2019 Program

Keynote speakers, panelists, and presenters will be announced at a later date. Please check this page for additional details and program updates.

Below is a summary of the tentative conference timeline for planning purposes:


Wednesday, September 25th



Veterans and Families Symposium:

Transforming the Way We Meet the Mental Health Needs of Veterans and Their Families through Collaboration, Technology, and by Challenging Our Assumptions

Day 1 (Thursday, September 26th)



Opening Remarks:

Andy Keller, PhD, President and CEO, MMHPI

Legislative Panel:

Nelda Hunter, Chief of Staff, State Representative John Zerwas, M.D. Committee Director, House Appropriations Committee

Bryan Law, Committee Director, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Stacey Gilliam, Deputy Committee Director, Senate Committee on Finance

Excelling For Texas Children Track:

Foster Care: Community Based Care

Excelling for High Need Adults Track:

Intercept O: The Essential Intercept in Diversion

Excelling for Texas Children Track:

Health Equity in Mental Health

Excelling for Texas Children Track:

Wealth of Nations: From Early Intervention to Youth Mental Health Reform

Excelling for High Need Adults Track:

Comparative Analysis of Texas and the UK with the Intersection of Justice and Health

Join us for a fun networking reception sponsored by Magellan Health. If you’re going to have casual conversation tonight it just makes sense to dress casual, too. Treat yourself or a loved one to a new piece of Kendra Scott jewelry! Onsite pop-up show, with 20% of the proceeds benefiting Engage & Excel.

Day 2 (Friday, September 27th)



Keynote Speaker:

Altha Stewart, MD, Sr. Asso. Dean & Asso. Professor, Psychiatry, UT Health Science Ctr. Memphis

Excelling for Texas Children Track:

School Safety

Excelling for High Need Adults Track:

First Responder Suicide: Emerging Issues and Strategies to Address It

Children’s Mental Health Luncheon:

Partnering to Transform School Outcomes

Thank you for attending the 2019 E&E Conference!

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Engage & Excel Conference sponsors enjoy exposure to a targeted audience of mental health thought leaders and change agents from across Texas.

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