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Change Agent Conference

The Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that the 2015 Annual Change Agent Conference:  “Rising to the Challenge” will be held November 3 – 5 at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage.  Save these dates on your calendar now, and follow the link below to complete registration.  The conference will be three full days of information sharing and collaboration between the Division, Providers, the Trust, and the Boards.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.     

Please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Warren or Emily Fairbanks with Event Travel Management if you have any questions or need assistance.  

The Change Agent – Train-the-Trainer – Conference series began in April 2005. Funding for the conferences was initially provided through a SAMHSA CO-SIG (Co-Occurring State Incentive) grant awarded to assist the Dept. of Health and Social Services achieve system integration. Specifically, the Change Agent Conference offered a cumulative series of clinical and managerial training for representatives from DHSS mental health and substance abuse grantee treatment organizations. The change agent participants were tasked with leading their agencies toward developing co-occurring service capability. This was to be accomplished by implementing the administrative, structural, and therapeutic practices that would allow for integrated agency and community treatment services for consumers with co-occurring disorders. The initial training built upon the theoretical constructs of the Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care Model – CCISC (Minkoff, 2002).

However, the focus of the Change Agent Conference has evolved to now include information and instruction on all DHSS/Behavioral Health initiatives related to the development and sustainability of a comprehensive integrated service delivery system. The bi-annual conferences are currently funded through general Department funds. The participants include the executive leadership of all grantee treatment organizations, representatives from State [mental health & substance abuse] Boards and professional associations, as well as key personnel from DHSS/BH and other State departments. The conferences are developed by a multi-stakeholder Planning Committee. Instruction is provided primarily by experts from within the Alaska behavioral health service delivery system, but as well by national industry leaders. The 2-day conferences are designed to be interactive, and to promote the Division’s goal to develop and maintain an openly collaborative business relationship with grantee organizations
and stakeholders.