2023 IBHI Pre-Conference Seminar


Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement

Seminar on Improving Emergency Care for People With Behavioral Health Problems

This seminar is designed to help teams of Emergency Department health care professionals and administrators assess challenges and better organize operations to respond to the needs of individuals, and produce better outcomes. 

Upon completion of the Seminar participants will be able to: 

  • Identify ways to expedite crisis care 
  • Identify ways to reduce the number of people needing Emergency Department care. 
  • identify ways to expedite appropriate placement of people with behavioral health crises 
  • Identify ways to restructure cooperation with law and justice organizations. 
  • Have a plan for addressing your particular issues.


  • Stuart Buttlaire, Ph.D. Regional Director of Behavioral Health for Northern California Kaiser Permanente
  • Kristen D. Daugherty, LISW, LCSW, MBA CEO for Emergence Health Network
  • Leon Evans, MSW Three Bears Consulting
  • Abbey Cotter, BSN, RN, Director – Behavioral Health Services via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc.
  • Jeff Spight, Mind 24-7 Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
  • Peter Brown, MA Exec. Dir. IBHI
8:00 amOpening: Faculty Introductions and schedule for the day
8:05 am Creating a better system of care: The process of change and the focus of the seminar
Peter Brown
8:25 am Organizing crisis care and expediting treatment
Jeff Spight
9:05 am Round table Q and A: Expediting care
9:35 amOrganizing for care prevention early interdiction
Kristen D. Daugherty
10:15 am BREAK
10:25 am Round table Q and A: Prevention early interdiction
11:00 am Learning to place people in appropriate care  
Abbey Cotter
11:40 am Round table Q and A: Placing people in appropriate care
12:10 pm Adjourn

Cost to attend is $200

Email Peter Brown, peter@IBHI.net, for more information on the seminar!
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