2024 Spring Conference Call for Presentations

Deadline for Submissions – 5:00 p.m. March 18, 2024


The i2i Center is excited for our 2024 Spring Conference, June 11-12, 2024.  There are so many exciting changes occurring with the public MH/IDD/SUS service system that move us toward whole person, integrated services and supports, especially the implementation of the Tailored Plans July 1st.  The i2i Center’s conference will emphasize new partnerships, the advancement of connections in integrated services and supports, and the exploration of innovative practices in whole person care.  Integrated care necessitates partnerships across the health and human services spectrum and in the areas of non-medical drivers of health. 

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.


The i2i Center is requesting in person proposals, but reserves the option to also offer virtual pre-recorded sessions using the Whova APP.  Both in person and virtual presentations offer significant exposure to the i2i Center’s expansive and diverse audience of professionals, individuals with lived experience, families, and advocates.   


We are seeking experienced individuals who can provide participants with cutting-edge knowledge, perspectives, abilities, and tools to navigate and enhance partnerships for success in North Carolina’s revamped Medicaid managed and integrated care program.  We are interested in exploring innovations in whole person approaches to services, strategies to address health disparities and promote racial equity, managing economic uncertainties, addressing value-based care and embracing the growing opportunities to utilize technology for both service management and practice.


This conference brings together leaders and stakeholders (300-400+) from the behavioral health, I/DD and health care system.  Attendees include managers and executive team leaders from provider agencies, public and private 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 include integrated care partners from the medical, social, 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 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 mental health, intellectual-developmental disabilities and substance use services and healthcare providers that advance whole person care: (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, care managers, CINs and ACOs, and track milestones for alternative payment mechanisms.

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

  Innovations or initiatives to improve service-user 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 Injustice, Workforce Issues (including diversification and bias) Interfacing with the Justice System and Services and Supports for Individuals with Complex Needs.