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DCBHA Releases 2015 Priorities, Hosts Summit with Policy Leaders To Discuss

posted Nov 5, 2014, 7:00 AM by DC Behavioral Health Association   [ updated Nov 5, 2014, 8:29 AM ]
Today, the D.C. Behavioral Health Association released its 2015 priorities. Please join us on Wednesday, December 3rd, for a policy summit with key healthcare leaders to discuss our priorities and the future for behavioral health in the District of Columbia. Details and registration are available here
Our 2015 priorities identify the nine legislative, regulatory and practice changes needed in the coming year to support higher quality behavioral health services and better access to treatment for D.C. residents. In our 2015 report, you'll find more details about our initiatives relating to:
  • Improving funding for behavioral health services by taking advantage of several federal funding opportunities;
  • Improving access to treatment for children;
  • Improving access to supported housing through expanded use of coordinated entry assessment;
  • Improving care coordination and provider practices supporting integrated care; and
  • Making the legislative changes needed to support integrated care solutions.
You can join us for a policy summit and celebration on December 3rd for a deeper look at these issues with guest speakers including Dr. Philip Wang, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Mental Health and Jennifer Mathis, Policy Director at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Click here to register.


Policy Summit Agenda

1:00 pm


1:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks | Yvette Alexander, Chair of D.C. Council Committee on Health

1:45 pm

Health Reform & Behavioral Health | David Grosso, At-Large Councilmember

2:00 pm

Industry Overview | Shannon Hall, Exec. Director, DCBHA

·         Utilization & health plan participation trends for behavioral health services

·         Comparative financial health of behavioral health sectors

·         Policy and practice change implications

2:30 pm

FY15 Goals for Health Reform & Medicaid | Claudia Schlosberg, Acting Director, D.C. Medicaid Program

·         Payment reform

·         Performance incentives for Medicaid health plans

3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:15 pm

Implementing Parity: The Road Ahead

·         Federal Parity Regulations| Jennifer Mathis, Program Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

·         Defining Parity: Comparing Interventions| Philip Wang, Deputy Director, National Instit. of Mental Health

·         Parity in Action: Wrestling with the State Perspective | Claudia Schlosberg, Acting Medicaid Director, D.C. Dept. of Health Care Finance

·         Parity in the Health Benefit Exchange |  Ikeita Cantú Hinojosa, DC Health Benefit Exchange

4:30 pm

FY15 Goals for Health Reform & Behavioral Health | Steve Baron, Department of Behavioral Health

5:00 pm

Celebrating DCBHA’s 2014 Achievements

Welcoming Remarks | Mayor-Elect for the District of Columbia (to be invited)

Presentation of Founder’s Award | Richard Bebout, Chair, DCBHA Board of Directors