2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee

  • Michele L. Gougeon, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, McLean Hospital, Program Committee Chair
  • Jennifer Ziccardi-Colson, B.S.W., B.S.N., M.H.A./M.S.N., R.N., NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive & Vice President for Behavioral health, Atrium Health’s Behavioral Health Services
  • Robert A. Deney, Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • John Peloquin, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Behavioral Health
  • Eric Plakun, M.D., DLFAPA, FACPsych, Medical Director & CEO, Austen Riggs Center

Please Join Us!

We’re pleased to share with you this preliminary program for the 2020 Annual Meeting—Expanding Access: Right Care. Right Setting. Right Time.—that highlights speakers and sessions we hope you will find both engaging and applicable in your work.

Please take a moment to review this schedule of events and be sure to reserve your hotel room and register for the Annual Meeting today. We will continue to update this page until the Annual Meeting, so please visit this page often.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington!


Shawn Coughlin
President and CEO, NABH

Monday, March 16, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.NABH Managed Care Committee (Committee only)
NoonRegistration Desk open
Noon – 2:00 p.m.NABH Board of Trustees Meeting
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Speakers:
Shawn Coughlin, NABH President and CEO
Pat Hammer, NABH Board Chair and President and CEO, Rogers Behavioral Health
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Speaker: Tom Insel, Co-founder and President, Mindstrong Health and former National Institute of Mental Health Director (Open to all)
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Gourmet Dessert Break

Sponsored by Kindred Behavioral Health
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Speaker: Judy Collins, Folk Singer, Activist, and Author, Sanity and Grace (Open to all)

Sponsored by McLean Hospital
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson, Inc.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Exhibitor set-up
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.NABH Youth Services Committee Dinner (Committee only)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.Exhibitor set-up
7:30 a.m.Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.Coffee with NABH Board (Chairman, President and Executive Exhibitors only)
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Speaker: Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health (Open to all)
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Networking Coffee with all Exhibitors and Sponsors (Open to all)

Sponsored by Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Panel Discussion: Innovative Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Strategies (Open to all)

Jennifer Ziccardi-Colson, Chief Nurse Executive & Vice President for Behavioral Health, Atrium Health’s Behavioral Health Services
Connie Kerrigan, Manager of Community Nursing and Women’s Services, Parkview Health
Bradley C. Riemann, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer, Rogers Behavioral Health Services
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Speaker: Shawn Coughlin, NABH President and CEO (Open to all)
11:45 a.m. – NoonVisit Exhibitors
Noon – 1 p.m.Luncheon Speaker: Nathan L. Gonzales, Editor and Publisher, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

Sponsored by Rutgers Health University Behavioral Health Care
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Congressional Office Visits (Return to hotel by 5:00 p.m.)
3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.NABH Quality Committee (Committee only)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Board Chair’s Reception Sponsored by Netsmart
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.NABH Committee on Behavioral Health Services within General Healthcare Systems Dinner (Committee only)

Capitol Hill Visits

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Congressional Office visits
5:00 p.m. Return to hotel


Please allow time to pass through security.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Speaker: Joe Grogan, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council (Open to all)
9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.Speaker: Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Open to all)
10:00 a.m.Exhibitor take-down
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.NABH Addiction Treatment Committee Meeting (Committee only)

Thank you!

NABH thanks all Exhibitors and Sponsors for supporting the NABH 2020 Annual Meeting. In addition to the sponsorships noted in the schedule, we are pleased to recognize:

  • Pyrce Healthcare
  • Netsmart: Hotel turn-down service
  • Jeri Davis International Healthcare Consultants and Recruiters (JDI): Custom hotel room key cards