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2012 Annual Symposium Review

The votes are in - and this year's Annual Symposium was definitely a winner!

Kathryn Power, M.Ed.
With the focus on both behavioral health and telehealth, conference attendees heard messages of hope and encouragement from keynote speakers Kathryn Power, M.Ed. and Dr. Terry Rabinowitz.

On day one of the meeting, (HHS Day), SAMHSA Regional Administrator Power reviewed the evolution of mental health treatment and stated SAMHSA's mission: to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Major takeaways included:

  • Behavioral health is essential to health
  • Prevention works
  • Treatment is effective
  • People recover

For the Symposium opener, Dr. Rabinowitz, DDS, MD, Medical Director Fletcher Allen (VT) Healthcare Divisions of Consultation Psychiatry & Psychosomatic Medicine and Telemedicine, gave a compelling review of his personal experiences with telepsychiatry, using actual examples of televised therapy sessions with selected geriatric nursing home patients. Dr. Rabinowitz, who is also Co-Principal Investigator for the NorthEast Telehealth Resource Center, is licensed to practice in New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He demonstrated the enormous savings in time and energy - for both physician and patient - when he conducts a therapy session via telehealth. Patients, even with diminished intellectual capacity, seem to enjoy the interaction. From Dr. Rabinowitz' perspective, the sessions are clearly effective. Equipment can be installed easily in a nursing home, or even in a private home, to enable a telepsychiatry consultation. Dr. Rabinowitz' videos of such sessions were fascinating to the audience.

Dr. Terry Rabinowitz

Whether you attended the Symposium or not, you will find a wealth of practical, immediately usable information on the slides presented by all the speakers. Click here for the keynote talks as well as for the presentations from speakers in the "breakout" sessions.

Other highlights of the two-day Symposium: awards honoring those who have made a significant contribution to access to healthcare in rural areas. Meet the winners here.

A "live" demonstration of telehealth took place on the morning of October 25 at the VA Lewiston/Auburn CBOC (community based outpatient center) arranged by RoundTable Board member Penelope Markle. This session, too, was well attended.


View conference speakers' presentations below:

Telehealth Reimbursement
Success Stories from across New England
Terry Rabinowitz
Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine,
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Medical Director, Telemedicine and Psychiatry
Consultation Services, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Co-PI, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center - Burlington, VT
Download Presentation (PDF/1.83MB)

The Evolving Federal Role in Behavioral Health Services:
Progress Through Collaboration
A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed.
Region I Regional Administrator
Download Presentation (PDF/1.72MB)

SAMHSA's Regioinal Presence & Priorities
A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed.
Region I Regional Administrator
Download Presentation (PDF/1.68MB)

Services to People with Mental Illness
in Emergency Departments via Tele-Health
Dennis MacKay, CEO
Northern Human Services Conway, NH
Download Presentation (PDF/368KB)

Telehealth Reimbursement
Success Stories from across New England
Kim Mohan - NETRC
Peter Kraut - ME
Dennis MacKay - NH
Terry Rabinowitz - VT

Download Presentation (PDF/1.81MB)

SAMHSA / HRSA Collaboration - Behavioral Health
Christopher Bersani, Psy.D., ABPP
Captain, US Public Health Service (USPHS)
Sr. Public Health Analyst/Behavioral Health Lead
Office of Regional Operations (ORO)
Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)
Download Presentation (PDF/73KB)

Supporting our Rural First Responders and
Community Members through Mental Health First Aid
Diane L. Manning, MBA, CBHE
President/CEO, United Services, Inc.
Windham County, CT
Download Presentation (PDF/1.11MB)

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