2021 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference: Stronger together- a path forward
Welcome to the 31st annual Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference (WBHC), Stronger Together – A Path Forward. We missed gathering in 2020 as a statewide behavioral health community, and can’t wait to reconvene in June. 2021 will mark the first-ever virtual WBHC; although we arrived here out of pandemic-induced necessity, we’re excited by the new opportunities a virtual event makes possible. We’ve added a fourth featured national speaker, and by reducing fees by 50% and restructuring the daily schedule, we hope to welcome even more participants from across the state. We’re all living in and through incredibly challenging times. Our theme, Stronger Together – A Path Forward, will be supported through critical content on race and equity in behavioral health, COVID-related innovations, connections between corrections and behavioral health, and best practices in team-based care. National and regional experts, consumer leaders, and local providers will share their experience, knowledge, and tools, bringing you timely new resources to use in your agencies and communities. We’re delighted to introduce the 2021 WBHC keynote speakers:
• Victor Armstrong, MSW, an expert on building & strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with behavioral health issues and on behavioral health and the African American community
• Debra Pinals, MD, an expert in bringing recovery principles into correctional settings
• Nic Sheff, speaker & author who shares his authentic & heart-touching story of substance abuse, mental illness, & recovery
• Allison Massari, a trauma survivor & leading healthcare educator on compassion fatigue and patient-centered care.
This virtual event will highlight 35 workshops, with tracks focusing on corrections & mental health, recovery & resiliency, emerging, best & promising practices, management, leadership & operations, race and equity in behavioral health, and more. We gratefully acknowledge support for the WBHC from the Health Care Authority and the Department of Corrections. We hope you’ll join us in June for an outstanding educational event!