Re-Visioning Recovery: June 3 MHA of Westchester Conference

The Mental Health Association of Westchester County


33rd Annual Ira S. Stevens Conference

Monday, June 3 , 2013


Re-Visioning Recovery Services in a Newly Organized Health System: What Helps?


The systems through which we provide, participate,regulate and pay for health care are changing profoundly and rapidly. Join us to learn and explore cutting-edge tools that work to help individuals achieve the life goals that matter to them.


      A conference for those who provide, participate in and plan behavioral health services.





Elyn Saks, Author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness will speak about her own journey

and draw implications for policy.

Professor Saks specializes in mental health law, criminal law, and children and the law at the USC Gould School of Law.

(via recorded video; lunchtime Q&A live via remote connections)


Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH will introduce the new OMH initiative

OnTrackNY- the first phase of NY State's initiative to provide optimal and rapid services to individuals experiencing the onset of disorders such as schizophrenia. 

Dr. Dixon is Director, Center for Practice Innovations,

NYS Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University,

College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Ron Diamond, MD, Medication as a Tool for Recovery

Dr. Diamond will discuss the use of medication as

a tool in a multi-dimensional approach to helping

people move toward their life goals.

Dr. Diamond  is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry and consults  to the Wisconsin Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.


Kristin Woodlock, RN, MPA, New York State Office of Mental Health and Today's Health Care Landscape

Ms. Woodlock is the Acting Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health.


Grant Mitchell, MD, NY SAFE Act
Dr. Mitchell is Commissioner of Westchester County

Department of Community Mental Health.


Georganne Chapin,"Inconvenient for the System." Whose Lives are We Saving?

Ms. Chapin is President & CEO of Hudson Health Plan


Jessica Arenella, PhD, Making Sense of Voices Using the Hearing Voices Network (HVN) Approach

Dr. Arenella is in private practice and Co-Facilitates a

Hearing Voices Group.




co-sponsored by




MHA Westchester

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Hudson Health Plan

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Westchester County

 Department of Community

Mental Health

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Panel Discussion:  Challenges of Engaging "difficult-to-engage" individuals in services.  How do we help people avail themselves of services and supports when they are uninterested? do not experience themselves as having "a problem"? or have been in services for long periods of time and have lost hope for a life "beyond services"?


Panelists include: Nazlim Hagmann, MD, Psychiatrist, Private Practice; Peter Stastny, MD, Consulting Psychiatrist, NYC Department of Mental Health; Lecturer, Columbia University Department of Epidemiology; Cindy Peterson-Dana, LMHC, Director, Sterling Community Center of MHA Westchester; Private Practice; Melissa Marcotrigiano, Graduate Student, WurzweilerSchool of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Moderator:  Dr. Ron Diamond




Monday June 3, 2013

DoubleTree by Hilton, Tarrytown, NY 10591

8:30 am to 4:30 pm 


For more information contact Chuck Rosenow


or call 914-345-5900 ext. 7528

 or visit our website to view full conference brochure

The Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc.

580 White Plains Road - Suite 510

Tarrytown, NY 10591


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