Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Health Policy Institute

Since 1999, SIU's School of Law, School of Medicine, and Southern Illinois Healthcare have sponsored the annual Health Policy Institute. Attendees hear presentations from national experts and discuss current regulatory and public policy issues in health care.

Twentieth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

May 17, 2019

CLE 7.0 (including 1.0 Professionalism – Mental Health (applied for)

CME 7.0 Hours

CNE 7.0 Hours

CE 7.0 Hours

Beyond Stigma: Developing Workable Behavioral Health Policies

Live Site:

SIU School of Law, Carbondale, IL

Interactive Simulcast Sites:

Illinois State Bar Association Chicago Office, Chicago, IL

SIU School of Medicine, Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), Springfield, IL 


Listen to the WSIU radio interview about the HPI conference here

REGISTRATION is CLOSED but walk-in Registration will be available at the Carbondale location only.


The prevalence of mental health conditions is on the rise, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  Nearly 45 million adults in America currently struggle with mental illness.  But adults are not the only individuals impacted by these conditions.  Behavioral health disorders also affect millions of children and adolescents.  

Despite the growing numbers living with mental health challenges, more than half receive no treatment due to stigma, lack of insurance coverage, cost, and no access to providers.  This care gap comes at a tremendous cost to both individuals and society through loss of life, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, crime, and physical health impacts.  It harms all institutions and all sectors--- from healthcare to education, and from prisons to workplaces. 

To aid in identifying both the deficiencies and the solutions, the 2019 Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute seeks to create an informative and engaging forum aimed at addressing America’s mounting mental health dilemma.


 At the conclusion of this educational program, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the scope and impact of mental illness on society, as well as the particularized impacts on marginalized populations;
    2. Identify ethical issues, including autonomy, cultural perspectives, and stigma;
    3. Comprehend how various solutions from the legal, policy, and treatment arenas feed into the creation of practical and effective strategies;
    4. Be more self-aware of professional stresses and the need to seek assistance; and
    5. Participate more effectually in dialogues related to behavioral health policies on the national, state, and local levels. 

The speaker panel for the 20th Annual SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute (HPI) is both extremely robust and tremendously impressive.  Presenters for the day-long, continuing education program include the following experts: 

      • Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, JD, commenting on the unmet mental health needs of prison populations;
      • Rahn K. Bailey, MD, FAPA, ACP, speaking on the disparities in mental healthcare, especially among minority populations, and the use of health policy to correct these shortcomings;
      • Kanika Bell, Ph.D., LP, addressing women’s mental health issues, with a focus on women of color;
      • lore dickey, Ph.D., LP, focusing on the behavior health support needs of transgender and non-binary individuals;
      • John Mundt, Ph.D., talking on moral injury, PTSD, and suicide among returning veterans;
      • Elaine Cheung, Ph.D., and Thomas P. Conley, JD, sharing ways to recognize and respond to professional burnout for physicians and attorneys; and
      • Amy Swearer, JD, discussing mental illness and firearm regulation.

Co-sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Illinois State Medical Society, SIU School of Medicine - Center for Rural Health Social Service Development, and SIU School of Medicine - Department of Population, Science and Policy.

Breakfast sponsor - Meyer Capel | Lunch sponsor - Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, PC

This program is supported, in part, by unrestricted educational grants from Southern Illinois Healthcare, the SIU School of Law, First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Chapman LLC, Meyer Capel, and Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.