Tara Larson and Gary Massey, of Cansler Collaborative Resources, Inc., joined Kathy Nichols from the NC Division of Mental Health, and Jason Vogler, PhD, the Senior Director of NC DMH/DD/SU, at the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina Conference on Thursday, April 19. The panel discussed “How Medicaid Managed Care Impacts Providers.” They focused on proposed 1115 waiver implementation and the impact it will have on the provider community. The APNC Spring Conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC. The Fall Conference will be held in Wrightsville Beach, NC. For more information, please visit www.apnc.org.
When making health care policy, he urged his audience to really consider social determinants of health — housing, income, transportation and nutrition — essentials for a person to live a healthy lifestyle.
“This is the problem I felt when I was in the legislature, sitting in your shoes,” Cansler said. “We spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to do the next two-year budget and we don’t spend so much time trying to figure out how to create a better long-term plan.
“Try to get ahead of that curve so that we are eventually reducing the cost of care and keeping people healthier because dealing with problems before they become crises is going to save us money in the long term,” he said. “As government, and I saw it the whole time I was involved, we spend all our time reacting to the next crisis rather than try to prevent crisis.”
NFFCMH 28th Annual Conference
November 9-12, 2017
Hilton Doubletree, Orlando, Florida
Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America experience social, emotional, and behavioral challenges?
This is the only national conference dedicated solely to issues that impact children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges, and their families. We are very proud to announce Tara Larson of CCR will join esteemed mental health peers and share her expertise in the funding of parent/family peer support. This interactive session will offer a “barrier buster” dialogue solving the local challenges of implementation and operations of parent/family peer support.
Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst NC
December 5-7, 2017
This year’s conference will offer attendees the opportunity to hear
from both state and national Medicaid leaders and from those
already offering statewide managed care plans across the country.
Speakers will also address innovations on a number of hot button
topics – value based care, social determinants, the opioid crisis, care
integration and much more.
TARA LARSON and SHERRY BRADSHER to address
CHILD WELFARE: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SOCIAL AND MH/I-DD/SUD SERVICES
LANIER CANSLER, addressing
MEDICAID REDESIGN IN NC: THE FUTURE IS NOW
Crown Plaza Resort, Asheville NC
The North Carolina Training, Instruction Development and Education (NC TIDE) Committee is a non-profit training organization for the behavioral healthcare industry. The organization is dedicated to continued improvement and provides information, training, and education to all in our field of work.
Tara Larson’s presentation will provide an update on HIE implementation in NC and discuss the impact of HIE on the clinical and business practices of the LME/MCOs and the providers. The session will also identify strategies to prepare for HIE.
NC TIDE FALL 2017 CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 22 – 25, 2017
CROWNE PLAZA RESORT ASHEVILLE
1 RESORT DRIVE
For information, registration and agenda, please visit
We are proud to have had our own Beth Nelson, who serves as Chair for the Wake County Juvenile Crime Council, offer her support of HB 280 “Raise the Age” to the Wake County Board of Commissioners. On March 20, Beth read a letter supporting this bill, entitled the “Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act.” The act would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include 16- and 17-year-olds except in the case of certain felony offenses and motor vehicle infractions. North Carolina is the ONLY state in the country that automatically prosecutes 16- and 17-year-olds as adults regardless of the severity of the crime. Ninety-seven percent of crimes committed by 16- and 17-year-olds in North Carolina are categorized as either misdemeanors (80%) or non-violent felonies (17%).
It is anticipated that raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction will lead to significant longterm benefits including: More effective rehabilitation of youth offenders within the juvenile justice system
Long-term financial savings
Improved academic results
Better outcomes: improved job prospects, eligibility for college financial aid and ability to enlist in the military
For more information please visit http://youthjusticenc.org/raise-the-age-nc/
Melanie Bush joins esteemed NC Healthcare peers and professionals at the Spring Policy Forum, hosted by the NC Council for Community Programs. We are in the midst of a shift in thinking about how to maximize our existing resources to improve community well being. In this session, Melanie and her colleagues will discuss how the approach of government entities partnering with communities to address social determinants of community well-being has been introduced in Cleveland County- how it was started, how it is working to date, and the outcomes it plans to achieve. The Forum discussions will provide a clearer understanding of state and federal policy changes, as Medicaid systems are being transformed nationwide. Please visit the link below for the conference program and registration brochure.
June 5 – 6, 2017 Hilton North Raleigh