Institute Agenda

8:30 am – 5:00 pm PT

The 2022 OPEN MINDS Integration Summit


Health care has gone digital, and no matter the “next normal,” the future of chronic disease management will undoubtedly include new technologies. Digital transformation in health care has accelerated more than any other aspect of our lives over the last year. Connecting consumers with complex support needs will leverage never-seen-before digital solutions. During the OPEN MINDS Care Innovation Summit, you can get an overview of the trends driving innovation in the health and human service market, a review of the OPEN MINDS strategic framework for launching sustainable treatment programs, and a deep dive with case study presentations on cutting-edge new clinical programs to ensure that consumers have access to the right services and supports at the right time. 

Ken Carr

Ken Carr brings over 30 years of finance, technology, data analysis and reporting experience in the health and human service field to OPEN MINDS. He currently serves as a Senior Associate with the OPEN MINDS consulting practice. In this role, Mr. Carr serves as a subject matter expert in the OPEN MINDS consulting practice where he has led numerous engagements in strategic planning, merger and acquisition prospecting, business process improvement, managed care and value-based contracting preparedness, financial analysis of service lines, and technology selection.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Carr served as the Chief Financial Officer for Elite DNA Therapy Services, a mental health provider based in Fort Myers, FL. In this position, Mr. Carr led development of the strategic plan, identified opportunities to optimize the EHR, and restructured financial reporting and analysis by service lines and key metrics.

Prior to his role at Elite DNA Therapy Services, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Centers, a community mental health center in Ocala, Florida. In this position, Mr. Carr led a realignment of the organization’s financial management functions. This included revenue cycle management, EHR bill implementation and reporting, cash management enhancement, and strategic financial analysis.

Prior to his role at The Centers, Mr. Carr served as Chief Financial Officer of Guild Incorporated, an organization providing residential and community based mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. As CFO, Mr. Carr led the financial, billing, IT, quality, informatics, compliance, and facilities activities. During his tenure at Guild Incorporated, Mr. Carr used his expertise in change management and business process improvement to lead the EHR implementation team, align service data reporting and financial performance, and lead the financial and data capture activities for new service initiatives.

Mr. Carr has also held the positions of Administrative Director and Finance Director at the St. Paul National Testing Laboratory, a biomedical testing facility of the American Red Cross. In those positions he oversaw activities to enhance inventory management, align financial results to industry standards, and improve financial and facilities performance through problem analysis and quality management initiatives. He also was involved in directing human resource functions during laboratory closing near the end of his tenure.

Mr. Carr earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Sioux Falls Seminary. He maintains an active CPA license with the State of South Dakota.

9:00 am – 12:30 pm PT

The 2022 OPEN MINDS Home-Based Support Services Summit


Home-based support services are not just a trend, and “the next big thing” for care and support– people have long hoped to remain in their home setting for as long as they possibly can. Outcomes are better at home for both medical and mental health services, and with the advancement of technology, a return to whole-person care, and expanded access to services, the healthcare industry is shifting toward community-based care. Join us as we delve into a day-long examination of current options available, and what industry leaders see for the future of home-based support services, and how you can help position your organization to be a part of this growing area.

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott brings over 10 years of experience in the health and human services field to the OPEN MINDS team, with expertise in gerontology, long-term and transitional care, and marketing and referral development.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, she served as the Director of Transitions of Care for Vivage Senior Living. In this role, Ms. Elliott facilitated the implementation of care coordination and transitions of care strategies with over 30 nursing facilities. She also created and implemented discharge policies and best practices in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, senior living communities and hospice settings. Ms. Elliott worked closely with multi disciplinary teams on program development and management of those living with behavioral health challenges, and complex care needs.

Ms. Elliott was also responsible for marketing and communications in this role. She served as both writer and editors for proposals and helped manage the organization’s social media campaigns; and was a vital member of the innovations team.

At Vivage Senior Living, Ms. Elliott also served as the Social Services Director & Memory Care Program Director. In these roles, Ms. Elliott served on the leadership team and was responsible for multiple departments. She developed end-of-life programs, memory care programs, and aromatherapy and wellness programs.

Prior to her role as Social Services Director and Memory Care Program Director, Ms. Elliott served as an Activities Director for Vivage Senior Living. Ms. Elliott created, documented, and implemented personalized plans of care.  She also planned and lead individual and group activities and worked closely with several departments to ensure residential care needs were met.

Over the past four years, Ms. Elliott has been a member of the Strategic Action Planning Group of Aging in the state of Colorado, serving on the executive committee. This governor appointed group focuses on creating a comprehensive strategic action plan on aging.

Ms. Elliott received a Master of Arts in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Ms. Elliott additionally earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from James Madison University.

Kim Bond, MS, LMFT

Kimberly Bond, MS, LMFT, brings over thirty years of experience providing behavioral health treatment in the public and community settings to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Ms. Bond focuses on growing the OPEN MINDS client portfolio across all nine verticals of OPEN MINDS business.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Bond served concurrently as a Program Coordinator III and Clinical Manager of Adult Services and a Program Coordinator II and Clinical Manager of Recovery Services for the Ozark Guidance Center. In these roles, Ms. Bond was responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of the adult outpatient and adult intensive mental health services on the Springdale Campus as well as the adult recovery/co-occurring services, including domestic violence and anger management treatment.

Prior to joining the Ozark Guidance Center, Ms. Bond served as the Executive Vice President of Center Point, Inc, a large substance abuse provider agency in California. In this role, Ms. Bond was responsible for the clinical and administrative supervision of all community-based programs as well as the women and children residential programs. In addition, Ms. Bond also managed budgets, interacted with funding agencies, and built positive relationships with all stakeholders. Ms. Bond was also in charge of proposal and grant writing, staff management, and training, facilities’ licensing and certifications renewals.  Additionally, she prepared and submitted monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to various funders.

Previously, Ms. Bond served as the President and CEO of Mental Health Systems, Inc. Ms. Bond was very instrumental in growing the agency from $12M in annual revenue to over $100M and becoming one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in California. In this role, Bond was responsible for the strategic, clinical, financial, and administrative health of the agency, including direct supervision of Senior Executive Staff. In addition, Bond ensured contract compliance of the agency’s 125 different contracts across federal and state agencies and eight counties.

Ms. Bond received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, and her master’s degree in counseling education from San Diego State University. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Arkansas.

Aligning Your Board To The New Sustainability Challenge: An OPEN MIND Seminar On Non-Profit Management

Executive Seminar

Over the past twenty years the adoption of electronic health record systems (EHRs) has changed how health services are managed and delivered. But as the health care system has continued to involve with more value-based reimbursement, the push towards integrated care coordination, and the rise in consumerism, the technology infrastructure needed by provider organizations has changed—including EHRs. For most executives, the EHR is a major investment and choosing the right system (or keeping the wrong system) can make or break any organization.

This seminar is for any executive who is considering a new EHR system—whether it is your organization’s first EHR, or the upgrade of a system that isn’t delivering the functionality needed for sustainability. This essential seminar will guide you through a step-by-step process for selecting an EHR that fits all your organization’s needs. The seminar will cover:

  • A best practice model for assessing the tech functionality your organization needs for future success.
  • Steps for vetting vendors and their products and services.
  • Budgeting for EHR software and implementation.
  • Ensuring best value and performance in contract negotiating.

This Executive Seminar will be presented Virtually November 3, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Ray Wolfe, J.D.

Raymond “Ray” Wolfe, J.D. brings over 40 years of experience in the health and human services sector to the OPEN MINDS team. Mr. Wolfe currently serves as a Senior Associate, a position in which he utilizes his expertise to successfully lead varying projects for OPEN MINDS. His areas of expertise include financial analysis and management, mergers and acquisitions, performance improvement, and strategic planning.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Wolfe served in a 22 year tenure with Pittsburgh Mercy Health System in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, Mr. Wolfe served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he was responsible for oversight of all system operations, strategic planning, and performance management. Under his direction Pittsburgh Mercy achieved over $850K in value-based reimbursement contract quality bonus awards, integrated three organizations through merger/acquisition, and adopted a new performance management program for managers.

Before acting as Pittsburgh Mercy’s COO, Mr. Wolfe served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and was responsible for the development of internal costing methodologies, contract rate negotiations, and financial forecasting activities. In addition, he coordinated an integrated care program with local partner hospitals to develop a series of diversion and respite programs, as well as, specialized primary care, integrated care management and high utilizer teams, while maintaining 15 straight years profitability.

Mr. Wolfe was promoted to CFO after serving as the Director of Fiscal and Information Security/Compliance for the health system. In this role, he was responsible for managing the transition of service contracts from fee-for-service (FFS), leading all compliance activities, and implementing a next generation electronic health record (EHR) system.

Prior to his time at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Mr. Wolfe served as Chief Fiscal Officer with the Summit Center for Human Development in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he was responsible for reporting and budgeting functions and preparing Summit Center’s programs for FFS billing.

Previously, Mr. Wolfe served in billing and collections for two Pennsylvania-based hospitals. First, as an Accounts Receivables Manager for Brownsville General Hospital in Brownsville, PA, where he managed the accounting and billing system transition systems. Later as a Patient Account Manager for St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, where he improved collections to hit 95% rate through the implementation of new billing software and department reorganization.

Prior to working in the health and human services market, Mr. Wolfe spent five years practicing as a Lawyer with at Law Offices of Arch A. Moore in Moundsville, WV. In this role he provided general legal practice, created and established bylaws for multiple corporation, and handled West Virginia licensing of first vision insurance plan.

Mr. Wolfe earned his Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University School of Law in Morgantown, WV and his Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Political Science and Sociology from West Liberty University, in Wheeling, WV, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Jason Lippman

Jason Lippman brings over 15 years of executive experience in the health and human services field to the OPEN MINDS team, with expertise in health care strategy, public policy and government relations, managed care, and communications. Prior to his role with OPEN MINDS, Mr. Lippman served as the Vice President of Strategy & Development for Beacon Health Options. In this role, Mr. Lippman developed strategic relationships and solutions to facilitate new growth. He also identified opportunities to integrate physical and behavioral health services to improve both quality and affordability.

Before his time with Beacon Health Options, Mr. Lippman served as the Executive Vice President of The Coalition for Behavioral Health, a New York-state based behavioral health provider association. In that role, he was responsible for operations, development, financial management, and member services. Mr. Lippman also secured $263,000 to drive provider business transformation and established a Regional Addiction Resource Center and an e-learning system for over 6,000 users.

During his tenure at The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Mr. Lippman also served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he developed and implemented a strategic restructuring plan that achieved 23% savings and realigned $1.5 million in contracted training programs into a center for excellence to maximize value and achieve operational efficiencies.

Prior to his role with The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Mr. Lippman was the Director of Public Policy & Government Relations for Amida Care, a New York City-based Medicaid health plan. In this role, Mr. Lippman served as the lead for Medicaid redesign strategies and delivery system reform initiatives. He secured a $500,000 DSRIP planning grant and over $100,000 in New York City Council funding for member-driven health and wellness programs.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Lippman served as a Director of Policy and Advocacy for The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, where he advanced policy strategies to increase opportunities for membership under healthcare reform. Mr. Lippman’s efforts increased the number of advocates and members by more than 30%.

Mr. Lippman received a Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany. He also received Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Binghamton University.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PT

How To Develop a Strategic Plan: An OPEN MINDS Executive Seminar On Best Practices in Strategy, Portfolio Management & Scenario-Based Planning

Executive Seminar

As technology takes a more central role in the strategy development and sustainability for health and human service organizations, it brings new issues for executive teams to grapple with: What technology to invest in to support the organization and deliver a competitive advantage? How much to spend on technology infrastructure? Who is responsible for technology purchasing, implementation, and optimization?

These are big questions. The range of available technologies and tech-enabled functionality that shape and support strategy is large and growing rapidly. In this session, we will cover the big challenges facing executives as they lead their organization on the path to a tech-driven future, including:

  • How to develop a technology strategy that aligns with your organization’s strategic plan.
  • How to establish a technology budget that allows your organizations to meet its strategic goals.
  • How to apply best practices in technology selection, implementation, and optimization.

This Executive Seminar will be presented virtually November 17, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM, Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

Carol Clayton, Ph.D.

Dr. Carol Clayton is a licensed, psychologist with 30 years of health care experience in the public and private sector, including non-profit and private practice work. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS as a Senior Consultant, she retired as the Translational Neuroscientist for Relias, where she specialized in health care solutions targeting workforce development and population health outcome improvement. Before joining Relias, Dr. Clayton was the CEO of Care Management Technologies, a health IT data analytics company. She also served as the Executive Director of the NC Council of Community Programs from 2000-2006. The NC Council is the predecessor organization to i2i.

12:00 am – 12:00 am PT



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1:30 pm – 3:45 pm PT

Preparing For CalAIM – Building The Tech Infrastructure Needed For Success In An Integrated, Hybrid, & Value-Based CalAIM Service Delivery System


The California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative will implement broad reforms to California’s Medicaid delivery system, programs, and payment methodologies. The policy goals of CalAIM are to reduce system complexity, increase flexibility, improve quality of care, and drive system transformation through the use of value-based initiatives, payment reform, and integrated approaches for behavioral health, addiction treatment, and primary care for complex populations. In the multi-year implementation, some of the provisions go live on January 1, 2022 including new contracts with specialty provider organizations to deliver Enhanced Case Management and Community Supports (In Lieu of Services) for adult SMI populations. The final provisions are projected to go live by 2027.

One big question for executives of specialty care and primary care organizations is how to enhance their current tech infrastructure for success under CalAIM. There are new challenges created by the expectations of services that coordinate consumer services across levels of care – using digital tools for both care coordination and service delivery. And new reimbursement models create another level of complexity.

The session will cover:

  • The likely requirements for integrated care coordination under CalAIM
  • The technology functionality required to participate in integrated care, offer digital services, and accept value-based reimbursement under CalAIM
  • A panel discussion of executives of specialty and primary care organizations on their plans for technology investment under CalAIM

8:00 am – 5:00 pm PT

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