Dec. 6, 2023 Pre-Conference Seminar

On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 8:00 AM to Noon, IBHI will offer its annual, well-received seminar on Improving Emergency Department Flow for People with Behavioral Health Problems at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, preceding the 14th Annual National Update on Behavioral Emergencies Conference at the same location.

This seminar is designed to help teams of Emergency Department health care professionals and administrators assess challenges and Better organize operations to respond to the needs of individuals, and produce better outcomes.

Upon complition of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways to expedite crisis care
  • Identify ways to reduce the number of people needing Emergency Department care
  • Identify ways to expedite appropriate placement of people with behavioral health crises
  • Identify ways to restructure cooperation with law and justice organizations
  • Have a plan for addressing your particular issues


  • Stuart Buttlaire Ph.D., Regional Director of Behavioral Health for Northern California Kaiser Permanente
  • Kristen D. Daugherty, LISW, LCSW, MBA, CEO for Emergence Health Network
  • Leon Evans MSW, Three Bears Consulting
  • Abbey Cotter, Director, Behavioral Health Services, Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc.
  • Jeff Spight, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer  Mind 24-7
  • Peter Brown MA, Exec. Dir. IBHI

8:00     Opening: Faculty introductions and schedule for the day 
8:05     Creating a better system of care: The process of change and the focus of the seminar: Peter Brown

8:25     Organizing crisis care and expediting treatment: Jeff Spight

9:05     Round table Q and A: Expediting care

9:35     Organizing for care prevention early interdiction: Kristen D. Daugherty

10:15   Break

10:25   Round table Q and A: Prevention early interdiction

11:00   Learning to place people in appropriate care: Abbey Cotter

11:40   Round table Q and A: Placing people in appropriate care

12:10   Adjourn

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