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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston, MA, 02108

Integration of behavioral and physical health care is supposed to improve the quality of health care, but the sharing of mental health information with physical health providers can mean inferior medical care for people with psychiatric challenges. And integration of care won’t improve outcomes if we remain limited to services that have produced lackluster results. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, we’ll be talking about making fundamental changes in how we think about mental health care and the people who use it so that integrated care can work.

Health care professionals of all types, attorneys, and persons with lived experience will benefit from this cutting‐edge look at:

 the lack of control over  psychiatric information in medical records as a barrier to integrated care: how implicit bias against persons with psychiatric diagnoses affects the ability to get and deliver cost‐effective physical health care;

 alternative approaches to mental health care, including housing first and complementary modalities, like meditation and pet therapy, that work;  

 how to make your records work for you and your client, and how you represent the client in your notes could have serious implications for them in numerous settings: employment, education, health care delivery and coverage, and court proceedings.

During the day, you will experience interactive demonstrations of treatment modalities and dynamic presentations by individuals incorporating new approaches to integrated care. Breakouts target the interests of lawyers (how to pursue successful privacy actions, employment discrimination cases, and more) and clinicians (practices that respect privacy, achieve better outcomes, and accommodate provider needs).  

Participants will come away with tangible methods to improve integrated care and their professional and personal techniques for working with and supporting colleagues, clients, people with lived experience, and family members.


See the Program Agenda for full details

Click here for the Registration Form Be sure to register (mail completed form with check) before the November 1st deadline.

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    • the Committee for Public Counsel Services for six (6) MHL credits

    • the Committee for Public Counsel Services for six (6) CAFL credits


Once registered for the event (be sure to indicate location you are attending), you will receive a confirmation email containing additional details.

Please contact Ellie Sarcia at if you have questions, your contact information changes and/or if you wish to receive announcements via email about future events.


CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: If you cancel your registration before the close of business on May 6th, MHLAC will issue a refund of your registration fee minus $25. All persons canceling registration after close of business on May 6th or unable to attend will receive a packet of materials from the May 13th conference.

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS: For information and accommodation requests, please contact Gisela Valdez (617) 338-2345 x131 or

CONFERENCE GRIEVANCE POLICY: Any person who is dissatisfied with the response of MHLAC regarding conference policies as stated on conference registration forms, may, within 30 days of the event, request a review by the MHLAC Executive Director.

CONFERENCE GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: Any person who is dissatisfied with the response of MHLAC regarding conference policies as stated on conference registration forms, may, within 30 days of the event, request a review by the MHLAC Executive Director. The Executive Director or a designee shall review the circumstances and shall communicate in writing with the grievant within 20 days of MHLAC’s receipt of the complaint regarding the results of the review. Grievants whose complaints are deemed justified shall be afforded such relief as will address their concern and/or, to the extent possible, make the person whole. The Executive Director’s decision is final.

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