Behavioral Health 8th Annual Conference: Seek to Inspire…Strive to Empower

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Provided by MHA Center for Education

Supported by Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders

Sponsored by APS

Dates & Location

Thursday, April 20, and Friday, April 21, 2017

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Camden on the Lake
2359 Bittersweet Rd.
Lake Ozark, Mo.

Register on or before Thursday, April 13.

MHA member — $375
Nonmember — $475

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and program materials. This seminar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals because of a contribution from MHA Management Services Corporation.

Hotel Reservation

Request MHA Center for Education room rate:

  • king deluxe $123 + tax
  • one bedroom king grand suite $153 + tax
  • one bedroom executive grand suite $173 + tax

Group code: MHAB0417
Hotel cut-off date: Monday, March 20


behavioral health executives, professionals, senior leaders, clinical staff from inpatient facilities and community mental health centers, including social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, case managers, counselors and mental health professionals, emergency department directors and staff


The behavioral health workforce is one of the fastest growing workforces in the country. Employment projections for 2020, based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forecast a rise in employment for substance abuse and mental health counselors with a 36.3 percent increase from 2010 to 2020 — greater than the 11 percent projected average for all occupations. This is based on an expected increase in insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse services brought about by the passage of health reform and parity legislation, and the rising rate of military veterans seeking behavioral health services. Serious workforce shortages exist for these types of health professionals throughout Missouri.

This conference will focus on addressing the challenges of workforce shortages, retaining colleagues, creating a culture of resilience, engaging the workforce in quality improvement and addressing workplace safety. Participants will hear from state and national experts, and experience an environment of learning that applies to everyone from the bedside to the executive office.

This conference provides a great opportunity to:

  • network with other behavioral health professionals, executives and policymakers from Missouri and neighboring states
  • explore the latest innovations in workforce retention, quality, compliance and safety
  • engage in conversations that help you evaluate your practices and explore new opportunities to ensure we make a difference in the lives of our patients and in our specialty


Thursday, April 20

8 a.m. — Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. — Workforce Retention
Lori Raney, M.D.
Collaborative Care Consulting, LLC
Dolores Colo.

This presentation will provide an update on strategies to promote access for patients to an adequate behavioral health workforce. Using new technologies and models, better access to effective treatments are within reach.

10 a.m. — Break

10:15 a.m. — Creating a Resilient Workforce
Mary Ann M. Shackelford, BSN, R.N., CPHQ
Mary Shackelford Wellness Solutions
St. Louis

The demands on you from work and home have never seemed greater. You may find yourself beyond stressed; feeling like you’re closer than ever to that state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion known as burnout. This workshop is just in time! We’ll focus on gaining a deeper understanding of stress and burnout, and the impact it has on our work, life and health. We will provide you with simple practices and techniques you can use daily to prevent and overcome stress and build your resilience while creating positive, healthful relationships with your work and personal life. This practical workshop will be both interactive and results-oriented.

11:45 a.m. — Lunch (provided) and Vendor Fair

1:45 p.m. — Trauma-Informed Care
Patsy Carter, Ph.D.
Director, Children’s Clinical Services and Trauma Lead
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Jefferson City

This presentation will explore what it means for an organization or community to be trauma informed. Trauma-informed care is not a program or service, but rather a culture which realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff and others involved with the system and how to integrate trauma into policies, procedures and practices. The MO Model: A Development Approach to Trauma Informed will be reviewed, and examples of work being done in the state will be shared.

3 p.m. — Break

3:15 p.m. — CMS and State Survey Hot Spots and Issues
Richard Grindstaff
Chief, Bureau of Hospital Standards
Section for Health Standards & Licensure, DHSS
Jefferson City

During this session, a DHSS surveyor will describe the causes of the most frequently cited tags and how to reduce and resolve immediate jeopardy and condition-level citations. The surveyor also will provide guidance on abuse and neglect, and adverse event reporting.

4:15 p.m. — Adjournment

Friday, April 21

7:30 a.m. — Registration/Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. — Performance: Making a Difference
Panel Discussion Facilitated by
Alison R. Williams, MBA-HCM, BSN, R.N.
Vice President of Clinical Quality Improvement
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City

During this session, participants will engage in a review of mandated quality metrics to be submitted to CMS. Practical approaches to leading a quality initiative will be discussed. In addition, three Missouri mental health providers will highlight a quality-improvement initiative within their facility discussing their journey, outcomes and learned experiences.

9:15 a.m. — Impact of Opioid Addiction and Its Treatment Modalities
Azfar Malik, M.D., MBA, DFAPA
CenterPointe Behavioral Health System
St. Charles, Mo.

State and national facts about the opioids addiction and overdose epidemic will be discussed. Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, as well as legal prescription pain relievers. An estimated 23 percent of individuals who use heroin develop an opioid addiction. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

10:30 a.m. — Break

10:45 a.m. — Civil Unrest — Keeping Our Workforce Safe
Ty Moeder
Co-Owner, Managing Partner
Mitigation Dynamics Inc.
Lee’s Summit, Mo.

This session will provide relative and current information that supports ongoing safety and liability initiatives set forth by health care organizations. Ty Moeder will explain the difference between civil disorder, civil disobedience, civil unrest and the role of incident command during a civil unrest.

Noon — Adjournment

Continuing Education

Participants must attend the program in its entirety and complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of attendance and continuing education credits.

Registered NursesThe following nursing contact hours will be awarded until Friday, April 28:
5.25 contact hours for Thursday, April 20
2.5 contact hours for Friday, April 21

The MHA Center for Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division approval as a provider is awarded to the MHA Center for Education in recognition of its ability to provide quality educational activities. Approved provider status does not include approval or endorsement of any commercial products at this educational activity. All planners, content experts and presenters participating in continuing education activities provided by the MHA Center for Education must adhere to a fair, unbiased and evidence-based approach to presenting content and must declare any relationships with commercial organizations.

Social Workers7.75 CEU hours have been approved.

All Other Participants — A certificate of attendance for 7.75 clock hours will be awarded.