Exploring Key Policy Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Care for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: A Workshop

When: October 15, 2019 - October 16, 2019 (8:00 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (120) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Public Health, Select Populations and Health Equity, Substance Use and Mental Health
Activity: Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Boards: Board on Health Care Services, Board on Health Sciences Policy

The first workshop of the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders will serve to highlight key topics in the field of mental health and substance use disorders. Each session will provide a broad, high-level view of the issue, and that follow-up workshops will likely provide a deeper dive into each of the broader discussions. The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions drawn from the following topics areas:


  • Identifying promising strategies to translate knowledge to practice and to monitor implementation
  • Standards to define what constitutes minimally adequate care for mental health and substance use disorders for different types of providers and in different care settings
  • Innovative practices to facilitate and optimize data collection, integration, and use
  • Patient-centered care – promoting patient and family member engagement and shared decision making and
  • Improving care spanning the medical, mental health, and substance use disorder workforce and care delivery systems


Planning committee members include:

Alexander Ross, Health Resources and Services Administration (co-chair)
Margarita Alegría, Massachusetts General Hospital (co-chair)
Colleen L. Barry, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Jeffrey Buck, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Lori Ducharme, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Susan M. Essock, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

R. Kathryn McHugh, McLean Hospital
Larke Huang, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
Darla Spence Coffey, Council on Social Work Education
Matthew Tierney, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Mike Weaver International Association of Peer Supporters
Tisha Wiley, National Institute on Drug Abuse 

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