Next Level Behavioral Health Care – How Do We Keep Improving?

April 13, 2023 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
First Christian Church - Heritage Hall
6900 Market Avenue North
OH 44721
Bev James


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Who should attend:
Leaders, supervisors, managers in Administration, Program, Finance, IT Marketing of behavioral health organizations.

Why you should attend:
Leaders in behavioral health organizations are facing a wide variety of different challenges from various quarters within the organization. At the same time, you are thinking about how to improve your agency and programs. This session is designed to provide you with strategies and practical steps to improve within all aspects of what you do as a behavioral health service provider. This will occur through presentation of best practices and case studies from within Ohio and around the country.

This session will review best practices in behavioral health service delivery from across the country; resources to replicate best practices in your organization and strategies to overcome barriers to implementing best practices.

Choose from 1 of 3 breakout sessions:

  • Clinical – Best practices and lessons learned
  • Operational – Best practices and lessons learned
  • Prevention – Best practices and lessons learned

First Christian Church – Heritage Hall

Parking is free.

This is a free workshop.

Continuing Education Units:
Not applicable

Please register by:
March 30, 2023

Presenter Bios:

Kris Vilamaa is CEO of HealthCare Perspective. Kris works with state health and behavioral health departments, other governmental agencies, health plans, and solution providers in the Medicaid space to develop creative solutions to their challenges. Kris is a national thought leader on the use of data in integrated care models. Prior to entering consulting, Kris served in state government for 15 years, the last three as the Chief Information Officer for the Alabama Department of Mental Health.



Steven Hedgepeth, MBA, has a strong operational and strategy implementation background with over fifteen years of experience working across the Human Service, Education, and Behavioral health fields at both the local community and state/national levels. He has led organizations through significant Medicaid policy and payor changes, selection of systems, and implementation of Financial and EHR information systems.  Steven has experience in community and facility-based models of care across a range of for-profit and not for profit organizations.  Served as Chief Operating Officer for large, multi-site behavioral health organization with operations in seven states.


Sunithi Kuruppu has more than 15 years of experience in the Behavioral Healthcare and Healthcare Information Technology industries. She has a proven track record as a clinician, business development director, client success and account management leader and consultant. Based on her clinical background and healthcare IT experience, Sunithi is uniquely positioned to help her clients strategize effectively on their digital transformation strategy to achieve their goal of integrated, whole-person care. She has focused throughout her career on serving public sector clients at the local, state and federal levels. She has previously worked for leading entities in the behavioral health space including Bamboo Health, Netsmart and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.