Opportunities and Intersections:
Health Reform, The Excellence Act, and Criminal Justice Reform

Senator Stabenow

On December 8, 2015, in Washington D.C., COCHS and The National Council for Behavioral Health held Opportunities and Intersections: The Health Reform, The Excellence Act and Criminal Justice Reform conference. Keynote speakers were speakers Debbie Stabenow of Michigan (Co-Sponsor of the Excellence Act) and Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity.
The importance of the Excellence Act for behavioral health at the time of the conference was well-understood and well-documented. However, the profound implications of the Excellence Act for criminal justice reform remained under-discussed.
The Excellence Act, and resultant creation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), had the potential to reduce siloes, ensure continuity of care, and avoid a huge number of unnecessary incarcerations.
At the conference, experts from public safety, health care, philanthropy and government addressed issues related to the implementation of the Excellence Act.

Introduction



Hosts

Steve Rosenberg, President, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services

Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, The National Council for Behavioral Health

First Keynote


Speaker

Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, Co-Sponsor, Excellence Act (S.264)

Introduction (cont.)


Welcome cont.

Jeff Richardson, MBA, LSCW, CEO, Mosaic Group

Panel 1





Speakers

Shelina Foderingham, MSW, MPH, Director of Practice Improvement, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Gary Puckrein, PhD, CEO, National Minority Quality Forum

Malvise A. Scott, Senior Vice President for Partnership and Resource Development, The National Association of Community Health Centers

Lisa Puglisi, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine

Panel 1: Discussion / Question and Answer


Panel 2


Speakers

Michael DuBose, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services

Second Keynote

Introduction
Speaker

Roy Austin, Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice