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June 6, 2007

Symposium on Improving Mental Health Services Brings Leaders in Medicine, Public Policy to UMBC on June 12

Mike Lurie

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June 6, 2007

BALTIMORE – National leaders in the mental health profession will participate in a day-long symposium at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on June 12 that will examine the country’s evolving mental health system.

The symposium, “Moving Forward: Designing and Financing Effective Mental Health Services in an Era of Transformation,” is presented by UMBC’s Center for Health Program Development and Management (CHPDM). The program begins at 8:30 a.m. in Lecture Hall 9 of the UMBC Public Policy Building and will conclude at 4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.

Participants will assess the effectiveness of both existing mental-health treatment practices and efforts by diverse government agencies to coordinate the housing, employment and legal needs of those with more serious mental illnesses.

A distinguished list of speakers includes keynote speaker Michael Hogan, recently appointed commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health (and chair of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health); Brian Hepburn, M.D., executive director of the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration; and David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., director of the Center for Mental Health Services at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will deliver the luncheon address.

Full details of the conference and individual sessions can be found at http://

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Posted by mlurie at June 6, 2007 3:05 PM