Topic: Texas Department of State Health Services

Mental Health Needs of Texans Will Be Focus of March 27 Conference

March 11, 2013

Event: "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Texans" conference sponsored by theĀ St. David's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. Online registration closes Friday, March 22, at noon.

Where: Connally Banquet Hall, Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.

Background: "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Texans" is the topic for the 2013 annual research conference presented by the St. David's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

The conference will feature presentations by individuals renowned for their work in mental health and research-based interventions. This year's keynote speaker is Sam Shore, director of Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations with the Texas Department of State Health Services. His presentation is titled "The State of Mental Health Challenges and Innovations in Texas."

Additional speakers include:

  • Michael O'Hara, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa, presenting "Perinatal Depression: How Do We Respond?"
  • Jane C. Maxwell, Ph.D., senior research scientist in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, presenting "Substance Abuse Trends: Old and New Drugs"
  • Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., R.N., professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago, presenting "The Triple Threat: Depression, Diabetes and Health Disparities"
  • Dr. Mark E. Kunik, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, presenting "Interventions to Help Caregivers of Dementia Patients"
  • King Davis, Ph.D., professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, presenting "Mental Health Under the Affordable Care Act and the Congress"

About Shore: Sam Shore, MSSW, LMSW, is director of Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He is also project director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Veteran's Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery grant, a project to implement strategies and train providers for trauma-informed care and trauma-specific treatment to communities across the state. Shore has worked in the Texas public mental health system for 33 years at community and state levels, providing direct client services for inpatient and community mental health programs, directing community mental health programs, and providing training and technical assistance for the state department of mental health.

Co-sponsors of the event are the Jack and Laura Lee Blanton Lectureship in Nursing; the George and Diana Sharpe Perinatal Lectureship in Nursing; Dr. Reuben R. McDaniel Jr., Henry E. Singleton Research Fellow, IC2 Institute; The McCombs Health Care Initiative and the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair in Health Care Management; Sigma Theta Tau International-Epsilon Theta Chapter; and the Center for Social Work Research.

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