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Published on September 08, 2014

Second Annual Cape Cod & Islands Behavioral Health Summit Scheduled

The second annual Cape Cod and Islands Behavioral Health Summit: Building Bridges to Recovery will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014, at The Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. The event, which will start at 8 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m., is organized by the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod and the Islands. The Coalition is comprised of 30 organizations, agencies, primary care providers and others serving the mental health needs of residents of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The Summit is sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, Cape Cod Healthcare, Duffy Health Center, Gosnold on Cape Cod, and the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

The objective of this year’s Summit is to promote best-practice models in treating patients with co-occurring disorders. The full-day conference will feature nationally-known presenters/researchers. Providers and others are urged to attend the Summit to:

  • Address substance use and mental health concerns on Cape Cod and the Islands
  • Develop solutions
  • Share knowledge
  • Build relationships
  • Network
  • Learn about specialized programs and therapies
  • Discover opportunities for involvement

“At last year’s inaugural Behavioral Health Summit, we started the conversation around how we can work as a community to make sure our neighbors who struggle with mental health issues can get the care they need. This year’s Summit will continue the dialogue and explore more and better ways to collaborate,” said Michael K. Lauf, President and CEO, Cape Cod Healthcare.

The Summit will include a series of workshops and panel discussions, with a special presentation at 3 p.m., by former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, founder of The Herren Project, who will speak about his battle with substance abuse during his professional basketball career.

Registration for the event will be held from 8 to 8:30 a.m. followed by a welcome and overview of the day from Ron Holmes, Executive Director of NAMI Cape Cod & Islands, and Ray Tamasi, President and CEO of Gosnold Cape Cod. Among the workshop sessions are:

  • Developments in the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care” by Alexander Blount, Ed D, professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and
  • Update on Treatment of Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders” by Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD, Andrew Thompson Professor of Psychiatry and professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.

Afternoon workshops include the launching of the new Barnstable County Department of Human Services web portal, a panel discussion with community physicians to discuss withdrawal and symptom management, and an interactive demonstration on body-based movement interventions for substance abuse treatment.

Diane Wolsieffer, APRN, from Cape Cod Hospital, and Ron Holmes will offer closing remarks at the Summit.

Registration fee for the Summit is $50, with lunch included. Continuing education and CMEs are available. To register or for more information, visit http://www.bhpccapecod.org/.

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