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Feb. 13, 2018

The inaugural Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium was held Monday, Feb. 12 at the USC Alumni Center. Students, faculty, professionals and community partners gathered to listen to speakers and a panel of practice and policy community members. The event was sponsored by the College of Social Work and co-sponsored by the Arnold School of Public Health, the School of Medicine Columbia, the School of Medicine Greenville, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing.Small Group Discussion 1 website

Keynote speaker Joseph Parks, MD, Medical Director for the National Council for Behavioral Health, delivered his talk, Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health Care: How Far We've Come. He discussed topics such as, rearranging how hospitals and mental health clinics deliver care and changing the way medical professionals work together. Meera Narasimhan, chair of the neuropsychiatry and behavioral science department at the School of Medicine Columbia, spoke on using telepsychiatry in behavioral health. The innovative method allows practitioners to address healthcare needs throughout the state, especially in rural areas. College of Social Work Professor Christina Andrews also addressed current implementations and future plans for incorporating and advancing integrated behavioral health throughout South Carolina. 

The symposium featured a panel of practice and policy community members from statewide social service organizations and governmental departments. The panel consisted of Sara Goldsby, director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services; Pete Liggett, deputy director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Rick Foster, senior adviser to the South Carolina Hospital Association; Katherine Plunkett, manager of clinical quality improvment of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association; and John Magill, director of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

Following the speakers, each table participated in a small group activity to create and present action steps. The symposium concluded with a reception, poster presentation and awards. Ryan Orland, a student at the School of Medicine Columbia, received the award for best poster.

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