The virtual event on June 4 and June 5. will bring together industry experts to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable population and strategies for adaptation in this uncertain time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed health care dramatically, and individuals with behavioral and mental health issues are one of the most vulnerable populations.

RISE’s virtual seminar, Managing Behavioral and Mental Health During & Post Pandemic, will offer a deep dive into the effects of COVID-19 on these members and tactical takeaways to improve quality of care.

The eight-hour virtual event will be spread over two days, Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5. Plans, providers, physician groups, non-profit organizations, and community-based organizations working in the behavioral and mental health space will connect virtually to discuss lessons learned amid the global pandemic and strategies for the foreseeable future.

The first day will address social isolation, pressures on family caregivers, and access to quality care. Speakers will share best practices and insights on how to effectively communicate with members throughout this period, provide continued support for family caregivers assisting mental health members, and use new virtual support companies and technologies to improve behavioral health support.

Day one speakers include:

  • Elizabeth Jacobs, M.D., MPP, chief of primary care and value based health and professor, departments of medicine and population health, associate chair for research and division chief of general internal medicine, department of medicine, The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
  • James Schuster, M.D., MBA, senior VP, medical and behavioral services, associate chief medical officer, UPMC Insurance Services Division, clinical professor of psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
  • Suzan Clark. MEd, CEAP, director of operations, LifeSolutions
  • Hans Wiik, FACHE, MPH, RPh, president, Hans Wiik Health Group LLC
  • Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie, social services manager, pop health partner, CareOregon
  • Jim Milanowski, president, Genesee Health Plan

The second day will focus on lessons learned and strategies for adaptation. Medical leaders will share positive changes implemented due to COVID-19 that they never thought were possible; strategies for payers, providers, and physician groups to capitalize on telehealth; and best practices to sustain medication assisted treatment adherence, as well as examine the long-term psychological effects of COVID-19 and the impacts on providers and plans.

Speakers on day two will include:

  • Bahar Sedarati, M.D., national medical director, Humana
  • Jim Milanowski, president, Genesee Health Plan
  • John Lovelace, president, UPMC for You, Inc.
  • Matthew O. Hurford, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
  • Eric Bailly, CM, business solutions director, Behavioral Health Clinical Strategy Anthem
  • Nicholas Stavros, CEO, Community Medical Services
  • Tom Coderre, regional administrator, SAMHSA

Managing Behavioral & Mental Health During & Post Pandemic will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5. Click here to view the full agenda and here to register for the program.