2021 NH Providers Association Annual Meeting Symposium

Join us virtually for networking, NH behavioral health updates, association news, and membership highlights!

July 15th, 2021
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
This event has been pre-approved for 4 hours of CEUs by the NH LADC Board and NH NASW.

Registration closes on July 9th, 2021.

We are excited to be able to offer this event FREE to our members.



Preliminary Agenda

9:00am - 10:30am NHPA Annual Meeting | Association Business | Association Updates & Annual Report | Provider of the Year Awards
10:30am - 11:30am Keynote Presentation: Addressing Health Inequity in Behavioral Health Settings
11:30am - 12:30pm Break and Networking
12:30pm - 1:30pm Telepsychiatry: Improving Access & Outcomes
1:30pm - 2:30pm Substance Use in the Wake of COVID-19: Implications for Alcohol Misuse Across the Continuum   
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm Tools to Address Brain Injury After Opioid Overdose
4:00pm - 4:30pm Brain Injury from Opioid Overdose: Community Toolkit | Walkthrough of Available Tools and Resources


Presentation Information 

Addressing Health Inequity in Behavioral Health Settings
Presented by: Aaron Williams 

As we continue to grapple with the overwhelming aspects of an international pandemic, we have also seen an alarming increase in overdose deaths fueled by Fentanyl and rising stimulant-related overdoses. At the same time, people across our nation have taken to the streets, staff meetings and boardrooms to demand change around systemic racism and its devastating effects. Our behavioral health system is rife with less obvious but deeply insidious examples of inequities that significantly impact and hinder long-term recovery. Join us to explore addressing racial disparities and the associated stigmas that lead to poor behavioral health outcomes especially in the treatment of substance use disorders. This webinar will help ensure you have the tools to support all your clients and providers within a trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and recovery-focused lens.


Telepsychiatry: Improving Access & Outcomes
Presented by: Dr. David Fagan & Ameet Katkar 

During the COVID-19 crisis, telepsychiatry has emerged as a powerful tool for increasing access to care throughout New Hampshire. The federal government and states have swiftly implemented regulatory changes to meet urgent needs during this public health crisis. We know that the ongoing changes can be overwhelming, and raise a lot of questions about what the future will look like after this 'new normal'. In this presentation, we will discuss the power of telemedicine in New Hampshire during COVID-19 and beyond. We will discuss how telepsychiatry continues to improve patient outcomes, augments programs to serve clinic needs, and improves access to care for individuals with mental health conditions. Topics include:

  • Telepsychiatry as a powerful tool to increase access to care
  • The impact of COVID-19 on mental health in New Hampshire
  • Regulatory changes in New Hampshire that help fill access gaps
  • Outlining a typical telemedicine workflow
  • Sharing data trends from our behavioral health partners in the Northeast
  • What's next in New Hampshire?


Substance Use in the Wake of COVID-19: Implications for Alcohol Misuse Across the Continuum
Presented by: Dr. Don McNally, Christopher Mulcahy, & Nicole St.Hilaire

The COVID-19 pandemic response has changed the way we live and work as well as access healthcare. These changes and the subsequent “new normal” ahead will have long-standing impacts on the use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. This includes new social norms and the impact across the continuum. Also discussed will be emerging trends including new tools and resources.

  • Alcohol and other drug trends during COVID
  • Alcohol’s unique challenges and impacts
    • Social acceptability and impact on prevalence
    • Opportunities and challenges for treatment
  • Local Resources and critical responses
    • Public health messaging
    • SUD prevention - alcohol messaging
    • Screening and referrals
    • Treatment including access and trends
    • Recovery Resources – apps
    • Trends – dental, recovery housing, in home treatment


Tools to Address Brain Injury After Opioid Overdose
Presented by: Dr. Carolyn Lemsky

In this presentation, Dr. Carolyn Lemsky will provide an overview of brain injury that results from opioid overdose, screening questions that are available, and promising interventions for individuals with co-occurring brain injury and opioid use disorder. This presentation will review:

  • The manner in which opioid overdose can cause injury to the brain and be able to define the terms anoxic and hypoxic. 
  • Signs and symptoms of brain injury that may have been caused by opioid overdose and several ways that treatment outcomes can be obstructed due to the co-occurrence of brain injury and opioid use disorder. 
  • Appropriate screening questions to identify brain injury that results from opioid overdose. 
  • Several promising interventions available in treating the co-occurrence of brain injury and opioid use disorder and applicable methods to use in your own practice through the examination of case studies presented during the lecture.