By Sarah C. Threnhauser

Two recent stories caught my eye—one national, and the other out of Connecticut—that document a rise in emergency room (ER) utilization attributed to behavioral health issues in children. At the national level, recent findings presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition showed that pediatric emergency department (PED) visits for mental health problems increased by 55.8% between 2012 and 2016 (from 50.4 PED visits per 100,000 children in 2012 to 78.5 PED per 100,000 in 2016), and that PED visits for mental health problems were twice as high for minority children than non-minorities (see Pediatric Mental Health…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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