Gettysburg, Pa. (February 12, 2023)—In 2022, California launched new Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan contract opportunities as part of the five-year California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). On Thursday, March 23, OPEN MINDS will host the first CalAIM Roundtable in the 2023 series, “Preparing For CalAIM – Where Have We Been & Where Are We Going? A California Update”. The one-hour virtual session will begin at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET and feature Stuart Buttlaire, Ph.D., MBA, Regional Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine for Kaiser Permanente, and Senior Associate Dee DeWitt and Richard Louis, III, Vice President – Western Region, of OPEN MINDS.

In 2022, the new Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan contract opportunities for specialty provider and community-based organizations launched. This allowed organizations to provide Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and Community Support (CS) services for complex adults with severe mental illness. The panel will start the session examining the lessons learned during this first year. Executive attendees will also hear about the 2023 roll-out and what provider organizations should be doing to prepare for ECM and CS contracts for youth, payment reform, and additional managed care.

To register for the March 23 event, visit There is no cost to register, but a free membership in the OPEN MINDS Circle is required.

The March 23 Circle Elite Executive Roundtable is offered as part of a weekly series designed to help executive teams navigate the business, organizational, operational, and culture changes in today’s dynamic marketplace. Each one-hour briefing outlines a field-tested approach for developing strategies for organizational sustainability and growth. Each session is delivered live and available on demand.

Speaker Bios
Stuart Buttlaire, Ph.D., MBA, Regional Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine for Kaiser Permanente directs inpatient psychiatry and continuing care for Northern California Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Buttlaire is the lead mental health representative within Kaiser’s State Program Initiatives, and the designated resource management director for behavioral health. He is also the Permanente Medical Group lead in the design and development for the new inpatient psychiatric hospital in Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center. Prior to coming to Kaiser in 1987, Dr. Buttlaire was chief of acute and subacute services for Marin County Mental Health. He has more than 30 years of clinical and management experience, providing leadership and direction in health care delivery in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Buttlaire was elected to the California Hospital Association Behavioral Health Board in 2008 and served as co-chair of the IBHI Collaborative on Emergency Department and Behavioral Health in 2007- 2008. He has been on numerous national quality panels, most recently involving involuntary seclusion procedures, and is a member of IHI. In both 1997 and 2002, Dr. Buttlaire was awarded “Most Valuable Psychologist in Northern California” by the Kaiser Permanente Regional Psychological Society, and he received the 2005 Chair of the Chiefs of Psychiatry Award. Dr. Buttlaire also served as behavioral health representative on the State Programs Policy Implementation Group. A graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Dr. Buttlaire has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado’s Institute of Integral Studies and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on health care management, finance, and marketing.

Dee DeWitt, Senior Associate for OPEN MINDS, brings extensive experience as a consultant and corporate leader in the health care field. Mr. DeWitt brings over 28 years of experience in health care finance and operations, mergers and acquisitions, use of technology, strategic planning, and change management in health care organizations to OPEN MINDS as a Senior Associate. Mr. DeWitt graduated from the University of Louisville, Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Master’s in Political Science with a concentration in Economics and Public Policy.

Richard Louis, III, Vice President – Western Region for OPEN MINDS, brings extensive experience as a behavioral health care administrator, business development specialist, and innovator of new service lines for behavioral health care organizations. His expertise in population health management program development, strategic planning, and payer mix diversification help create programs that target high cost and complex behavioral health populations.

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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