policy events in San Antonio next week

We are getting close to the NAMI National Convention in San Antonio, June 27th to June 30th at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. I want to bring to your attention a few conference sessions related to public policy; these are great opportunities to develop our knowledge of mental health policy, network with experts from around the country, and increase our advocacy skills.

Get Covered, Live Well: Opening Doors to Better Health Care
With only 92 days to enrollment, learn the latest from Suzanne Fields, SAMHSA senior advisor on
health reform. Having served as behavioral health director for Massachusetts Medicaid, Suzanne will
also discuss lessons learned from MassHealth Connector, the model for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Fred Sandoval, National Latino Behavioral Health Association, will present innovative ACA outreach
strategies that we can use in partnership with diverse community leaders. Maurice Whitfield, from NAMI
Texas, will help us see the ACA through the eyes of a young adult who cares about mental health.
Fri, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Texas Ballroom E

SAN@Convention: Dialogue with Kevin Malone, ACA Outreach
Join your state advocacy colleagues for a dialogue with Kevin Malone, SAMHSA’s expert on ACA
outreach and enrollment. Kevin and state NAMI leaders will address questions like: How can we make
sure people with mental illness don’t get left out? How can we help them enroll in coverage for the most
appropriate level of care? How are NAMI organizations and affiliates engaged in ACA outreach and
enrollment? How can we get funding to do this work? What questions do you have? Just ask.
Sat, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Travis C Toolkits distributed: ACA & MORE…get yours!

Policy Institute: Legislative and State Advocacy Issues
Get the latest on federal and state policy from the NAMI policy team. Hold onto your hat as Andrew
Sperling delivers news about issues such as the federal budget, parity, housing, research and the
upcoming Hill day in DC. Sita Diehl discusses issues and trends from 2013 state legislatures. Ron
Honberg examines federal policy arising from the tragedy in Newtown, CT. But first, our guest Bill
Emmet presents a special announcement from Patrick Kennedy.
Sun, 1:30 – 4:15 p.m., Texas Ballroom E

Also, Mental Health America of Texas and national Mental Health America are teaming up to host a Policy Forum and Regional Policy Meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday, June 26 from 1pm-5pm
Title:
“Accessing Services And Treatment That People Need And Want”
Speakers:
Jerry Grammer, PhD-Clinical Psychologist in Austin
King Davis, Founding Director of Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis at UT Austin
Charles Willis, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Howard Fleeter, Economist

There will also be an interactive legislative debrief focused on access to care.
Location:
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk at 889 East Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
1-210-224-4555 or 1-800-648-4462

Date/Time:
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
1:00pm-5:00pm

If you would like to attend the MHA event, please RSVP to Eliza Thoresen at eliza@mhatexas.org.

Lastly, I’d like to send a friendly reminder about the NAMI Texas Annual Meeting & Reception on Friday, June 28th from 5:30-7 pm at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. There will be presentations on advocacy, legislative topics, and creating grassroots enthusiasm and dynamism.

It’s an exciting time to be a mental health advocate and I hope you are able to join me next week in San Antonio for these events. Thanks for everything that you do on behalf of individuals with mental illness.

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