to include funding for consultation programs in the state budget. Learn about two programs that support providers managing mental health care for children and adolescents, and for pregnant and postpartum women, and address access disparities in both urban and rural areas. The Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) and the Periscope Project are based upon a national model of doctor-to-doctor consultation successfully adopted in several states. These programs provide free psychiatric consultative support services for primary care and other health providers across all health systems to empower them to provide appropriate mental health care. Join us for a discussion of how these programs can be utilized to improve mental health in your community.

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Stigma Through a Systems Lens: Statewide Perspectives

Stigma creates additional challenges for people living with mental health issues. In addition to the often-painful symptoms and impacts of mental health issues, stigma can be a barrier to seeking help, accessing treatment, and living a full life in recovery. Explore current research on stigma at a systems level (health care, education, employment), the impact it has across the lifespan, and discuss how we can address it collectively. 

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Framework, Tools & Experiences with Behavioral Health Data Collection in two Wisconsin School Systems

This session will provide an overview of how two unique communities in Wisconsin applied the results-based accountability framework to plan for elementary, middle, and high school student behavioral health data collection and guide their work with school-based initiatives. Hear how the Racine Unified School District (RUSD) took steps to implement a district-wide assessment of social emotional learning (SEL) for students in grades 3-12 to optimize data collection and track the social emotional competencies of students over time. And learn how coordinated data collection through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey completed by students in grades 6-12 in Marathon County was a catalyst to school-based mental health counseling services and how the data will be used to evaluate the impact of the services on children’s behavioral health.

Presentation (PDF)

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