The OPEN MINDS Children’s Services Leadership Summit: New Opportunities For Serving Children With Complex Needs

Sponsored by Akili

August 30, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT

The world has sustained a massive shift, and children have been unfairly affected, perhaps more than any other population. In this all-day summit focused exclusively on children’s services, we will explore the most pressing issues facing children in the next normal. Join our experts as we hear about innovative programs serving children with complex needs and learn how your organization can incorporate new contract and revenue opportunities into your strategic plan for successful sustainability.


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Executive Networking Breakfast & Registration

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Keynote Address

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Break

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Help At Home: Children’s Medical Homes

All children should have access to quality care throughout their development. Sadly, this is not always the case, and this access issue is one that can potentially be solved through Children’s Medical Homes. In the approach toward true patient-centered care, a medical home can provide exactly that, especially given the need for a medical specialty and developmental, therapeutic, or behavioral health need. By offering wrap around services in the community these medical homes can achieve true care coordination, and especially for those requiring special health needs. Medical homes can help increase access to quality care, provide children with better health overall, and lower medical costs to taxpayers and the state.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Rise Of Behavioral Health Emergency Departments For Children In Crisis

From the period of 2007 to 2016 pediatric emergency room visits for deliberate self-harm rose 329% and visits for all mental health disorders rose 60%. Now, think about those children presenting to a traditional emergency department and what that environment looks, sounds, and feels like. The vast majority of children in behavioral health crisis do not need medical care, and/or do not need admission to either a hospital or a psychiatric facility. Many hospitals have started to recognize this issue and have begun to seek alternative ways of meeting the needs of children experiencing a mental health crisis or concern. Then comes the need for bridge services and ensuring follow through into the community – learn how your organization can become a part of the solution.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch & Learn Sponsored By Akili

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Serving Children With The Most Complex Needs

Individuals under 21 with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) diagnosis and a major mental illness diagnosis are at risk of being unable to remain in their community due to their complex needs. Many provider organizations have felt lost in their ability to navigate the complexities of these individual’s needs. While other groups view these individuals as some of our most vulnerable and attempt to do everything they can to assist. Children with the most complex needs require thoughtful, individualized services and support, which can be a challenge to even the savviest of provider groups. Hear from organizations that are attempting to support children with complex medical and mental health needs by providing innovative programs and supportive services, and how they have been able to implement and duplicate their efforts.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. How Technology Integration Is Revolutionizing Care For Children

Children are some of the quickest adopters of new technology, so it should be of no surprise that the some of the greatest growth in this area is with children-focused technology enabled solutions to meet their care needs. Whether it’s through tech-enabled behavioral health smart homes, in-school virtual pediatric services, online therapy for teens, or digital treatment options there are many ways that provider groups specializing in children’s services are leading the way in tech adoption and integration. Is your organization poised to incorporate technology into your practices in a meaningful, effective way?

Kim Bond, MS, LMFT, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS