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The 31st Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy

"Reshaping the Behavioral Health Workforce"

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Nov. 12-13, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (2010) resulted in millions more people trying to access mental health and substance use services as one of the 10 essential health benefits included in all covered plans. This year's Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy discusses several potential solutions to address the gaps in the behavioral health workforce that have resulted from this surge in demand, along with the field's shift toward integrated care and population health. Key topics also include innovations in medical school education and the rise of "whole health" and the "culture of health" movements in workforce development.


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 symposium attracts a diverse audience, including members of the behavioral health advocacy community, health care professionals, 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


  • Gail Stuart, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, R.N.
    Dean and Distinguished University Professor, School of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina
    President, Board of Directors, the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce

View Opening and Keynote presentation slides (PDF) 2.31 MB

Panel 1 – Current Issues In Behavioral Health Workforce Policy


  • Alex Ross, Sc.D.
    Senior Advisor for Behavioral Health, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


  • Glenda Wrenn, M.D., MSHP, Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Ph.D., LISW, Professor and University Assessment Coordinator, Minnesota State University, Mankato; President, National Association for Rural Mental Health
  • Andrew Cummings, M.A., Consultant, Casey Family Program
  • Angela Beck, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Q & A

View Panel 1 presentation slides (PDF) 1.06 MB

Mini-Plenaries Slides

  • Critical Gaps in Addressing Behavioral Health: Are the Nation's 3.8 Million Registered Nurses a Solution?
    Margaret Baker, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, FGSA, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems Department; RWJF, Executive Nurse Fellow - 2013 Cohort
    Marcella Rutherford Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.N., Dean, College of Nursing Nova Southeastern University, RWJF, Executive Nurse Fellow 2013 Cohort
    View presentation slides (PDF) .97 MB
  • The Triple Aim, Population Health, and Cultures of Health: Behavioral Health Specialists as the Lynchpin
    Harris Allen, Ph.D., Principal, Harris Allen Group, LLC; Lecturer, Brown University
    Ray Fabius, M.D., CPE, FACPE, Co-founder, HealthNEXT; Faculty Member and Distinguished Fellow, American College of Physician Executives; Faculty Member and Fellow, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    View presentation slides (PDF) 3 MB
  • Telehealth
    Rena Brewer, M.A., R.N., CEO, Global Partnership for Telehealth, Inc., Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center
    Felissa Goldstein, M.D., Interim Medical Director, Marcus Autism Center
    View presentation slides (PDF) 1.32 MB
  • Direct Care Workforce
    Leisa Easom, Ph.D., R.N., Executive Director, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
    View presentation slides (PDF) 2.78 MB
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