Policy Forum


March 31, 2011 – 9:00am – 2:00pm

Holman United

Methodist Church

3320 W. Adams Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90018

Directions: Google Maps

Parking: Free Parking On-Site


  • 8:00-9:00 Registration/Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:05 Invocation
  • 9:05-9:15 Welcome and Introduction


  • Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH Director, UCLA Center for Health Services and Society
  • Loretta Jones, MA Executive Director, Healthy African American Families
  • Ron Schraiber, MA Director, Office of Consumer Affairs, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

9:15-10:35 Panel 1: Federal Policy Changes and Impacts on Behavioral Health


Haiden Huskamp, PhD Professor, Harvard Department of Health Care Policy, Francisca Azocar, PhD Vice President, Research and Evaluation, OptumHealth, Michael Ong, MD Assistant Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine


Felica Jones Healthy African American Families, Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS Former White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs

10:35-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Policy-Maker/Agency Leader Question and Answer Session (Q & A)


Roderick Shaner, MD Medical Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Wayne Sugita, MPA Chief Deputy Director, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, LA County Department of Public Health, Elaine Batchlor, MD, Chief Medical Officer, LA Care Health Plan


Jim Gilmore, MBA Behavioral Health Services Inc., Andrea Jones Healthy African American Families

12:15-1:00 Partnership Dialogue/Lunch will be provided


Penny Knapp, MD Medical Director, CA Department of Mental Health, David Gonzalez Client-Peer Relations, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

1:00-1:15 Community Engagement Activity

1:15-2:00 Post-Conference Discussions and Raffle ($20 Target Gift Card; $20 Starbucks Gift Card; iPod Shuffle)

The NIMH Partnered Research Center (PRC) supports academic and community partners as co-equals in research and program development and evaluation to improve community quality of care and health outcomes, in the area of behavioral health.

Who Should Attend?

Leaders of community-based agencies and services programs and interested community members, providers, and researchers.

For questions/follow-up, please contact Pamela Vona at pvona@mednet.ucla.edu, Phone: 310-825-0495

What’s in it for you?

  • Meet and talk with local leaders, community members and research about common concerns for behavioral health
  • Receive information on policy changes from local and national experts
  • An overview of the health reform and parity laws and their potential impact on mental health and substance abuse services
  • Information about medical homes and accountable care organizations, integration of behavioral health and medical services, and about local policy changes such as the California Medicaid waiver and the Mental Health Services Act.
  • Receive fact sheets and references from the Partnered Research Center for Quality Care