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Pivot with Purpose

Speaker: Sharon Newport, CAE, Principal, Sharon Newport, LLC

CEO Leadership Roundtable

Speaker: Dr. Karen Batia, Principal, Health Management Associates (HMA)


Why is High Fidelity Wraparound Worth Your Time?


  • Christine Achre, MA, LCPC, Chief Executive Officer, Primo Center For Women and Children
  • Roxana Mendez, High Fidelity Wraparound Therapist, Family Service Association of Greater Elgin
  • Jennette Siebens, MA, LCPC, Director School Based Mental Health, Family Service Association of Greater Elgin


Pivot to Address the Urgent Behavioral Health Needs of Illinoisans (State Panel)


  • Dr. David Albert, Director, Illinois Division of Mental Health (DMH)
  • David T. Jones, Director, Illinois Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR)
  • Kristine Herman, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), Bureau Chief, Behavioral Health


Navigating the Changing Federal Behavioral Health Policy Environment: The Strategy is a Living Ever-Evolving Pivoting Mechanism

Speaker: Joe Parks, M.D., Medical Director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing


Create a Better System for Your Revenue Cycle Management Team to Reconcile Recoupments

Panelists: Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Billing Team

  • Terry Barrett, Executive Director, Revenue Cycle Management, Managed Care Contracting & Growth
  • Karla J. Drehoble, Manager of Managed Care
  • Vashti Brown, Claims Manager

HealthChoice Illinois ADT: A Foundational Tool for Value Based Contracting, Integrated Care and the 1915i Pathway to Success

Presentation Links: 

Martin - CBHA Conference Presentation Slides.pdf

Zaremba CBHA Conference Slides 11.22.21.pdf

Lichstein presentation.pdf

Saafir- Impact of ADT information.pdf


  • Laura Zaremba, Principal, Health Management Associates
  • Gilbert Lichstein, COO, Illinois Health Practice Alliance
  • Gloria Martin, Director, Child and Adolescent Services, Sinnissippi Centers
  • Dr. Rashad Saafir, President/CEO, Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center, Inc.


State Direction: What’s at Stake as Lawmakers Tackle Behavioral Healthcare

Moderator: Patrick Phelan, CBHA Public Policy Committee Chair & President/CEO, Sinnissippi Centers


  • George Hovanec, Consultant
  • David Ormsby, President, David Ormsby, Inc.
  • Liz Brown, Liz Brown-Reeves Consulting
  • Tim Jackson, Director of Government Relations, AIDS Foundation of Chicago

    Creating a Culture That Leads to Retention,  Productivity, and Engagement


    • Annie Fridh, PsyD, Chief Clinical Officer, Sinnissippi Centers
    • Joan Liautaud, PsyD, Senior Director of Clinical Care Operations, Heartland Alliance; and
    • Kerri Brown, Esq., LLM, PHR, Chief Executive Officer, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)

    Driving Culture Change with Positive Psychology

    Speaker: Dr. Annie Fridh

    Creating our Culture

    Speaker: Joan Liautaud

    Pivot to Address the Urgent Behavioral Health Needs of Illinoisans 

    Speaker: David T. Jones

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