2018 WA State Behavioral Health Employment Conference

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2018


This conference provides a unique venue for the exchange of ideas and
information across all sectors working with persons with behavioral
health conditions with regard to:

1 . Financing employment services, Foundational Community Supports
(FCS) Medicaid Transformation, managed care, and pilot projects from

2 . Educating the workforce on the evidence-based practice Individual
Placement and Support (IPS) and building a learning collaborative with
a focus of continuous quality improvement.

3 . Expanding FCS services for Washington residents who have the
greatest and most immediate needs.

4 . Cross Systems collaboration: Department of Vocational
Rehabilitation, Community Service Organizations (CSO), Manage Care,
Supportive Housing providers, Workforce Development, and Tribal VR.

5 . Culture change to include employment as a recovery-oriented
outcome and social determent of health.

Individuals living with behavioral health conditions constitute a
hidden workforce; one that is often overlooked. Stigma related to
behavioral health conditions, often prevents individuals from
seeking professional help. The unemployment rate for individuals
with a behavioral health conditions is more than 80 percent. The
intent of this conference is to learn ways to decrease stigma and
increase employment for individuals living with behavioral health


For hotel reservations please call the Hotel Murano reservations number 877 986-8083 and ask for the Behavior Health Employment Conference Group Rate.

or visit the Murano website

Room Block is for November 6-7, 2018

Group Rate: $145

Room Block cutoff date: October 16, 2018

Apply to be an Exhibitor or Presenter

If you would like to apply to be an Exhibitor, please fill out one of the following forms and return to staff indicated on the form.  Once forms are returned, the committee will select Exhibitors and you will be informed of  your selection. 

Once selected you will then need to register as either an Exhibitor by returning to this page and clicking "register" below.  Please return form by October 12, 2018:

Exhibitor Form


Scholarships Available
We have some scholarships based on available funds. If you would like to apply for a scholarship click on the link below to download the application. Please follow the directions and send to Tammi Olson. If you are applying for a scholarship please do not register at this time. 

BHC Scholarship Application

  • When

  • Monday, December 3, 2018 - Wednesday, December 26, 2018
    7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Hotel Murano
    1320 Broadway
    Tacoma, Washington 98402

Day 1 Wednesday November 7th, 2018

7:45 – 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 am Conference opens (ADG Room) Melody Pazolt

9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome/ opening remarks: Sue Birch HCA Director

9:15 -10:15 am Open Plenary Session: Keynote- George Brice

10:15 – 10:45 am BREAK

10:45 – 12:00 pm            Workshop Session One (choose one)
                                         1. Documenting Medical Necessity- Joe Marrone (Room ADG)
                                         2. IPS 101 Lisa Bennett-Perry (Room B)
                                         3. Motivational Interviewing-Jennifer Wyatt and Maria Guizar (Room C)
                                         4. Creating a vocational profile and job search planning-Paul Phares (Room E)
                                         5. Peer Role in Employment and Recovery-Pattie Marshall DBHR (Room F)
12:00 – 12:15 pm BREAK

12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm Afternoon Plenary Session (ADG Room) – Stakeholders Panel-How the Health Care                                      System will support employment (Health Care Authority-DBHR, Amerigroup,
                          DSHS, ALTSA, )

1:45 – 2:00 pm BREAK

2:00 – 3:15 pm     Workshop Session Two (choose one)
                              6. Systematic Job Development-Paul Phares (ADG Room)
                              7. Staff Cohesion and Treatment Teams – Gill-Rutgers (Room B)
                              8. Best Practices and Substance Use Disorder-Rachel Post
                                  and Virginia Selleck (Room C)
                              9. Tribal VR and IPS- Jana Finkbonner (Room E)
                             10. WRAP for Employment – Mary Chambers (Room F)

3:15 – 3:45 pm BREAK

3:45 – 5:00 pm     Workshop Session Three (choose one)
                              11. Coordinating Job Seekers and Homelessness-Kate Baber and
                                    Cary Retlin (ADG Room)
                              12. Customized Employment-Laurie Ford(Room B)
                              13. Stakeholders Panel-DVR WorkSource- Jim Kenney, Lisa
                                    Floyd, Katie Mirkovich, ESD representative (Room C)
                              14. Follow Along Support and Supervisor Role-Dawn Miller (Room E)
                              15. Youth Career Planning—Gill-Rutgers (Room F)

5:00 pm Adjourn for the day

Day 2 Thursday November 8, 2018

8:00 – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 am Announcements/Door Prizes

9:00 – 10:00 am Morning Plenary Session (ADG Room) –Showing the New HCA Video on FCS services including a provider and FCS success story. Discussion? Panel? Awards to champion programs

10:00– 10:30 am BREAK

10:30 – 11:45 am                  Workshop Session Four
                                              16. Benefit Counseling- Dustin Krall (ADG Room)
                                              17. Creating Opportunities for Choice – Teesha Kirschbaum (Room B)
                                              18. Job Development with Justice Involvement –TAC –Rachel Post (Room C)
                                              19. Supported Education and New Journeys (Room E)
                                              20. Social Determinants of Health- Joe Marrone (Room F)

11:45 – 12:00 pm BREAK

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

12:45 – 1:00 pm Washington DBHR Initiatives Panel- “Frequently Asked Questions”

1:00 – 2:00 pm Afternoon Plenary Session (ADG Room)-facilitated “Conversations” AKA Crackerbarrel Sessions on specific topics or for specific roles (for networking) _facilitators at table record suggestions and ideas

2:00 pm Conference Adjourns

(note: This schedule was updated on Sept 19, 2018)

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