Summer Institute welcomes keynote speaker, Paolo del Vecchio

When examining multi-sector strategies towards achieving a culture of health, the purpose of Summer Institute, perhaps the first organization to sit at the table and discuss the topic is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMSHA is the lead Federal agency designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness within American communities.

Which is why the CABHP invited director of SAMSHA’s Center for Mental Health Services, Paolo del Vecchio, to speak at this year’s conference. There he will discuss multisector approaches in health services integration that lead the way towards innovation in mental health and recovery services.

Vecchio provides executive leadership for Federal efforts to improve the nation’s mental health service systems. This includes management of the federal and state mental health block grant program and directing a range of programs and activities that address topics such as suicide prevention, children’s mental health, homelessness, disaster mental health, HIV/AIDS, and others.

Previously, Vecchio was the CMHS Associate Director for Consumer Affairs where he directed SAMHSA’s precedent-setting programs and activities that advanced consumer participation and education, a recovery orientation for the mental health system, peer support and the adoption of certified peer specialists, wellness and primary care integration, understanding of trauma histories and the social determinants of health and mental health, and led programs to reduce discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illnesses.

A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University, has published widely, and is a highly sought after national leader and speaker. Paolo has been a leader in many Federal efforts including the Federal Advisory Planning Board for the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, the HHS Multiple Chronic Conditions Initiative, the HHS Living Community Initiative and numerous others.

The four-day conference is July 17-20 in Flagstaff, AZ at the High Country Conference Center.

To register, click here and join Paolo del Vecchio and other presenters for an amazing educational and networking opportunity for Arizona’s healthcare and behavioral health professionals.