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19th Annual Emergency Medicine Conference: Improving Behavioral Health Services for Patients in the ED

Friday, July 14, 2017

8:00am - 2:15pm
MHA Conference Center
Burlington, MA

$229 MHA Member Rate
$329 Non-Member Rate

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Program Overview

The emergency department is known as the hospital’s front door- In today’s world this door brings in more and more patients with behavioral health needs. Often the issues brought in are extreme and require a deeper expertise. In order to best face this demand, it’s critical for front line hospital ED staff and clinicians to have the skills and practices to triage and treat these patients to provide better access to needed care and eliminate boarding. This program will provide information for frontline ED staff and clinicians on some of the more challenging types of cases that come to their hospitals and provide needed guidance and solutions to help them streamline their approaches to care.


8:00am      Welcome & Opening Remarks
                    Anuj K. Goel, JD, MPH, VP, Legal and Regulatory Affairs,
                    Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

8:05am      Tips for the Unwary:  Improving Hospital
                    Documentation on Involuntary Commitments –
                    Judicial Expectations When Reviewing a Section 35
                    and Section 12
                    Judge Rosemary Minehan, Plymouth MA District Court

8:45am       De-Escalation Strategies: Operational Best Practices
                    for Clinicians Managing Behavioral Health Patients
                    Nora J. Salovardos, RN, MSN, Director, Psychiatric Services,
                    Heywood Hospital
                    Donna Daley, Learning Solutions Consultant, Non-Abusive 
                    Psychological and Physical Intervention Training
                    Organization (NAPPI)

9:45am       BREAK

10:00am     Hospital-Specific Strategies for Management of
                     Behavioral Health Patients in Non-Behavioral 
                     Health Settings
                    -Ron Schouten MD, JD, Psychiatrist, Mass General Hospital
                    -Jen Paster, Sergeant, Brookline Police Dept.
                    -Chris Malinn, Sergeant, Brookline Police Dept. Trained
                     in Crisis Intervention Team Program 

10:45am    BREAK

11:00am    Working with Children With Behavioral Needs in the ED
                    -Jefferson Prince, MD, Vice Chair, Psychiatry NSMC
                    -John W. Tyson, Jr., MD, Staff Child & Adolescent    Psychiatrist,
                     First Episode and Early Psychosis Program/Acute Psychiatry
                     Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
                    -Jennifer Schlebusch, ED Behavioral Response Team,
                      Boston Children’s Hospital

12:00pm     LUNCH

1:00pm      Access Points to Care:
                   How do you Connect the Right People to the Right Care?
                    Moderated by Judge Minehan

                    -Marisa Hebble, MPH, Coordinator, Massachusetts 
                     Community Justice Project, Commonwealth of MA -
                     Executive Office of the Trial Court
                    -Cesar Melendez, Psy.D, LADC I, AADC, 
                     Emergency Services Clinician, 
                    -Niranchana (Nina) Vallirajan, Behavioral Health 
                     Coach/Clinical Research Asst, UMass Memorial Health
                    -Ed Bernstein, MD, Director, Boston Medical Center, 
                     ASSERT Program/ Faster Paths/Opiod Urgent Care Center
                    -Ludy Young, MEd, LASDC I
                     Project ASSERT Supervisor, Boston Medical Center
                    -Kenneth Duckworth, M.D., Medical Director,
                     Mental Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

2:15pm      Program Adjourns



FAX 781-262-6136

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MHA Education Department
500 District Ave
Burlington, MA 01803-5096


Three and a half (3.5) hours of Qualified Education credits will be granted for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.