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 Examples of Streamlining ED Operations: Steps Toward a Safer and More Efficient Psychiatric Emergency Services.
Stuart Buttlaire, Megan Schabbing, Peter Brown
9:45 am Optimizing Throughput for a Particularly Challenging Patient Populations
Megan Schabbing
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; Agitation Management, and the Role of Psychotrophic Medication in the ED
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 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!