Gettysburg, PA (September 6, 2022) – More than 300 industry executives gathered in Newport Beach, CA, for The 2022 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute from August 30th through September 1st. The three-day event included The OPEN MINDS Children’s Services Executive Summit, sponsored by Akili, Inc.; two executive seminars, and over 20 executive sessions featuring industry thought leaders.

All session recordings, presentations, and exhibit booths will remain available to registered attendees at until October 1, 2022.

April Hamilton, MBA, MHSA, Executive Deputy Director for NYS Department of Health, led the OPEN MINDS Children’s Services Executive Summit with her keynote, “Integrated Care Models For Children: What Is Working In New York & Beyond.” Ms. Hamilton shared the New York State Department of Health approach and integrated care model that creates a safety net of services. Attendees also heard from Dr. Crystal Taylor-Dietz, National Director of Behavioral Health Services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, who shared insights into alternative ways of meeting the needs of children experiencing a mental health crisis or concern and the need for bridge services and follow-through into the community. Pamela Reed, M.S, Executive Director Devereux Texas, and Todd Harris, Ph.D., Executive Director of Autism Services, from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health; and Patsy McMelleon, Manager, Outpatient Speech-Language Therapy Services for The Children’s Institute presented innovative programs and supportive services for children with complex medical and mental health needs. Premier sponsor, Akili, Inc., sponsored the Summit’s Lunch & Learn “Next Generation Add-On Treatment of Inattention in ADHD: A Discussion Regarding a New Prescription Digital Therapeutic.”

Wednesday’s sessions kicked off with a focus on the recently launched 988 national suicide prevention hotline with a keynote from Wendy Martinez Farmer, LPC, MBA, CEO Georgia Collaborative ASO, Beacon Health Options. Ms. Martinez Farmer spoke to the heightened awareness of mental health issues and the potential increase in mental health referrals. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive tour of the Illumination Foundation, which has developed a unique integrated, whole-person approach to serving the homeless with a structured approach to health, mental health, and shelter.

Kevin Arnold, Ph.D., Senior Executive Director, CCBT, Inc, A Part of Refresh Mental Health, Inc., A Part of Optum, started the final day with his keynote outlining opportunities for provider organizations to join payvider partnerships, as well as gauging their impact.

Throughout the institute, attendees gathered knowledge on building value-based payer partnerships and contracts, financial management, developing new service models, and innovative treatment models.

OPEN MINDS CEO, Monica Oss, closed out the Institute on Thursday with her keynote “Managing Through The Post-Pandemic Pivot Point”, providing an update on the health and human service mega-trends and their implications for organizational revenue and margins now and in the future. She also outlined the seven executive best practices to help navigate any organization to future success.

The institute was supported by OPEN MINDS’ premier partners Akili, Inc., Core Solutions, Qualifacts, PsychU, NephU, NextGen Healthcare, and Netsmart. As well as OPEN MINDS‘ partners include Blaze Advisors, Otsuka Market Access, Genoa Healthcare, Streamline Healthcare Solutions, ContinuumCloud, Health Information Management Systems, and Terrapin Pharmacy.

Awake Labs, Cantana, Carenodes, CCNY Inc., DrFirst, Eccovia, Ensoftek, Evernorth, Field Worker, Foresight, Humana, i2i Population Health, iCANotes, Integrative, Iris Telehealth, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Kipu Health, KiriWorks, Koa Health, Liberty Healthcare Corporation, Millin Associates, Owl, Relias, Sigmund Software, SilverCloud, Therapy Brands, and Tridiuum provide support for the institute as Affiliate Sponsors.

Industry executives can register for the next OPEN MINDS executive education event, The 2022 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat, being held in person from October 4-6, 2022, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It is focused on creating performance-driven executives who can build performance-driven organizations. The retreat provides executives with the opportunity to learn the lessons from past and present leaders on deciding what needs to be done, inspire teams to embrace the new challenges in the field, and create a framework for organizational transformation. Registration is complimentary for Elite members of the OPEN MINDS Circle, a market intelligence online community. You can register now by clicking here.

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