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2024 Conference Schedule

Mental Health America Conference | Disrupt > Reform > Transform

Tentative Agenda

Agenda is subject to change. All times listed are Eastern Time.

We expect to offer registered attendees over 40 continuing education credits.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration, MHA Store, Expo Hall, and Networking Lounge Open

12 - 12:45 p.m.
Luncheon (in-person only)

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Welcome Session

2 - 3 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • When Cattlemen and Cooperative Extension Collaborate: Passing Oregon State Bill 955 and Launching the AgriStress Helpline
  • Driving Change: Bridging Mental Health Gaps for Communities of Color on The Family Van
  • Rolling the Dice on Our Future: The Impact of Gambling on Youth Mental Health
  • A World Beyond Access, Defining Therapist Quality in Digital Telemental Health Delivery

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Equalizing the Accessibility of Grants & Financing for Youth-Led Mental Health Initiatives
  • Speedier Intake, Bigger Impact: One State's Approach to MAT Access to Boost Behavioral Health Outcomes
  • Fatiga Por Compasion (Spanish Language Session)
  • School Shooting Prevention Plans Gone Wrong. A Research-based Approach to a School and Community's Prevention and Crisis Response Plan

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Keynote and Clifford W. Beers Award Presentation

6 - 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception (in-person only)

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration, Expo Hall, MHA Store, and Networking Lounge Open

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Entertainment & Conversation with Me2 Orchestra

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
Keynote: MHA's Young Mental Health Leaders Panel

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Reproductive Psychiatric Advance Directives: An Innovative Approach to Reproductive Justice in Mental Health Care
  • Responding to the Climate Crisis: Embodiment, Somatics, and a New Pathway Forward
  • A Low-Cost Electroencephalogram and Machine Learning Model that Can Detect Major Psychiatric Disorders
  • Strategic Responses: Practical, Tactical, and Actionable Approaches to Police Engaging High-Risk Citizens

11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Luncheon (in-person only)

12:10 - 1 p.m.
Media Awards Presentation

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Activating Innovative Community Programming to Promote Mental Health Equity
  • Culture is Medicine: Tribal and Urban Indian Community-Defined Best Practices for Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment in California Native Communities
  • Mapping Resources: An Interactive Workshop to Build Community Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Networks
  • Chicken or the Egg: A Look at the Cannabis and Psychosis Debate

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • A Community-Driven Mental Health Response: Credible Clinicians, Credible Healers, and Healing Hubs
  • The Economic Burden of Mental Health Inequities / Future Projected Cost of Mental Health Inequities
  • Gen Z's Battle to be Mentally Healthy in the Age of Social Media
  • Transforming Mental Health and Substance Use: A Health Approach within Chicago Public Schools

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • A Rainbow Crisis: Supporting the Mental Health of Marginalized LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Peer Respite: Enhancing Care for Women Impacted by System Gaps
  • Mental Health Equity in Action: When Research and Legislation Meet
  • Sisters Mentally Mobilized: A Community-Defined Evidence-Based Mental Health Intervention for Black Women

5 - 6:15 p.m.
Keynote and Award Presentation

6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Meet & Greet Reception (in-person only)

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration, Expo Hall, MHA Store, and Networking Lounge Open

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast (in-person only)
Location: Presidential Ballroom Foyer

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Lift the Mask Club: A Student-Led Approach to Normalizing and Improving Mental Health on College Campuses
  • Breaking Barriers: Treating Dual Diagnosis with Ketamine and Novel Treatment Approaches
  • Advocacy for Eating Disorders: Tackling the BMI and Improving Quality

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Closing Keynote