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Breakout Session

Preventing Despair: Understanding Behavioral Health Issues

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Opioid misuse, suicide and other behavioral health challenges claim the lives of thousands of Americans each year. Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing these behavioral health conditions may be more important than ever. Hear an overview of the complexities state legislators face in addressing these issues and the strategies states have implemented to overcome them.  


Tammy Jo Hill
Policy Specialist, NCSL Health program

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Haley Nicholson
Sr. Policy Director, NCSL Health and Human Services State-Federal Affairs

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Charlie Severance-Medaris
Policy Specialist, NCSL Health program

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Karmen Hanson
Program Director, Health, NCSL

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