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2018 Policy & Issues Forum

Behavioral Health and Substance Use: Informing the Conversation and Enhancing Care

Mar 16, 2018 8:00am ‐ Mar 16, 2018 9:30am


Coordinating and integrating behavioral health and substance use treatment services within primary care has been proven to be a highly effective care strategy. Health centers have long provided these services to better meet the multi-faceted needs of their patients under one roof. As federal and state policymakers have grown increasingly interested in enhancing access to these services in recent years, health centers can play a key role in informing policy conversations and system changes to enhancing patient care. This session will provide attendees with the latest policy news on behavioral health and substance use treatment services and trends across the country. Speakers will discuss ways they are engaging in policy and system changes at the federal, state, and local levels to advance integration and enhance patient care.


  • Kersten Burns Lausch, MPP, Director, State Affairs, NACHC
  • Alison Calderara, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director, Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc.
  • Kitty Purington, Senior Program Director, National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Brie Reimann, Assistant Vice President and Center Director, SAMHSA HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Susan Sumrell, Deputy Director, State Affairs, NACHC
  • Kimá J. Taylor, MD, MPH, Managing Principal, Anka Consulting LLC

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