The Mental Health Services Conference brings psychiatrists and other mental health professionals together to collaborate on practical advice to influence systems-level change for their patients. Our two-day event features a variety of sessions on important topics impacting mental health care today. Below you will find a list of session titles featured at the 2022 conference.
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The Overturning of Roe vs Wade: Implications for Women’s Health and the Practice of Medicine
The session will begin with a review of the history of abortion legalization in the US and the significance of Roe vs. Wade, specifically highlighting the implications of the decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the implications on maternal mental health, women’s right to privacy, women’s rights, and human rights. After which, the panel will discuss the importance of accessible, safe, legal abortion care for women and the risks of not having such care. Review factors that contribute to maternal morbidity and mortality, including inequities in medical and psychiatric care (Use maternal morbidity and mortality statistics to illustrate inequity). The session will close with the panel exploring the implications of a law of this nature, how it interferes with the practice of evidence-based medicine and patient access to safe care, as well as the role of psychiatrists and obstetricians for recommendations, counseling, and treatment decision making for women in the future.
988 and Crisis Care: What Happens After the Call?
The new 988 mental health crisis number has the potential to catalyze a transformation in behavioral health crisis care, similar to how 911 led to the development of the emergency and trauma care system we take for granted today. This transformation will require the collaboration and coordination across a diverse set of team members and stakeholders, including mental health professionals, law enforcement, and people with lived experience. This session will describe the features of an ideal crisis system, discuss the roles of various stakeholders and team members, and explore lessons learned in the early months following the implementation of 988. The panelists will provide examples of successful innovations such as crisis lines, mobile teams, and crisis facilities spanning both urban and rural settings.
Mental Health Professionals Role in Reclaiming Community Members from the Justice System
Session will start with a brief overview of facts that will highlight the criminalization of mental illness and the need for all Mental Health Professionals to act. Introduction of Subject Matter Experts for a thought-provoking panel discussion will happen highlighting the different perspectives we have brought together. First poll will be launched to engage the audience in the larger conversation around barriers for community members to engage in care. Panel will engage in discussion from Moderator, about a third of the way through reaction from first poll question from panel and second poll will launch asking audience about barriers to working with community members with criminal justice history. Panel discussion will continue, two thirds of way panel will react to second poll and final poll will launch asking the audience to pick the final question the panel will answer. Will wrap with that question. Final slide will encourage everyone to connect with the APA Foundation, tell them about our Guidebook, and provide contact information.
Frontline Connect: Leading on Mental Health and the Healthcare Workforce
Burnout, excessive stress, and a global pandemic have taken a serious toll on the mental health of the nation’s frontline healthcare workforce. Barriers persist and prevent many from accessing needed care and support. But there is reason for hope in newly enacted federal legislation and heightened focus on improving access to mental health care for the frontline healthcare workforce. This session includes discussion on the impact of the new legislation, leadership initiatives, and innovation in addressing these issues. This includes hearing from those making a real difference in protecting the mental health and well-being of those on the frontline of delivering healthcare.
Expanding Healthcare: How to Excel in Collaborative Care Teams
The burden of untreated mental illness can be seen through its effects on hospitalized patients’ mortality, length of stay, and readmission rates. Furthermore, there is evidence suggesting that at least 20 to 40 percent of hospitalized patients have a mental health diagnosis, and that these patients in particular have prolonged hospitalizations. In attempts to combat the effects of this troubling shortage, many groups have worked to develop novel models of mental health care delivery. Healthcare practitioners continue to work to build partnerships to address issues of access to care through collaboration between interdisciplinary teams. This session will explore strategies and tools for developing collaborative care teams to ensure positive outcomes for patients across domains of mental and physical health.
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Education Luncheons, Sponsored by APA Foundation
APA Foundation (APAF), a co-sponsor of this year's conference, will host two panel discussions topically focused around APAF's charitable programming. Lunch will be provided at each event. View titles, speakers and descriptions of each day's luncheon.