OPEN MINDS To Gather Industry Thought Leaders & Integrated Care Experts At 2013 Planning & Innovation Institute

Cherokee Health Systems' CEO Dennis Freeman Opens With Keynote: "From Concept To Sustainability -- Making Integration Work"

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

GETTYSBURG, Pa., May 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS has announced the faculty for The 2013 OPEN MINDS Planning & Innovation Institute. "We have health and human service leaders coming from across the country – thought leaders in planning best practices, in integrated service models, and in integrated care management models," said OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer Monica E. Oss. "This three-day intensive executive experience will provide management teams with the cutting-edge information they need to make their strategies a successful reality."

The institute will take place June 11-13, 2013 at the New Orleans Marriott, Canal Place in New Orleans, Louisiana. An impressive faculty will lead an agenda with presentations, interactive discussion sessions, subject matter expert panel discussions, and networking events.

The institute will kick off with an opening keynote session from Cherokee Health System's CEO, Dennis Freeman, Ph.D. Certified as both a community mental health center and a federally qualified health center, Cherokee provides comprehensive primary care, behavioral health, and prevention services to 60,000+ consumers annually. In the session, "From Concept To Sustainability — Making Integration Work," Dr. Freeman will discuss his organization's path to integration, the service delivery model they have created, how Cherokee works with payers under this model, and his advice for other provider organizations considering how to expand their practice into primary care.

In addition to Dr. Dennis Freeman, the institute faculty will include OPEN MINDS' team of experienced senior associates; representatives from provider organizations, payers, and state governments; and industry thought leaders from across the country. Session highlights include:

Health Homes One Year Later: An Update On Missouri & Rhode Island

  • Dorn Schuffman, Senior Consultant & Coordinator Primary/Behavioral Health Care Integration Unit, Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • Michael S. Varadian, JD, MBA, Executive Director, Operations & Policy, Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
  • John F. Talbot, Ph.D., Vice President for Integration Product Development, Jefferson Center for Mental Health & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

The Inside Perspective On Health Homes: Learning From The Experience Of Provider Organizations

  • Mary Dwyer, M.S., M.Ed., PCNS, Assistant Executive Director/Vice President of Community Support Services, NRI Community Services, Inc., Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • Christy Henley, RN, BSN, Health Care Home Director, Clark, Community Mental Health Center, Monett/Pierce City, Missouri
  • Kimberly Yeagle, MSW, LCSW, Healthcare Home Director, Burrell Behavioral Health, Columbia, Missouri
  • Annie Juve, Vice President, Operations, Burrell Behavioral Health, Springfield, Missouri
  • John F. Talbot, Ph.D., Vice President for Integration Product Development, Jefferson Center for Mental Health & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

A Look At The Realities Of Integration From Mental Health Provider Organizations Who've Been There — Town Hall Forum

  • Dennis Freeman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Cherokee Health Systems
  • Bern Heath, Jr., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Axis Health System
  • Adam G. Jacobs, Ph.D., President, Wingspan Care Group
  • Maria-Elena Ochoa, Chief of Medical Operations, Mountain Health & Wellness
  • Joseph Naughton-Travers, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

How To Create Successful Partnerships With Managed Care Organizations: The New Rules For Service Provider Organizations

  • Rhonda Robinson-Beale, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Optum Behavioral Health
  • Deb Adler, Senior Vice President of Network Services, Optum Behavioral Health
  • Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Integrated Care In Practice: How Primary Care Practices & FQHCs Are Providing Mental Health Services

  • Michael Mabanglo, LCSW, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health, Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Inc.
  • ellise l.g. hayden, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

How To Get Referrals From Third-Party Payers

  • Cynthia Odom, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Skyland Trail
  • Aida Porras, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
  • Howard Shiffman, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Beyond The Numbers: Key Strategies For Using Your EHR Data For Agency Improvement

  • Kathy Wilson, President & CEO, Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
  • Brandi Sanders, Implementation Specialist Manager, Qualifacts Systems, Inc.
  • Robert Patton, Implementation Director, Qualifacts Systems, Inc.

Innovation & Coordination: The Keys To Providing Accountable Care In A World Of Integration

  • Kevin Scalia, Executive Vice President, Netsmart Technologies

The Power Of Data In An Integrated Market: How Analytics & Decision Support Tools Can Improve Quality & Reduce Costs

  • Carol Duncan Clayton, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Care Management Technologies
  • Rachelle Glavin, Director of Clinical Programs, Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers

Adding Clinical Monitoring & Wellness Programs To Your Integrated Care Models: Expanding Your Competitive Advantage In A Changing Market

  • Eric Peterson, Operations Manager, Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.
  • Mitchell Douglass, M.D., Medical Director, Wyandot Center

For more information on The 2013 OPEN MINDS Planning & Innovation Institute, including a detailed agenda, visit For a complete list of the organizations already confirmed to attend this year's institute, visit">

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