Plenary Sessions

Public Health Leadership and the Mental Health Crisis: A Conversation with Former U.S. Surgeon Generals Dr. Antonia Novello and Dr. Jerome Adams

Time: Morning

Description: Join us for a conversation with Dr. Antonia Novello and Dr. Jerome Adams, two former U.S. Surgeon Generals and renowned leaders in public health. Dr. Antonia Novello served as the 14th U.S. Surgeon General and made history as the first woman and first Hispanic to hold this position. Dr. Jerome Adams served as the 20th U.S. Surgeon General and played a key role in the Nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and opioid epidemic. During this opening session moderated by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Dr. Novello and Dr. Adams will share share their unique perspectives on mental health, public health, and leadership.

Speakers

  • Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, State of Indiana
  • Dr. Jerome Adams, Purdue University
  • Dr. Antonia Novello

The Future of Pediatric Mental Health Care

Time: Morning

Description: In October 2021, the Children’s Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry came together to declare a national emergency in children’s mental health.  How did we get here? What is the current state of youth mental health, and what does the future hold?  We will discuss the precipitating factors that led to this crisis and focus on state and national strategies to improve the state of youth mental health.  We will also explore real-world, innovative solutions that hold promise for tackling the crisis while simultaneously focusing on early identification, intervention, and prevention.  

Speakers

  • Dr. Roshni Koli, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Youth Panel: A Dialogue on Mental Health and Wellness

Time: Lunch

Description: Join us for an insightful panel discussion featuring young individuals sharing their lived experiences and perspectives on mental health and wellness, including challenges, resources, and opportunities for growth.

Speakers

  • Dr. Tamika Zapolski, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Medicine Youth Coalition

Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis through Access to Quality Care and Collaboration

Time: Afternoon

Description: This conversation between former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and IU School of Medicine Psychiatry Department Chair Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn will explore necessary solutions to the youth mental health crisis, including advocating for increased access to quality care; the centering of evidence-based practices in youth-oriented services; and the importance of collaboration between policymakers, healthcare professionals, educators, and families in creating supportive environments for young people.

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, a leading voice in mental health advocacy, will bring his wealth of experience in policy-making and public awareness campaigns to the conversation, while Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, renowned for her work in adolescent psychiatry, will provide invaluable insights from the frontlines of clinical practice.

Speakers

  • Patrick J. Kennedy, The Kennedy Forum
  • Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, Indiana University School of Medicine

MORNING Breakout Sessions

Comprehensive School Mental Health Framework

Location: Discovery AB

Description: This session will share the key components of the Comprehensive School Mental Health Framework. This framework provides a comprehensive and systematic approach to holistically address the needs of students, educators, and families. The framework and resources offer guidance within five distinct phases of implementation that can be adopted by school leaders for continuous school community improvements aimed to support social, emotional, physical, and mental wellness. 

Speakers

  • Dr. Brandie Oliver, Butler University
  • Dr. Karlin Tichenor, Butler University 

Evidence-Based Practice: What it is, Why it is Important, and How to Support it

Location: Studio One

Description: Each year in the U.S., approximately 1 in 5 youth and adults experience a mental health disorder. Moreover, youth mental health problems have worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the declaration of a national emergency in youth mental health. Thus, there is a critical need to ensure high quality, effective behavioral health services are available to improve and address behavioral health difficulties and prevent long-term problems. Specifically, the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs), which incorporate the best available research with clinical expertise and patient values, have been shown to be effective for a range of behavioral health problems in youth and adults and to outperform usual care. Yet, EBPs remain underutilized in community behavioral health care. Numerous barriers can influence the availability and implementation of EBPs in routine care, such as common misconceptions about EBPs, barriers to engaging in required EBP training components, organizational support and climate, and reimbursement rates. Multi-level strategies are needed to address these barriers and facilitate the implementation of EBPs in order to ultimately increase the availability, accessibility, and public health impact of EBPs. This presentation will define EBPs, describe the history of EBPs and why EBPs are important, and common misconceptions of EBPs. In addition, common barriers to implementing EBPs in routine care and how to support the use of EBPs will be discussed.

Speakers

  • Dr. Brigid Marriott, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Matthew Aalsma, Indiana University School of Medicine

Innovating on Well-being: Two New Approaches to Student Mental Health

Location: Cosmo A

Description: Supporting student mental health has been a focus for institutions of higher education for years, with colleges and universities continuing to look for ways to meet increasing student demand for services. This presentation will showcase two innovative approaches to addressing these needs on campus: the MINDful College Connections (MCC) consortium, a collaboration with three liberal arts colleges in Indiana, and the Student Well-being Institutional Support Survey (SWISS), a national survey that measures institutional climate for well-being.

Speakers

  • Dr. Bridget Yuhas, Butler University
  • Dr. Trevor Yuhas, Depauw University

Playbook for Enhancing Indiana's Mental and Behavioral Health Workforce

Location: Cosmo B

Description: Learn from Dr. Hannah Maxey, Director of the Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy, as she presents findings from the Playbook Project, a collaborative effort to understand the postsecondary to practice pipeline for mental and behavioral health care professionals and make recommendations for improvement. 

Speakers

  • Dr. Hannah Maxey, Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy

Youth-led Panel on Emerging Trends in Mental Health: 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Location: Cosmo CD

Description: Learn from Dr. Hannah Maxey, Director of the Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy, as she presents findings from the Playbook Project, a collaborative effort to understand the postsecondary to practice pipeline for mental and behavioral health care professionals and make recommendations for improvement. 

Speakers

  • Kate Schedel, Indiana Department of Health
  • Samantha Mundt, Indiana Department of Health
  • Indiana Youth Advisory Board

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Building Resilience Among our Behavioral Health Workforce

Location: Network

Description: The Behavioral Health Providers Workforce Resilience (BHPWR) Program gives overworked and overburdened health-care providers the resources, knowledge, and skills to advocate for their own and their organization’s wellness and well-being. The project began in 2020 with an ECHO program through the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and one of the outcomes was a workbook (Introduction to Resilience: Building Our Internal Resources). It was designed to help participants develop a sense of resilience, decrease burnout, and prevent further mental health issues. An Indiana-based community mental health center (Aspire Indiana Health) learned about the ECHO project and implemented the workbook into their own wellness program. Some of the experiential exercises will be discussed and demonstrated. The BHPWR Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Speakers

  • Kimble Richardson, Community Health Network
  • Dr. Sarah Dross-Gonzalez, Aspire Indiana Health

Building Strong Foundations: Implementing Comprehensive Mental Health Systems in Schools

Location: Cosmo CD

Description: In recent years, the recognition of mental health challenges among school-aged children and adolescents has grown significantly. As a result, there is a pressing need for comprehensive mental health systems within educational settings to support the well-being of students. This session explores the critical components and strategies for implementing such systems effectively. Drawing from research and best practices, attendees will gain insights into the integration of mental health services into the fabric of school environments, including early intervention programs, counseling and social work services, and collaboration with community resources. Furthermore, the session will address the importance of destigmatizing mental health issues, promoting resilience, and fostering a culture of inclusivity and support within schools.

Speakers

  • Brooke Lawson, Carmel Clay Schools
  • Christy Berger, Center Grove Schools

Enhanced Medicaid Reimbursement Rates for Evidence-Based Mental Health Care

Location: Studio One

Description: Though evidence-based practices for youth mental health have existed for decades, few youth are able to access these effective treatments due to the enduring research-to-practice gap. Providing enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rates is one of the most effective approaches to increasing uptake of evidence-based practices and has been used in other states to increase access to evidence-based interventions like Multisystemic Therapy (MST). MST is an effective, well-supported program to prevent youth who exhibit serious delinquent behaviors from entering out-of-home placements. Therapists work in the home, school and community and are on call 24/7 to provide caregivers with the tools they need to transform the lives of youth. In 2023, MST teams in Indiana served and discharged 46 youth. At discharge, 74% of youth were living at home, 85% were in school or working, and 83% had not been arrested during treatment. Economic evaluation research has shown a total return on investment of $3+ for every $1 spent on MST. Eleven states have implemented an enhanced Medicaid rate for MST to ensure access to this effective program for their youth. In Indiana, existing insurance reimbursement rates are not sufficient to maintain financial viability of an intensive, evidence-based program like MST. By including the MST-specific Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Code – H2033 – in the state plan, Indiana Medicaid would 1) expand access to this effective, well-supported program for youth enrolled in Medicaid and their families, and 2) yield a statewide cost-savings for every Medicaid dollar spent on MST services.

Speakers

  • Dr. Gabriela M. Rodríguez, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Anna V. Broderick, Indiana University School of Medicine

Statewide Early Workforce Initiatives Update

Location: Cosmo B

Description: Panel Discussion including representation from the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA); Area Health Education Centers (AHEC Network) and the Community Health Behavioral Health Academy to share early workforce initiatives across the state to help engage students in K-12 education and early college.

Speakers

  • Gina Woodward, Indiana FSSA – Division of Mental Health and Addiction
  • Dr. Julius Edwards, Ivy Tech Community College
  • George Hurd, Community Health Network
  • Eddie Erickson, Indiana Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA)

The Indiana Girl Report and the Story it Tells

Location: Discovery AB

Description: Girl Scouts in partnership with Indiana Youth Institute has commissioned an annual report that focuses on the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of Indiana girls. Learn more about what the report illustrates and how you can use the data to support your work in support of mental health in Indiana.

Speakers

  • Danielle Shockey, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Mandy Montgomery, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Cassidy McCammon, Girl Coalition of Indiana

Your CMHC Systems Delivering School Services

Location: Cosmo A

Description: Learn directly from your Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) system about the youth services they provide in over 1,600 schools in the state of Indiana. Also, learn how you can work with CMHCs to ensure mental health and substance use services reach the kids who need them the most.

Speakers

  • Zoe Frantz, Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers
  • Kati Guernsey, Centerstone
  • Lisa Willis-Gidley, 4C Health

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