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The 30th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy

"Celebrating the Past & Shaping the Future"

Nov. 20-21, 2014

Thirty years ago, when former first lady Rosalynn Carter held the original symposium in 1985, it was the first annual meeting that focused on mental health policy. At that time, other national conferences addressed scientific advances or professional concerns, but Mrs. Carter knew from her experience as first lady and as honorary chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health that policy change was necessary to create and sustain long-term improvements in the care provided to people living with mental illnesses.

The goal of the 2014 symposium is to celebrate the achievements of the behavioral health field over the past 30 years, including the impact of the symposium itself, as we look ahead to the future of U.S. mental health and substance abuse policy.

The symposium covers three main topics:

  • building healthy communities
  • achieving integrated services
  • developing leaders for tomorrow

The subject of this year's symposium is of interest to a wide variety of mental health and addiction advocates, as well as to non-traditional partners. The Mental Health Program attracts a diverse audience, including members of the behavioral health advocacy community, insurance providers, pharmaceutical companies, caregivers, consumers, and policymakers from federal and state agencies.


  • Thomas Bornemann, Ed.D.,
    Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program

Opening Remarks

  • Rosalynn Carter
    Chair, The Carter Center Mental Health Task Force

Day I Keynote

  • King Davis, Ph.D., LMSW-ACP
  • Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy, School of Social Work, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Commissioner, Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, Commonwealth of Virginia

Panel 1 – Building Healthy Communities


  • Carl Bell, M.D.
    Staff Psychiatrist, Jackson Park Hospital Family Medicine Clinic
    Member, Carter Center Mental Health Task Force


  • The Discovery of Recovery
    Mark Baker, MDiv, CPS
    Director of Advocacy, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • From Stigma to Social Inclusion – The Role of the Media
    Judith Warner, M.A.
    Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
    Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism, 2012-13
  • From CMHC's to Population Health: 30 Years of Mental Health Services Delivery
    David Shern, Ph.D
    Former President, CEO, Mental Health America

Q & A

View Panel 1 presentation slides (PDF) .37 MB

Mini-Plenaries Slides

  • The Path to Parity and Beyond
    Howard Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    No slides presented.
  • Global Mental Health: The Carter Center Liberia Program
    Consuelo Campbell, M.Div., M.S.
    Associate Director, Liberia Initiative, The Carter Center Mental Health Program
    View presentation slides (PDF) 3.5 MB
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Adolescents
    Ellen Gerrity Ph.D.
    Associate Director, Duke-UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
    View presentation slides (PDF) 3.1 MB
  • Expanding the Service Spectrum: Supported Housing and Employment
    David Lynde, MSW
    Supported Employment Consultant
    Martha Knisley, M.A.
    Director, National Community Support Initiative, Technical Assistance Collaborative
    No slides presented.
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