General Sessions

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Plenary 1: The Path to Thriving: Strategic Doing and Rural Mental Health

Liz Nilsen, Lauren Goldstein, Betty Johnson, Geniphyr Ponce Pore

Addressing mental health challenges, especially in rural areas, requires relationships and partnerships across the community. Strategic Doing practitioners will facilitate an interactive session to imagine how those currently involved in rural communities might engage collaborative groups to move communities from surviving to thriving. Practitioners will share an overview, provide examples of how they’ve utilized the process, and will guide an exploration of how community health/behavioral health agencies can benefit from using the Strategic Doing process in agencies, with clients, and across communities.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception and Flamenco Dancing


The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Behavioral Health Program (WICHE BHP) is pleased to present Albuquerque's Spanish Broom dance collaborative, performing flamenco for an evening reception at the La Fonda Hotel. Formed in 2016 by talented, experienced, and passionate dancers and musicians, the Spanish Broom flamenco collaborative both carries on and propels New Mexico's nationally recognized flamenco tradition of excellence, and will enchant you with gorgeous, colorful costumes, beautiful melodies and rhythms, and a blend of traditional and modern flamenco footwork.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM

Plenary 2: From Surviving to Thriving in American Indian Communities: Transcending Historical Trauma

Esther Tenorio, Jimel Sandoval, Ryan Sanchez, Deborah Altschul, Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart


Wednesday, August 28, 2019 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Plenary 3: Panel Introducing the MHTTC- A New Workforce Development Resource

Joe Evans, Dennis Mohatt, Rachelle Espiritu, Liza Tupa

Federal Updates, Community Assessment Tool
Anne Hazlett, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Years of research and knowledge of evidence-based practices show that well-designed mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery support efforts are effective and can have multiple benefits for individuals with mental disorders, including serious mental illness. The purpose of the new national Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network is technology transfer - disseminating and implementing evidence-based practices for mental disorders into the field. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MHTTC Network includes 10 Regional Centers, a National American Indian and Alaskan Native Center, a National Hispanic & Latino Center, and a Network Coordinating Office. The Mountain Plains MHTTC network is pleased to be able to bring a panel presentation to introduce the national network and to acquaint attendees with the training and technical assistance resources spanning mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery support now available at no cost to them. Following the plenary panel, the MHTTC is sponsoring workshop sessions on practical solutions for behavioral health workforce development challenges.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Plenary 4: The Very Large Array of Youth and Adult Peer Support

Avi Kriechman, Annette Crisanti, Carol Luna-Anderson, Kathy Sunderland-Bruaw, Harmony Johnson, Mohammed Abdullah, Shelby McDaniel, Dahlia Christen, Donald Hume

This panel discussion features representatives from youth advocacy/advisory councils and peer helpers, and adult peer support workers in social service, behavioral health care and medical health care agencies.