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 12:10 PM - 1:40 PM

Awards Luncheon and Federal Updates, Community Assessment Tool

Anne Hazlett, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Victor I. Howery Memorial Award is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the rural mental health field. This year the award will be given to Anne Hazlett.

The “Going to Bat Award” is given to an individual for advocacy in the area of rural mental health above and beyond the call of duty. This year's award goes to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Ann Hazlett from the White House Office of National Drug Control Panel will give a federal update on the community assessment tool.

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 7:30 AM - 9:10 AM

Breakfast Buffet, NARMH Membership Meeting, Rural Arts Award and Welcome

Members and non-members are invited to join the NARMH Board of Directors for our annual Membership Meeting.

The National Association for Rural Mental Health established the Rural Arts Award in 2007 to honor the life-long contributions of Peter G. (Pete) Beeson to both rural mental health and the rural arts. Pete has been a long time member of NARMH, also a member of its board of directors as well as a Howery Award winner.

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

This panel will describe two community based intervention and research initiatives that emerged from years of collaborative work with tribal communities. Historical trauma (HT), the cumulative psychological and emotional wounding across generations, including the lifespan, provides a context for current trauma, grief, and loss across the lifespan by rooting them in the collective generational suffering. The Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief Intervention (HTUG), a Tribal Best Practice adaptable to specific tribal history and culture facilitates: (a) participants’ experience of not being alone in their depression and grief, (b) reduction of stigma through the emphasis on the collective context, and (c) willingness to engage in therapy. HTUG incorporates traditional tribal cultural protective factors and resilience. Integrating Intergenerational Cultural Knowledge Exchange with Zero Suicide is an innovative study in collaboration with the Pueblo of San Felipe that incorporates screening and treatment for suicide and other behavioral health issues into primary care settings using Zero Suicide. The goal is to determine the effectiveness of Zero Suicide plus an intergenerational knowledge sharing cultural component compared to Zero Suicide alone on suicidal ideation, behaviors, and resiliency. A key aspect of the program are tribal members trained as certified peer support workers providing services alongside licensed behavioral health providers. Collaborative work includes training for tribal leaders in historical trauma and integration of HTUG concepts in Intergenerational Cultural Knowledge Exchange.

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

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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

NARMH Night at the Movies and the Ann Schumacher Award

Michael G. Bare, ITVS

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a small group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors. Amidst personal struggles that at times reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers’ relationships with marginalized patients.

The Ann Schumacher award recognizes and memorializes the significant contribution of Ann Schumacher, LCSW, past president elect to the National Association of Rural Mental Health. The award is presented annually to an experienced practitioner who has demonstrated excellence, innovation, professional development and who has worked with domestic violence. The award winner recipient this year is Matt Probst.

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.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:10 PM - 12:30 PM

Closing Session: Next Steps and Door Prizes

We will ask our conference participants to review the high points of the meeting, identify the areas of strongest interest and importance, and take these suggestions to lay the path for NARMH's future conferences.