Welcome to the Winter 2012 Conference!

The Change Agent Conference is an important structure of the Division of Behavioral Health for communicating and collaborating with our Providers and key Stakeholders.  The conferences have proven to be an effective means to receive feedback on program development, and to help assure system integrity.  As always we design and develop these conferences based upon the needs of Providers, Consumers and the Division.  
The theme for the “Winter 2012 Change Agent Conference” is Integrating Behavioral Health with Community Partners.  Many Providers have worked to expand behavioral health services into other settings, especially through the integration with primary care and through efforts to serve recipients with co-occurring disorders, as well as through community planning.  But there is still much to be accomplished.  The Winter Change Agent will build on the concepts for integrating behavioral health services with other recipient educational, treatment and support services. 
Workshops will include:
  • Preparation, start-up, maintenance & sustainability of behavioral health and primary care integration
  • Building Peer Support Services in both urban and rural communities
  • Elements for effective school-based services
  • Linking with the VA to expand mental health & substance abuse services to veterans
  • State & Community expectations for disaster response, especially when the worst that can happen, happens.
There will also be special Plenary Presentations on Medicaid billing, and on privacy and security issues for electronic health care records.  And there is more!
Providers have continued to request greater opportunity to openly discuss treatment and program issues with colleagues and state staff.  In response, we will offer several hour-long Fire-side Chats intended to be a “meeting-of-the-minds”, related to the different topics introduced at the conference.         
The conference program was developed by a multi-Stakeholder Planning Committee.  The Committee placed an emphasis on addressing the issues affecting rural providers, children services, and substance use disorder services.  We expect that you will be pleased with their efforts.    
The Mission of the Division of Behavioral Health is to manage an integrated and comprehensive behavioral health system based on sound policy, effective practices and partnerships.  The Change Agent Conference is a proven method for helping us achieve this Mission.  
We look forward to seeing you December 12 – 13 at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel!
Rick M. Calcote, M.S., LMFT
Disaster Response and Training Coordinator
State Behavioral Health