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2022 National Meeting of State Health & Human Services Committee Chairs

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This invitational meeting, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), brings together health and human services committee chairs and vice chairs from around the country to learn and strategize about improving health and well-being through policy innovations and opportunities. The meeting will focus on behavioral health as a cross-cutting theme with deeper dives into timely health and human services topics, including prevention of child maltreatment, behavioral health workforce, access to and delivery of behavioral health care, and housing and homelessness.

June 6
Time Sessions

4:30-5 p.m.


5-6 p.m.

Networking Reception

6-8 p.m.

Welcome Dinner and Introductions
NCSL staff will welcome participants and provide opening remarks. A representative from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will preview behavioral health initiatives and resources for states. Attendees will also introduce themselves and network with peers.

Moderators: Kate Blackman and Wade Fickler, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-31 pages
Speaker: Kim Patton, PsyD, Health Resources and Services Administration

June 7
8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet and Networking
9-9:15 a.m.

Speakers: Kate Blackman and Wade Fickler, NCSL

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Behavioral Health Across the Nation
This session will explore the latest in behavioral health data, trends and challenges. Attendees will learn about prevention strategies and options to increase access to behavioral health services. Participants will be asked to discuss priorities in their states.

Moderator: Charlie Severance-Medaris, NCSL
Speaker: Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, president, Well Being Trust | Powerpoint | PDF file-35 pages

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Preventing Child Maltreatment
This session will explore definitions of child maltreatment, abuse and neglect, preventive policy levers, and connections to related policy areas such as substance use, adverse childhood experiences and child welfare.

Moderator: Tammy Jo Hill, NCSL
Jill Yordy, senior policy specialist, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-21 pages
Sara Brandspigel, MPH, director of outreach and research instructor, Injury and Violence Present Center, Colorado School of Public Health

11:30-12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch and Optional Wellness Walk
12:45-2 p.m.

Increasing the Supply of Behavioral Health Providers
This session will highlight state policy options to support behavioral health workforce needs. Topics will include licensing and certification, recruitment and retention and scope of practice.

Moderator: Sydne Enlund, NCSL
Speaker: Nancy Baum, PhD, MHS, deputy director, Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center, University of Michigan | Powerpoint | PDF file-8 pages

2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3 p.m. Networking and Action Planning Activity
Speakers: Samantha Scotti and Kelly Hughes, NCSL
3-4 p.m.

Telebehavioral Health and State Actions
This session will provide a state legislative overview of telehealth policy actions, including those that improve access to virtual behavioral health services. Attendees will also engage in group discussions of key telebehavioral health topics, such as Medicaid and private insurance coverage, cross-state licensing, authorized telehealth providers, teleprescribing and more.

Moderator: Jack Pitsor, NCSL
Speaker: Mei Kwong, executive director, Center for Connected Health Policy | Powerpoint | PDF file-24 pages

4-4:30 p.m. Day 1 Wrapup
Speakers: Kate Blackman and Wade Fickler, NCSL
June 8
Time Sessions
8-8:30 a.m.


8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome Back and Overview of the Day
Speakers: Kate Blackman and Wade Fickler, NCSL

8:45-10 a.m.

Housing and Homelessness
This session will address supportive housing and how it can be used to improve behavioral health outcomes for chronically homelessness individuals with substance use disorders or mental health challenges.

Moderator: Kelsie George, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-10 pages
Maxwell Ruppersburg, MPA, PMP, director, Office of Supportive Housing, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
Zac Schaffner, supportive housing services manager, Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing

10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:15 a.m.

Hot Topics in Behavioral Health
This session will highlight five hot topics in behavioral health. Topics include the opioid epidemic, 988 hotline, ARPA funding, mental health parity and social determinants of health.

Kelly Hughes, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-16 pages
Alison May, NCSL
Samantha Scotti, NCSL
Charlie Severance-Medaris, NCSL

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Closing, Evaluations and Next Steps
Speakers: Kate Blackman and Wade Fickler, NCSL
Boxed lunch will be provided.
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