NJAMHAA Offers Cutting-Edge Education at Fall Behavioral Healthcare Meeting

October 10, 2017

MERCERVILLE, NJ - The behavioral health industry is rapidly shifting, particularly in New Jersey. With the ongoing transition to fee-for-service billing and the upcoming change to value-based reimbursement, the transfer of mental health and addiction services from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health, and Governor Christie's new initiatives to address the opioid epidemic -in addition to federal changes in the healthcare system-behavioral health providers need the resources and support to tackle upcoming changes.

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is a statewide trade association representing nearly 160 organizations that serve New Jersey residents with mental illnesses, substance use disorders and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities, and their families. In keeping with its mission to promote the value of its members as the highest quality behavioral healthcare providers for the residents of New Jersey through advocacy and professional development, NJAMHAA offers extensive educational and networking opportunities at its upcoming Fall Behavioral Healthcare Meeting, Shaping Our Future, which will be held on October 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4;15 p.m. at the Pines Manor in Edison.

The conference will feature Kristin M. Woodlock, RN, MPA, as keynote speaker, addressing emerging issues in the ever-changing healthcare system, and how organizations can be successful through the upcoming systemic transitions. Ms. Woodlock is a former Acting Commissioner and Executive Deputy of the New York State Office of Mental Health, where she oversaw the largest public mental health system in the United States. She also led New York City's Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS) Health and Human Services, one of the nation's largest non-profit human services agencies, through a tough period of fiscal and operational restructuring, safely and compassionately transitioning its more than 125,000 clients to services with other providers. Ms. Woodlock is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Woodlock & Associates, a New York-based consultant for non-profit health and human services agencies providing services in risk assessment, turnaround management, complex corporate and program restructuring, leadership coaching, short term executive placements, and many more issues that behavioral health agencies may experience.

The Fall Behavioral Healthcare Meeting will feature a multitude of educational speakers, offering the latest information on clinical and organizational management issues within the industry. The Fall Behavioral Healthcare Meeting sessions will focus on key underserved populations with critical needs, delving into crucial topics such as youth with suicidal ideation, ethical issues in treating older adults, the impact of screen time on children's mental health, LGBTQI youth and substance use, improving outcomes for Latinos, and creating a culture of trauma-informed care, among other important clinical topics.

Industry leaders will offer insights into strategies to help behavioral health agencies stay on top of market trends and improve their efficiencies and bottom lines. Speakers will address emerging issues, including the place of telehealth in behavioral health treatment; using implementation science to ensure compliance with evidence-based practices; improving consumer engagement with the treatment process; and transitioning to fee-for-service.

The Fall Behavioral Healthcare Meeting is an annual conference that offers agency executives, mid-level managers, and clinical staff opportunities to meet with fellow professionals at a wide range of human services organizations across New Jersey, and discuss ideas for making every aspect of their businesses better. Through its engaging educational sessions, NJAMHAA is proud to offer up to 4.75 continuing education units to attendees seeking credits in social work.

NJAMHAA works to advance the behavioral health industry in New Jersey. The Fall Behavioral Healthcare Meeting is an exciting initiative that helps build the state's behavioral health community by offering a day filled with educational opportunities and networking in one place at a low cost.

For details and to register, please visit www.njamhaa.org/events.

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