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Lost Connections: Depression Causes and Solutions with Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a New York Times best-selling author. His book ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’ has been translated into 15 languages and is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film, and into a non-fiction documentary series. He is one of the most-viewed TED talkers of all time: his talk, ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong’, has (along with the animation based on it) been viewed more than 20 million times.

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Advancing LGBTQ Rights in South Asian Communities with Aruna Rao

Aruna Rao will be presenting at this years In My Mind Conference held in October in New York:

Aruna Rao is a community mental health advocate, grassroots organizer, speaker and writer. She is currently an Associate Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (NAMI NJ). Aruna is the founder of SAMHAJ, the first program in the USA to provide support and education for South Asian Americans affected by mental illness. She has been instrumental in developing programs for immigrants affected by mental illness in New Jersey, and her efforts have resulted in NAMI NJ receiving the 2014 Advancing Minority Mental Health Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation. Her work in mental health has been recognized by the World Malayalee Council NJ Chapter, the NJ Department of Transportation Asian American Heritage Committee and Lions Club NJ. She received the 2014 Agraj Seva Kendra Notable
Indian Americans of New Jersey Award, the 2011 South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Changemaker Award, the 2003 Leadership Award from the NJ Asian American Association for Human Services, and the 2002 National Multicultural Outreach Award from NAMI. She has served on the NAMI Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup and the National Institute of Mental health (NIMH) Outreach Partner Steering Committee. She makes frequent presentations on mental health to community and professional groups.
As the proud mother of a queer and transgender child, Aruna is passionate about advancing LGBTQ+ rights. She recognizes the urgent need for family acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in API and South Asian communities and is dedicated to creating a loving, inclusive world where LGBTQ+ people are welcomed into community spaces. Aruna serves on the steering committee of API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, and is the founder of Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies, a group developed to support South Asian parents of LGBTQ+ children. She speaks about family acceptance in community and professional settings and has been featured on podcasts and in newspaper articles.

The Need for Human Connection: An Interview with Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté, M.D. joins us after his presentations at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Take a journey as Dr. Maté and our host, Kristin Walker, discuss the need for meaningful human connection and the enormity of changing the structures in which we treat and comprehend addiction.


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Have No Fear: Behavioral Health Analytics Are Here With Joshua P. Morgan, PsyD

Dr. Joshua Morgan joins our host Kristin Walker after meeting at the CiBHS Health Informatics conference. Both walking in to hear Dr. Darrin Hanna’s presentation on Artificial Intelligence and how it is used effectively in Behavioral Health. They decided an interview on MHNR was not only important but imperative. 

Josh Morgan, PsyD is the National Director of Behavioral Health and Whole Person Care at SAS ( His mission is building hope and encouragement for people and this has been a priority through personal and professional experiences, including analytics and informatics, policy, therapy, education, and even the performing and creative arts. 

To find out more about him visit his LinkedIn profile here.

HIOs and Behavioral Health with Lyman Dennis, PhD

Lyman Dennis, PhD joins us at the Health Informatics conference to talk about his presentation. He is the Executive Director of Connect Healthcare. Their goal is to provide seamless health information among providers, facilities and patients to enhance the safety and effectiveness of healthcare across their service area.

All health data in their community is electronic, accurate This consistently coded and is available to every treating provider at the point of care and to the treated patient. The North Bay (California) combines agricultural (especially wine-growing), local commercial and commuting populations. Of the 1.2 million people in the four counties, some 25% receive healthcare through Medi-Cal and 15% through Medicare.

How Can Arabian Horses Help Mental Health Patients?

Lynda Kaufmann, Director of Government and Public Affairs, joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by to discuss Psynergy Programs, Inc and their unique approach to mental healthcare.

Psynergy Programs operates with the shared belief that recovery happens, especially when a cohesive set of supports and services are available to support and sustain it. 

Based in Morgan Hill, California, the organization has grown from one facility to three over the last four years, with a fourth now in development. Each campus offers clinical and residential services in a safe and supported residential area. This way, we can emphasize the best elements of a community-living experience for individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges. Their use of Arabian horses to work with mental health patients is groundbreaking work. To find out more about this program click here.

American Society of Addiction Medicine: ASAM with Brendan McEntee

Brendan McEntee joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by 

Brendan McEntee is Director, Quality and Science, at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), where he is responsible for the association’s clinical guidelines and scientific publications. Brendan has more than six years of experience working in associations. He graduated from Wesleyan University with Honors and a degree in the College of Letters. At ASAM, he is focused on helping addiction clinicians leverage technology, clinical data and guidelines to support quality care and clinical services. He previously worked at American Bikes and the National Complete Streets Coalition as a Federal Policy Fellow..or

Consumer Affairs and Policy Innovation in Behavioral Health: SAMHSA

Brian Altman and Keris Jan Myrick joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by 

Brian Altman, J.D. is the Director, Division of Policy Innovation, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation with SAMHSA. As part of the Administrator’s Executive Leadership Team, lead a division that collaborates with a range of internal and external partners. Help develop and implement the agency’s strategic plan and budget, facilitates policy processes, supports SAMHSA leadership, and manages special projects to further SAMHSA’s mission. Help drive policy innovation in the field of behavioral health. Develop appropriate responses to policy inquiries from HHS, other federal agencies, the White House and external stakeholders. 

Keris Jän Myrick is the Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs at the Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA. The Office of Consumer Affairs supports the inclusion of Peer/Consumer perspectives and issues throughout the agency and supports such programs as the Voice Awards, SAMHSA Wellness Initiatives and Wellness Week, Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center and the Recovery to Practice Project. Ms. Myrick has a Master of Science degree in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University.


Privacy and Regulations in Behavioral Health with Lucia Savage

Lucia Savage joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by to discuss privacy and regulations in the behavioral health industry.

Savage’s career has spanned healthcare across the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors. Most recently, she served as Chief Privacy Officer at the   U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  At ONC, Lucia and her team advised the National Coordinator, HHS offices, and other federal agencies about appropriate electronic health information privacy and security policies and technologies. Issues included HIPAA, state privacy law, research on human subjects, the Privacy Act, and security engineering. In that role, Savage collaborated regularly with other federal and state agencies; independent commissions including the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commissions; and foreign countries. Prior to joining ONC, Lucia served as the Senior Associate General Counsel at United Healthcare, where she supervised a team that represented United on its work with large data transactions related to health information exchanges, healthcare transparency projects, academic research, and other data-driven health care innovation projects.

Lucia has a B.A. from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and received her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from New York University School of Law in May 1989, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif. She is a Member of the State Bar of California.

Streamlining EHR Technology in Behavioral Health with Ted Wright

Ted Wright joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by Streamline Healthcare Solutions is an exhibitor at the event. Ted joins Streamline with over twenty years of healthcare management experience. He has led both clinical and sales teams, and is completely focused on producing tangible results for the health and human services market. Prior to joining Streamline, Ted worked in numerous leadership roles including National Sales Director and Regional Vice President for some of the largest software vendors in the health and human services market. Ted has over fifteen years of experience in software, as well as an additional six years of experience in direct care management where he managed logistical coordination of rehabilitation services for multi-independence level, thirty-bed facility. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology along with a Masters in Health Administration.


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