GETTYSBURG, Pa. (July 14, 2021) – On Monday, August 23, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST), OPEN MINDS will host, “Preparing For CalAIM: A Behavioral Health Provider Strategy Summit,” an in-person, half-day, by-invitation-only summit for California specialty provider organizations, at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute. The summit will provide executives with an update on The California Advancing & Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), future perspectives from key California thought leaders, and a framework for strategic planning during the coming evolution of the California landscape. OPEN MINDS’ Western Region Vice President, Richard Louis, III is the summit chair and will moderate the day.

The summit will feature a case study of one of the emerging California integrated care service delivery approaches—Be Well OC. Be Well OC is a coalition of over one hundred public, private, faith-based, and academic institutions united to build a system of mental health and substance use disorder care for all residents of Orange County. The Orange County Health Care Agency, one of California’s largest county behavioral health systems, has contracted with Mind OC, to work collaboratively and with community stakeholders to plan for strategies for value-based contracting. Case study presenters will include Dr. Jeffery Nagel, Behavioral Health Director, Orange County Health Care Agency; John Freeman, Senior Consultant, Operations, Mind OC, and Karen Linkins, Chief Innovations Officer, Mind OC.

The summit will also feature health plan perspectives on the implications of CalAIM. Briana Duffy, Market President, West at Beacon Health Options; Sarah Arnquist, Vice President Account Partnerships, Beacon Health Options; and Beau Henneman, Director Special Programs CA Medicaid, Anthem will share their perspectives. Their remarks will include opportunities for the development of new partnerships with specialty provider organizations as the plans integrate wrap-around services into population health strategies to address behavioral health, primary care, and social determinant health needs of persons with SMI, SED, and co-occurring chronic health conditions.

Mr. Louis will provide a snapshot of CalAIM, reviewing the operational systems competencies needed by specialty provider organizations in this new environment. As a former psychiatric hospital administrator, Ms. Louis brings over 30 years behavioral health administration, business, and service line development experience to OPEN MINDS. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis was the Director of Strategic Partnership Development at Southern California Hospital System – Prospect Medical Group, one of California’s largest IPA/medical groups. He also served as Vice President of Government Operations at the Los Angeles-based College Health Enterprises (College Hospitals System) a leading psychiatric/acute care hospital and long-term care company.

“We will explore the changing payer expectations for aligned goals and outcomes as new service delivery opportunities evolve under CalAIM for specialty provider organizations through partnerships with managed care Medi-Cal plans,” said Mr. Louis.

The Summit has limited space. Registrations are by-invitation-only and there is no fee for attending. To make a request to attend, send your request to Richard Louis, III at – or call Mr. Louis at 909- 964-5855.

The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute will run from August 23-26, 2021, at Newport Beach Marriott in Newport Beach, CA. This institute is the only national event focused on the management best practices and “must-have” competencies every executive needs to improve the service system for consumers with complex conditions in the “next normal.”


OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence, management consulting, and marketing services firm specializing exclusively in the markets of the health and human service field that serve consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. OPEN MINDS’ mission is to provide payers, service provider organizations, and technology and scientific firms that serve these consumers with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

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