2023 Winter Conference

December 6-8, 2023

Benton Convention Center, Winston Salem, NC




i2i is excited to start planning our 2023 Winter Conference at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, December 6-8, 2023.  This year, integrated care under the Medicaid Behavioral Health/IDD Tailored Plan is set to begin October 1.  This dramatic shift in caring for individuals with behavioral health and I/DD needs involves innovative processes and protocols that build new partnerships with healthcare, pharmacy, social services, education, housing and more.  To support this change, i2i’s conference will focus on bringing together new partners, advancing connections and understanding the new practices that facilitate a system of  whole person care.

This will be an in-person conference that will be enhanced by the use the Whova Event Management APP to expand learning, networking, and information sharing. 


i2i will offer two types of sessions, in person and virtual only.  In-person sessions will be live and delivered on site.  Virtual only topics will be pre-recorded and posted on Whova APP for attendees to view at their convenience.  Both in person and virtual presentations offer significant exposure to the i2i audience of professionals.   

Session Content

We are looking for experts that can offer attendees the latest information, insights, skills, and resources to help them adapt and expand partnerships to be successful in NC’s transformed Medicaid managed, integrated care services.  We are also interested in whole person service changes/innovations resulting from the pandemic, addressing health disparities and racial equity, economic uncertainty, and the ever-increasing role of technology in all aspects of our service system.


This conference has been bringing together leaders and stakeholders (800+) from the behavioral health, I/DD and health care system for over 20 years.  Attendees include managers and executive team leaders from provider agencies, Medicaid plan managers, individual behavioral health and I/DD professionals, State and local agency leaders, elected officials, hospital leaders, beneficiaries, family members, advocates and others.  We are also seeking to attract integrated care partners from the medical, social service, education and justice systems.


We are seeking 1.5-hour session proposals and 1 hour Sparking Innovation submissions focused on innovative projects and programs.  All proposals should aim to address policy issues and implications, services, consumer and family involvement, and/or administrative aspects of any of the topic areas below.  Submissions relevant to integrated care partners will be of high interest.

  Innovations in integrated care that improve collaboration between behavioral health and healthcare providers and advance whole person care in a managed care environment: (ex. new protocols, service supports, systems or technologies that enhance collaboration among providers and advance quality, whole person care).

Improvements in services and/or administrative operations that advance whole person care in a managed care environment: (ex. utilizing population health data, care management, cross-system formalized partnerships, value-based contracting, addressing unmet health needs and non-medical drivers of health).

  Importance of datadata sharing and system integration that can track and report outcomes in real-time, provide interface between providers, payers, CINs and ACOs, and track milestones for alternative payment mechanisms.

  Technological advancements that improve individual care and/or organizational management (ex: telehealth, digital interoperability, electronic health records, digital transformation, consumer self-management technology, AI, cyber security, robot technology etc.)

  Innovations or initiatives to improve consumer outcomes, participation and/or access to care (ex: self-advocacy initiatives, community-based  system linkages, strengthening the family voice, community inclusion, employment, recovery, expanding the use of peer support services, partnerships with schools and the justice system).

  New State and Federal policy changes impacting MH/IDD/SUD services (ex: Medicaid expansion, new state or federal funding for care, technology, partnerships, etc.

  Clinical and Other Topics: Innovation in the treatment of opioid addiction, suicide prevention, whole person care, foster care, collaborations across health and human service systems/professionals, veterans care, and unmet health-related needs. 

  Specialty Topics: Addressing Racial and Social Equity, Workforce Issues (including diversification and bias) Interfacing with the Justice System and Services and Supports for Individuals with Complex Needs.

Questions? Email jean@i2icenter.org THANK YOU!