2021 Pre-conference Session

IBHI Seminar on Improving Emergency Care For People With Behavioral Health Problems
Cost to attend is $400.

Register here for this pre-conference.


  • Stuart Buttlaire Ph.D. Regional Director of Behavioral Health for Northern California Kaiser Permanente
  • Megan Schabbing, MD Medical Director Psychiatric Emergency Services OhioHealth Behavioral Health Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Leon Evans MSW Three Bears Consulting
  • Wayne Young MBA, LPC, FACHE Harris Center Houston
  • Keith Brennan, J.D. Assistant Counsel  New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Peter Brown MA Exec. Dir. IBHI
8:00 amOpening, Faculty Introductions and Schedule for the day
8:15 am Hearing from the participants – getting acquainted with each other:
Where are you from?
What is your role in the department of facility?
Briefly: What brought you to the seminar and what are the issues you are facing?
8:45 am Brief Introduction
9:00 am Addressing through-put of consumers needing emergency care with specific reference to challenging populations and children
Megan Schabbing
9:45 am Examples of Streamlining ED Operations Techniques for understanding the flow problems and reducing boarding in EDs and ways to develop changes in the operation.
Stuart Buttlaire, Megan Schabbing, Peter Brown
10:15 am BREAK
10:30 am Meeting the challenge of engagement with criminal justice agencies establishing the needed treatment modalities and venues
Wayne Young
Developing community collaboration in achieving adequate treatment response
Leon Evans
12:30 pm LUNCH BREAK
1:00 pm Legal issues in emergency department operations related to behavioral health patients and ways to address them
Keith Brennan
2:15 pm Important topics in ED management: suicide; managing agitation; decisions about medication
Megan Schabbing, Stuart Buttlaire
3:15 pm BREAK 
3:30 pm Break out groups – faculty facilitated
Planning to improve your facility and program. Participants use what they have learned to develop their own plan for community improvement with faculty support including improving engagement with community.
4:15 pm Discussion of Participants plans for their own Emergency Departments
4:45 pm Summary and evaluation
5:00 pm Adjourn

Email peter@IBHI.net for more information!