NASMHPD Annual 2018 Commissioner's Meeting

The NASMHPD Annual 2018 Commissioner's Meeting was held from July 29-31st, 2018, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA.

Meeting Materials

FINAL AGENDA - July 29 and 30


Particpant List

Publications of Interest

New Resources for Early Intervention in Psychosis: Coming September 2018!

Press Release: National Behavioral Health Conference Scheduled in New Orleans, October 28 – 31, 2018

National Dialogues on Behavioral Health Conference Overview: Reinventing the Behavioral Health Workforce: Implementing Innovative Solutions


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Changing the Course of Psychosis through Early Psychosis Intervention

  • Jenifer Urff, J.D., Project Director, Training and Technical Assistance, NASMHPD, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tamara Sale, Director, EASA Center for Excellence, Portland State University Regional Research Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • Maureen Harrigan, Parent and Advocate, Elkridge, Maryland

HANDOUT: Common Experience Versus Intended Result of the Early Psychosis Services

Bolder Goals for Better Results: Seven Breakthrough Strategies

  • Brian Hepburn, M.D., Executive Director, NASMHPD, Alexandria, Virginia (Moderator)
  • Debra A. Pinals, M.D., Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, State of Michigan
  • Doris Fuller, M.F.A., Chief of Research and Public Affairs, Treatment Advocacy Center, Arlington, Virginia (ret.); Mental Illness Research Associates, District of Columbia

Beyond Beds: Diversion Using Crisis Services

  • John Draper, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Executive Vice President of National Networks Vibrant Emotional Health, New York, New York
  • David Covington, CEO and President, RI International, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Thomas Betlach, Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services, Department of Health Services, State of Arizona

Beyond Beds: Real Time Web Based Database of Crisis Beds

  • David Morrissette, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CAPT U.S. Public Health Service, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Debra A. Pinals, M.D., Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, State of Michigan
Experiences and Lessons Learned in States Developing On-Line Databases (Registries) of Mental Health Crisis, Psychiatric Inpatient, and Community Residential Placements
  • Ted Lutterman, Senior Director of Government and Commercial Research, NASMHPD Research Institute, Inc. (NRI), Falls Church, Virginia
  • Robert Shaw, M.A., Senior Research Analyst, NRI, Falls Church, Virginia

Monday July 30, 2018

Dialogue with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

  • Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland

Washington Update 

  • Stuart Yael Gordon, J.D., Director of Policy and Communications, NASMHPD, Alexandria, Virginia

Lethal Means and Risk in the Community – Common Sense Approaches 

  • Doug Thomas, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Director, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Department of Human Services, State of Utah (Moderator and Presenter)
  • Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, State of Connecticut
  • Julianne Carbin, Director of Mental Health, Department of Health and Human Services, State of New Hampshire
  • John Bryant, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Department of Children and Families, State of Florida


Lunch with the Substance Abuse and Mental HealthServices Administration (SAMHSA) 

  • Anita Everett, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Rockville, Maryland
  • Justine Larson, M.D., Senior Medical Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, Rockville, Maryland

Beyond Beds: Making the Case for a Comprehensive Children’s Crisis Continuum of Care

  • David Miller, Project Director, NASMHPD, Alexandria, Virginia (Moderator)
  • Michelle Zabel, M.S.S., Assistant Dean and Director, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation; PI and Director, The National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Elizabeth Manley, The National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dayana Simons, M.Ed., TA Network Lead for Clinical Best Practices; Health Program Director, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland

Beyond Beds: Trauma Informed Clinical Interventions

  • Sheri Dawson, R.N., Director of Behavioral Health, Department of Health and Human Services, State of Nebraska (Moderator)
  • Joan Gillece, Ph.D., Director, NASMHPD’s Center for Innovation in Trauma Informed Approaches, NASMHPD, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Mark Hurst, M.D., Director, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, State of Ohio

Beyond Beds: 100% Housing – Practical Lessons from Health Care for the Homeless

  • Valerie Mielke, M.S.W., Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Human Services, State of New Jersey
  • Barbara Bazron, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health Administration, Department of Health, State of Maryland
  • Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Barbara DiPietro, Ph.D., Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Baltimore, Maryland

Tuesday July 31, 2018

Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

  • Define IPS
  • Research on IPS
  • IPS Learning Community


Overview of the Supported Employment Demonstration (SED)

  • Federal interest in early intervention
  • Study objectives and hypotheses
  • Study organization and structure

SED Implementation Progress 


Two State Examples

Questions and Discusion on SED

Challenges to Broader Implementation

  • Funding
  • Existing state MH policies
  • Existing state VR policies
  • Engaging the business community