2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Summit

Registration is now open for the 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Summit. The event will be held September 23-24 at the Montana State University campus in Bozeman.

Please join us for this free event which will feature integrated behavioral health experts. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from innovative individuals and organizations who are working in diverse settings to develop an integrated system of care.

There are 10 approved continuing education unit credit hours for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, and dentists. 10 inter-professional continuing education (IPCE) credits are also approved. For specific details about your accrediting body, scroll down this page.

This event is hosted by the Montana Healthcare Foundation and the Montana State University Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center.


Day 1 (Mon, Sep 23 from 2-6 p.m.): Clinical Intensive Session for Behavioral Health Clinicians

This clinical intensive session is designed explicitly for behavioral health staff working in integrated settings (or those interested in doing so) who want to learn specific evidence-based practices that can be used to improve patient outcomes. Attendees will train on teaching, practicing and documenting these interventions.

This session will use didactics and role play practice to reinforce use and integration of brief evidence-based interventions and collaborative documentation skills for providers in primary care.

Ideal attendees include all behavioral health clinicians, paraprofessionals and others working in integrated settings (or those interested in doing so) including: dentists, RNs, CNAs, nurse practitioners and other APRNs, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, therapists, addition counselors and behavioral health peer support specialists.

Day 2 (Tue, Sep 24 from 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.): 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Summit

This all-day summit will focus on integrated behavioral health throughout Montana. Keynotes, panels, and organizations will discuss implementing an integrated system of care in diverse settings with robust Q&A, facilitated assistance, and free lunch.

All professionals in health care and public health are welcome to attend. This summit is ideal for entire staff teams and organizations including administrators, clinicians, coders, counselors, health care executives, nurses, payers, paraprofessionals, therapists, and advocates.

Event Location and Parking

The 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Summit will be held on the Montana State University campus in the Strand Union Building Ballroom. Parking options include:

  • Parking garage (located across from the Strand Union Building). The cost to park in this garage is $11 for the day and can be paid by credit card at the kiosk or with the Passport Pay-By-App.
  • Stadium parking lot (located 1/2 mile from the Strand Union Building). The cost to park in this lot is $7 for the day and can be paid by credit card at the kiosk or with the Passport Pay-By-App.

Parking Directions

Parking Map

Another option is to take the Streamline, Bozeman’s free bus system. The Blueline runs from the Hilton Garden Inn (at the corner of Baxter Lane and 19th Avenue) to the Strand Union Building. Check the Streamline Schedule Route for more information on pick-up and drop-off times.

Event attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Continuing Education

Jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Montana Healthcare Foundation.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Montana Healthcare Foundation. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Target Audience: All behavioral health clinicians, paraprofessionals and others working in integrated settings (or those interested in doing so) including: dentists, RNs, CNAs, nurse practitioners and other APRNs, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, therapists, addiction counselors and behavioral health peer support specialists.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Recognize and explain the clinical and patient benefits to incorporating integrated behavioral health into practice.
  2. Articulate, illustrate and categorize barriers and opportunities to integrating behavioral health at their workplace
  3. Construct and categorize where their workplace needs to change, improve and perform differently in these specific areas: clinical skills, scheduling, registry, coding, reimbursements, primary care culture, communication and care coordination to successfully integrate behavioral health and team based care.
  4. Provide team-based care for patients with medical and behavioral health issues.
  5. Recognize, explain, and employ brief, evidence-based interventions and collaborative documentation skills in a primary care setting.

Physician Continuing Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Pharmacy Education

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 10 contact hour(s) (1.0 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

(Universal Activity Number – JA4008162-9999-19-905-L04-P). Type of Activity: Knowledge.

Pharmacists have up to 30 days to complete the evaluation and claim credit for participation so that information can be submitted to CPE Monitor as required.

Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 10 contact hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 13485, for 10 contact hours.

AAPA Credit Designation Statement 

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 10 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Social Worker Credit Statement

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 10 clinical continuing education credits.

Psychologist Continuing Education

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  PIM maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Credit Designation: This program offers 10 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Interprofessional Continuing Education

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 10 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

Dental Credit

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Montana Healthcare Foundation.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of the credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this activity for 10 continuing education credits.

Concerns or complaints about a CE Provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at www.ada.org/cerp.

Disclosure of conflicts of interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Americans with disabilities Act 

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (i.e. physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Hannah Jacoby prior to the live event at 406-451-7060.

Event Speakers

As a member of the Apsaalooke Nation, Supaman makes his home on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Supaman is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope, pride, and resilience through his original art form. He has been the recipient of the 2017 MTV VMA award for Best Fight Against the System. He is also a Nammy (Native American Music Award) winner, North American Indigenous Image Award winner, and Tunney Award winner. He was awarded the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award in Canada for best video and was voted MTV’s new Artist of the Week. His 2018 nominations brought him home awards for Best Hip Hop Album and Best Producer for the Indigenous Music Awards. His latest video’s titled “Prayer Loop Song” and “Why” both have gone viral and have received millions of views on YouTube and Facebook which has put him in high demand touring extensively throughout the U.S.A and internationally. He has performed for Google at
the Google headquarters in San Francisco. He recently was asked to audition for America’s Got Talent and the Broadway play Hamilton. He is currently working with Taboo from the multi Grammy award winning group “Black Eyed Peas” looking to complete a project in the coming months.
Supaman’s one of a kind presentation combines Native American culture, comedy, and urban hip hop culture which dazzles audiences and captivates listeners. For this he has gained the respect of his community and generation. The communicative talent along with the compassion that exudes from his music allows him to connect with people from all walks of life. His uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire through dance, and hip hop music keeps him at the forefront among his contemporaries which gives him a platform to educate on Indigenous issues.
Eric Arzubi, MD

Psychiatrist, Billings Clinic

Dr. Arzubi is board certified in general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. He served as chair of the Billings Clinic Department of Psychiatry for nearly five years until stepping down in July 2019. During his time at the Billings Clinic, he championed the launch of Montana’s first psychiatry residency, Montana’s first psychiatric observation unit, and the adoption of the Collaborative Care Model for integrated behavioral health. Dr. Arzubi will be leaving the Billings Clinic at the end of the year but plans to continue working on improving access to mental health for all Montanans.

Ellen Bluett, PhD

Behavioral Science Faculty, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

Dr. Bluett, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, joined the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana in the September 2018 as a behavioral science faculty member. She has extensive experience working in an integrated behavioral health in both rural and under served settings. Dr. Bluett completed her postdoctoral training in Health Psychology at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs with an emphasis on medical psychology and primary care mental health integration, providing evidence-based services and trans-disciplinary collaborative care alongside family medicine and psychiatry residents, clinical psychology interns, nurse practitioners, PAs, and attending physicians. Dr. Bluett is currently developing a fully-integrated behavioral health service at Partnership Health Center.

Beth Ann Carter

Program Coordinator, Montana Office of Rural Health / AHEC

Beth Ann Carter is the Project Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant. She previously was the Project Coordinator for the Montana Rural Allied Health Professions Training Program, which focused on the training and then the recruitment and retention of a quality allied health workforce within the state.  She also worked as the Allied Health and Dental Recruitment Coordinator for the South Central Montana AHEC for four years prior to that. As a rural Montana native, she understands the struggles that many small communities face with access to quality healthcare. Carter holds a BA from California State University, Sacramento in Education with a minor in Human Development.

Carla Cobb, PharmD, BCPP

Owner, Capita Consulting

Dr. Cobb is a psychiatric pharmacist who focuses on medication management for patients with chronic conditions including mental illnesses. She coaches healthcare teams who are integrating clinical pharmacy services in the outpatient setting and advocates for patient access to clinical pharmacy services.

Waded Cruzado, PhD

President, Montana State University

Since January 2010, Dr. Waded Cruzado has served as the 12th President of Montana State University (MSU), Montana’s largest institution. MSU is classified in the Carnegie Classification as one of 130 very high research activity universities, one of 69 very high research institutions, and also recognized as a community engaged university. MSU is the only university to be classified as very high research, community engaged, and very high undergraduate enrollment. As President of MSU, Dr. Cruzado has significantly reshaped the face and future of the state’s first land-grant institution. An articulate and inspirational speaker on the role of land-grant universities, she has become a well-known champion of the land-grant’s tripartite mission of education, research and public outreach.

Jay Getten, LCPC, LMFT

Behavioral Health Consultant, Rocky Boy Health Center

Jay Getten is a licensed professional counselor and family therapist. He has worked as a behavioral health consultant for two years. He is the integrated team lead at Rocky Boy Health Center and is pursuing his doctorate in health care administration with an emphasis in integrated behavioral health program development.

Ellen Guttenberg, RN

Chief Operating Officer, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital

Ellen Guttenberg is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and has worked in this role for 14 years. As the COO, Ellen supports the CEO in the institution of a culture that implements and supports the overall strategic plan through the application of knowledge regarding environmental, legislative, and technological changes that impact the delivery of care. Working with the rural health clinic, Ellen has assisted with the implementation of integrated behavioral health services.

Sheila Hogan

Director, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Sheila Hogan was appointed in December 2016 by Governor Steve Bullock to be the Director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MT DPHHS). She has been a champion for the thousands of Montanans this agency serves through her work in public service for over 30 years.

During her tenure, Hogan has worked to set the direction of MT DPHHS through a strategic planning process that focuses on braiding existing resources across various agency divisions, improving operational efficiencies, and strengthening stakeholder relationships.

Under Hogan’s leadership, MT DPHHS has also launched targeted initiatives to protect Montana’s children, partnered with Billings Clinic to provide additional support to caseworkers through Project ECHO and implemented a new case management computer system.

Hogan has also worked to launch a new internal grant process that is yielding positive results. MT DPHHS has recently been awarded grants to increase statewide access to pediatric psychiatric care in Montana, improve perinatal behavioral health for pregnant and postpartum women, combat the opioid and substance abuse epidemic, promote suicide prevention, fund mental health training and sustain respite services in Montana.

Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN

Senior Integration Consultant, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Joan Kenerson King has provided consulting, training, and technical assistance to individuals, organizations, regions, and states in developing recovery-oriented systems of care and integrated systems of care for over 20 years. Prior to developing a consulting practice, she worked across a variety of health care settings. Kenerson King brings her own unique perspective as a family member and clinician as well as a belief in the power of relationships and communities to create contexts for healing to her work.

Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM

Chief Operating Officer, Concert Health

Director, Center of Innovation, CUNY School of Public Health

Virna Little is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Concert Health and the Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at the CUNY School of Public Health in New York. Prior Dr. Little worked for 22 years as a senior vice president for a large FQHC network in New York overseeing over 300 behavioral health and community staff. Dr. Little has been a consultant on the AIMS center and National Council for Community Behavioral Health teams providing technical assistance to organizations around the country integrating primary care and behavioral health as well as a member of the national Zero Suicide Faculty. Dr. Little is a nationally and internationally known speaker and has been recognized with awards from the Society for Social Work Leaders in HealthCare, National Association of Social Workers, Community Health Center Network of New York, New York Suicide Prevention Committee, and others. She has served on many boards and is currently board chair for the New York Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Heart Association and the Association for Clinicians for the Underserved.

Scott Malloy, LCSW

Program Director, Montana Healthcare Foundation

As a program director, Scott provides leadership for the foundation’s programs, grantmaking, initiatives, and capacity building. He also leads work in the Behavioral Health focus area and 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 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.

David Mark, MD

CEO, Bighorn Valley Health Center, Inc.

David Mark is a primary care physician and the founder and CEO of the Bighorn Valley Health Center, a federally qualified health center serving rural communities in central and eastern Montana whose clinical model is predicated on integration. He received his medical degree from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology prior to completing a residency at the Harvard Combined Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Leah Martin

Director of Provider Networks, Montana Health CO-OP

Leah is a native Montanan, born and raised in Helena. She worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana for 23 years with a strong background in customer service. Leah has had the good fortune to work for Montana Health CO-OP for over a year and enjoys building relationships with the good folks in the provider community.

Marie Matthews

Medicaid and Health Services Branch Manager, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Marie Matthews currently serves as the MT DPHHS Medicaid and Health Services Branch Manager, which includes the title of state Medicaid Director. In her current role, Matthews oversees four divisions that provide services for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, people with mental illness and health coverage for thousands of Montanans of all ages. Matthews previously served in other key agency positions such as the Operations Service Branch Manager and the Business and Financial Services Division Administrator over the past two decades. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and enjoying the great vast Montana landscape.

Justin Murgel

Provider Network Director, PacificSource Health Plans

Justin Murgel, Director of Provider Network-Montana for PacificSource Health Plans is a native of Helena and a graduate of the University of Montana-Western in Business and Communications. Prior to PacificSource, Murgel spent more than 14 years with Intermountain, a  mental health and child welfare agency in Helena, serving as the chief business officer and chief operations officer.

Murgel joined PacificSource in 2015, bringing with him years of experience on the provider side and provider operations and the ability to develop relationships with key community stakeholders.  Murgel serves on multiple boards such at Youth Connections and Board of Health for Lewis and Clark County as the Chair.

Murgel strives to make connections to multiple disciplinary teams in the health care and provider communities throughout Montana. He also looks forward to learning innovative ways to deliver care and discover different payment models that support our communities.

Stacey Pascoe, PharmD, BCPP, CPP

Clinical Pharmacist, Bozeman Health

Stacey Pascoe is the first clinical pharmacist practitioner to work at Bozeman Health, which allows her to work under a collaborative practice agreement with a physician to manage chronic medical conditions, adjust medications, and bill insurance companies for these services. Pascoe is Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy  and worked at the Montana State Hospital for five years before coming to Bozeman Health. Pascoe is currently developing a behavioral health medication management program in conjunction with primary care providers for outpatients at Bozeman Health.

Shawn Patrick, PharmD, BCPP, CPP

Pharmacist, Southwest Community Health Center

Shawn Patrick has been a pharmacist for over 10 years and has worked in retail, clinical, and hospital pharmacy. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy. Patrick was raised in Cardwell, Montana on a ranch that was homesteaded by his mother’s family. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hunting, and working on the family’s ranch.

Kathryn Puczkowskyi

Provider Relations Supervisor, Allegiance Benefit Plan Management

Kathryn Puczkowskyj is the Provider Relations Supervisor for Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, and has five-years of successful experience in fostering positive working relationships with Montana’s providers. Puczkowskyj specializes in provider contract management, and regularly meets with providers across the beautiful state of Montana whom are directly contracted with the Allegiance Provider Direct Network. A firm believer in transparency, Puczkowskyj has helped countless providers better understand their reimbursement rates and contract terms, and she has worked to ensure that all claims processed by ABPM abide by those terms when applicable. Outside of work, Puczkowskyj enjoys the hiking, paddling, trail running, climbing, and fishing in Western Montana with her husband and hound mix pup.

Anne Rich, MD

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, New York. 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. 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.

Maria Russell, LCSW

Behavioral Interventionist/Project Coordinator, Northern Cheyenne Behavioral Health Department

Teresa “Maria” Russell, LCSW is the Behavioral Interventionist/Project Coordinator in the Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration Program at the Northern Cheyenne Service Unit. She earned an Associate of Arts degree at Chief Dull Knife College, Bachelor of Science from the University of Great Falls, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University. Prior to working in the Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration Program, she worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in settings such as The Blessing New Spirits Program, Chief Dull Knife College, Northern Cheyenne Tribal School and Altacare of Montana (Comprehensive School and Community Treatment Program) in Lame Deer and Colstrip Public Schools.

She is passionately committed to her community, focusing on everything from a cultural perspective to meet the behavioral health needs of the people through providing quality trauma informed, evidenced based services in collaboration with medical providers, community agencies, and schools.

Holly Schleicher, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor and Integrated Behavioral Health Director, University of Montana

Holly Schleicher, 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 integrated behavioral health 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 in primary care clinics, a major medical hospital, and an interdisciplinary chronic pain clinic.

Sarah Townley, PharmD, BCACP

Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, RiverStone Health

After earning her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida, Dr. Townley moved to Montana to work for the United States Public Health Service as a commissioned officer in the Indian Health Service.  Dr. Townley is currently practicing at RiverStone Health providing a variety of services appropriate for the primary care setting under collaborative practice agreements with medical staff. She is actively involved with teaching both pharmacy students and medical residents of the Montana Family Medicine Residency program.

Aaron Wernham, MD, MS

Chief Executive Officer, Montana Healthcare Foundation

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 adviser 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.

Robert Wigdorski

Executive Director, Gateway Community Services

Robert Wigdorski, a Great Falls native, spent 22 years in the United States Air Force conducting criminal and counterintelligence investigations. He then worked for several large national defense companies providing support to several national intelligence organizations. Wigdorski has a Master’s in International Relations and a Master’s in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and was selected to be the Director of Gateway in January of 2016.

Mary Windecker

Executive Director, Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana

Mary Windecker is the executive director of Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana, an advocacy group representing addiction, mental health, children’s, and tribal behavioral health organizations. She has 30 years of experience in nonprofit health care including strategic planning, business development, advocacy, patient satisfaction, and marketing and outreach. Windecker has volunteered in leadership positions with the Make-A-Wish Montana, Missoula YMCA, Rotary, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, Missoula Writing Collaborative and served as the board chair for the Missoula Chamber of Commerce in the 2015-16 fiscal year.