2021 Presentations

Keynote Presentations

Health Equity in Action
Presenter: Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., MD, MPH, Executive Director, Hogg Foundation
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Deconstructing Race, Racism and Inequalities in Health
Presenter: Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, Dean, Tulane University, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
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Recovery Oriented Systems of Care:  Understanding Disparities and Building Health Equity
Presenter: Haner Hernandez, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI, Behavioral Health Workforce Leadership Development Institute
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Child and Youth Resilience in a Post-Pandemic Worlde
Presenter: Gary Blau, PhD, The Hackett Center for Mental Health, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
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Creating the Narrative
Presenter: Rinku Sen, The Narrative Initiative
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Track: Diversity and Inclusion

A Journey Into Transgender Mental Health
Presenter: Noah Garcia, Next Quest Counseling
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Cultural Humility: Lessons in Reconnecting and Humanizing Communities
Presenter: Miguel Gallardo, PsyD, The Center for Latinx Communities at Pepperdine University
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Groundwater Approach: Educating About Systemic Racism
Presenter: Bay Love, MBA, MPP, Racial Equity Institute, LLC
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Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Youth
Presenter: Joseph Gallego, MD, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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Evolution of the Opioid Crisis and Impact on Health Outcomes Among People Who Use Drugs
Presenter: Jon Zibbell, PhD, RTI International
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Young-Adult Voice: Youth and Young Adult Partnerships and  Advisory as a Path to Equity and Cultural Competency
Presenters: Cory Morris MSW and De’Keona Jones, Center for Youth Mental Health, Dell Medical School
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Evolving Role of Peer Support in Healthcare
Presenter: Chacku Mathai, Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia University
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Overcoming Stigma and Generational Trauma in Behavioral Health
Presenter: Deborah Antich, Deborah Antich Consulting
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Just Say “Know:” Impacting Social Determinants of Health by Increasing  Developmental Assets in Youth
Presenter: Mitchell Moore, LCDC, ADCII, ACPS, MBM Endeavors LLC
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Track: Prevention

Emerging Issues Affecting Underage Drinking in Texas
Presenters: Nicole Holt and Atalie Nitibhon, MPAff, MAHS, Texans for Safe and Drug Free Youth
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Current  Drug Trends
Presenter: Jessica Duncan Cance, MPH, PhD, RTI International
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Understanding Brain Wiring, Mapping, Development and ACEs to Enhance Trauma-Informed Practices
Presenter: Lisa Frederiksen
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It’s Both Sides of the Coin: Addressing the Role of First Responders in Diverting Individuals with Behavioral Health Issues from the Justice System and Promoting First Responder Wellness and Resiliency
Moderator: Jennie M. Simpson, PhD, Forensic Director, HHSC
Panelists: Chief Stan Standridge, MPA, San Marcos Police Department; Annie Burwell, LBSW, Williamson County Emergency Services; Sergeant Jose Gomez, Harris County Sheriff’s Office; B.J. Wagner, MS,  Caruth Police Institute
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Utilizing Data Collection Tools to Identify and Address Emerging Trends
Presenter: Shameela Ali, MPH, Texans for Safe and Drug Free Youth
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Teen Mental Health First Aid
Presenters: Amy Anderson, Hill Country MHDDC and Amy Sanders, North Texas Behavioral Authority
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Pimpology in Practice: State v. Glen Dukes
Presenter: Kirsta Melton, JD, MPA, Institute to Combat Trafficking
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Track: Treatment and Recovery 

Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Presenter: Scott E. LePor, DO, Texas Juvenile Justice Department
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Peers: The Core to Achieving Outcomes
Presenter: Janet Paleo, Texas Council of Community Centers
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Building Recovery Ready Communities: The Recovery Ready Ecosystem Model and Community Framework
Presenter: Robert Ashford, PhD, Unity Recovery
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Building a ‘Virtual Presence’ Through Effective Engagement Strategies
Presenters: Nancy A. Roget, MS, MFT, LADC and Maryellen Evers, LCSW, CAADAC, CMFSW
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Youth Recovery Communities
Presenter: Suzanne Alley, LPC-S, LCDC, RSS, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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When Drinking Causes Secondhand Harm to Others: Secondhand Drinking – It’s a Problem
Presenter: Lisa Frederiksen
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How Texas is Addressing the Opioid Crisis – Texas Targeted Opioid Response
Presenters: Kasey Strey, Kaleigh Becker, Michelle Bias, Jose Nicolas Flores, Rocky Payne, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Syringe Services Programs: A Vital Tool for Texas
Presenter: Lucas G. Hill, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, Director of the UT Pharmacy Addictions, Research & Medicine (PhARM) Program
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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Residential, Outpatient and Recovery Continuum
Presenter: Douglas Denton, MA, LCDC, Homeward Bound, Inc.
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Peer Services 101
Presenter: Noah Abdenour, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Track: Special Populations

Older Adults and Opioid Misuse
Presenter: Holly Riley, HHSC Aging Services
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First Episode Psychosis: Symptoms & Evidence-Based Treatment
Presenter: Christie Taylor, EdD, LPC-S, Texas Health and Human Services
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Trauma and Healing in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disability
Presenter: Karyn Harvey, PhD, MA
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Equitable and Culturally Responsive Family Preservation and Intervention Services for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System
Presenter: Judge Aurora Martinez Jones, 126th Civil District Court – Travis County
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Promoting and Sustaining Mental Health Wellness for People with IDD and Autism
Presenters: Luke Reynard, Northeastern Family Institute, and Karen Weigle, Center for START Services Institute on Disability
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Improving Lives of Children in the Child Welfare System
Presenter: Cortney Jones, Change 1
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COVID: Coping with Grief and Loss
Presenter: Karyn Harvey, PhD, MA
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Working with Traumatized Youth with IDD
Presenter: Megan A. Mooney PhD
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Supporting People with MH and IDD
Presenters: Valerie Murrietta, Mary Bishop, Bryan Camphire, Tara Devilbiss, LMSW, Laura Golden, OTR, OTD, Valerie Krueger, BA, CALM, Beth McClary, Terry Wendling, CPCT, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Track: Social Determinants of Health

Cultural Humility: Lessons in Reconnecting and Humanizing Communities
Presenter: Miguel Gallardo, PsyD, The Center for Latinx Communities at Pepperdine University
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Groundwater Approach: Educating About Systemic Racism
Presenter: Bay Love, MBA, MPP, Racial Equity Institute, LLC
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How Does Providing Evidence-based Supported Employment Impact Social Determinants of Health?
Presenter: Sandra Reese, BS, The IPS Employment Center, Westat
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Shifting the Paradigm Toward Social Accountability in Healthcare
Presenter: Bonzo Reddick, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Mercer University School of Medicine
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Housing and Health
Presenter: Ann Denton, Med, Ann Denton and Associates
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HOMES: Pioneering Medication Assisted Recovery Housing Best Practices
Moderator:  Jason Howell, RecoveryPeople
Panelists: Sheryl McCurty, UTHealth Houston,  Jenn Priddy, Thrive United,  Phil Owens, Communities for Recovery,  and  Colin Alphonso, TROHN
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Racial Equity, Structural Competency, and Health Activation
Presenter: Chacku Mathai, Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia University
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Track: Skills Building

Suicide Safe Care: Understanding Suicide’s Impact & How to Help
Presenters: Laura Gold, LCSW-S, Jennifer Crutsinger, LPS, Jennifer Haussler Garing, MS, Bethaney Myers, MPH, MCHES, Tammy Weppelman, LPC-S, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Safe Street Outreach
Presenter: Justin McClenny, LCDC, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Staying Inside the Window of Tolerance: A Training on Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress and Building Resiliency
Leslie Anne Ross, PsyD, UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS)
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Implementing Integrated Care: Models and Approaches for Success
Presenters: Samantha Holcombe, National Council for Behavioral Health. and Alicia Kirley, National Council for Behavioral Health
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Becoming the Inhaler: Interrupting the Progression Toward a Disorder – Part 1&2
Presenter: Karen Williams, MSSW, Williamsgroup
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New Paths of HIV Prevention Part 1&2
Presenter: Max Laffend, MSW, LSW, Hudson Pride Center
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Welcoming, Integrated Systems and Services for People with Co-Occurring MH and Substance Use Conditions
Presenter: Kenneth Minkoff, MD
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Shattering the Norm and Changing Lives  with SET Therapy
Presenter: Dana Shepard Cardwell, LPC, LCDC, Cardwell Therapy Center
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Track: Self-Care

Self-Care:  The Session That Focuses on You!
Rishi Sawhney, MD, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Self-Care for  Helping Professionals
Jondell Lafont-Garcia, M.A., LPC and Holly Fullmer, MS, CDCORP, Texas Health and Human Services
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Track: Special Topic

What Impact Does a New Congress to New Administration Have on Behavioral Health Policy?
Chuck Ingoglia, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
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