General Session

Navigating the Mental Health Continuum: A Parent’s Perspective – Lisa Fuller, Parent

Like many Mississippi families, Lisa Fuller has navigated the rigorous path of the mental health care system to get her children the help they desperately needed.  Her story sheds light on the need for a congruent system of solutions for families.

The Human Impact of Childhood Trauma – Amelia Franck Meyer, MS, MSW, LISW, CAPSW

Amelia Frank Meyer will bring the perspective of what humans need to survive and thrive, including understanding many behaviors are natural and normal responses to what has happened to us.  Understanding grief and loss, which results from experiencing childhood trauma, helps us understand the current behaviors of children and youth through a new lens of compassion.  Because 67% of US adults have experienced at least one childhood trauma, understanding the life-long impacts of childhood trauma helps us to understand the behaviors of adults, too.

10 Essential Things Everyone Should Know About the Human Impact on Trauma- Amelia Franck Meyer PowerPoint Presentation


Integrating Physical and Mental Healthcare for Children: What Could Work in Mississippi- Tami Brooks, MD, Mississippi Division of Medicaid

Integrated care approaches have been shown to improve health outcomes for individuals with behavioral health conditions. Effective integrated health and mental healthcare can enhance patient engagement, which has been associated with improved patient satisfaction, better quality of life, and improved mental and physical health. Given the prevalence of mental health conditions for Mississippi’s children and the adverse impact that uncoordinated care can have on people’s health, initiatives to integrate physical and mental health care needs to be a top priority for the state.

Integrated Healthcare PowerPoint