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October 28, 2022 | 8:30 am 3:30 pm

Together we can drive the reforms necessary to transform behavioral healthcare delivery for children.

8:30am – 9:15am | Breakfast and Networking
9:15am – 9:20am | Kickoff

Jacquie Anderson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

9:20am – 9:30am | Welcome

Steve Walsh, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

9:30am – 9:45am | State of the State of Children’s Behavioral Health

Dr. Kevin Churchwell, Boston Children’s Hospital

9:45am – 10:30am | Mitigating the Downstream Crisis: Caring for Children While They Board

Moderator: Leigh Simons Youmans, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

Dr. Chase Samsel, Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Bruce Waslick, Baystate Health
Matt Stone, Youth Villages

10:30am – 10:40am | BREAK
10:40am – 11:00am | A Family Perspective

Pam Sager, Parent Professional Advocacy League
Tashena Holmes, Parent and Advocate

11:00am – 11:30am | Moving Upstream: School and Community Interventions

Moderator: Dr. Danna Mauch, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

Maureen Donovan, Heywood Healthcare
Dr. Shella Dennery, Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Michelle Durham, Team UP and Boston Medical Center

11:30am – 12:00pm | Resources for Children with the Most Complex Needs

Moderator: Amara Anosike, Boston Children’s Hospital

Melissa Threadgill, Office of the Child Advocate
Marisol Garcia, Health Law Advocates
Dr. Assaad Sayah, Cambridge Health Alliance

12:00 – 1:00pm | LUNCH
1:00pm – 1:30pm | Fireside Chat

Secretary Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Steve Walsh, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

1:30pm – 2:00pm | Health Equity & Behavioral Health

Dr. Kevin Simon, City of Boston

2:00pm – 2:30pm | Payer Initiatives to Support Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Delivery

Moderator: Amy Rosenthal, Health Care For All

Dr. Sandhya Rao, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Emily Bailey, MassHealth
Jill Borrelli, Point32Health

2:30pm – 2:40pm | BREAK
2:40pm – 3:20pm | Behavioral Health Legislative Champions: What’s Next for Children’s Behavioral Health

Moderator: Nancy Allen Scannell, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children


Senator Cindy Friedman
Representative Marjorie Decker
Representative Adrian Madaro

3:20pm – 3:30pm | Closing Remarks

Dr. Joe Mitchell, Franciscan Children’s