2022 NAMI Minnesota State Conference
2022 NAMI Minnesota State Conference
Join us on Saturday, November 5th to hear from Dr. Kisha B. Holden (see bio below) as she presents on Charting a Path Forward: Towards Reducing Mental Health Disparities and Advancing Health Equity.
Later, you will have the opportunity to attend 3 workshops of your choosing as well as help us recognize the contributions of this year's NAMI award winners during our annual Awards Luncheon. We will conclude the day with a closing keynote from Breathwork Facilitator Bryan Piatt (see bio below) and our Annual Meeting.
Thank you to our Sponsors who make this event possible! The conference is sponsored in part by United Healthcare, Medica Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Optum, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Rogers Behavioral Health, LynLake Centers for Wellbeing, Northwood Children's Services, Vail Place, Bremer Bank, Newport Healthcare, Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and WRAP Technologies.
8:00 am | Registration Opens
9:00 am | Opening Remarks
9:15 am | Opening Keynote by Kisha B. Holden, PhD, MSCR
10:15 am | Break
10:30 am | Breakout Session 1
11:30 am | Awards Luncheon
1:00 pm | Break
1:15 pm | Breakout Session 2
2:15 pm | Break
2:30 pm | Breakout Session 3
3:30 pm | Closing Keynote by Bryan Piatt
4:00 pm | Annual Meeting
4:30 pm | End
This year's conference will feature 18 breakout sessions, with sessions for individuals living with mental illnesses, family members, advocates, and professionals.
The Impact of the Pandemic on Children and Youth - Presented by Jody Nelson of Change Inc. and Mark Sander of Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Public Schools
Foster Advocates: Fosters Speak Out - Moderated by Hoang Murphy of Foster Advocates
Mental Health Through a Cultural Lens - Presented by Comfort Dondo of Phumulani: Minnesota African Women Against Violence
2022 Legislative Session - Presented by Sue Abderholden, Elliot Butay, and Calvin Melloh of NAMI Minnesota
Optimizing Care for Early Stage Bipolar Disorder - Presented by Piper Meyer-Kalos of the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Kate Miley of M Health Psychiatry Clinic
The Importance of Employment in Recovery - Presented by Vanessa Gallagher and Kari Olson Lleva of the Minnesota Individual Placement & Support Services State Team
LiveMore ScreenLess - Promoting Digital Wellbeing for and with Young People - Presented by Maree Hampton of LiveMore ScreenLess
Overview of Substance Use Disorder Services - Presented by Nway Linn of Wayside Recovery Center and Amelia Fink of State Of Minnesota’s Behavioral Health Division
Making Our Voices Heard: Voting Rights for All - Presented by Melissa Hensley of Augsburg University's BSW Program
Criminal Justice Reform - Presented by Elliot Butay of NAMI Minnesota, Ryan Flynn of the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi, and KyleeAnn Stevens of the Minnesota Department of Human Services
The Impact of Gender-Affirming Care - Presented by Ryan Fouts of RECLAIM
Strategies for Self-Care - Presented by Catherine Christiansen and Danielle Thornton of NAMI Minnesota
Peer Specialists – Their Important Role - Presented by Shelley White of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division
The Impact of War on Mental Health - Presented by Jesse Valentin of the Center for Victims of Torture and Jane Reilly of Stillpoint Engage
Juvenile Justice - Moderated by Elliot Butay of NAMI Minnesota and Presented by Neese Parker of Youthprise and Malaika Eban of the Legal Rights Center
Treatment Options and Supports for People Who Are Neurodivergent and Live with a Mental Illness - Presented by Elizabeth Reeve of HealthPartners, Licensed Psychologist Cindy Nollette, and Rachelle Hansen of Stepping Stone Clinic
Affiliate Meet-Up: Conversations with Affiliate Leaders - Facilitated by Dana Malan of NAMI Minnesota
Keynote Speakers Bios
Kisha B. Holden, PhD, MSCR
Dr. Kisha B. Holden has dedicated her career to encouraging mental health and well-being among ethnically and culturally diverse families through research, programmatic initiatives, and the development of innovative strategies for informing health policies. She has placed a special emphasis on addressing the needs of underserved and underrepresented populations that are often overlooked, yet prevail in contributing to the myriad of health disparities. She aims to: (1) promote excellence in community-based clinical and translational mental health research, (2) develop innovative programs that improve accessibility of individuals to comprehensive healthcare, and (3) develop culturally centered, gender specific, resilience based prevention and intervention models for individuals at risk for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Bryan Piatt is a breathwork facilitator, yoga teacher and meditation guide. A former news anchor and reporter in the Twin Cities, Bryan is currently the host of the "Take What Serves. Leave the Rest" podcast - which is aimed at creating safe spaces to talk about mental health. Bryan has spoken at several companies and organizations, publicly sharing his journey with anxiety and OCD.
Ticket and Scholarship Information
Tickets cost $100 for nonmembers and $65 for members. CEU credits cost an additional $20. Scholarships are available upon request. Contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CEU credit is available for social workers from the Minnesota Board of Social Work. We are also applying for CEU credit for LPCs and LPCCs from the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, and for LMFTs from the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
It is the individual licensee's responsibility to ensure that this event meets their continuing education requirements.
Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information
Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available at several different levels. To become a sponsor, please contact Christine by October 10 at email@example.com.
Attendees are encouraged to park in the RiverCentre Parking Ramp which is located on Kellogg Boulevard and offers skyway access to Saint Paul RiverCentre.