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2020 Policy Institute: Moving Upstream: Prevention and Early Intervention

Prevention and Early Intervention
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
12:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET

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MHA is pleased to bring you discussions from the nation’s leading experts to move policies and practices for early intervention further upstream, even during a crisis.

MHA has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to bring you a virtual National Policy Institute Moving Upstream: Prevention and Early Intervention on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET – 3:00 p.m. ET. Policy Institute is a separate half-day event preceding MHA's Annual Conference: COVID-19, Mental Health and the Need for Equity.

While most people have practiced social distancing for several months for the first time in their lives to stop community spread of COVID-19, there is an obvious second crisis in the making – a mental health and suicide crisis. As MHA’s Screening program data shows, more youth and adults are experiencing signs of mental illness and suicidality. Additionally, COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are rising significantly since states decided to reopen and frontline health workers are experiencing day after day of trauma as they tend to the sickest. MHA’s National Policy Institute content has been redeveloped to fit into the new realities of being in the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and will explore how to better meet the needs of underserved youth, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+, women during the perinatal period, and how payment and workforce issues may be overcome in the health care system.

Agenda for Policy Institute on September 1, 2020

12:00 p.m. EDT

Introductory Remarks

Don Mordecai, M.D., National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness, Kaiser Permanente

Congressman Jon Katko, New York’s 24th District, Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus

12:10 p.m. EDT

Opening/Leveling Session: MHA screening data presentation on five-year trends and six-month COVID-19-related trends (age, race, sex, severity) followed by a systems overview and budget impact statement.

Paul Gionfriddo, CEO, Mental Health America

Maddy Reinert, Program Manager of Population Health, Mental Health America

12:25 p.m. EDT


12:30 p.m. EDT

Session 1: Panel on school-based health services, mental health education, and social and emotional learning supports.

Glenn Liebman, CEO, MHA of New York State

Sarah Wakefield, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech Health Sciences

Arriana Gross, National Youth Advisory Board Member, Sandy Hook Promise

1:05 p.m. EDT

Session 2: Fireside chat on prevention science research

 Patrice Harris, M.D., Past President, American Medical Association

1:30 p.m. EDT

LGBTQ+ Youth Recommendations

Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs, Trevor Project

1:35 p.m. EDT

Session 3: Equity in youth mental healthcare

Art Mccoy, II, Ph.D., Superintendent, Jennings Missouri School District

2:00 p.m. EDT

Maternal Mental Health: Mind the Gap Report Recommendations

Colleen Reilly, CEO, The Reilly Group

2:05 p.m. EDT


2:10 p.m. EDT

Session 4: Other Access and Payment Issues

Sunita Mutha, M.D., Director, Healthforce Center at University of California, San Francisco

Yavar Moghimi, M.D., Medical Director, Behavioral Health, AmeriHealth Caritas

2:45 p.m. EDT


3:00 p.m. EDT

Closing Remarks

Caren Howard, Advocacy Manager, Mental Health America

Don Mordecai, M.D., National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness, Kaiser Permanente

*This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

To view the 2019 agenda, click here.

About Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

Questions about the Policy Institute?
Contact MHA's Executive Vice President of Policy, Mary Giliberti, at or MHA's Advocacy Manager, Caren Howard, at