The COVID-19 pandemic is certain to have devastating and long-lasting impacts across our social, economic, and healthcare systems. Every American citizen, business leader, and lawmaker will face difficult decisions as we tackle these immense burdens over the months and years to come.
Fortunately, we have the ability to prevent a secondary disaster. Due to overwhelming demand, the mental healthcare system is currently on the verge of collapse. To emerge from the pandemic stronger, policy makers may consider comprehensive approaches that address the behavioral health of our citizens to the same degree as other emergency responses to the crisis. The actions considered today may lessen the disruptions facing our communities by the lingering impacts of this epidemic.
Join state legislative leaders and public policy experts from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) for a discussion on policy approaches state leaders may consider to preserve their mental healthcare systems. Topics will include:
• Mental health impacts of COVID-19
• How to support mental health of first responders
• Building community resilience through Mental Health First Aid
• Student mental health and teacher training
• Adapting behavioral health programs
State Legislators and Expert Panelists:
• New Jersey Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, Chairman, Health and Senior Services Committee
• Georgia Representative Katie Dempsey, Chairman, Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee
• Charles Ingoglia, MSW, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health
• Reyna Taylor, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Council
• Tramaine El-Amin, MA, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, National Council
• Kate Blackman, MSW, MPH, Group Director, Health Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
• Karmen Hanson, MA, Program Director, Behavioral Health & Pharmaceuticals, NCSL