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Crain’s 2017 Health Care Summit: The Future of Behavioral Health in New York State

May 9, 2017

Crain's is hosting 2017 Health Care Summit: The Future of Behavioral Health in New York State on May 9, 2017. 

New York's highest-need patients -- and those with the steepest health care costs --tend to struggle simultaneously with physical and behavioral health conditions, including mental health and substance use problems. Even though these health conditions are often related, primary care clinicians and behavioral health providers have traditionally existed in silos. Now there’s a big push to change that. The integration of behavioral health and primary care is a priority under DSRIP, New York’s $8 billion Medicaid reform effort. At the same time, there’s increased awareness about the need to bring people with mental illnesses and addiction into the health care system. Providers and regulators are finding that to accomplish these goals they have to make fundamental changes in the way clinicians communicate with one another, the services health insurers pay for and the role of the criminal justice system.

Opening keynote:
Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology

Panel 1: Integrating behavioral health and primary care
New York health care providers are responding to state incentives to integrate behavioral health and primary care, a goal now widely recognized as a clinical best practice that has the potential to generate long-term health care savings. But before this gold standard can be achieved, facilities must be redesigned, insurance coverage and regulations must be updated and new collaborations between health care providers must be fostered.

Panel 2: From criminals to patients: caring for drug users
Several factors are converging to shift the image of drug users in New York from criminals to patients. These include recognition of the failure of the war on drugs, advancements in the scientific understanding of addiction and growing concern about opioid abuse. However, long-standing stigma and law enforcement continue to inhibit the prevention and treatment of drug addiction and conditions associated with injection drug use such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

Date:
May 9, 2017

Time:
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location:
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Learn more and register here. A registration fee applies.