2018 Statewide Integrated Behavioral Health Summit

The Montana Healthcare Foundation and the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program invite you to join us for the 2018 Statewide Integrated Behavioral Health Summit.

This summit will provide successful approaches and models for integrating behavioral health into primary care and will showcase successful Montana programs. All integrated behavioral health (IBH) team members are welcome to attend including clinicians, administrators, nurses, front office staff, and billing staff. The summit is free for all attendees and is certified for ACCME, MA, ANCC, ACPE, AAPA, APA, NASW, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. The summit is organized by the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training in collaboration with the Montana Healthcare Foundation and Western Montana AHEC-Missoula.



The University of Montana
University Center (UC) Ballroom, 3rd Floor
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

The third floor of the parking garage will be reserved for attendees.
Parking Garage Map


Monday, November 5: 3-6 PM
Tuesday, November 6: 7:30 AM-5 PM
Draft Agenda

Hotel Reservations

There are room blocks available at the DoubleTree Hotel, Holiday Inn Downtown, and the Hilton Garden Inn listed under Behavioral Health Summit.
Hotel Block Info

Presenter Bios

Dr. Aaron Wernham – CEO, Montana Healthcare Foundation 

Dr. Aaron Wernham is a family physician and CEO of the Montana Healthcare Foundation, where he brings experience in both medical practice and health policy work to the job of providing strategic direction for the Foundation. Over more than a decade in clinical practice, Dr. Wernham worked in underserved communities in urban California and rural Alaska, where he also served as a policy advisor for Alaska Native Tribes. In his work on health policy at the national level, Dr. Wernham developed and led the Health Impact Project, a major national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; he has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees, and authored a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public health reports.

Dr. Wernham received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Anne Rich – Psychiatrist, Bozeman Health

Dr. Anne Rich is a psychiatrist at Bozeman Health doing Integrated Behavioral Health. She is a native of Missouri and received her medical degree from the University of Rochester Medical School in Rochester, NY. She then completed a one-year internal medicine internship at the University of Utah Health Sciences before moving to Seattle to complete her psychiatric training at the University of Washington Medical School. Dr. Rich also has specialty training in Psychosomatic Medicine and has performed research in Depression and Breast Cancer, Psychiatric Illness in Pregnancy, and educational topics in psychiatry. She is the only Psychosomatic Medicine boarded psychiatrist in the state of Montana and is considered an expert in treating patients with both psychiatric and medical illnesses/conditions such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and pregnancy. She has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah and University of Vermont prior to coming to Bozeman, MT and has been Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at the University of Vermont. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor with the University of Washington and is a college faculty mentor with WWAMI Montana and the associate clerkship director for psychiatry clerkships.

Dr. Brenda Reiss-Brennan – Principle Investigator, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Reiss-Brennan is a medical anthropologist and psychiatric nurse practitioner working in primary care for over 35 years. As a principal investigator, she leads Intermountain Healthcare’s (IH) adoption, diffusion, and evaluation of clinical integration for mental health and medical care. The cost and quality evidence of the Mental Health Integration (MHI) innovation has transformed primary care culture and has spread rapidly over 90 IH medical clinics including uninsured, rural and specialty, as well as 45 non-IH community clinics throughout the United States. MHI provides team-based culture for the advancement of IH medical health homes which supports the shared accountability driven by U.S. health reform. Dr. Reiss-Brennan holds a longstanding faculty appointment at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. She serves as a local, national and international consultant for cultural innovation, implementation and spread of MHI cost, quality and patient and staff experience research to improve population health.

Dr. Bryan Cochran – Professor, University of Montana

Bryan Cochran, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Montana, where he has been on faculty since 2003. His primary research areas are underserved populations, particularly LGBTIQ+ individuals, and substance use disorders. He is one of the co-Investigators for the HRSA grant Behavioral Health under the Big Sky, a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training initiative designed to place graduate students from behavioral health disciplines into primary care settings throughout Western Montana.

Doris Fischer – Madison County Mental Health Local Advisory Council

An East Coast city girl, I first saw Montana in 1980 and fell in love with it.  For the past 23 years, the Ruby Valley of Southwest Montana has been my home.  I retired in 2013 from a career in community planning, which included jobs in Wisconsin, Yellowstone National Park, Missoula County MT, Madison County MT, and most recently MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  Retirement enabled me to adopt a sweet Golden Retriever named Goose.  Retirement also allowed me to join the Madison County Mental Health Local Advisory Council.  My layperson involvement in addressing the behavioral health needs of and services to Madison County has been rich with learning, personal reflection, new friendships and community collaborations, and responsibilities.

Dr. Duncan Campbell – Psychologist & Professor, University of Montana

Duncan Campbell is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Montana. His research examines mental health care engagement and the influences of patient-based and systems-level variability on treatments for mental health concerns in general medical settings. Dr. Campbell teaches graduate-level and undergraduate courses in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Care. He is the Principal Investigator on UM’s IBH Workforce Development Initiative, a training project funded by the Montana Healthcare Foundation.

Dr. Earl Sutherland – Chief of Clinical Operations, Big Horn Valley Health Center

Dr. Sutherland is the Chief of Clinical Operations for the Big Horn Valley Health Center. He completed his Ph.D. in School/Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Virginia. He also holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is Licensed as a Psychologist in Montana and New Mexico. He holds a Prescribing Psychologist License in New Mexico and is Board Certified in Medical Psychology. His career has encompassed work in public schools, child advocacy centers, community health centers, private practice, general and psychiatric hospitals, as well as the Indian Health Service. His current interests include the development of integrated care programs, psychopharmacology and the assessment and treatment of children. Professional recognitions include the Indian Health Service Director’s Award, FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, Montana Psychological Association Charles E. Kelly Award, and the American Society for The Advancement of Pharmacotherapy National Service Award.

Dr. Holly Schleicher – Psychologist & Assistant Professor, University of Montana

Holly Schleicher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. She serves as Director of Integrated Behavioral Health on a workforce development grant funded by the Montana Healthcare Foundation. She provides tele-health IBH consultation through Project ECHO at Billings Clinic. She also serves as a consultant on the BHWET initiative designed to place graduate students from behavioral health disciplines into primary care settings throughout Western Montana. Dr. Schleicher received her doctoral training from the University of Montana and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She has provided clinical service and consultation at a major medical hospital, interdisciplinary chronic pain clinic, and primary care clinics. Professional interests include integrated care, pain management, mindfulness, and mood and anxiety disorders.

Jill Steeley – Executive Director, PureView Health Center

Jill is originally from Salt Lake City, UT, but has enjoyed life in Montana for the past fourteen years. Jill is the Executive Director of PureView Health Center, a federally qualified health center that provides access to comprehensive health care to underserved residents of the Helena and Lincoln communities. Prior to joining PureView, Jill spent nearly four years as the Director of the Health and Human Services Division of the Gallatin City-County Health Department in Bozeman, MT, seven and a half years as the Director of the Madison County Health Department in Virginia City, MT, and was a senior analyst for Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City, UT, for four years. Jill has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Montana and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Jill has been actively involved in the three Montana communities she has lived in. As a board member for Thrive, a non-profit in Bozeman, MT; as a board member for the Center for Mental Health out of Great Falls, MT; as a board member for YWCA Helena, as board member for the Association of MT Public Health Officials, as a Governor-appointed member of the MT Public Health Services Task Force, as the Chair of the Public Health Workforce Development Task Force, as the Chair of the Lewis and Clark County Local Advisory Council for Mental Health, and as a volunteer in her son’s elementary school.

Jill enjoys cooking, skiing, fly fishing, and spending time with her son enjoying all there is to do in Helena, MT. 

Jim FitzGerald – CEO, Intermountain & ChildWise Institute 

Jim joined Intermountain, a nationally recognized mental health agency, in 1978. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2001, Jim worked in direct care, operations, and all facets of program development, training, policy, and finance.

Throughout his career, Jim has focused the agency upon strengthening families and improving society’s ability to provide prevention, protection, treatment and permanency for all vulnerable youth. A dedicated leader in youth advocacy, he has participated in the state and national forum of child welfare, mental health, public policy, and systems change. In concert with a dynamic board and staff, he is responsible for optimizing Intermountain’s missional impact through organizational development and strategic transformation.

Jim is also the CEO of ChildWise Institute, a Montana not-for-profit 501c (3) organization established by Intermountain. The mission of ChildWise is to elevate the well-being of vulnerable children through advancing awareness, accelerating knowledge, and advocating for positive societal change. ChildWise has garnered attention across the State of Montana and at the national level.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana.

Joan Kenerson King – Senior Integration Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health 

Joan Kenerson King has worked in the behavioral health field for over 30 years and currently is  Senior Integration Consultant; in which capacity she consults with organizations, counties, and states on developing systems of care that integrate physical and behavioral health and promote wellness and trauma-informed care. Prior to joining the staff at the National Council of Behavioral Health, she devoted the majority of her consulting practice to the development of recovery-oriented systems of care, recovery-oriented practices and to exploring and helping organizations develop integrated systems of care. In addition, she provided training and consultation in supporting the development of the voice and stories of people in recovery. Her work included state, local and agency related recovery oriented change. 

Joan is passionate about facilitating transformation in systems so that they fully embrace the voice and knowledge of the people they serve.  Her keen areas of interest are the development of peer cultures, the use of formal and informal peer support, activating the voice of people in recovery, integration of care across various systems and developing cultures of wellness. 

Her current areas of focus beyond integration are developing culturally responsive services in rural and tribal communities, developing integrated systems that care for pregnant women and families and in facilitating organizational transformation. 

She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  She received her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.    

Lakiasha Gregerson – Manager, Grant Creek Family Medicine 

Lakiasha Gregerson joined Providence Medical Group as a manager at Grant Creek Family Medicine in February 2015. Lakiasha attended the University of Montana to pursue an education in psychology. She completed her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration in the summer of 2018 through the University of Providence. Her passions include population health and workflow standardization. She loves the challenge of keeping up with the changes in healthcare, and adapting to improve the overall model of care.

Laurie Francis – Executive Director, Partnership Health Center 

Laurie has been working in health care for the past 20 years, constantly learning ways to reach deeper (or broader) to improve health and wellbeing in individuals and communities.  After working in critical care and beginning a number of prevention-type programs, she founded a community health center (medical, dental, behavioral health, education) twenty years ago. Related to this work and more recent exposures, she has given numerous talks concerning patient-centeredness, staff engagement, organizational alignment, health literacy, and measurement systems that drive improvement.  Publications are in the areas of health literacy, outcomes, and self-efficacy. 

During the summer of 2017, Laurie returned to health center leadership after six years at the Oregon’s Primary Care Association as Senior Director of Innovations.  There she led an incredible team of talented individuals while advancing the understanding and implementation of advanced and emergent models of care, services, and partnerships to move upstream in order to dramatically improve population health and wellbeing. Now, Laurie resides in Missoula, Montana and serves as executive director of Partnership Health Center and continues to experiment with programs that attend to drivers of health while focusing significantly on powerful teams, data-driven decision making, and joy at work. She has served on numerous boards as well as the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s in human biology from Stanford, a bachelor’s in Nursing at Montana State University, and an MPH from the University of Washington.  Laurie has two daughters, one living in Southern California and working with Hulu and the other in her second year of medical school with WWAMI.

Scott Malloy – Senior Program Officer, Montana Healthcare Foundation

As a senior program officer, Scott provides leadership for the foundation’s programs, grantmaking, initiatives, and capacity building. He also leads work in the Behavioral Health focus area and the Integrated Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment, and Behavioral Health Leadership initiatives. 

Prior to assuming his role at the Foundation, Scott worked as the director of a program assertive community treatment (PACT) in Phoenix, Arizona and the Executive Director for Western Montana Mental Health Centers in Butte, Bozeman, and Livingston, Montana. Scott has developed and overseen a variety of programs including jail diversion, crisis intervention training, crisis stabilization and response, peer support, school-based mental health programs, supported housing, supported employment, and PACT.

Scott was raised in Miles City, Montana and received his bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College and his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Scott is licensed as a clinical social worker and currently serves as a board member for the Human Resource Development Council in Bozeman. 

Dr. Stephen Tahta – Chief Medical Officer, Allegiance Benefit Plan Management

Dr. Tahta has spent 30 years immersed in the healthcare sector, including 20 years of experience after finishing training and Board Certification as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Although much of his early career was spent in clinical practice and research, the last 12 years have brought increasing experience in medical staff and department administration, as well as hospital operations. Until 2018, Dr. Tahta was the Chief Medical Officer of Monida Healthcare Network, a Physician – Hospital Organization with 350 physicians, 300 allied health professionals and 8 hospitals, where he worked for 5 years. He has also been a Corporate Board Member for a critical access hospital in Montana. He has run 7 medical missions to Ethiopia, operating on children with heart valve disease.

Embracing lifelong learning and change, from 2014 to 2016, Dr. Tahta spent 2 intensive years obtaining an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with honors, whilst holding down full-time employment. Executing a long planned career change, he recently left clinical practice to effect change on a larger scale in the healthcare industry. Currently, he is the Chief Medical Officer at Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, a third party administrator, where he has been working for a year.

Teresa Vial – Medical Provider, Missoula Urban Indian Health Center

Teresa Pirro Vial, FNP-BC, is joining the Missoula Indian Health Center (MUIHC) as the first full-time medical provider ever employed by the Health Center. Teresa is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who comes to MUIHC with an impressive background in emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and adult and pediatric medicine. She has been a nurse for 34 years and provides care for all age groups. After 12 years working at Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Emergency Department in Baltimore, Maryland, she finished her Master’s in Science in Nursing and obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Teresa then moved to Alaska where she provided primary and emergency medicine in the rural village, Togiak in Bristol Bay, Alaska as well as private practice family medicine clinic. Teresa and her husband moved to Missoula to be closer to family. Teresa’s unique skill set and her prior experience working with Alaskan Natives will positively impact the community and personal health of American Indians’ in and around Missoula. 

Ursula Holloway – Providence Grant Creek Family Medicine

Ursula Holloway received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Montana in 2011 and her MSW from Walla Walla University in 2015. She currently works for Providence Grant Creek Family Medicine providing integrated behavioral health therapy for a wide range of clients in clinic and periodically completing mental health evaluations in the emergency department. Ursula primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, solution-focused, and strength-based models in practice with clients. She is certified by the Montana Board of Behavioral Health as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Past experience includes working for a large community mental health center which involved crisis facilities, group homes, and school settings as CSCT therapist, as well as providing group and individual outpatient therapy for adolescents and adults.