2024 Indiana Mental Health Roundtable Summit

In Collaboration with Riley Children's Health

The 2024 Indiana Mental Health Roundtable Summit in collaboration with Riley Children’s Health will foster a collaborative and inclusive space that brings together diverse voices from various sectors to confront the pressing mental health challenges faced by young Hoosiers. By convening public officials; youth advocates; and leaders from the business, education, healthcare, and faith communities, the IMHR Summit aims to facilitate dynamic discussions, share innovative solutions, and inspire collective action to propel tangible positive change in the mental health status of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Plenary SEssions

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch welcomes the Summit attendees and provides context for the purpose of the Indiana Mental Health Roundtable and the inaugural IMHR Summit.

Dr. Monty Burks

Dr. Monty Burks speaks on the ability for faith communities to address mental health and substance use needs of individuals and group members. View Presentation Deck.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Science journalist and author Donna Jackson Nakazawa addresses the current state of mental health challenges faced by youth. View Presentation Deck.

Scott McCorkle

MetaCX CEO Scott McCorkle shares about MetaCX and its ability to create a digital mental health ecosystem that addresses the need for the mental health system to function as a system. View Presentation Deck.

Indiana State Officials

Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Senator Michael Crider, and Representative Gregory Steuerwald discuss ways the state government is working to address Hoosier mental health needs.

Senate Bill 1 Ceremonial Signing

Governor Eric Holcomb leads a ceremonial signing of Indiana General Assembly’s 2023 Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1006.

Indiana Sports Panel

Jay Chaudhary leads a panel consisting of sports professional Quinn Buckner, Dr. Allison Barber, Kelsey Mitchell, Steve Simon, and Kalen Jackson around addressing mental health challenges both on personal and professional levels.

Lt. Governor and Dr. Jerome Adams

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and former US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams have a fireside chat around some of the hot topics regarding mental health in America today.

Plenary speakers

Lori Lane (Emcee)

Peer Recovery Specialist, Ethan Crossing of Indianapolis

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Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

Lt. Governor, State of Indiana | Co-Chair, Indiana Mental Health Roundtable

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Scott McCorkle

Chief Executive Officer, MetaCX

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Monty Burks

Director of Faith-Based Initiatives, Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Award-Winning Science Journalist, Author, and Internationally Recognized Speaker

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Chief Justice Loretta Rush

Chief Justice, Indiana Supreme Court

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Senator Michael Crider

Indiana State Senator of District 28

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Rep. Greg Steuerwald

State Representative, House District 40

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Governor Eric Holcomb

Governor, State of Indiana

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Jay Chaudhary

Director, Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addiction | Member, Indiana Mental Health Roundtable

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Kelsey Mitchell (Panelist)

Professional Athlete, WNBA’s Indiana Fever

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Steve Simon (Panelist)

Managing Member, Simon Equity Partners | Member, Indiana Mental Health Roundtable

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Kalen Jackson (Panelist)

Vice Chair & Owner, Indianapolis Colts | Member, Indiana Mental Health Roundtable

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Dr. Allison Barber (Panelist)

President & Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Fever | Member, Indiana Mental Health Roundtable

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Quinn Buckner (Panelist)

Vice President of External Relations & Corporate Communications, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

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Dr. Jerome Adams

Executive Director of Health Equity & Initiatives, Purdue University | Former U.S. Surgeon General | Member, Indiana Mental Health Roundtable

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Breakout Sessions

Youth Track

Morning Sessions

Camp Mariposa: A Family Centered Harm Reduction Model

Camp Mariposa: Aaron’s Place staff provided information about their year long overnight camp program which serves 9–12-year-olds who have been affected by substance use disorder.  The impact of adverse childhood events were addressed through a trauma informed lens using the concept of family centered harm reduction along with evidence based addiction prevention curriculum. 

Leah Edge-Reetz

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Rachel McFadden

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Justin Phillips

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School-Based Prevention and Early Intervention: Lessons from Two Indiana Initiatives

Learn from Fairbanks Foundation, Indiana Department of Education, and Division of Mental Health and Addiction project leaders working to support Indiana schools dedicated to planning and implementing prevention and early intervention programs that improve students’ mental health and build positive coping skills to avoid early substance misuse. Attendees heard an overview of each initiative, lessons learned, and walked away with a framework for other schools and partners to use.

Jess Yoder

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Bethany Goetz

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Sarah Hawkins

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Emilyn Whitesell

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: An Investment for Our Future

Babies and toddlers’ emotional wellness depends on secure relationships with parents and other caregivers that let them feel safe, able to learn, and engage positively with others. Because these relationships are so key to child development, supporting caregivers supports children. When families are supported in this way, their children grow up to have better school and work performance, more resilience to trauma, and fewer mental health concerns in adulthood.

Dr. Angie Tomlin

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Stephan Viehweg

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Afternoon Sessions

Healing Centered Engagement

This discussion explored Healing Centered Engagement and its use in establishing relationships, and building environments of belonging, healing and cultural affirmation for communities of color who are system impacted.

Kia Wright

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The Current State of Hoosier Youth

This session explored the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data and the alarming call to action to better support our youth mental health needs. Kate was joined by members of the Indiana Youth Advisory Board to share their first hand perspectives on mental health supports needed and personal experiences.  .

Kate Schedel

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Workforce Track

Morning Sessions

State Behavioral Health Workforce: Context and Opportunities

This session explored national and state level trends and strategies used to address behavioral health workforce shortages. Attendees learned about Indiana’s historical policies and programs related to behavioral health workforce recruitment and retention, and had the opportunity to engage in facilitated discussions regarding opportunities to strengthen these efforts in Indiana.

Dr. Hannah Maxey

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Becky Boustani

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Courtney Medlock

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We ARE Indiana’s Behavioral Health training ground: Optimizing the role of CMHCs in workforce development

Indiana’s Community Mental Health Center network has long been the training ground for behavioral health workforce in the State. Understand current capabilities, capacity-building, quality assurance measures, and breadth of training within two Northern Indiana CMHCs. Additional discussion on next steps needed to optimize workforce development initiatives within CMHCs and their existing external partnership networks.

Dr. Monique Kulkarni

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Dr. Carrie Cadwell

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Afternoon Sessions

Early Workforce Development: Engaging Students, Cultivating Talent, and Promoting Opportunity

This session hosted a panel of professionals sharing their diverse experiences with youth and young adults considering mental health as a potential career field. Participants learned about ways young people are choosing to become part of the dialog around mental health, as well as existing initiatives that support students pursuing careers in these fields. Panelists also discussed potential barriers and innovative solutions in workforce that can help connect passionate individuals to careers that support community-driven wellness.

Gina Woodward

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Karissa Morris

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Wendy Parker

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Clinton Faupel

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Shaping the Future of Behavioral Health Workforce for Indiana

Indiana, like much of the country, is experiencing a workforce shortage in many market sectors. The Behavioral Health workforce shortage has been classified as a national crisis due to the demand for treatment is significantly greater than the workforce available to deliver the care. This presentation helped quantify the problem, provided some understanding of how the shortage developed, offered some practical steps to address the shortage, and gave a call to action as to what is still needed.

Dr. Ashley Overley

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George Hurd

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Employee Retention Strategy: Support Mental Health

A happy, healthy, engaged workforce is crucial for business success. “New data suggests that for almost 70% of people, their manager has more impact on their mental health than their therapist or their doctor—and it’s equal to the impact of their partner,” according to Forbes. Learn from a pilot study on vicarious trauma and burnout in Indiana health center workforce and hear key strategies to from top Indiana employers on navigating the important topic of workplace mental health.

Jennifer Pferrer

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Lori Harris

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Candace Shaffer

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Kimble Richardson

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Faith Track

Morning Sessions

Innovations and Programming to Address Mental Health Needs in the Context of Faith Communities

From reducing stigma around mental health needs to providing resources for access to services, faith communities have a unique opportunity to reach a wide variety of individuals. Learn about programs and innovations implemented by faith and mental health leaders that aim to address mental health and substance use challenges faced by members of faith communities. 

Rev. David Greene

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Pastor Darryl Webster

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Linda Williams

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La Keisha Jackson

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The Fruit of Trauma, Dysfunction, and  Disappointments

Our world, friends, family, work, our direct surroundings, are filled with moments that bring hurt and wounding. When we are able to expose the lies that we have believed, then we can shift ourselves into truth. Lies break relationship wit God, with others, and with ourself. Truth brings freedom, and removes the effects of our trauma, dysfunction, and  disappointments. 

Cory Joy

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Afternoon Sessions

Considerations for Advocacy Work at the Intersection of Faith and Mental Health

Members of various faith communities around Indianapolis participated in a panel discussion about productive ways to engage with one another regarding the promotion of mental health. Considering key identity markers of the individuals and communities that populate faith spaces, panelists explored what mental health advocacy interventions can look like that honor the dignity and fullness of the human experience and move toward a collective vision of wellness for all people. 

Josih Hostetler

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Komal Chohan

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Britney Foster

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Dr. Kourtney Byrd

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Lindsey Rabinowitch

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Mental Health in the Muslim Community and in our City - Impact and Challenges: an Imam, a Law Enforcement Chaplain, and an Interfaith Leader Perspective

Imam Ahmed Alamine

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