Reducing Stigma and Misunderstanding of Mental Health

2014 Webinar Series

Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy
Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners
Reducing Stigma and Misunderstanding of Mental Health

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, Region, VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20 What IS the National Prevention Council’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being Strategy?
Speaker: Charles H. Smith, MA, PhD, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Administrator-Region VIII, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, with special guest artist/educator, Bianca McCann

2:20-2:40 Tribal Mental Health/Wellness Center Capacity Building Initiative- This presentation will discuss how to develop a Tribal mental health/wellness center based on a comprehensive, Native-developed tool that assesses community needs and incorporates Native and Tribal thought. The presentation will include how to garner stakeholder collaboration and embark upon a behavioral health business planning process to create a sustainable mental health/wellness center.
Speaker: Dan M. Aune, MSW, Executive Director, Mental Health America of Montana

2:40-3:00 Utah’s Peer-Led Wraparound Program – In this presentation, you will learn about Utah’s Medicaid-approved Peer Support Service program. Through this program, Family Resource Facilitators provide high impact care at a low cost for agencies who serve families with children experiencing emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. The Peer Support Service program results in family involvement at all levels of care and improved outcomes for families and communities.
Speaker: Lori Cerar, Executive Director of Allies with Families

3:00-3:20 Be a Lifeline! Introduction to Mental Health First Aid –This presentation provides an introduction to Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based, groundbreaking public education program designed to improve participants’ knowledge of behavioral health disorders, reduce stigma, and increase the amount of help provided to those who may need it. Colorado’s collaborative, public-private initiative to implement this program in urban, rural, and frontier counties statewide and regionally will also be shared.
Speaker: Brian Turner, Statewide Programs Manager for the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council

3:20-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources

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Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity are pending.

Speaker’s Bios

Speaker: Dr. Smith is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Region VIII. Dr. Smith is the former Director of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado. Dr. Smith isa Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in fields of behavioral health administration, program development, forensic/correctional psychology, emergency/crisis intervention, recovery support systems, research, and consultation.

Speaker: Dan Aune earned his Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver in 1987. Since that time he has held clinical, manager and consultant roles in a number of organizations. He currently is the Executive Director of Mental Health America or ‘MHA’, a statewide mental health advocacy and education non-profit organization serving Montana. Mr. Aune also participates on state and national advocacy groups to develop a recovery-based service delivery system and programming material appropriate to the needs of community mental health services. Dan has extensive research experience for institutions related to the implementation of services in hospital and community environments, and over 32 years of counseling, consulting, and training experience. Over the last five years Dan has worked with over 20 Tribal communities across the country providing technical assistance in their efforts to build Wellness Centers.

Speaker: Lori Cerar is the Executive Director of Allies with Families, the Utah Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and a member of the Utah Family Coalition. She and her partners in the Coalition and at the State have developed the Family Resource Facilitator Project in the State of Utah.

Speaker: Brian Turner is the Statewide Programs Manager for the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC), which is the membership organization for Colorado’s community behavioral health system. Brian worked as Public Policy Specialist and Special Projects Coordinator for CBHC before moving into his current position to direct a variety of projects and statewide initiatives for the Council. His work has focused heavily on health reform; veterans’ mental health; prevention of homelessness; the integration of behavioral and physical healthcare; and prevention and wellness efforts statewide. Beginning in 2011, Brian has served as Director for Mental Health First Aid Colorado, a collaborative effort focused on the strategic dissemination and growth of the program statewide.

Source: Region VIII Federal Partners

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