Headstrong: Mental, Emotional & Behavior Wellness in the Midst of a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the negative impact on mental health from social isolation, job uncertainty and concerns about the coronavirus itself is growing, and never has there been more of a need for serious self-care and peer support. In this webinar replay, Patrick Gauthier and Rich Landis of Advocates for Human Potential discuss the everyday challenges presented by the pandemic and share steps and concrete strategies we can take to cope with stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic. 

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Richard Landis, M.S.W.

Co-Director, Center for Technical Assistance Advocates for Human Potential (AHP)

Richard Landis, M.S.W., is senior director, strategic planning and business development, at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). He has been a pioneering leader in identifying and helping solve challenges facing the behavioral health care field. He is a specialist in the areas of workforce development, substance use treatment and prevention, mental health promotion, and HIV/AIDS. His more than 30 years of experience includes both direct clinical practice and extensive experience conducting human services research, as well as managing both small and large substance use treatment/prevention and mental health projects. Mr. Landis co-manages AHP’s Center for Technical Assistance and Training, which includes a staff of more than 30 and an annual budget in excess of $10 million. Representative center projects include the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Center of Excellence (COE) for Behavioral Health, Expanding Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Youth and Young Adults in California, Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR), and Massachusetts Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Technical Assistance. He is the author of more than 50 articles and presentations in the fields of substance use, HIV, technology transfer, and workforce development. Mr. Landis received his M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America.

Patrick Guathier, B.A.

Director of AHP Healthcare Solutions Advocates for Human Potential (AHP)

Patrick Gauthier, B.A., is director of Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) Healthcare Solutions and a highly sought after expert on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and on the design and effective deployment of policies and programs that properly align the resources and incentives of health and behavioral health payers, providers, and consumers. Over the course of more than 25 years in the behavioral health field and managed care sector, Mr. Gauthier has held management positions in a variety of treatment settings and served as chief operating officer and chief marketing officer for a national managed behavioral health care organization. He has developed public/private performance-based partnerships for Medicaid provider networks and led the privatization of Idaho’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s  (SAMHSA's) Substance Abuse Treatment Block Grant. Mr. Gauthier was also responsible for the implementation of mental health parity in group health plans providing coverage to federal and state employees. This experience, combined with his expert understanding of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, enable him to uniquely meet the needs of providers, policymakers, and payers.

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