Thursday, June 8 Agenda

Concurrent Sessions

All times are Eastern Time (ET)

Videos are only available to view during the times listed.  

Recordings will be made available to attendees after NAMICon.

10:00 am — 11:00 am ET

11:15 am — 12:15 pm ET

12:30 pm — 1:30 pm ET

1:45 pm — 2:45 pm ET

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm ET

10 AM – 11 AM

Social Media & Mental Health Panel

Moderator: Lindsey Brown

Sit down with key social media platforms & creators as we discuss social media and its impact, influence and uses around mental health. What effects do these growing platforms have on our brains – especially youth and young adults. How are these platforms are promoting self-care, community, and growth? How can you do the same? Join us and be part of the conversation!

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

The Legal & Policy Fight for Equitable, Affordable Mental Health Care

Speakers: Katie Dzurec, JD, MPA, Caroline Reynolds and David Lloyd

Insurer tactics & impact on care

  • Illegal claim denials
  • Low reimbursements
  • ERISA’s role
  • Protections for patients/providers
  • Mental Health Parity Act obligations
  • Legal & policy action
  • Case updates & implications
  • Efforts to change public policy
  • Fighting back
  • How to protect patient/provider rights

Developing the Workforce for Crisis Response: Community Behavioral Health Crisis Responders

Speaker: Leah Pope, PhD, Amy C Watson and Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H.

A review of the values and core competencies for Community Behavioral Health Crisis Responders to ensure they are prepared to provided safe, compassionate, and effective crisis support without law enforcement unless crime or safety-related risks are present. Learn about current crisis workforce constraints and how a competency-based approach can support workforce diversification and expansion.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

The Impact of Veteran Treatment Courts and How to Utilize Them

Speaker: Joel Ojida and David Kendrick, Jr.

Learn how and why Veteran Treatment Courts (VTC) were established. The will learn about the effectiveness of the court and its shortcomings. 

Employment Rights of People with Mental Health Impairments: Updates and Answers from EEOC and Wage

Speaker: Maria Flores

Seasoned agency experts will conduct a plain-speak, interactive discussion on the workplace rights of workers with mental health impairments and coverage/protection for caregivers. Learn about:

  • Illegal employment discrimination
  • Reasonable accommodations & medical inquiries/exams under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • Leave issues, including FMLA
  • How to file a complaint with EEOC and/or WHD
  • No-cost agency resources

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Advocacy Tips from a School Superintendent to Support Mental Health Programs at your Child’s School

Speaker: Dr. Kari McGann and Danielle Hamblin

Education & community leaders must come together to develop a continuation of a multi-tiered system of support to target the social, emotional, & mental health needs of students. Participants will learn ways to partner with their child’s school district to provide levels of intervention. Those who attend this session will learn steps to advocate for programs at their child’s school to support their child’s mental health. Participants will learn strategies to implement at home and at school.

Fireside Chat: Biden-Harris Administration Focus on Mental Health

Speakers: Andrea Palm, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

3 PM – 4 PM

Project Blackbird – film screening & panel

Moderator:Paula Edwards-Gayfield LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S, Regional Assistant Vice President – The Renfrew Centers

Panelists: Kendra Williams, Alexandra Milewich and Chris Hubbard

Workplace Mental Health Panel

Panelists: Rob Weber, Chief People Officer for Hostess Brands and Kelly Carter, Director of Media & Public Relations for The Hartford

Moderator: Darcy Gruttadaro

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
4301 Wilson Blvd #300, Arlington, VA 22203