Sixth Annual CT BHP ‘iCAN’ Conference Showcases Behavioral Health Services, Programs and Resources Available to Medicaid Recipients, Agencies and Providers throughout State

ROCKY HILL, Conn. – The Consumer and Family Advisory Council of the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP), administered by Beacon Health Options (Beacon), will host the  sixth annual “iCAN” Conference. The conference showcases the power of partnership among Connecticut HUSKY Health consumers, families, agencies, and providers. This free, virtual event takes place Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  You can participate by registering on the ctbhp.com website.

The “iCAN” conference is committed to supporting consumers and families to successfully self-advocate for needed behavioral health services in order to live their lives to the fullest potential. Presenters will include Keynote Speaker, Alice Farrell, JD, LCSW, MSW, President & CEO, Olive Branch Clinical and Consulting Services, LLC, to be followed by words from Chris Murphy, US Senator, CT. The Partnership’s state partners, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of Social Services (DSS) will also speak.

This year’s conference offers a number of workshops which align with the theme of enhancing our vision of true partnership by breaking through systemic racial injustice.

“Too many Connecticut families, young adults and youth receiving Medicaid services cycle in and out of our mental health and addiction systems because they are not accessing appropriate resources to gain wellness and self-sufficiency,” said George McDonald, member of the Beacon Consumer and Family Advisory Council. “In reality, Connecticut has an array of behavioral health and recovery programs, but consumers, agencies and providers are either unaware of them or they just don’t share the information with each other.”

“The event is made possible by an array of corporate and industry sponsors that are invested in strengthening and increasing access to our behavioral health system in Connecticut,” said Lori Szczygiel, CEO of Beacon Health Options in Connecticut. “We know the state’s services are robust. We hope the conference will raise awareness among consumers, agencies and providers about what services are available and how to get the most from them.”

About CT BHP

CT BHP is a Partnership composed of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), with Beacon Health Options as its administrative services organization.