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Speaker Schedule

Tentative Schedule: As of 8/11/2020. All sessions begin at 10 am Eastern Time

Saturday, September 12, 2020  “A Celebration of NAMI Florida”

Mental Health in the State of Florida              David Smith, Florida House of                                                                                     Representatives, 28th House District

NAMI Vision for the Future                                    Daniel Gillison, NAMI CEO

A Year in Review                                   April Chambers, NAMI FL Board President

NAMI Awards Ceremony

  • Affiliate Awards (All volunteer and staff/volunteer)
  • Champion for Recovery Award
  • Don and Judy Turnbaugh Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Award
  • Legislator of the Year Award
  • Provider of the Year Award
  • President’s Unsung Hero Award

Saturday, October 10, 2020  “Mental Health And The Criminal Justice System In Florida”

Documentary:  The Definition of Insanity (To be viewed on your own.  Documentary will be available two weeks before session and immediately before the start of the session on October 9, 2020)

The Definition of Insanity Panel Discussion

  • Steven Leifman, Judge, 11th Judicial Court, Miami, FL
  • Jerry Demings, Mayor, Orange County, FL
  • Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute
  • Justin Volpe, Peer Specialist, 11th Judicial Court, Miami, FL

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT): It Takes a Village = Cooperation, Understanding & Collaboration

  • Michele Saunders, Chairwoman, Florida CIT Coalition
  • Habsi Kaba, CIT Coordinator, 11th Judicial Court, Miami, FL
  • Joyce Carbonell, Florida Sheriffs Associaiton, CIT Training Coordinator

Discussant:  Scott Plakon, Florida House of Representatives, 29th House District

Saturday, November 14, 2020  “Hot Topics In Mental Health”

  • NAMI Homefront – Anita Herron, Manager National Education Programs, NAMI
  • Cohen Veteran Network
    • Elizabeth Sherr, Program Manager, CVN (Jacksonville) Centerstone
    • Karen Blanchette, Program Manager, CVN (Tampa) Aspire
  • Suicide in the State of Florida – Alex Rodriguez, MD, Bay Pines VAMC
  • The Impact of COVID 19 in Florida: Best Practices of Providers and Consumers – Bill Gardam, CEO, Peace River Center and NAMI representatives
  • Racism and Healthcare Disparities in Mental Health – Janet Taylor, MD, MPH, Centerstone

NAMI FL salutes veterans!

Saturday, January 9, 2021  “Improving Care For The SMI Population”

  • Supportive Housing Initiatives in the State of Florida – Carole Matyas, Vice President, Behavioral Health Operations, WellCare
  • Behavioral Health Homes and Improving Medical Care For the SMI Population Using Quality Metrics – Jay Reeve, PhD, CEO, Apalachee Center
  • The Role of Telepsychiatry in Patient Care – Julie Osmanski-Harmon, Senior Director, Behavioral Health Operations, WellCare
  • Reducing Potentially Preventable Events – Marc Rivo, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Quality Medical Consultants (QMC)

Saturday, February, 13 2021  “Ask The Expert”

  • Is a Clinical Trial Right for You? – Stephanie Loomer, Project Manager, Research Services, Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
  • Transmagnetic Stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of mental illness- Walter Griffith, Jr, MD, Private Practice
  • New Pharmacotherapies – David Scheiderer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry, Inc.
  • What is EMDR? – Donna Rininger, Director of Specialty Services, Peace River Center
  • Long-acting Injectables – Soheyla Mahdavian, PharmD, BCGP, TTS, Associate Professor, FAMU College of Pharmacy

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