Prioritizing Employee Mental Health Care & Internal Supports | The Kennedy Forum

Prioritizing Employee Mental Health Care & Internal Supports

Date: April 29, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual

A 3-Part Webinar Series for Employers

April 15 | April 29 | May 13
2-3pm ET


Now more than ever, employees are demanding better access to mental health and addiction care from their employers—insurance coverage and provider network issues are routinely cited as barriers to getting help. The COVID-19 pandemic has only fueled the need to make treatment more accessible. What steps can employers take to accommodate this growing demand, and simultaneously provide robust internal supports for staff?

In this 3-part webinar series from The Kennedy Forum, participants will explore the true impact of mental health and addiction in the workplace; review pros and cons of various internal support options; learn to collaborate with insurers to ensure better access to treatment; and much more. By doing what it takes to establish thoughtful practices now, employers can improve employee well-being long-term, enhance performance, lower overall health care costs, and keep attrition rates in check. Prioritizing mental health shouldn’t be a matter of “if,” but rather, a matter of “when.” Join us to learn the landscape and establish a roadmap for success.


Part 1: Impact—There is No Health Without Mental Health

Thursday, April 15, 2-3pm ET

Focus areas to include:

  • Background/latest stats illustrating prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders
  • Brief overview of most common MH/SUDs and their potential impact on performance
  • Warning signs – how can managers be better attuned to mental health challenges in the workplace, remotely or in-person?
  • Financial implications of reduced productivity, absenteeism, attrition, etc.
  • Impact of COVID-19, isolation, remote working


David Lloyd
Senior Policy Advisor, The Kennedy Forum
David Lloyd focuses on a range of behavioral health policy issues, but has devoted much of his time to improving enforcement of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and state-level parity laws. Previously, Mr. Lloyd was Vice President at Voices for Illinois Children and Director of its Fiscal Policy Center. Mr. Lloyd also has served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. He has a bachelor’s in History from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Kana Enomoto
Senior Knowledge Expert, McKinsey & Company
Kana is a nationally recognized expert in mental health, substance use, social determinants of health, and trauma. She is a consultant at McKinsey & Company who specializes in behavioral health, public health, and delivery-system reform. She has more than 20 years of experience as a federal executive in mental health and substance use policy, data, programs, and practice improvement. Kana is an adaptive leader with a strong record of achieving public policy goals, delivering programmatic impact, and inspiring organizational and social change.
Gia Washington
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor;
Director of Community Education, Sertoma Centre, Inc.
Gia Washington is the Director of Community Education at Sertoma Centre, Inc, a Community Mental Health Agency with locations in Alsip and Matteson, IL. In her role, Gia manages grants and leads a team of Outreach and Education trainers who provide mental health trainings to the community with the intent to decrease the stigma often associated with mental illness and to increase the mental health literacy of the community. Gia has provided mental health training to over 14,000 individuals locally, nationally and internationally. Gia is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid, both Adult and Youth, QPR Suicide Prevention, SOS Suicide Prevention and safeTALK Suicide Prevention.
Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D.
Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation
Darcy Gruttadaro works with her team in developing high impact trainings, programs, resources, and case studies to support mentally healthy workplaces. The Center collaborates with employers of all sizes and other stakeholders in raising mental health awareness, creating mentally healthy organizational cultures, and improving access to healthcare services and supports. Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in multiple senior level policy and program positions with NAMI. Ms. Gruttadaro has expertise in expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, financing mental health services, and building an array of effective services and supports that promote resiliency and recovery.
Phillip Schermer
Founder and CEO, Project Healthy Minds
Phillip Schermer is the Founder & CEO of Project Healthy Minds, a new millennial/Gen Z-driven mental health nonprofit. Project Healthy Minds builds anti-stigma campaigns that change attitudes, technology that makes it easier and faster to discover help, and programs and partnerships that expand access to care. Project Healthy Minds has been spotlighted in numerous national media outlets such as NBC’s The TODAY Show, The Hollywood Reporter, PEOPLE Magazine, CNN Business, AdAge, Yahoo!, Morning Brew, among others. Phillip has been a featured speaker at leading public health, industry conferences, and universities, including the National Academy of Sciences Annual Colloquium, Billboard Music Summit, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and more. Phil also sits on a National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative, and is an advisor to stigma researchers at Columbia University and Yale University.


Part 2: Support—What Does it Look Like?

Thursday, April 29, 2-3pm ET

Focus areas to include:

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) – overview, analysis, trends
  • EAP alternatives or additions (onsite and digital providers)
  • Best practices and success stories
  • Measuring company/organization mental health through surveys
  • Normalizing a mental health conversation among workforce
  • Holding leaders accountable for improving workplace mental health


Garen Staglin
Founder and Chairman, One Mind
Garen is Founder and Chairman of One Mind, a 501.c.3 non-profit that leverages large scale public/private partnerships and individual scientists to achieve the following goals: pursue discoveries in brain health research fostering open science principles; advance better diagnostics, treatments, early intervention; and eliminate the stigma for all brain illnesses. One Mind at Work, a global coalition of 90 employers and partners, now covers more than 25 million employees and their dependents. Garen is also the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Healthy Brains Global Initiative (“HBGI”), which is assembling new financial sources to complete a $10 billion fund to address the projected $6 Trillion global burden of mental illness. 


Cheryl Potts
Executive Director, The Kennedy Forum Illinois
The Kennedy Forum Illinois works to promote access to care for people living with mental health and substance use disorder and eliminate discrimination. Cheryl has worked in the field of human services for over 20 years, beginning in HIV care and housing for the vulnerable. She dedicated her professional life, and much of her personal life, to being a champion for those in living with substance use disorders, those living with mental health conditions, the homeless, and people living with HIV. Before The Kennedy Forum, Cheryl was the Director of Care at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, served as the executive director of AMITA Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance, and participated in numerous local and national committees aimed at eliminating social disparities of health.
Lori Daugherty
CEO and Board Member, Integrated Medical Case Solutions (IMCS)
Loraine Daugherty is Chief Executive Officer at Integrated Medical Case Solutions (IMCS) where she provides analytical decision-making, strategic planning and executive leadership. As CEO, she is focused on developing best practices for organizational processes, performance measurement systems and building IMCS’s infrastructure to maximize the company’s growth. With more than 30 years of industry experience in workers’ compensation, Ms. Daugherty also has professional expertise in Medicaid, Medicare Part B, third-party contracting, administration, client services and operations.
Mark Jones, PhD
General Director of Health and Medical Services, Union Pacific Railroad
Mark Jones, PhD is presently responsible for a wide range of corporate health and disability programs including employee assistance, wellness and health promotion, industrial hygiene/safety engineering, leave management, health regulatory functions, clinical services and vocational case management. Jones serves as an Executive Board member for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; a president of the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska; a steering committee member for the National Response to Covid-19 for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention; and vice president for the Employee Assistance Roundtable.
Marjorie Morrison
President and CEO, Psych Hub
Marjorie Morrison is the president and CEO of Psych Hub, the premier online platform for impactful and engaging videos on mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention. A visionary and passionate pioneer in the mental health space, Morrison co-founded Psych Hub with Patrick J. Kennedy to connect people with best-in-class online certification trainings for providers and a free public video library for people seeking to learn more about some of our Nation’s most vexing mental health challenges. Prior to launching Psych Hub, Morrison was the founder and CEO of PsychArmor Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to bridging the military-civilian divide by developing, promoting, and distributing free online courses spanning a wide range of topics important to those who serve military service members and their families.


Part 3: Insurance—How Can You Ensure Adequate Coverage?

Thursday, May 13, 2-3pm ET

Focus areas to include:

  • How to collaborate with plan administrators (and start a dialogue)
  • Importance of reviewing company health plans regularly and thoroughly
  • Assessing breadth of provider networks, reimbursement rates for providers, utilization-management practices, and out-of-pocket costs
  • Explanation of parity and how to address it; parity analyses requirements
  • Considerations for self-insured employers with third-party administrators

Moderator and Panelist

David Lloyd
Senior Policy Advisor, The Kennedy Forum
David Lloyd focuses on a range of behavioral health policy issues, but has devoted much of his time to improving enforcement of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and state-level parity laws. Previously, Mr. Lloyd was Vice President at Voices for Illinois Children and Director of its Fiscal Policy Center. Mr. Lloyd also has served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. He has a bachelor’s in History from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Margaret Rehayem
Vice President, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
Margaret Rehayem is the Vice President of the National Alliance and in her role, provides leadership for national initiatives that support member collaboration, helping coalitions leverage their regional efforts at the national level to drive health, equity and value for organizations and communities across the country. Her focus has been in health & wellbeing, continuous improvement frameworks, multi-stakeholder collaboratives, and the development of strategies that support system & delivery reform. She has over 20 years’ experience working with employers in various areas from understanding their data to supporting their efforts in overall healthcare strategic planning.
Kevin Malone
Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice of the Washington, DC office of Epstein Becker Green;
Strategic Advisor in the firm’s affiliated consulting practice, EBG Advisors
Kevin J. Malone provides regulatory and strategic guidance related to health care financing law and policy at both the federal and state levels, with a particular focus on Medicaid, Medicare, behavioral health, long-term care, and managed care. Mr. Malone developed and serves as the program manager for the nation’s first third-party commercial accreditation program assessing insurers’ capacity to comply with the requirements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity).
Joe Feldman
President and Founder, Feldman Associates;
Board Member, The Kennedy Forum Illinois
Joe Feldman is a Board member of the Kennedy Forum Illinois and serves as Chair of its Policy Committee. Joe’s advocacy interests are focused on insurance parity, medical necessity, and empowerment of families of teens requiring mental health care. For over twenty years, Joe has been involved in youth-serving organizations having served as board president of the Warming House Youth Center, a teen drop-in center in suburban Chicago, as well as co-founder of the New Trier Township Alliance for Youth. Joe is the Executive Vice President for North American Business Development of Electrochaea, a Munich-based clean energy technology company.


Price: $75

Upon paying for the initial session, “Part 1: Impact—There is No Health Without Mental Health” you will receive the registration links for additional sessions on April 29 and May 13 in a separate email. Please enter your FULL billing address when paying with a credit card. Please make sure to register for the April 29 and May 13 events using the links provided (there will be NO ADDITIONAL FEES).


Can’t make these times/dates? All registrants will receive access to recorded sessions within a week of each event.