Behavioral Telehealth and the Fight Against COVID-19

A Webinar: Monday, May 4th, 12:00 to 2:00 pm CST


Keynote Speaker:
Raul Garza is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, leading a $75 million system of integrated health care, community wellness, and child welfare services with more than 35 locations, including 23 community health centers.  With locations in nine counties and over 800 employees, Aunt Martha’s reaches more than 105,000 patients and clients, and impacts the lives of children and adults in some 600 communities across Illinois.

His keynote address is entitled, "Flattening the Curve: Accelorating Access to the Benefits of Telebehavioral Health Care.'





Welcome Remarks  
Nancy Kaszak, Director, Illinois Telehealth Initiative 12:00-12:05
Keynote 12:05-12:15
Raul Garza, Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness  
"Flattening the Curve: Accelerating Access to the Benefits of Telebehavioral Health Care"  
Telebehavioral Health Pulse: Medicare, Illinois and Cook County, and Reimbursement  
Moderator: Sue Sarhage, Healthcare Executive with Telehealth Focus 12:15-12:20
Federal-Medicare Expansion & Impact of Behavioral Telehealth  
Latoya Thomas, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Doctor on Demand 12:20-12:30
Illinois-Legal Overview of Telebehavioral Health During COVID-19  
Sara Shanti, Partner, Benesch Healthcare 12:30-12:40
Cook County-Telehealth & Bahavioral Health During COVID-19  
Dennis Deer, Cook County Commissioner 12:40-12:50
Reimbursement Best Practices  
Amy Edgar, Founder, Children's Integrated Center for Success 12:50-1:00
Best Practices in Telebehavioral Health Services: Providers, Patients & Resources  
Moderator: Sara Agate, MPH Associate, Benesch Healthcare 1:00-1:05
Illinois Provider's Perspective Before, During & After COVID-19  
Dr. Kari Wolf, SIU School of Medicine, Chair, Department of Psychiatry 1:05-1:15
Illinois Perspective on Patients & Cultural Considerations  
Janeth Barba, LCSW, LPHA, Director of Critical Services, Family Service, Association of Greater Elgin 1:15-1:25
Illinois Health System Perspective  
Jodi Mahoney, MBA, North Central Behavioral Health 1:25-1:35
Legal Oulse in NY Tricare & New England Region & Best Practices Suggested by PusueCare, a TElebehavioral and Addiction Services Provider
Daniel Meir, Partner, Benesch Healthcare; Nicholas Mercadante, Co-fouder and Chief Executive Officer, PursueCare 1:35-1:45
Learn About the Resource Center & How It Can Support Telebehavioral Health  

Becky Sanders, Program Director, Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource

Closing Remarks
Nancy Kaszak 










Platinum Sponsor:

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Arnoff LLP 


Sustaining Partner:
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP





Supporting Organizations:
Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Community Behavioral Health Association of IllinoiseHealth Initiative and Foundation
e-Health Initiative & Foundation

Illinois Primary Health Care Association 

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