The Mental Health Services Conference

Sociopolitical Determinants: Practice, Policy and Implementation

October 14 - 15, 2021  |  Virtual

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The Mental Health Services Conference (MHSC), will be held virtually this October 14 to 15 on the theme “Sociopolitical Determinants: Practice, Policy and Implementation.” The purpose of the Mental Health Services Conference will be to highlight educational programs and innovations in clinical services designed to ensure equal access to high-quality mental health care for all populations regardless of race/ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or geographical background.

Social determinants and health equity must be addressed at multiple levels including practice settings, educational activities, and organizations and institutions. This two-day conference will feature plenary sessions and breakout tracks with each day focusing on broad themes that will educate psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians and advocates on the sociopolitical determinants of mental health. In addition, attendees will be provided with model programs, approaches, and schemas to aid with addressing sociopolitical issues while at the same time strategizing additional ways to increase access to high-quality mental health care to all patients—especially individuals who are members of marginalized groups.

Attendees can expect to learn from national experts on topics like:

  • Impact of social determinants of health in the care of those with serious mental illness
  • How a system of care can influence the use of the social determinants of mental health to improve diagnosis and treatment planning
  • The policy landscape and opportunities encouraging evidence-based medicine and the role it plays in addressing care equity

Educational Objectives

  • Integrate new research and treatment strategies into clinical practice;
  • Identify and improve mental health disparities in the community;
  • Provide culturally competent care for diverse populations;
  • Recognize how to bring new innovations into a variety of treatments to improve patient care;
  • Advance and update skills in community psychiatry treatment;
  • Integrate knowledge of current psychiatry into discussions with patients; and
  • Identify barriers to care, including health service delivery issues.

Target Audience

The Mental Health Services Conference is designed for psychiatrists, primary care and other physicians, medical students and residents, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, addiction counselors, social workers, medical educators, administrators and policymakers, public health researchers, consumers, and family members.


Accreditation Statement

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.