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New England Alliance for Health (NEAH): Conference on Mental Health Care in Rural NH/VT
We CAN do Better

Research shows that 43.8 million people are affected by mental illness in the US and that number has remained consistent over the years. More than half of these patients do not or cannot receive the services they need. Caring for the mentally ill in our rural communities presents challenges and opportunities for everyone working with this patient population. The conference will include presentations from caregivers as well as patients. You will receive helpful information, and learn about available resources and practical strategies for improving mental health care in your organization and community. We CAN do better!

This program is being provided in conjunction with The New England Alliance for Health.

Activity Details
Start Date: September 30, 2019
End Date: September 30, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 am)
Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Auditoria E & F
Lebanon, NH
Download: Event Flyer

Registration is online and by credit card only. The registration fee is $25. 

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Need-based scholarships are available; please contact Amanda Sanchez at Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $10 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

If you need to cancel your registration, please call (603) 653-1234 or email clpd.support@hitchcock.org. Cancellations should be made 10 days in advance. If you need to cancel within 10 of this event please email: Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org

Please note that we provide a simple light breakfast and/or lunch depending on conference times: options are limited. If you have specific dietary needs, please plan to bring your food with you to the conference. For conferences that are held on-site at DHMC, there are several options available for food purchases including our two hospital cafeterias.

Keynote Presentation: The Physiology of Addiction: Dual Diagnosis and Treatment on the Front Lines, Presented by Ruth A. Potee, MD

Ruth A. Potee, MD, is the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections; The Director of Addiction Services for Behavioral Health Network; The Medical Director for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District; Co-Chair of Healthcare Solutions Committee of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region.

Dr. Ruth Potee is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician who works in western Massachusetts. She attended Wellesley College, Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency at Boston University where she remained an assistant professor of Family Medicine for eight years. She is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Director of Addiction Services for Behavioral Health Network, and the medical director for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District as well as the Co-Chair of the Healthcare Solutions Committee of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. She was named Franklin County Doctor of the Year by the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2015. Dr. Potee engages communities in discussions surrounding substance abuse through her wide ranging series of talks.

Speakers & Topics
8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome
~ Susan Reeves, EdD, RN, CENP
9:15 am - 10:30 am Keynote - The Physiology of Addiction: Dual Diagnosis and Treatment on the Front Lines
~ Ruth A. Potee, MD
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am In Our Voices: Living With Mental Illness
~ John T. Broderick, Jr., JD, BA – Moderator
~ Kim LaMontagne, MBA
~ Todd Donovan, NRP
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch (Provided)
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Adversity and Trauma During the Developing Years: Impact on the Mind, Body, and Soul
~ Erin Barnett, PhD
1:15 pm - 1:25 pm Room Change
1:25 pm - 2:10 pm Break Out: Session One
  1. Beyond the Stigma
    ~ Elaine de Mello, LCSW
  2. Safely and Effectively Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Older Adult
    ~ Maryjane Corgnati, PMHNP
    ~ Paul Capcara, MPH, RN
  3. Creating a Non-Violent Work Space
    ~ Jill Maynard, BSN, RN, SANE, CEN
  4. Trauma Informed Care in the Healthcare Setting
    ~ (Mary) Kay Jankowski, PhD
2:10 pm - 2:25 pm Break
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm Break Out: Session Two
  1. Evidence-Informed Suicide Prevention Practices for Healthcare Providers
    ~ Ann Duckless, MA
  2. Managing Agitation and Aggression
    ~ Sara Gilbert, APRN
  3. Connecting To The Community; Addressing Social Determents in the Emergency Department
    ~ Colleen Twomey, MS, BA
    ~ Michael Brigati, BSN, RN, MBA/MHA, CEN, NR-P, CCP-C
  4. Bridging the Gap: How the Collaborative Care Model Can Help Primary Care Teams and Patients Address Mental Health Needs
    ~ Matthew S. Duncan, MD
3:10 pm - 3:20 pm Room Change
3:20 pm - 4:05 pm Break Out: Session Three
  1. TBD by registration
  2. TBD by registration
  3. TBD by registration
  4. TBD by registration
4:05 pm - 4:15 pm Room Change
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm We CAN Do Better: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other
~ Jennifer Begley, MS
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss at least three ways to improve evidence based care of patients with mental health care needs in rural communities.

Target Audience

APRNs, RNs, LNAs, MAs, MD’s, and Social Workers


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 6 contact hours.

An application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted; please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org to check on the status.

Receiving Credit

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive credit for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A credit tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

    Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

  • Log onto https://ce.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/login.aspx
  • Click on the My Activities link in the left side menu. Then click on the name of the activity you attended.
  • Click on the Resume button.
  • Click the Continue button until the Evaluation tab is active, and then click the Launch button.
  • Fill out the evaluation and then click submit. Credits will then be applied to your transcript. You can view your updated transcript by clicking on the "View Transcript" button.

View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

For questions or technical support, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org.

For accessibility needs, dietary or any other requests, please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Employees - Tuition fees must be paid online by credit card. D-H Accounts Payable will no longer process internal transfers of registration fees. Individuals must pay online with a credit card and then seek reimbursement, if appropriate.

Parking - In order to accommodate and best serve our patients’ parking needs, we request that all weekday conference and meeting attendees park in Lot 9 and use the Lot 9 shuttle service. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes - please allow enough time to accommodate this. For weekend meetings and conferences, onsite parking is permitted. View directions & map to Lot 9.

DHMC Floorplan - Please visit the DHMC Floor Maps page for specific directions on locating the conference room. If your room is not shown, please stop at the information desk for directions.

Area Accommodations - For a list of lodging options in the vicinity of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center please visit our lodging page.

Type:     Live Activity
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