Molina Healthcare, Inc. & New Directions Behavioral Health To Keynote Upcoming 2017 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute

Gettysburg, PA, June 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OPEN MINDS announced that Mario San Bartolomé, M.D., M.B.A., M.R.O., FASAM, National Medical Director of Substance Use Disorders at Molina Healthcare, Inc. & Peggy DeCarlis, MSSA, LCSW-C, Senior VP, Chief Operating & Innovation Officer at New Directions Behavioral Health will deliver the keynote addresses at the The 2017 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute. This executive-focused, two day event will take place on August 16-17, 2017 at The Hilton Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California.

This year’s institute will feature two educational tracks on the evolving best practices and ‘how-to’ management tools needed for sustainability in a constantly changing behavioral health and human service market. With over 400 projected attendees, this event provides executives with the strategies and management tools needed to position their organizations for success in the turbulent market.

Mario San Bartolomé, M.D., M.B.A., M.R.O., FASAM, National Medical Director of Substance Use Disorders at Molina Healthcare, Inc. will deliver his opening keynote address to kick-off day one of the event. Dr. San Bartolomé is an Addiction Medicine specialist who is board certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. San Bartolomé has leadership and health delivery experience in multiple levels of care related to substance use disorders including inpatient medical withdrawal management, residential treatment and outpatient treatment both in programs and in medical offices. Dr. San Bartolomé has served as founding Director for the Memorial Care Addiction Medicine Unit and has held directorships for several residential and outpatient treatment organizations. Dr. San Bartolomé has been an active and passionate advocate for improving access to care for people with substance use disorders through leadership at the local, state and national level. As the Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders at Molina Healthcare, Inc., Dr. San Bartolomé´s focus is on aligning Molina’s strategy and to improve the organization’s ability to address member needs with all things related to substance use while moving forward initiatives to integrate behavioral health and physical medicine across the multiple vulnerable groups that Molina serves.

Peggy DeCarlis, MSSA, LCSW-C, Senior VP, Chief Operating & Innovation Officer at New Directions Behavioral Health will kick-off day two of the event with her opening keynote address. Ms. DeCarlis joined New Directions in 2010. She is responsible for clinical strategy, operations and innovations, and oversees account management and the Employee Assistance Program. Additionally, Ms. DeCarlis directs the company’s cross-functional Clinical Product and Innovation Steering Committee. Her experience in clinical innovation, national operations, large project implementation, strategic planning, organizational change, accreditation initiatives and account retention shapes her unwavering focus on our clients’ business goals and members’ clinical outcomes. Ms. DeCarlis works closely with various advocacy, professional, regulatory and trade associations on behalf of New Directions. Her deep understanding of the dynamic changes within the health care market and the importance of medical/behavioral integration places her squarely on the front lines of industry advances.

“Sustainability – securing sufficient resources to fulfill your organization’s mission without excessive dependence on any single funding source – is a challenge even during the best of times. And in a time of market disruption and new competition, a greater challenge than ever for executive teams,” said Monica E. Oss, chief executive officer of OPEN MINDS. “For executives who have been around the health and human service field for a while, there is surprising agreement that the past few years have the potential to derail provider organizations that have been around for decades, and this year’s election has only increased that potential for the years to come. Our goal is to help executives reinvent their strategies for sustainability to ensure their organizations will survive, and potentially thrive, in the years ahead.”

Part of this year’s expanded program will include a special new event to be held in conjunction with the institute in 2017 – The 2017 OPEN MINDS I/DD Executive Summit. This intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) focused event will take place the day before the main institute program and will feature practical, cutting-edge ideas for success in today’s turbulent I/DD marketplace.

Discounted individual and group registration for The 2017 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute is available now through June 23, 2017. Early registration is recommended, as seating is limited. To register online or download a registration form, visit

OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children and family services; intellectual and developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care; and juvenile justice.

Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates believe by providing the latest market intelligence and management best practices to organizations serving the health and social support needs of the most vulnerable consumers, those organizations will be better able to provide efficient and effective services. Learn more at

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Sarah Threnhauser, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or [email protected]. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @openmindscircle and follow our official institute hashtag #OMBestPractices for live social media coverage of the event.

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