Washington Community Mental Health Council

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2014 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference

Seizing the Opportunity to Create Healthy Communities

June 18-20, 2014 (preconference day June 18)
Yakima, WA

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Visit www.wbhc.org for more information (including about registration scholarships) and to register online! An electronic version of the WBHC brochure is available HERE.

Interested in being an Exhibitor? Please click HERE for more information!

To nominate someone for a Hero Award, click HERE for the nomination form.

More people than ever have health insurance in our state, and thanks to state and federal parity laws, coverage must include mental health and substance use disorders benefits. Key legislation of the 2014 session sets the stage for new approaches to purchasing health and behavioral healthcare, bidirectional models of integrated care, promising "better health, better care and lower costs." Our task at the community level is to continue translating all of this potential into action that results in improved health for individuals and communities.

To that end, we have assembled an exciting and diverse lineup of inspiring speakers, national and regional experts, consumer leaders, and providers of local model programs nad evidence-based and promising practices who will offer knowledge, tools and resources to take back to your community.

The 2014 WBHC keynote speaker lineup includes:

Tonier Cain, a national expert on trauma-informed services, will share her inspirational story of starting life as an abused and neglected child, moving through multiple health, social services and criminal justice systems, and finally finding and benefitting from trauma-informed services and turning her life around. (for more information on Ms. Cain, please visit www.apbspeakers.com)
Scott Miller, PhD, the ever-popular, humorous and engaging national expert, will speak on improving client-directed and client focused care through feedback informed treatment.
Daniel Lessler, MD, MHA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer of the WA State Health Care Authority, will share his vision for next steps in health reform and improving health for people with complex health and behavioral health needs, drawing on his many years of experience as a primary care physician at Harborview Medical Center.

Other highlights of the three days in Yakima are the 35 workshops, with tracks focusing on integration, housing and employment, corrections and mental health, recovery and resiliency, and advancing clinical skills. There will also be pre-conference trainings on Law & Ethics, Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT.

We gratefully acknowledge support for the WBHC from the DSHS Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery and the Department of Corrections.

We look forward to seeing you in Yakima!

Questions? Please contact Alison Avery, Education & Project Manager for the Washington Community Mental Health Council at aavery@wcmhcnet.org or (206) 628-4608 x12.