Iowa Psychiatric Society Behavioral Health Practice Management Workshop

Des Moines, IA US
October 27, 2017


Cost and Registration


  • IPS Member Staff: $100
  • Non-IPS Member Staff: $175
  • Group Rate (5 or more from 1 clinic): $90. To register a group, please complete this document and email to All columns are required. DMU CME will then follow-up to collect a credit card payment.


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Workshop Presentation Overview

This annual workshop is designed to provide mental health clinic providers, administrators and staff with current information on changes in mental health services – whether in private practices, nursing homes, day treatment centers, community mental health centers and/or hospitals.


8:30 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
9 amWelcome
9:05 am

Trends in Mental Health in Iowa

Al Whitters, MD
Iowa Psychiatric Society President Elect

9:30 am

Legal Challenges and HIPPA Compliance for Mental Health Clinics

Jo Ellen, JD
Davis Brown Law Firm

This presentation will discuss the release of information, worker’s comp claims, services for children and their right to privacy, curbside consultations, Tarasoff clarification and answer any questions you have submitted.

11 amBreak
11:15 am

Integrated Mental Health Services into Primary Care Practice

Jill Sudak-Allison, PhD, Breanna Young, LMHC, and Cheri O’Hara BSN-BC
Mercy Clinics Mental Health Integration Services

This presentation will examine the value of Mental Health services provided directly in population health systems and how these services have been shown to improve quality and cost outcomes. It will describe the integration of mental health services within the Mercy clinics primary care and internal medicine clinics and illustrate improvements in medical and mental health outcomes for patients with poorly managed chronic illnesses. Finally, it will discuss the value of collaboration between primary care providers and mental health professionals as it pertains to reducing provider stigma resulting in improved provider and patient satisfaction.

12 pmLunch and Roundtable Discussions
1 pm

Payer Panel

Amerigroup Iowa
AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa
Optum Health/United Behavioral Health
Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

3 pm Adjourn


Al Whitters, MD has practiced in Iowa for over 30 years in all phases of psychiatric care. This includes being the Medical Director at Abbe, Medical Director at 3 residential care facilities, Medical Director at Mercy Behavioral Services and now President Elect of Iowa Psychiatric Society. He has practiced in New Zealand about 5 years ago to get a better understanding of universal health care. Dr. Whitters is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa.

JoEllen Whitney, JD, is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm. She works extensively in the field of Healthcare Law, privacy and confidentiality issues for hospitals, clinics and small practices. Ms. Whitney works with clients on HIPAA, medical records privacy, security, record release and retention. 

Cheri O’Hara is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in mental health and substance use disorders. She and has worked in a variety of settings including in‐patient, outpatient, emergency and hospital consultation services. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently the Clinic administrator for Mercy Clinics Mental Health integration service line and Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry center.

Breanna Young is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 5 years of clinical experience, working with a variety of populations. She has 3 years of experience working with children and their families, in a school‐based counseling role. For the past 2 years, she had worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and clinical supervisor with Mercy Clinic Mental Health Integration Services. Her role is to assist Primary care providers to manage the complexity of comorbid mental health and chronic disease processes in the adult and adolescent population, with a focus on short‐term brief counseling and case management services.

Questions for Speakers

Please submit questions for presenters on a separate sheet of paper and attach to the registration form or email the questions to Please identify yourself and the speaker if you have a specific question for them. Only questions submitted prior to the workshop will be addressed.


Handouts will be available for download on the IPS website one week prior to the workshop.


Karen Loihl 
Executive Director, Iowa Psychiatric Society


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/27/2017 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
10/27/2017 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
Munroe Building
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.




Available Credit

  • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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Group Rate (5 or more from 1 clinic): 

  • $90 per person. 
  • To register a group, please complete this document and email to All columns are required. DMU CME will then follow-up to collect a credit card payment.


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  • No refunds will be given three (3) business days prior to the activity start date.
  • Cancelled registrations can be transferred to another individual for the same activity.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not receive any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to any other activity.