Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Recovery Workforce Summit: General Sessions

PRA is proud to welcome the following General Session Keynotes to our stage at the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference.

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PRA is proud to welcome the following General Session speakers, Senator Creigh Deeds and Linda Teplin, PhD, to our stage at the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference. 

Monday, June 23rd, 8:30am - 10:00am

Keynote: Senator Creigh Deeds

Senator Creigh Deeds will speak to the psychiatric rehabilitation community about mental health reform. Senator Deeds began work on mental health after his son, who had a serious mental illness, died last year after being denied inpatient treatment. Senator Deeds is currently pushing the Virginia state legislature for mental health care reform.

"Senator Deeds has converted family tragedy into a broader call for awareness and action, and in doing so has become a true national leader in combating stigma," said Lisa Razzano, PhD, CPRP, PRA Chair. "PRA is deeply honored to feature Senator Deeds and help promote his calls for reforms that will fuel the growth of the recovery workforce."

Senator Creigh Deeds represents the 25th Senate District, which includes the counties of Albemarle (part), Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Nelson, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Charlottesville, and Lexington. He serves on five Senate standing committees:  Finance; General Laws; Privileges and Elections; Rules; and Transportation, which he chairs.

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds serves on the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, the Small Business Commission, the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee, and the State Water Commission. He also serves on the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.  For his work on behalf of crime victims, he was awarded the Warren Stambaugh Award from Virginians United Against Crime.  He also has received the Leadership in Public Policy Award from The Nature Conservancy, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia Delegate of the Year, and the Virginia Association for Parks Legislator of the Year. His legislative work and accomplishments have also been recognized by the Fairfax Coalition of Police, the Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Virginia Education Association, BikeWalk Virginia, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, and the Psychiatric Society of Virginia.

Senator Deeds attended Virginia’s public schools and graduated from Bath County High School in 1976. After completing undergraduate work at Concord College, he received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1984.  Senator Deeds is an attorney in private practice and lives in Bath County with his wife, Siobhan. He has four children.

Tuesday, June 24th, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Psychiatric Disorders and Related Outcomes of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: New Findings from the Northwestern Juvenile Project

Keynote:  Linda A. Teplin, PhD, Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University

Dr. Teplin’s Keynote is timely as SAMHSA FY 2013 Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination will most certainly impact upon existing and proposed psychiatric rehabilitation services. As PRA seeks to grow and train the recovery workforce we are thrilled to have such a renowned practitioner in the field to support the program goals of our field.

Transitional age youth are individuals between the ages of sixteen and twenty who are in transition from children based or juvenile services for example foster care or state run mental health services, yet after aging out of the aforementioned programs are still at risk in the community (SAMHSA, 2014). According to current legislature, when an individual turns 18 they can no longer receive assistance from the systems of care that previously provided for many of their needs. Like most young people, many will struggle to start out with limited resources and experience. Unlike other young people, individuals may enter into the forensic system due to lack of family resources others take for granted. There may not be family to provide them with resources to live independently, to be a support for how to navigate community resources, or to assist with educational or vocational goals. Psychiatric rehabilitation services are now meeting the needs of more and more transitional age youth in various communities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau an estimated 24,000 youth age out each year seeking to live independently in the community.

Dr. Linda Teplin’s longitudinal study at Northwestern University with juveniles and the juvenile justice system illustrates an additional population which seeks clinical, treatment, and rehabilitation services in the community as they aged throughout the duration of the study. Many of the individuals in the study have psychiatric diagnoses and the goal of the longitudinal study also incorporates impact upon public health policy. Her research is widely used by government agencies and has been cited in Supreme Court hearings and in five Surgeon General reports (Paule, 2007). Psychiatric rehabilitation programs are receiving more and more referrals from forensic and community mental health sources with persons aged 18-24 years of age with a mental health diagnosis. We will learn from Dr. Teplin what the needs of this population are. We will learn how psychiatric rehabilitation programs can be responsive to these needs and to encourage sustainable program engagement and participation in psychiatric rehabilitation services. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the mental health needs of youth in detention, including: the prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders, patterns of comorbidity and sex- and racial/ethnic differences.
2. Learn how patterns of psychiatric disorders change over time and differ by sex and race/ethnicity.
3. Understand other outcomes after youth leave detention, including patterns of sexual abuse, other trauma, and early violent death.
4. Ascertain the most compelling questions that should be investigated by future researchers.
5. Understand which preventive interventions and treatments are most needed by youth after detention.

Dr. Linda A. Teplin is the Director of the Health Disparities and Public Policy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is the Primary Investigator for the Northwestern Project, the first large-scale longitudinal study of mental health needs and outcomes of delinquent youth after detention. For nearly two decades, the Northwestern Project has tracked and re-interviewed nearly 2000 participants, first recruited when they entered the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention center when they were ages 10-18 years. The Northwestern Project assesses a broad range of outcomes, including psychiatric disorders, trajectories of substance abuse, patterns of service utilization, violence, HIV/AIDS, and death rates.