Better Benefits Design for Better Mental Health

The 2023 HBCH Mental Health program will provide benefits leaders with new tools, information, and action steps to improve your mental health strategy.   Employers, Benefits Consultants, Health Plans, Health Systems, Physicians, and Subject Matter Experts will provide insight on what is, but more important what can be.

  • Hear from peer employers the challenges and opportunities in benefits design, access, and communication
    (Harris Health, Harris County and Tokio Marine HCC)
  • Learn how health plans are addressing timely access and the integration of behavioral and medical plans
    (United Healthcare, Optum and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas)
  • Get updated on how benefits consultants are supporting the behavioral health strategy
    (Gallagher and AON)
  • Receive the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Action Steps for Employers
  • Understand the need for and value of integrating behavioral health into primary care
    (Texas Health Institute, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute)
  • Get guidance on how to best communicate and engage employees
  • Learn how Houston health systems are supporting employer behavioral health
    (Houston Methodist)
  • Gain access to best practices for incorporating mobile apps and virtual behavioral health
    (Lyra Health)

Date | Time

December 5, 2023 | 7:45 - 11:00









50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007


7:45 am - 8:30 am

Room TBA

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

Breakfast Buffet (Click for Details)

Scrambled eggs & egg whites, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, fruit, oatmeal, coffee, water and orange juice.

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Auditorium J & K

Welcome & Opening Comments

Chris Skisak, PhD, Executive Director, HBCH

8:40 am - 9:20 am

Auditorium J & K

The Employers Perspective – A Major Challenge

Employer Panelist (Click for Details)

Moderator: Stephen Reynolds, Manager of Public Policy, Greater Houston Partnership

Amanda Duncan-Jones,  Manager of Benefits & Shared Services, Harris Health System

Sarah Acosta, Director, Benefits & Wellness, Harris County

Johnathan Markert, Director of Benefits & Wellbeing, Tokio Marine HCC

9:25 am - 10:05 am

Auditorium J & K

The Solution Provider Perspective – Supporting the Challenge

Solution Provider Panel (Click for Details)

Moderator: Jenny Halley, Vice President, Health Transformation, Aon

Dan Crowe, MD, Chair, Texas Health Institute

Heather Chung, PhD, NE-BC, Associate Chief Nurse Officer, Houston Methodist

Alethea Varra, PhD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Care & Clinical Lead, Lyra Health

Leah Joiner, Senior Policy Manager, Center for Health System Transformation, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

10:10 am - 10:50 am

Auditorium J & K

The Health Plan and Consultant Perspective

Health Plan and Consultant Panel (Click for Details)

Moderator: Lane Yahchouchi, Clinical Strategy Consultant, Gallagher

Charles Carter, CEO Central & South Texas, United Healthcare

Thomas Hamlin, MD, Senior Behavioral Medical Director, Optum Health

Frank Webster, MD, Chief Medical Officer Behavioral, Health Care Services Corporation (BCBS)

Heather Linton,  VP Sales & Account Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

10:50 am - 11:00 am

Auditorium J & K

Q & A and Closing Comments

Chris Skisak, PhD, Executive Director, HBCH