Federal Policies Impacting Children’s Mental Health Services

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9:00 a.m.  Registration

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Opening Plenary

Greetings:   Charles E. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., President, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy

Greetings:  Tracy Whitaker, D.S.W., M.S.W., Director, NASW Center for Workforce Studies

Remarks:     Stephen T. Baron, M.S.W., Director, DC Department of Mental Health

Keynote:     Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

                                   ***Special Invited Guests***

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair, Congressional Social Work Caucus

Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Co-Chair, Congressional Mental Health Caucus

10:45 – 12:00 noon – Using Medicaid to Provide Children’s Mental Health Services

This panel will explore current policies regarding the use of Medicaid to provide mental health services to children and youth with an eye to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  Panelists will make recommendations for policy changes that might expand the availability of Medicaid-financed mental health services for children and youth.

Mary M. McKay, Ph.D., M.S.W., Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research (Moderator)

Lisa A. Castagnola, M.S.W., Clinical Instructor, Yale University Child Study Center

Heather McCabe, Ph.D., Department of Healthcare Financing, District of Columbia

Marie Morilus-Black, M.S.W., Director of Child and Youth Services, DC Department of Mental Health

Colleen Sonosky, J.D., Associate Director, DC Division of Children’s Health Services

 

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. — Break

 

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Providing Children’s Mental Health Services in Schools

This panel will focus on efforts to provide mental health services to children and youth in schools and federal policies that impact these efforts. Panelists will discuss current knowledge, research, policy and practice issues and their relevance to federal policy makers.

Nancy Lever, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland (Moderator)

Michael A. Lindsey, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H., Faculty Affiliate, Center for School Mental Health

Barbara Parks, M.S.S.A., LICSW, Clincal Program Administrator, District of Columbia

Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

Joyce Sebian, M.Ed., Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA

 

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. - Educating the Public About Children’s Mental Health Services

This panel will focus on efforts to educate the public about the importance of early detection and treatment for children with mental health problems and the resources the federal government provides to assist in these efforts.

Michael A. Lindsey, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H., Faculty Affiliate, Center for School Mental Health (Moderator)

Sherry Molock, Associate Professor of Psychology, George Washington University

Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Lisa Rubenstein, Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA

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