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Wednesday, December 06, 2023
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Raleigh Marriott City Center, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Regional Policy Council Meeting: Innovations for Now and the Future

Mental Health America's (MHA) Regional Policy Council (RPC) will present Innovations for Now and the Future on December 6, 2023, at the Marriott City Center in Raleigh, NC. The day will begin with a breakfast honoring legislative mental health champions, followed by an in-depth policy exploration of current and emerging cutting-edge mental health treatments and supports. Topics that will be covered include the promise and use of psychedelic therapies, pharmacogenomics, digital therapies (including digital peer support), and advances in services for our nation's veterans.

Book your room by November 3 to access discounted rates. 


7:30 - 8 a.m. 

Registration and breakfast buffet open

8 - 8:05 a.m.

Welcome and housekeeping
Debbie Plotnick, MHA EVP State and Federal Advocacy

8:05 - 9:15 a.m.

Legislator awards breakfast
We honor the 2023 State Legislative Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Champions

Opening remarks
Sean Sloane, Senior Policy Analyst, the Council of State Governments

Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gregory will share his personal story about childhood trauma and overcoming addiction

9:15 - 10 a.m.

Ketamine therapies for veterans across the U.S.
Kathryn Walker, President of American Association for Psychedelics

10 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 11 a.m.

Actions for access to emerging mental health treatments using psychedelics
Trish McAdoo, Vice President, Market Access at Compass Pathways
Steven Levine, MD, SVP, Patient Access and Medical Affairs at Compass Pathways
Blair Clark-Schoeb, Chief Communications Officer, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation

11 - 11:45 a.m.

Psycho-pharmacogenetics, homing in on precision
Kimberly Linthicum, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy at Myriad Genetics

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Networking lunch (provided)

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Innovative pathways to peer support
Shannah Mulvihill, Executive Director, Mental Health Minnesota

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Resistance is futile: The future of digital mental health
Nate Tatro, MHA VP of Alliance Development

1:30 - 2:25 p.m.

How MHA affiliates are meeting the challenges
Regional Policy Council representatives:
Barb Johnston of MHA New Jersey
Ben Harrington of MHA of East Tennessee
Shannah Mulvihill of Mental Health Minnesota
Laura Evans of Vibrant Emotional Health

2:25 - 2:30 p.m.

Wrap up