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Tuesday, August 02, 2022
Curtis Hotel at 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

RPC Meeting: Denver, Colorado: Peer-ing Into The Future

Peer-ing Into The Future

Note: All times are Mountain time. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

8 - 9 a.m.

Legislator Awards Breakfast: honoring 2022 State Legislative Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Champions

  • Opening remarks: Tammy Hill, Senior Policy Specialist, Health Program and previous honorees Utah State Representative Steve Eliason and Colorado State Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet

9:10 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome by Mental Health President and CEO Schroeder Stribling

9:15 - 10 a.m.

Keynote: Peers in Crisis Care Transformation

  • David Covington, LPC, MBA, President and CEO RI International

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Youth Perspective Into the Future of Healing Communities and Peer Pathways

  • Kelly Davis, Associate Vice President of Peer and Youth Advocacy
    Mental Health America (MHA)

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

A Peer in Action

  • Emily Pocock, Peer Health Navigator CO-ACT

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Peers Inside of Corrections

  • Amanda Clausen, Colorado Dept. of Corrections

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

Networking Lunch (provided)

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

Peers Creating Innovative Engagement

  • Heather Simms, Deputy Director Peer Advocacy and Community Initiatives, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey
  • Anne Smullen Thieling, Deputy Director, Community Programs, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey
  • Michelle Price, Director, MHANJ-Ocean County
  • Carolyn Quinn, Director, Community Engagement and Wellness Programs, Atlantic County
  • Roundtable lead by Regional Policy Council Representative Barb Johnston, Mental Health Association in New Jersey

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Digital Peer Support and the Role of Technology in Recovery

  • Dr. Karen Fortuna, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College

1:45 - 2 p.m.

Federal Legislative Update on the PEERS Act and More

  • Mary Giliberti, Chief Public Policy Officer
  • Caren Howard, Director of Policy and Advocacy

2 - 2:30 p.m.

How MHA Affiliates Employ Peers in Innovative Ways

  • Regional Policy Council Representative Ben Harrington, MHA of East TN
  • Regional Policy Council Representative Shannah Mulvihill, Mental Health Minnesota

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Wrap Up

6 - 8 p.m.

Affiliate ONLY Dinner by Invitation: Location TBD

Curtis Hotel at 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

MHA invites affiliates to join the next RPC meeting about peers and crisis response: Peer-ing Into the Future. Affiliates receive a yearly stipend to offset travel costs to RPC meetings, and the stipend amount has been increased to $1,000. The meeting will take place in Denver, CO on Tuesday, August 2nd, beginning with the Legislative Awards Ceremony at 7:45 am local time. A networking lunch will allow affiliates to learn more about other affiliate organizations and priorities. The policy meeting will conclude at 2:30 pm and the affiliate dinner will take place at 6:00 pm (on the same evening as the meeting) at a nearby restaurant. Affiliates may have dinner on their own on Monday, August 1, the day before the meeting when they arrive. 

For more details contact Debbie Plotnick and Caren Howard