Next Gen Health Care: Integrating Children’s
Behavioral Health in 2017 and Beyond

BALTIMORE, MD / JUNE 14 – 15, 2017

NACBH’s mission is to advance the field of children’s behavioral health by engaging talented and promising leaders to identify emerging practices of excellence and transform them into effective public policy, while promoting their broad implementation.

At this pivotal moment in health care financing and delivery, NACBH will convene its annual public policy meeting to examine the implications and opportunities for children’s behavioral health providers in current legislative proposals and regulatory reform. Participating in the conversation will be leading think tanks, key national colleagues in the field, the National Association of Medicaid Directors and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

NACBH meetings are known for frank and collegial discussion. Please plan to join us to contribute your expertise, ideas, concerns and energy to a forward-looking dialogue on the role of children’s services in the rapidly evolving health care system. Now is the time to advance the integration of children’s physical and behavioral health services and embed them in the public and private health sectors as the pieces are rearranged.

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Hotel Information

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore
2 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
main hotel number: (443) 692-6170
reservations: (800) 546-7866

  • NACBH room rate: $189/night single-double, $209/night triple, $229/night quadruple
  • Rates effective June 12 through 15 (and, subject to availability, the 3 nights before and after).
  • Hotel cut-off date: May 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Preliminary Agenda

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8:00 a.m.
Paris North
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Meeting Overview

Steven Girelli
President and CEO,
Klingberg Family Centers
President, NACBH

Pat Johnston
Executive Director, NACBH

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote: State of the Union’s
Health Care System

MaryBeth Musumeci
Associate Director
Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Kaiser Family Foundation
Washington, D.C.

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is recognized as a nonpartisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policy makers, the media, the health policy community and the public. Their product is information, from basic facts and numbers to comprehensive policy research, targeting in particular Medicaid, Medicare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provisions now under consideration for legislative or regulatory amendment.

Within KFF’s Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, MaryBeth Musumeci concentrates on Medicaid for people with disabilities and long-term services and supports, including for adults who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Prior to joining KFF, Ms. Musumeci held a Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellowship at Villanova University of Law and spent eight years as a civil legal aid lawyer, primarily focused on Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, other public benefits programs and civil rights and accessibility issues. She has also clerked in the Delaware Family Court and represented women transitioning from welfare to work in Chester, Pennsylvania. She is uniquely qualified to set the stage for our discussion of the current state of health care system change and the role of children’s behavioral health within it.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 noon
Health Care: Prospects for Change

Judy Solomon
Vice President for Health Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Washington, D.C.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonpartisan research and policy institute focused on how federal budget and policy choices affect low-income Americans, is front and center on today’s debates on health care reform. Long known for keen analysis of federal economic trends, political process and strategies around
where they intersect, CBPP also has a growing presence in the states through its State Fiscal Project and State Priorities Partnership.

Judy Solomon’s health policy portfolio includes Medicaid, CHIP and health reform implementation issues, particularly policies to make coverage available and affordable. Previously, she was Senior Policy Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children and Executive Director of the Children’s Health Council, where she directed work on policy analysis, outreach, education and training and independent oversight of health care services provided through Connecticut’s Medicaid managed care program. Her most recent and timely work includes reports on how the American Health Care Act, the House Republican proposal now on hold, would fundamentally overhaul Medicaid, reduce coverage and hinder innovation. We are delighted to welcome her back to the podium at NACBH’s annual public policy meeting.

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch – on your own

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Future of Health Care: The Advocates’ View

Lindsey Browning
Program Director
National Association of Medicaid Directors
Washington, D.C.

Tamar Magarik Haro
Associate Director, Federal Affairs
American Academy of Pediatrics
Washington, D.C.

Jim Kaufman
Vice President of Public Policy
Children’s Hospital Association
Washington, D.C.

Andrew Sperling
Director of Legislative Advocacy
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Arlington, Virginia

Moderator: Joy Midman
Senior Advisor for Public Policy, NACBH

This session is designed to engage meeting participants in a conversation about the most effective positioning of children’s behavioral health services in a new paradigm. Policy leaders from key national partners will share their organizations’ priorities for children and families in the current legislative and regulatory scenario and their
perspectives on opportunities to advance more responsive models of care. What are the prospects of discussions on Capitol Hill, and where are the openings to influence them? What regulatory reforms are underway or anticipated? Who should you be partnering with on the local level? What do your states need to hear from you as
they plan for inevitable changes in federal financing? Are there promising innovations that can be replicated or adapted? What are your NACBH colleagues doing or observing in their states? This substantial block of time is carved out in response to requests in previous meeting evaluations to plan for robust discussion, and there is no
better time than now.

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
NACBH Annual Business Meeting

Open to all meeting participants. Reports of the Executive Director, President, Treasurer, and Standards and Public Policy Committees on the activities of the past year and priorities for the next. The membership’s participation in prioritizing activities for the coming year is welcome and encouraged. The Election of Officers completes the
business of the meeting.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
 Presidents Reception

We gratefully acknowledge the generous and continuing support of CARF International, COA and the Joint Commission for sponsoring this reception recognizing the leadership of NACBH, its Board and members.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

8:30 a.m.
Paris North
Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Medicaid: Value-Based Purchasing

Lindsey Browning
Program Director
National Association of Medicaid Directors
Washington, D.C.

The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) is the professional organization representing Medicaid leaders in all 50 states, D.C. and the territories. With more than 72 million Americans covered by Medicaid, state Medicaid Directors negotiate a complicated mix of federal and state requirements, the special needs of different eligible populations, and funding that does not quite keep up with treatment and related technology developments. Increasingly, states are reorienting their Medicaid systems to deliver better care and lower costs through value-based purchasing initiatives. States are ideally positioned to lead these innovations, in partnership with providers, consumers and other payers, to meet the needs of the local community. How will they fare within larger Medicaid reform and greater financial restrictions? How applicable is value-based purchasing for children’s behavioral health providers, within or separate from integrated health programs?

Lindsey Browning leads NAMD’s initiative on value-based purchasing with additional focus on behavioral health integration and managed care. Prior to joining NAMD in 2014, she was an associate in policy analysis for the Children’s Hospital Association and, in her undergraduate days, was a public policy intern at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We look forward to her briefing on this evolving approach to health care delivery and payment, and to providing feedback NAMD can incorporate in responding to children’s behavioral health needs.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Medicaid and Children’s Behavioral Health: A Continuing Conversation with CMS

Kirsten Beronio
Senior Policy Advisor for Behavioral Health
Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group
Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Baltimore, Maryland

Continuing NACBH’s ongoing conversation with federal Medicaid policy makers, we are delighted to welcome Kirsten Beronio, who joined CMS as Senior Policy Advisor for Behavioral Health in 2016. In this role, she advises CMCS leadership on policy issues, collaborates with colleagues to develop technical guidance to help states comply
with parity requirements in Medicaid and CHIP and to integrate primary and mental health care, and supports states, Congress and other agencies within HHS in their behavioral health initiatives. For the previous six years, she was Director of the Division of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Policy in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation with a substantial focus on parity policy, implementation and evaluation in both the private sector and Medicaid. This followed nearly ten years as Mental Health America’s Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy.

Ms. Beronio will provide an update on Medicaid and CHIP policy related to children’s behavioral health services, and an outline of the Medicaid waiver authorities and state plan options that can be used to improve their delivery. This session offers an important opportunity to meet the newest member of the policy team at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services and acquaint her with providers’ concerns and priorities. We are pleased to welcome her to the NACBH forum.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Wrap-Up and Final Remarks

12:00 noon

In deference to those who requested a fragrance-free environment,
we ask that you avoid wearing perfumes, colognes and other scented products.

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