OPEN MINDS' Monica E. Oss to Headline North Carolina Council of Community Programs 2014 Conference

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Monica E. Oss, was announced as the opening plenary speaker for The North Carolina Council Of Community Programs' 2014 Conference & Exhibition being held December, 3-5 2014 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. The event, which projects to have over 700 attendees from the mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities markets, will focus on the challenges and opportunities of integrated care in North Carolina's health care market.

Leveraging OPEN MINDS 25+ years of market intelligence in the field, Ms. Oss plans to kick-off the conference with a keynote address, titled, Finding A Strategic Path In An Era Of Integrated Care. Her focus will be to provide conference attendees with an update on the current state of implementation of integrated service delivery models and integrated care coordination models – and how specialist organizations can build strategies for the emerging market.

"The data that are driving payers' preference for integrated care models are pretty clear," said Ms. Oss. "Despite only being 5% of U.S. population, individuals with multiple chronic conditions account for half of health care spending. This shift has caused payers to re-think previous models and move more towards integrated care strategies for both delivering and managing treatment of individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse issues. The question for the management teams of provider organizations is – how do you build a sustainable strategy for operating in this new integrated world? I look forward to discussing this critical topic with the 600+ leaders in attendance at the upcoming North Carolina Council of Community Programs annual conference."

A state wide organization since 1983, The North Carolina Council of Community Programs supports the coordination, reform, and growth of the NC Mental Health, Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse (MH/DD/SA) system. The Council is an advocate and knowledge base for Local Management Entities-Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs), the state-wide system of public management of behavioral healthcare for MH/DD/SA Medicaid services, and the system as a whole. The NC Council also seeks to work collaboratively with all MH/DD/SA stakeholders with the goal of improving care and services system-wide. For more information on North Carolina Council of Community Programs 2014 Conference & Exhibition, visit

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