The Mental Health Services Conference Presented by the American Psychiatric Association - Online October 14-15, 2021

The Mental Health Services Conference

Find fresh, practical insights to address mental health disparities and drive systems-level change.

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SMI Advisor - A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness

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A conference for the whole care team, including social work, nursing, peer supports, psychiatry, and more.

 

Featured Keynote Speaker: Applying an Economics Framework to Opportunity, Mental Health, and Mental Health Professional Practice with Harvard Economist Peter Q. Blair, Ph.D. on Friday, 10/15. View the full program and details below

As 2020 made clear, the larger world and the laws and structures that frame it shape our country's health, illness and systems of care. This meeting is designed to present these issues in an accessible, practical manner so that mental health professionals can take their place in moving our society to a more just, and in turn, healthier, place." Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D.
Chair, 2021 Mental Health Services Conference Scientific Program Committee

SMI Adviser is proud to partner with APA on this exciting virtual conference. It empowers you with new knowledge to enhance and advance care for individuals who have serious mental illness (SMI).

Attend inspiring sessions. Hear national experts. Join colleagues from psychiatry, nursing, social work, and more. And find guidance on how to address structural barriers to quality mental health care.

This high-quality content is worth your time! Make it the one event you attend this Fall. It promises to shape the way you practice all year long.

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Featured Topics

The theme of the conference is Sociopolitical Determinants: Practice, Policy and Implementation. See the agenda to find sessions on:

  • Community/Public Psychiatry
  • Systemic Trauma
  • Structural Competency
  • Integrated Care
  • Climate Change
  • Criminal Justice

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Thursday, October 14, 2021

11:00 - 11:10 a.m. ET

Opening Remarks

  • Vivian Pender, M.D.
  • Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
  • Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D.

11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Plenary

Opening Plenary Session ft. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Sonja Gaines, M.B.A., and Keri L. Waterland, Ph.D., M.A.C., M.A.O.B.

SMI Advisor - A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness

The conference will open with remarks by Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Delphin-Rittmon will outline SAMHSA’s priorities and initiatives to increase access to evidence-based care nationally. Dr. Delphin-Rittmon's remarks will be followed by presentations by two State Mental Health Commissioners: Ms. Sonja Gaines, M.B.A., Deputy Executive Commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and Dr. Keri L. Waterland, Ph.D., M.A.C., M.A.O.B., Division Director, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery at Washington State Health Care Authority. Presentations by the State Mental Health Commissioners will demonstrate innovative efforts that have led to high-quality sustainable services, particularly in community settings. The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion between all three participants.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Breakout A

Structural Trauma in Communities

  • Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Jack Saul, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth Thompson, M.D.
  • Denese Shervington, M.D., M.P.H.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

Breakout B

AACP Self-assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool (SMART)

  • Jacqueline Maus Feldman, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Sosunmolu Shoyinka, M.D.
  • Kenneth Minkoff, M.D.
  • Rachel Melissa Talley, M.D.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Break or Deep Dive Sessions (Optional, No CME Offered)

Deep Dive A

The Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool (SMART): An Introduction

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive B

Crossing the Thin Blue Line: Psychiatrists Working In Law Enforcement & Corrections While Advocating for Social Justice

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive C

Burnout and Changing Cultural Norms in Academic Medicine and Clinical Practice

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive D

After 40 Years of Homeless Services, What Have We Learned? What Are We Doing Differently? What Should We Be Doing?

Description + Facilitators

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET

Breakout A

Competencies for Trainees

  • Auralyd Padilla Candelario, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Enrico Guanzon Castillo, M.D.
  • Dwight E. Kemp, M.D.
  • Michelle Durham, M.D., M.P.H.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

Breakout B

Impact of Racism within Large Organizations

  • Vivian Pender, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Regina James, M.D.
  • Michele Reid, M.D.
  • Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
  • Karthik Sivashanker, M.D., M.P.H.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Break or Deep Dive Sessions (Optional, No CME Offered)

Deep Dive A

Are You More Than Just a Prescriber?

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive B

SMI Advisor - A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness

Implementing Upstream Strategies for Equitable School Mental Health Programs

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive C

Navigating Racially Biased Perceptions in Mental Health Services

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive D

Teaching Structural Competency in Psychiatric Education

Description + Facilitators

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET

Breakout A

Integrated Care and Its Role in Reducing Disparities

  • Sosunmolu Shoyinka, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Maga Jackson-Triche, M.D.
  • Jennifer Hu, M.D.
  • Lori E. Raney, M.D.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

Breakout B

SMI Advisor - A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness

Supporting the Diverse Peer Specialist Workforce

  • Benjamin G. Druss, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Keris Myrick, M.B.A., M.S.
  • Chris Johnson, M.F.A.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET

AACP Virtual Meeting and Social

The American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP) will be hosting a virtual, annual membership meeting this year. Open to all interested in community psychiatry, this is an opportunity to discuss current issues, including what the AACP has been and could be doing. People will be able to further discuss, connect, and converse through the choice of smaller breakout rooms. Bring some food or a favorite drink.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

11:00 - 11:05 a.m. ET

Opening Remarks

Vivian Pender, M.D.

11:05 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Plenary

Applying an Economics Framework to Opportunity, Mental Health, and Mental Health Professional Practice: A Fireside Chat With Harvard Economist Peter Q. Blair, Ph.D.

In this session, Peter Q. Blair, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Principal Investigator of the Blair Economics Lab, will join program chair Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D. to discuss sociopolitical determinants of mental health and mental health care delivery as well as explore potential future trends. Through this discussion that will draw upon economics, policy and mental health considerations, participants will benefit from an interdisciplinary framework for how sociopolitical determinants can impact patient care and the caregivers.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Breakout A

How to Teach Sociocultural Issues in Psychiatry

  • Auralyd Padilla Candelario, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Enrico Guanzon Castillo, M.D.
  • Ayana Jordan, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Arden Dingle, M.D.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

Breakout B

SMI Advisor - A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness

Highlighting Innovation in Mental Health Services in Rural and Indigenous Communities

  • Robert Osterman Cotes, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Mary Hasbah Roessel, M.D.
  • Marisa A. Giggie, M.D.
  • Lori E. Raney, M.D.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Break or Deep Dive Sessions (Optional, No CME Offered)

Deep Dive A

SMI Advisor - A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness

Increasing Access to Intensive Community Supports in Rural Areas

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive B

How to Ask Kids and Families the Hard Questions: Having an Impact on Youth

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive C

Tackling Sociopolitical Determinants Through Scholarship

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive D

Roadmap to the Ideal Behavioral Health Crisis System

Description + Facilitators

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET

Breakout A

SMI Advisor - A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness

Climate Change as a Sociopolitical Determinant of Mental Health

  • Benjamin G. Druss, M.D. (Moderator)
  • David Pollack, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Haase, M.D.
  • Robin Cooper, M.D.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

Breakout B

Criminal Justice System Involvement and Mental Illness: A Bi-Directional Relationship In Need of Multi-Systemic, Collaborative Remedies

  • Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Debra A. Pinals, M.D.
  • Sonya Shadravan, M.D.
  • Micah Pearson

Session Description + Presenter Bios

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Break or Deep Dive Sessions (Optional, No CME Offered)

Deep Dive A

The Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool (SMART): An Introduction

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive B

Crisis Services and Criminal Justice

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive C

What Does the Radical Change of Climate Change Mean for American Psychiatry?

Description + Facilitators

Deep Dive D

The Entire Community as the Patient: Addressing Structural and Environmental Issues Directly at a Community Level

Description + Facilitators

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET

Breakout A

System Heal Thyself: Acknowledging and Addressing Structural Trauma in the Mental Health System

  • Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Stephanie Keeney Parks, Ph.D., M.A.
  • Kupiri W. Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N.
  • Polly McKinney

Session Description + Presenter Bios

Breakout B

Community Leadership and Frontline Care

  • Jacqueline Maus Feldman, M.D. (Moderator)
  • Rochelle Head-Dunham, M.D.
  • Kenneth Thompson, M.D.
  • Amir Ahuja, M.D.

Session Description + Presenter Bios

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET

Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowships Meet and Greet

Optional virtual reception following Friday's events for those interested in APA's Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowships programs.

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