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7:30 AM - 8:30 AMRegistration & Networking Breakfast with Sponsors & Exhibitors
8:30 AM - 9:00 AMWelcome Announcements & Chapter Business Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote Address: No Wrong Door: Opening the Doors to Collaboration & Culture Change
10:00 AM - 10:45 AMNetworking Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
10:45 AM - 11:45 AMSession 2: Ensuring Effective Care Transitions for the Behavioral Health Patient in Non-Behavioral Settings
11:45 AM - 1:00 PMNetworking Lunch with Sponsors & Exhibitors
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 3: The Advance Care Planning Continuum: From Advance Directives to POST
2:10 PM - 3:10 PMSession 4: Physician Assisted Suicide/Physician Aid in Dying
3:20 PM - 4:20 PMSession 5: Complex Discharges: Techniques & Tools to a Successful Discharge
4:20 PM - 4:30 PMClosing Remarks & Giveaways

Keynote Address: No Wrong Door: Opening the Doors to Collaboration & Culture Change

Sara A. Link, MS
No Wrong Door Policy Advisor & Lead Strategist
Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services · Henrico, VA

Erika Yssel, BS
No Wrong Door Expansion Specialist
VirginiaNavigator · Henrico, VA

Virginia is recognized as a national leader of No Wrong Door (NWD), bringing streamlined access to long-term services and supports through a statewide public/private collaboration. This interactive workshop will offer participants an insider’s view of this innovative system and network of partners, including technology, person-centered practices, concrete ways to break down silos by providing efficiencies in the business process for home, and community-based services.


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Virginia’s No Wrong Door system and network of partners
  2. Discuss utility and efficiencies of operating a 21st Century technology to streamline and improve services and support to individuals
  3. Describe a person-centered practice as an important vehicle towards systems level cultural change

Session 2: Ensuring Effective Care Transitions for the Behavioral Health Patient in Non-Behavioral Settings

Alison Land, MBA, MHA, FACHE
Vice President, Behavioral Health Services
Sentara Healthcare · Virginia Beach, VA

Integrated Care Management solutions for the Behavioral Health patient can be challenging and complex. This session will discuss the following potential solutions: 1. Consideration of predeveloped collaborative care pathways customized to principle patient populations and a community’s environment and resources (e.g. suicidal, co-morbid substance abuse, chronically disengaged, first episode psychosis, BPD, etc.); 2. Development of a Behavioral Health Transition team to be activated across the continuum to ensure knowledge and expertise is accessible; and 3. Key recommendations to ensure comprehensive transition planning and support.


  1. Recognize the need for Behavioral Health integration as a strategy to enhance care transitions
  2. Understand the benefits and the process for predeveloping customized collaborative care pathways to ensure safe and effective discharge for your behavioral health patients
  3. Identify the key components of a comprehensive transition plan for the behavioral health patient

Session 3: The Advance Care Planning Continuum: From Advance Directives to POST

Rebecca Gruszkos, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Advance Care Planning Project Educator/ First Steps Last Steps ACP Instructor/Respecting Choices Organization Faculty
Bon Secours Medical Group · Richmond, VA

As health systems and communities formalize Advance Care Planning (ACP) education and processes, it is increasingly important for health professionals to have up-to-date knowledge of Virginia documents and regulatory changes. This session will provide an overview of ACP documents for healthy adults through those with limited life expectancy, and a summary of regulatory updates related to ACP in Virginia.


  1. Explain the meaning of POST
  2. Identify two differences between advance directives and Virginia POST
  3. Understand the patient population that is appropriate for Virginia POST

Session 4: Physician Assisted Suicide/Physician Aid in Dying

Steven Wilks, MD
Medical Director
Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital · Bethesda, MD

This presentation will include ethical issues, the legalities, and the current state of physician assisted suicide. The patient dynamics will be identified along with the ethical, moral, and legal concerns for physician and medical personnel. The medical criteria will also be identified for which patients could use physician assisted suicide.


  1. Identify ethical concerns
  2. Discuss societal issues
  3. Explain the current state of assisted suicide

Session 5: Complex Discharges: Techniques & Tools to a Successful Discharge

Anne Childs Freeman, MSW, LCSW, ACM
Case Manager
Reston Hospital Center · Reston, VA

Maurice Haskins, MSW, LGSW
Rehabilitation Case Manager
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Acute Rehabilitation · Alexandria, VA

Complex discharges can be quite a challenge. However, every case manager has at their disposal a toolbox full of resources, methods and materials to handle these types of discharges. The goal of this session is to review real world examples of complex discharges and identify tools already available to case managers to successfully and safely discharge these types of patients.


  1. Identify resources and barriers to complex discharges
  2. Learn the tools of a case manager which can help break the barriers of a complex discharge
  3. Discuss strategies for utilizing a difficult discharge assessment tool

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