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Digging Deeper: School Policing in Allegheny County
Slots still available for free webinar
April 7, 2022, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm EST

Schools should be safe places for learning, but the increased presence of police in schools has made schools less safe for some students, particularly students of color and students with disabilities. As school administrators, school boards, parents, and advocates seek to better understand the role police are playing in their schools, it is important to both listen to students and to critically examine data. But can the community count on data about school policing in schools? A recently-released report by ACLU of PA, Student Arrests in Allegheny County Schools: The Need for Transparency and Accountability, has found serious discrepancies and inconsistencies in how schools report student arrests and citations. While flawed, some patterns clearly emerge, including that race and disability-based disparities in policing are greater in Pennsylvania than the national averages, and that Pittsburgh has higher rates than other parts of the state. The co-authors of the report will present their findings, and we’ll discuss the implications.

Race + Disability Check-in: Representation in Media and Society
April 19, 2022, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm EST

1 in 4 people in the US has a disability, yet disability is not widely portrayed in mainstream culture. Movements like #DisabilityTooWhite have shone a light on the limited scope of disability representation in media and society. In this interactive lunchtime conversation, we will unpack mainstream depictions of disability with an eye to how they engage with white supremacist culture as well as how they harm people people of color and people with disabilities.

You can always find the full list of upcoming programs here and recordings from past programs here.

Foothold Technology is hosting a series of webinars and podcasts related to staffing, social determinants of health, and DEI. Descriptions, times/dates, and registration details are below.

Webinar/Panel — Caring Companies: Shifting the Focus to Staff Retention and Well-Being
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
1:00 pm EST

In the disability field, when we talk about the care economy and specifically the workforce crisis, a lot of attention has been focused on recruitment, so we wanted to shift the focus to retention, staff well-being, and the unpaid workforce. Come join Elliot Massuda, the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Foothold Technology, as he engages in a live conversation with industry experts about the Care Economy. Visit here for more information and to register.

Webinar/Panel — Identifying Impact: How to Find Common Language Around SDoH
Thursday, March 31, 2022
1:00 pm EST

Social Determinants of Health have always been mission critical to our community. Now, it’s getting the much needed attention that it deserves. Although there’s a lot of buzz around SDoH, there are still many obstacles providers face when trying to get paid for SDoH services and demonstrating the impact of these services.

Come listen to a panel of industry experts talk about the landscape of SDoH, some initiatives to improve funding of these services, and where they see these efforts going. Visit here for more information and to register.

Sharing In Our Caring — Episode 4 | An Ongoing Journey in Committing to Do Better 

We just launched our next episode on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are so relevant in our world right now that we would be remiss not to discuss it. In this episode of “Sharing in Our Caring” (a platform for human services professionals, policy-makers, and thought leaders to shed light on the topics and trends impacting their industry), hosts Elliot Massuda and Natalie Wright-Umoh discuss the importance of DEI and how that work has become more prominent. They are joined by Cindy Joseph, the Founder and CEO of The Cee Suite, who shares her experience as a talent management consultant, with a specialized focus in DEI. Tune in to hear the insights Cindy shares with organizations that are making a commitment to this work. Visit here to listen. “Sharing In Our Caring” is available on most podcast platforms.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm EST

Hosted by the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) and Optum

Efforts nationwide to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are critical to advancing a more just and equitable society. However, the strategies and approaches to promoting equity can be drastically different given the organizations leading these efforts as well as the regional and cultural contexts in which they occur. Please join NACBHDD and Optum as we explore DEI efforts nationwide from state, local, and corporate partners. Our expert panel will also highlight timely resources to help your organizations promote similar efforts.


Cost: FREE

Speakers include:

  • Introductory remarks by Dan Ohler, Vice President, Public Sector Growth at Optum Health; Former Board Chair, NACBHDD
  • Moderated by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, former President and CEO, NACBHDD; Adjunct Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California
  • Michelle Cabrera, Executive Director, County Behavioral Health Directors of California
  • Gilbert Gonzalez, Director, Bexar County Department of Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Graham McLaughlin, Vice President of Social Responsibility, Optum
  • Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO, New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA)
  • Lynda Zeller, Senior Fellow, Behavioral Health, Michigan Health Endowment Fund; former Commissioner for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Panel Bios

Dan Ohler
Dan has over 25 years of experience working with state and local government in the behavioral health space, including being a past President for NACBHDD. Since joining Optum in 2014, he has worked with state and county government clients in the behavioral space. Dan has a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from West Liberty State College.

Ron Manderscheid, PhD,
Ron Manderscheid, PhD, is the former Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. Concurrently, he was Executive Director of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Dr. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Cosmos Club, the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, the NASMHPD Research Institute, and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International and in several federal leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout his career, he has emphasized and promoted peer and family concerns. He has also authored numerous scientific and professional publications on services to persons with mental illness and substance use conditions.

Michelle Cabrera
Michelle is the Executive Director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, a statewide association representing the behavioral health directors from California’s 58 counties, in addition to the Tri-City (Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne) and City of Berkeley Mental Health Authorities. In addition to her current work, Ms. Cabrera has been appointed to the California Disability and Aging Community Living Advisory Committee and served as an appointed member of Governor Newsom’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in foreign service.

Gilbert Gonzalez
Gilbert has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of substance abuse and mental health, crisis prevention, and treatment provision. He currently serves as Director of the Department of Behavioral Health for Bexar County. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Gonzales received his bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Trinity University.

Graham McLaughlin
Graham leads the health equity-focused social responsibility program for Optum, a global health services organization with over 175,000 staff members across 150 global offices serving 124 million individuals, 4 out of 5 US hospitals, over 200 health plans, and over 100,000 healthcare facilities. Prior to Optum, Graham launched and led the corporate responsibility program at The Advisory Board Company, a publicly traded health services firm, and has also been a management consultant for Fortune 500 organizations and a wilderness therapy instructor.  Graham graduated Summa Cum Laude from UNC-Chapel Hill with a dual degree in psychology and management.

Debra L. Wentz, PhD.
Debra L. Wentz, PhD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NJAMHAA and Executive Director of the New Jersey Mental Health Institute. Dr. Wentz holds numerous board and committee positions and appointments on the state and national levels, including several at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. She currently serves as the Chair of the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma. Dr. Wentz earned a doctoral degree from University of Paris, Paris, France; a second PhD and MA degree from the University of Connecticut; and an executive MBA from the Alternative Careers Program of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. She completed undergraduate work at Goucher College, Maryland. She is bilingual in French and English.

Lynda Zeller
Lynda is the Senior Fellow, Behavioral Health for the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Prior to this role, she served for seven years as the deputy director for the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In this position, Lynda functioned as the State Authority for all community-based mental health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities policies and services.