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The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is a statewide trade association representing hospital-based and freestanding organizations that provide a broad range of treatment and support services to children and adults with mental health, behavioral, emotional and substance use disorders, intellectual/ developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders. 

This year’s conference, Re-Imagining Health Care, will focus on the timely topics of addressing social determinants of health and preparing for participating in a value-based payment system, as well as a variety of important clinical and fiscal topics, and innovative practices. 

The conference provides learning experiences for staff at all levels, including: 

CEOs • Management • Peers and peer advocates • Mental health technicians • Mental health counselors • Nurses • Drug/alcohol counselors • Policymakers • Fiscal staff • Psychiatrists • Health educators • Psychologists • Social workers • Supervisors • Developmental disability specialists • Compliance Officers • Human Resource Professionals 

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To register for the NJAMHAA Conference, you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Click the "Register" button to be directed to purchase your ticket for the NJAMHAA Conference. 

2. You MUST have a TPN.Health profile to attend this event. You will  be directed to the Conference Page to buy your ticket. Once you click purchase - it will direct you to sign up or sign in to TPN.Health before being able to complete your registration. Once you sign up or sign in you will be directed to the NJAMHAA ticket selection page to complete your order.

3. Select the appropriate information and select the day(s) you would like to attend. Add to cart. 

4. You MUST use the email address associated with your TPN.Health profile at checkout. This is important for tracking purposes. 

5. You will receive a confirmation email for your purchase, and your access link will be sent to you prior to the start of the conference. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions!

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10:45 am - 12:15 am 

“Substance Use Disorders/Addiction: What’s Up?"

Presented By Dr. Podesta

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 



LA Department of Health - Office Behavioral Health
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) manages and delivers the services and supports necessary to improve the quality of life for citizens with mental illness and addictive disorders.
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July 2020

About the Conference 

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Gerald D. Shulman, M.A., M.A.C., FACATA

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Joseph M. Kanter, MD, MPH

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 José Calderón-Abbo, M.D

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Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM

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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

“Opioid Use & Abuse in the Context of a Legal Drug Cultures” 

Presented By Dr. Schulman

12:15 pm - 12:55


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Education At-A-Glance

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm Platinum Sponsor 

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Welcome & Introduction 

Scottie Gaskins

Monday, August 31, 2020 | 12:30 pm—5:00 pm

2:15 pm – 3 pm Breakout Session 1

Leadership Track | There is Nothing Artificial about Artificial Intelligence Improving Patient Care in Hos-pices 

Tim Blackmon | Mumms Software | COI 

Clinical Track | The Hospice Drug Profile: Learning to Love It 

Ellen Fulp, Pharm D, MSPC, BCGP | Ava-Care, Inc. | Director of Pharmacy Education  

Family Support Services Track | Connecting Rainbows- The Successful Implementation of Children/ Teens Bereavement Program 

Leigh Ann Feimsters Darty, LCSW, MSW | Hospice and Palliative Care of Ire-dell County | Director of Rainbow Kidz & Meredith Fleming, LCSW | Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell Coun-ty | Rainbow Kidz Grief Counselor


Compliance Track | Part 1: Survey Readiness is NOT Optional – What Do We Do Now? 

Kimberly Skehan, RN, MSN, HCS-D, COS-C | Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC | Director, Regulatory and Quality Consulting  

Physician Track | The Good Death: An Oxymoron? 

Garrett Snipes, MD | Spartanburg Regional Hospice | Medical Director  

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Opening Keynote

"Palliative Care Futurist: Matching Care to Our Patients Needs" 

Diane Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM | Director | Center to Advanced Palliative Care

Break: 2:00 - 2:15 pm

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3:10 pm – 3:55 pm Breakout Session 2

Leadership Track | Palliative Care CAN reduce Hospital Encounters in the Rural Setting while Utilizing Interoperability 

Sara Kivett, BSN, CHPN, RN, OCN | Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County | Director of Palliative Care Services

Clinical Track | Nutrition Topics at End of Life 

Kristi Ford-Scales, MD | Prisma Health | Fellow

Family Support Services Track | Moral Distress During COVID-19; What is it and what can we do about it?

 Risa Hanue, LCSW | AuthoraCare Collective | Director of Education

Compliance Track | Part 2: Survey Deficiencies and Plans of Correction – What Do We Do Now? 

Kimber-ly Skehan, RN, MSN | Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC | Director, Regulatory and Quality Consulting

Physician Track | Effective Methadone Utilization in Hospice and Palliative Care 

Mark Fox, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC | National Medical Director | Kindred at Home & Ellen Fulp, Pharm D, MSPC, BCGP | Ava-Care, Inc. | Director of Pharmacy

4:10 pm - 4:55 pm Breakout Session 3

Leadership Track | Getting the Care to the Patients: Message Discipline and Access to Palliative Care 

Diane Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM | Director | Center to Advanced Palliative Care  

Clinical Track | Managing End-Stage Pulmonary Disease 

Mark Fox, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC | National Medical Director | Kindred at Home  

Family Support Services Track | Pediatric Palliative Care: To Infinity and Beyond 

Conrad Williams, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM | Medical Director, Palliative Care Program Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics | Medical University of South Carolina 


Compliance Track |
 Sales & Compliance Can Work Together 

Alyson Cutshall, LMSW | Chief Growth Officer & Annette Kiser | Chief Compliance Officer | Teleios Collaborative Network

Physician Track | GIP Level of Care: Can We Utilize It? 

Kelly Erola, MD, FAAHPM, FAAFP | Chief Medical Officer | Lower Cape Fear LifeCare

11:10 am - 12:20 pm Closing

"Lessons Learned COVID 19 and Serious Care – Panel Discussion "

Judi Lund Persons 

Diane Meier 

Moderator: Marian Grant

Attendees submit questions ahead of time.

Break: 3:00 - 3:10

8:00 am - 8:15 am Sponsor 

10:10 am - 10:55 am Breakout Session 4 

Leadership Track | Fundraising 101: How to Turn Donors into Investors in Your Organization 

Andy Coe | Convergent Nonprofit Solutions | Principal

Clinical Track | Taking a Step Back is the Best Way to Move Forward – A Review of Diabetes Manage-ment at End-of-Life 

Christine Pham, PharmD, BCGP | Hospice Pharmacy Solutions | Clinical Pharmacist Supervisor

Family Support Services Track | Grief Counseling Interventions with Children 

Kimberly Setzer, MSW, LCSW | Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care | Bereavement Coordinator

Physician & Compliance Track | Physician Compliance in Hospice - What You Did Not Realize 

Sylvia Singleton, RN | Caris HealthCare LP | Corporate Compliance Officer

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Sponsor Break: 10:55 - 11:10

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Sponsor Break: 3:55 - 4:10

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 8:00 am—12:30 pm

Closing: 4:55 - 5:00

8:15 am - 8:25 am 

Welcome & Introduction 

Scottie Gaskins

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Opening Keynote

"Trends in Hospice" 

Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC | Vice President, Regulatory & Compliance | National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

9:30 am - 10:00 am 

44th Annual Award Recognition

Sponsor Break: 10:00 - 10:10

11:10 am - 12:20 pm 

Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers




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Keynote: October 29, 2020

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The Behavioral Market – Disruption & Evolution

Keynote: October 30, 2020

John Talbot, PhD


Behavioral Health Policy and Practice: Post-COVID Innovation