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Key Policy Challenges to Improve Care for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: A Workshop HOSTED BY The national academies of sciences, engineering, and Medicine

When: October 15, 2019 – October 16, 2019 (8:00 AM Eastern)
Where:  Keck Center (100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Public HealthSelect Populations and Health EquitySubstance Use and Mental Health
Activity: Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Boards: Board on Health Care ServicesBoard on Health Sciences Policy


The first workshop of the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders will serve to highlight key topics in the field of mental health and substance use disorders. Each session will provide a broad, high-level view of the issue. The Forum’s first workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions drawn from the following topics areas:

  • Promoting person-centered care, patient and family member engagement and shared decision making
  • Defining what constitutes minimally adequate care for mental health and substance use disorders for different types of providers and in different care settings
  • Identifying promising strategies to translate knowledge to practice and to monitor implementation
  • Highlighting innovative practices to facilitate and optimize data collection, integration, and use
  • Improving care spanning the medical, mental health, and substance use disorder workforce and care delivery systems

Subsequent workshops may provide a deeper exploration of some of the topics highlighted at the first workshop.

Planning committee members include:

Alexander Ross, Health Resources and Services Administration (co-chair)
Margarita Alegría, Massachusetts General Hospital (co-chair)
Colleen L. Barry, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Jeffrey Buck, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Darla Spence Coffey, Council on Social Work Education
Susan M. Essock, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

R. Kathryn McHugh, McLean Hospital
Larke Huang, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Deidre Roach, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Matthew Tierney, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Mike Weaver International Association of Peer Supporters
Tisha Wiley, National Institute on Drug Abuse


For More Information Contact:

Kaitlyn Friedman

Phone: 2023343153
Email: KFriedman@nas.edu


October 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am
October 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


500 Fifth St. NW Washington, DC