BOSTON – Beacon Health Options, a national leader in behavioral health management, announced today its 16th annual sponsorship of the Welcome Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Convention to be held in Washington, D.C. from June 28 – July 1. The theme of the 2017 convention is “Educate, Empower, Engage.”
The Welcome Center serves as the hub for the convention’s more than 2,000 attendees to obtain a wide range of assistance—from taking a moment’s rest from the fast-paced convention activities, to receiving help with mental health issues, such as anxiety or lost or forgotten medication. Clinical staff, including a psychiatrist, are available 24 hours a day to support individuals throughout the convention. Most of the individuals who staff the Welcome Center are certified peer specialists or people with lived experience.
“For just over a decade and a half, our company has had the privilege to serve as a national convention sponsor to NAMI and to help change the conversation about mental illness,” said Beacon Health Options President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Murphy. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with NAMI on promoting these important conversations through our ‘Advocacy in Action’ efforts at the state and federal levels.”
Two Beacon experts will speak at the convention. Program Director Juan De Cardenas will discuss “Measuring Outcomes that Matter” and how patient feedback can inform behavioral health treatment. Vice President, Recovery and Wellness Clarence Jordan will serve on a the “99 Faces” workshop panel that looks at the stigma that is still associated with mental illnesses.
The company also has a booth, no.203, in the convention exhibit hall that provides information on a variety of mental health topics, including tips on peer support and suicide prevention. Beacon will have information on its white paper, “We Need to Talk About Suicide,” which promotes the Zero Suicide model as the best approach to shift how we think about and treat suicide.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research, and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope.