The 2020 Annual (virtual) Conference will feature a variety of expert speakers that will explore topical and practical subjects in plenary and educational sessions throughout the Conference. Check out the speakers and sessions we have confirmed so far as well as the schedule of events to plan your attendance at the Conference!

Confirmed Sessions & Speakers

CBD & THC? Tell Me What They Mean to Me: Legal Issues/Hiring Strategies in Era of Legalized Marijuana

Jim Reidy, Attorney, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green

Hiring and retaining talent this labor market is difficult enough.  With now more than 33 states legalizing marijuana in one form or another, employers find themselves having to update their hiring policies and practices, as well as making some other difficult choices as to drug testing.  With CBD (Cannabidiol) becoming more popular, many employers are also questioning if CBD use will show up in drug tests and whether CBD should be addressed in drug and alcohol policies.  This session will review the legal issues associated with drug and alcohol policies and testing procedures as well as suggesting some best practices in these hazy times.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Union Negotiations

sponsored by our Silver Partner, New Hampshire Interlocal Trust

Mark Broth, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum

Anna Cole, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum

A discussion of the legal and practical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the collective bargaining. process

Aging Well & NH’s Behavioral Health Care System 

Steve Norton, Chief Strategy Officer, SolutionHealth

David Ross, Administrator, Hillsborough County Nursing Home

The twin forces of an aging population and higher levels of behavioral health acuity among the nursing home eligible population is a mounting problem for NH’s geriatric health care system.  Across the spectrum of providers and institutions, the amount of dementia and other mental illnesses is rapidly growing. Within today’s nursing home population in NH nearly 90% of all residents have some meaningful level of mental illness. This percentage is well above levels from just 10 years ago.  This workshop will offer demographic information, current case studies, and an overview of immediate challenges while caring for an aging population who are suffering from mental illnesses.  In addition, this workshop will go beyond identification of concerns and will begin a conversation about how to approach this demographic and financial policy in the long term.  Representatives from the hospital health systems and long-term care community will lead this dialogue in hopes of setting the stage for solutions to this long-term care challenge.

Using Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Correctional Staff

Kevin Warwick, President, Alternative Solutions Associates, Inc.

Correctional facilities have gone through a great deal of change over the last twenty years including the development and implementation of evidence-based programming. This workshop discusses a review of evidence-based practice and how this applies to corrections officers. We will also provide an overview of thinking for a change a cognitive behavioral model for high risk offenders; the importance of cognitive self-change in changing offender behavior; a review of thinking reports and how these can be applied in a correctional setting; and how thinking for a change impacts recidivism.

Medicaid: Any Question You Were Afraid to Ask

Henry D. Lipman, Medicaid Director, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Description coming soon!

Building the Foundation for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The County Role 

sponsored by our Gold Partner, Primex

Kirsty Fontaine, Health Program Manager, National Association of Counties 

Blaire Bryant, Associate Legislative Director for Health, National Association of Counties 

Amidst recent events highlighting racial tensions across the country and county resolutions declaring racism a public health emergency, the issue of race and its impact on the life and wellbeing of our local communities has come front and center. County leaders are aptly poised to contribute to the growing community of practice around race equity and further efforts that seek to address the current impact of racism on resident health outcomes, status and quality of life. Join us as we explore the links between racism and health and highlight federal and local jurisdictional efforts towards the elimination of health disparities.

Election 2020: Politics in Times of Uncertainty 

sponsored by our Silver Partner, Usource

Andrew Smith, Ph.D., Director, UNH Survey Center; Professor of Practice, Dept. of Political Science, University of New Hampshire 

The COVID virus has upended the typical measures political scientists use to predict election outcomes.  What are the likely results of the 2020 election in New Hampshire? And what is likely going to happen in the country as a whole?

Federal Update on COVID-19

sponsored by our Gold Partner, HealthTrust

Mark Ritacco, Director of Government Affairs, National Association of Counties 

Teryn Zmuda, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Economist, National Association of Counties’ County Innovations Lab 

Since March, Congress and the President have worked together to adopt four federal aid packages in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Congress’ response has evolved in much the way was as the virus has – with the first two bills targeted at public health strategies, food assistance, and enhanced federal support for paid sick and family leave, and the third and fourth focuses largely on the economic fallout. Congress and the Administration went through a lengthy negotiation on the 5th package with many stops and starts along the way. This update will go over the latest in Congress and discuss would could come during the “lame duck” session of  after the election. We will also discuss, using NACo’s research, the economic and public health impact of the pandemic.

The Role of Broadband in Addressing a Public Health Crisis

Arthur Scott, Associate Legislative Director, Agriculture and rural Affairs, & Political Outreach Manager, National Association of Counties 

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical utility of broadband infrastructure. From the homework gap and workforce adaptations to critical healthcare services and e-commerce – broadband is now the keystone to our nation’s ability to successfully address this global health pandemic. Arthur Scott will join us to discuss NACo’s efforts to bolster broadband resources to help counties address the public health pandemic and looming economic crisis.

County Criminal Justice Reform During COVID-19  

Kerwin Henderson, Program Manager for Justice and Public Safety, National Association of Counties 

Brett Mattson, Associate Legislative Director for Justice and Public Safety, National Association of Counties 

Counties are key stakeholders in the criminal justice system, including operating 91 percent of the nation’s jails and investing close to $80 billion annually on county law enforcement activities, courts and legal services, and correctional facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the way many counties are conducting traditional criminal justice practices in an effort to reduce person-to-person contact. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities facing local justice systems as a result of the pandemic and highlight pending, federal criminal justice reform legislation that could impact counties.

COVID and Clinical Risk Next Steps, It’s Everyone’s Job!

Robin Bleier, President, RB Health Partners, Inc.

In this brief session we will cover several clinical risk areas to focus on practice enhancement. Participants will be encouraged to: Articulate three key infection prevention (IP) areas of practice learned through the COVID experience; brief on the risk management role in IP and control program advances; communicate clinical operations role and responsibility in IP success; and discuss documentation of the facility IP quality improvement program.