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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 
8:30 am - 9:45 am - Bayshore Ballroom 

Keynote Presentation

Addressing the Impact of a Changing Health Care Environment through Behavioral Health Research and Policy
Larke Huang, PhD, Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD

Dr. Huang will discuss the impact of a changing health care environment on behavioral health evaluators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. With the increasingly difficult economic climate facing our nation, it is imperative that research and policy leaders examine effective approaches to serving children with behavioral health challenges and their families. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we begin a national discussion on funding strategies that support an evidence-based approach to meeting the behavioral health needs of children and families.

About the Presenter

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD,larke a licensed clinical-community psychologist, is a Senior Advisor in the Administrator’s Office of Policy Planning and Innovation at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this position she provides leadership on national policy for mental health and substance use issues for children, adolescents and families and leads the Administrator’s strategic initiative on Trauma and Justice. She is also the Director of SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity which was legislated by the 2010 health reform legislation. In 2009, she did a six months leadership exchange at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she was the Senior Advisor on Mental Health.

For the past 26 years, Dr. Huang has worked at the interface of practice, research and policy. She has assumed multiple leadership roles dedicated to improving the lives of children, families and communities. She has been a community mental health practitioner, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University, and a research director at the American Institutes for Research. She has worked with states and communities to build systems of care for children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders. She has developed programs for underserved, culturally and linguistically diverse populations, evaluated community-based programs, and authored books and articles. In 2003, Huang served as an appointed Commissioner on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.

Recent publications include: Children of Color: Psychological Interventions with Culturally Diverse YouthTransforming Mental Health Care for Children and Their FamiliesThe Influence of Race and Ethnicity on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Clinical Characteristics of Children and Adolescents in Children’s Service; and Co-Occurring Disorders of Adolescents in Primary Care: Closing the Gaps.

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