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After much discussion and consideration, the ACHE Board of Governors and leadership team have decided to cancel the 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership due to the need for leaders and healthcare organizations to manage their responses to coronavirus (COVID-19) within their communities. Learn more at

Pre-Congress Seminar – Behavioral Health Challenges, Strategies and Solutions: The Business Case for Meeting Community Needs

Sunday, March 22nd

About the Session

With national suicide and addiction rates surging and overdose deaths a familiar headline in many communities, managing access to and cost for behavioral healthcare is becoming a top concern. This seminar provides practical strategies for creating access to comprehensive, high-quality behavioral healthcare services. Discover solutions that can improve outcomes in your community; reduce ED utilization, avoidable inpatient re-admissions, and non-value-added costs; and increase revenue. Gain insights into how to better integrate these services into the overall healthcare delivery and financing system and collaborate more effectively with community partners outside healthcare.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop solutions to address access, drive high-quality outcomes and integrate behavioral healthcare with other services.
  • Explore strategies for building nontraditional community partnerships that are cost-effective and patient-outcome driven.


In support of improving patient care, the American College of Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 12 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Physician Continuing Medical Education
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education
The American College of Healthcare Executives designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Continuing Pharmacy Education
The American College of Healthcare Executives designates this knowledge-based activity for a maximum 12 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.

Physician Assistant Continuing Education
ACHE has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for a maximum of 12 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.


Presented By

Howard J. Gershon, LFACHE

Founding Principal
New Heights Group

Stephen M. Merz, FACHE

Executive Vice President
Diamond Healthcare

Leslie S. Zun, MD

Medical Director
Lake County Health Department