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2012 Mid-Atlantic Integrated Care Conference

On March 15 and 16, 2012 practitioners, community stakeholders, policy makers, educators, and students from five states met at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA to exchange information related to Integrated Care. Participants were offered both introductory and advanced concepts related to Integrated Care, which is the practice of combining medical and mental health treatment in a central setting. Introductory topics included clinical models of service, developing relationships between providers in multidisciplinary treatment teams, billing practices, population-based treatments, and academic internship opportunities. Advanced topics, including telepsychiatry, advanced clinical models, bi-directional Integration, psychopharmacology, and national trends in managed care were also presented. Keynote speakers included Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, immediate past president of the Collaborative Family Health Association, and UVA Telepsychiatrist, Dr. Richard Merkel, Jr. The conference was sponsored by the Radford University Department of Counselor Education, Radford University’s Center for Integrated Care Training and Research, Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Services, and the Virginia Community Healthcare Association. Counselor Education faculty member Dr. Cathy Hudgins provided leadership and was instrumental in the developing, organizing and making the conference a great success.