Thank you for attending the Cultivating Behavioral Health and Wellness in Our Communities, an annual conference of Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hosted by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Health! This year’s conference was co-organized with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and highlighted presentations from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, OMNI and others active in the field of behavioral health research, the profession and community advocacy.
This year’s keynote speakers included RADM Peter Delany, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at SAMHSA, and Dr. Luis Vargas, Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico, whose talk focused on “Toward an Understanding of the Cultural Context of Methods, Practice and Policy in the Provision of Culturally Responsive Interventions. The morning panel on “The Status of Colorado Behavioral Health Data Systems,” featured Stan Paprocki, Director of Early Intervention and Prevention at the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health; Allyson Shupe, PhD, MSW, Chief of Health Statistics at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Mimi McFaul, PsyD, Director of Mental Health Programs at the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education; Camille Harding, LPC, Manager of the Quality and Health Improvement Unit at the Coloado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
OMNI President, Jim Adams-Berger, PhD
, took part in the afternoon plenary, “Perspectives from the Community, Researchers, Behavioral Health Professionals,” moderated by Charles Smith, the SAMHSA representative for Region VIII, and with the following co-panelists:
Meredith Silverstein, PhD, Director, Colorado Social Research Associates
Deborah Ward-White, MS, Executive Director, Colorado Multiethnic Cultural Consortium
Amanda Kearney Smith, LPC, CEO, Colorado Mental Health Network
Tonya Wheeler, CAC-III, CEO, Advocates for Recovery
Elissa Stein, PhD, Vice President, Clinical Services, Jefferson Center for Mental Health