• February 27, 2021
 El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium to host virtual summit

Ms. Linda Rosenberg, MSW, Director of External Relations, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and Dr. Andrew Keller, CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium to host virtual summit

The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium is hosting a free, virtual Progress Summit to discuss the recent challenges and successes of the group, as well as services and future plans for the region

“With five years of consistent progress, Consortium partners are now engaged in a comprehensive behavioral health system assessment gathering community input and data that will be used to establish goals and strategies for the next five years,” said Tracy J. Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Chair of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium Executive Committee.

“The October 14th Progress Summit is a virtual event, open to mental health practitioners, stakeholders and general public to provide insight into the work ahead to continue improving the mental health system and services.”

The event brings together behavioral health stakeholders, health professionals, civic and business leaders, and public officials to recognize efforts of local organizations and agencies working together to improve community mental health and addiction service and support systems. This year, the free event will be held in a virtual environment and open to the public.

Special Guest Speakers will provide valuable information about the future of mental health and addiction services:

Ms. Linda Rosenberg, MSW, Director of External Relations, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

Linda Rosenberg is Director for External Relations at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and focuses her work on building public and private sector partnerships that expand effective mental health and addictions services.

Dr. Andrew Keller, CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Andy Keller, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides nonpartisan policy and program research, development, and advice to state and local leaders towards a single goal: improving mental health care delivery in Texas.

Following the August 3, 2019, tragedy, mental health and addiction service providers united to serve people in need. Then as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders took effect, the trust and support among these essential providers grew even stronger.

“Collaboration is more important than ever as traumatic mental health and addiction repercussions are occurring from these disasters,” officials shared.

In El Paso, organizations and agencies are adapting and working together to improve the care system including:

  • Providing better coordination of care using peer support specialists and trained navigators with lived experience to help keep people connected to services;
  • Enhancing technology like telehealth options and electronic exchange of health records;
  • Increasing knowledge and skill of providers in the most up to date treatments available;
  • Increasing availability of hotlines and helplines, mobile crisis teams, walk-in crisis clinics, hospital-based psychiatric emergency services, and family education and support programs.

“No individual or family should be isolated when confronted with a behavioral health problem. We are making progress as a community, but we still have much more to do. What is most important is that we continue to collaborate, that is the only way we can maintain positive changes. We must stay united to build better options for our region.” said Sharon Butterworth, Mental Health Advocate, El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium founder, and Paso del Norte Health Foundation Board Member and Immediate Past Chair.

To learn more about the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium, click here.

This event is hosted by Paso del Norte Health Foundation as part of its leadership efforts to improve the health and quality of life in the Paso del Norte region.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020  |   8:30 to 11:30 am  |   Virtual Conference, free

 Register Here  |  or visit, www.pdnhf.org/news

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