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Health reform panel announced for the Training Institutes

June 07, 2012

Just announced is an amazing panel of distinguished speakers for the plenary session on health care reform at the upcoming Georgetown Training Institutes in July. You did register, right? Really? No worries, you can do it now, it’s easy!

Health Reform: Implications and Opportunities for Children’s Behavioral Health

John O’BrienJohn O’Brien
John O’Brien is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, Mr. O’Brien served as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Health Care Reform at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Mr. O’Brien was the director of several national projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop strategies for coordinating funding for human services from federal, state, and local dollars.  He has worked with Medicaid, state mental health and substance abuse authorities, and local human services authorities on strategies such as developing federal Medicaid Waivers, Medicaid state plan amendments, and federal grant applications, including applications for federal children’s system of care funding.  Mr. O’Brien has also been a manager at KPMG Peat Marwick and has worked for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, the Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council, the Illinois Governor’s Office, and the Illinois Legislative Commission on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse. 

James WotringJames Wotring, M.S.W.
Jim Wotring is the Director of the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University and supports the work of faculty and staff who work with states and communities to improve mental health services for children and families across the nation. He consults nationally and internationally on systems of care, wraparound, financing, outcome management, change management, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Previously, he worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health as the Child and Adolescent Service System Program Director and the Director of Programs for Children with a Serious Emotional Disturbance. He has worked in child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems as well as in setting including community mental health centers, residential treatment centers, private outpatient clinics, and nonprofit agencies. Mr. Wotring has been active in national organizations supporting the development of systems of care for children’s mental health and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His publications are in the areas of outcome management, using outcome data to support system change and set accountable public policy, financing, and health reform.

Angela KimballAngela Kimball
Angela Kimball is Director of State Policy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where she provides policy guidance on issues financing of mental health services, parity, health care reform, and other issues that affect children, youth, and adults who live with mental illness. Ms. Kimball also provides extensive technical assistance to NAMI organizations across the country on state policy issues, with a particular emphasis on strategy and communications. Prior to joining the NAMI Policy Team, she served as policy analyst for the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. In this capacity, she is widely credited as having orchestrated the grassroots campaign that resulted in the enactment of Oregon’s comprehensive mental health parity law. Previously, Ms. Kimble served as Executive Director and Public Policy Coordinator for NAMI Oregon, where she received multiple awards for her legislative advocacy and as Family Involvement Coordinator for Multnomah County Behavioral Health Division. As the proud parent of a young adult who lives with a mental health diagnosis, Angela is deeply passionate about mental health care.

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