Summer Institute
for Behavioral Health

The ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy is excited to announce that the 21st Annual Summer Institute returns to the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff Tuesday through Thursday, July 14-16, 2020. 

The Summer Institute provides a variety of sessions for today’s healthcare and behavioral health professionals and partners, showcasing keynotes from nationally recognized researchers and experts, and more than 40 breakout sessions addressing a wide range of topics relevant to those working in the field. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share, network, and interact with your peers and industry leaders.

Meet nationally recognized experts, innovative local and government leaders, educators, researchers, clinicians, peer support specialists, counselors, outreach providers, and other professionals. Over 400 individuals from numerous private, state and federal agencies attend this conference each year.

We are adding additional Continuing Education credit programs. This year, we will offer:

• Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
• National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
• National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
• American Psychological Association (APA)
• Continuing Medical Education (CME) 
• Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) New!

Call for Presentations

The theme of this year’s conference is Mind the Gap and will focus on improving gaps in the continuum of care, underserved populations, healthcare policy, cross-sector partnerships, self-care and compassion fatigue, drug and alcohol education, emerging trends, industry revenue and budgeting, peer & family support, faith-based support, recovery, healthcare disparities, technology and innovation and more.

Behavioral health of individuals and families remains the overarching focus of the Summer Institute. Presentations demonstrating creativity and innovation in the delivery of behavioral health care to diverse and underrepresented members of our community are encouraged. Presentations need to be fact-based, but not necessarily data driven.

Consider presenting ground-breaking and impactful initiatives. Application deadline is 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) on May 1, 2020. Lead presenters will be notified of their presentation status on or prior to May 15, 2020.

Read the Full Call for SubmissionsSubmit your presentation

Important Dates

Call for Presenters Due: May 1, 5:00 PM (AZ time)
Selected Presenters Notified: May 15, 2020
Registration Opens May 15, 2020
2020 Conference: July 14-16, Flagstaff, AZ

Conference Pricing

Full Conference (3 Days) - Early Bird$595
Full Conference (3 Days) - After April 20$695
Single Day Registration (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday only)$300
Arizona Behavioral Health Awards - Gala Only$100

Conference Hotel

Drury Flagstaff

Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff
300 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Telephone: (928) 773-4900

Please make your reservations by Thursday, June 18, 2020 to receive the group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number 2386814.



Scholarships are provided by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Summer Institute expects between 350 and 500 guests this year, and exhibition space is limited. Download the sponsorship packet. 

For additional information,
contact Kevin Bushaw

Kevin Bushaw
Conferences & Events Manager

Keith Smith
Logistics Coordinator 

Arizona Behavioral Health Awards Gala

The 2020 Arizona Behavioral Health Awards Gala will take place Thursday, July 16 at the closing of the Summer Institute, and includes a networking mixer, plated dinner, short program, followed by music and celebration!

Gala tickets are included with Single Day or Full Conference Registration, however you must RSVP to attend, and space is limited. Award presenters and recipients will be provided with complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest. Award nominations and registration opens March 10