Conference Agenda

All events will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

Wednesday, September 14

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration
The registration desk will be open throughout the two-day conference. Please stop at registration when you arrive to receive your name badge and program.
10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. National Security
Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; former U.S. Senator from Nebraska
11:30 a.m. Lunch is served (Convention Center ballroom)
1 p.m. The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness
Liza Long, mom, author and mental health advocate
2 p.m. Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness
Steve Leifman, judge, Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division; national expert on criminal justice and mental health
3 p.m. The Future of Psychosis: Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder in 2040
E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center and associate director of research at the Stanley Medical Research Institute
4 p.m. Local Initiatives in Mental Health
Ms. Jamie Michael, Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department and Doña Ana Wellness Institute
4:15 p.m. Program concludes for the day

Thursday, September 15

7 a.m. – Noon Registration
7 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Strategic Priorities for Higher Education in New Mexico
Barbara Damron, Ph.D., New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education
9 a.m. The Public Trust: Police-Community Relations
Richard Berry, mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico
10 a.m. The Public Trust: Trust and Credibility in 2016
John Edelman, managing director of Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility at Edelman
11 a.m. 2016 Elections
James Carville, political strategist and former campaign manager to President Bill Clinton and Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)
12 p.m. Lunch is served (Convention Center exhibit hall)
12:30 p.m. Mental Health Care – Civil Rights Movement of our Time
Patrick Kennedy, former U.S. Representative from Rhode Island; co-founder of One Mind, and founder of the Kennedy Forum
1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks