By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The 21st Annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, September 17-18, at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.
Mental health professionals, those impacted by mental illness, and their loved ones, will explore treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit with the integration of behavioral health and general healthcare.
Mental Health Association Oklahoma is an advocacy organization representing people experiencing mental illness and homelessness in communities throughout Oklahoma.
The Symposium, which last year attracted over 700 attendees from across the nation, will explore the Integration of Healthcare: Mind, Body and Spirit, including opportunities under the Affordable Care Act for transforming the mental and behavioral health system through new programs and tools.
Focus will be placed on the philosophy of integrated and collaborative care designed to treat the whole person and not just the symptoms or the disease.
“The Symposium’s topic could not have come at a better time, as there is a great need for increased levels of integrated healthcare for Oklahomans, especially our children, who are impacted by mental illnesses,” said Michael W. Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma.
“Through the creation of ‘health homes,’ where behavioral health and traditional healthcare services are provided, Oklahoma can ensure our most vulnerable citizens receive quality treatment tailored to their needs, and, at the same time, save tax-payers money.”
The symposium’s plenary speakers include Dr. Susan T. Azrin, Dr. Andrew Bertagnolli, Susan Dentzer, Laura Galbreath, and Dr. Jeffrey Rediger.
Azrin is Program Chief of the Primary Care Research Program within the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She is also the Scientific Officer for the NIMH Mental Health Research Network and leads the NIMH initiative on improving health and reducing premature mortality in people with severe mental illnesses.
Bertagnolli, a senior manager for behavioral health at Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare operations, consulting and process improvement in the areas of behavioral health and pain management. He is the staff psychologist at Spinecare Medical Group in Daly City, California and an Adjunct Professor at Alliant International University and California Institute of Integral Studies.
Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and one of the nation’s most respected health care journalists. She is an on-air analyst with the PBS NewsHour and a commentator for National Public Radio. She previously led the NewsHour’s health policy unit, reporting extensively and offering analysis on-air.
Galbreath is the Director for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions operated by the National Council for Behavioral Health. She leads several learning communities and provides consultation to improve screening and referrals to mental health treatment that creates structures for collaborative care for shared patients, and increases access to primary care services for persons with mental illness.
Rediger, is a medical director at McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. A licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist, he also has a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He publishes in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, and spirituality. Dr. Rediger is the founder of the Center for Psychological and Spiritual Development.
He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, and Anderson Cooper 360.
The conference is worth 14 Continuing Education Credits (CEU).
Register now at www.mhaok.org/zarrow. For more information call 918-585-1213 or 405-943-3700.