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OPEN MINDS' CEO Monica E. Oss to Deliver Thought-Leader Plenary Session - Making Technology "Work" in Behavioral Health - at the 2015 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference

GETTYSBURG, Pa., April 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS' Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Monica E. Oss, will lead the plenary session, "Making Technology 'Work' in Behavioral Health," at the 2015 National Council for Behavioral Health NATCON Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 20, 2015.

The plenary session will focus on the strategic role of technology in health and human services. "The effective use of technology will be the differentiator between organizations that thrive and organizations that just survive," explains Ms. Oss. "The reshaping of the financing and service delivery landscape — integrated service delivery models, value-based contracting, consumerism — is not just opening up opportunities for new uses of technology. It is making the use of technology an essential ingredient for success."

In addition to the plenary session, Ms. Oss will lead two additional workshops at the conference — "Improving Your Organization's Consumer Engagement Through Mobile Technologies" and "The Power of Partnerships: Providers and Managed Care."

In the workshop, "Improving Your Organization's Consumer Engagement Through Mobile Technologies," attendees will learn how early adopters of consumer engagement technologies are making it work — and get a first-hand look at four innovative technologies: MyStrength, GingerIo, Big White Wall, and Health Buddy.

In the workshop, "The Power of Partnerships: Providers and Managed Care," Ms. Oss will focus on the challenges of developing a partnership with health plans — and the opportunities for better consumer service. The session will cover the substantial change that the health care financing and service delivery landscape has witnessed over the past five years. Attendees will learn more about what these evolving relationships can be, and will be in the future with partnerships that feature shared decision-making and gainsharing.

The National Council Conference is the nation's premier specialty health care conference, attended by more than 4,500 executives, board members, and staff from the nation's community mental health and addiction treatment organizations. The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America's community mental health and addiction treatment organizations. Together with their 2,200+ member organizations employing 750,000 staff, they serve the nation's most vulnerable citizens — more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addictions. The organization is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. For more information on the 2015 National Council Conference, visit https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/conference/.

About OPEN MINDS

OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children & family services; intellectual & developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care, reentry & diversion; 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 www.openminds.com.

CONTACT: Tim Snyder Vice President, Marketing 717-334-1329 openminds@openminds.com

Source: Open Minds