University of Southern Indiana

2018 Mental Health Summit

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - Carter Hall, University Center West, University of Southern Indiana


Please click on the agenda titles for copies of this year's presentations

CEU's will be e-mailed in approximately one (1) week from the event


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For Programming Questions and Assistance, Please Contact Nikki Presley, Department of Veterans Affairs at 812-474-3570 or

2018 Mental Health Summit & Workshop Topics
Morning Session
7:30-8:00 Registration , Resource Fair and Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 Welcome

Transitioning Service Members to VA Mental Health Services

 - Integrated Disability Evaluation System - Dr. David Twillie

 - Transition & Care Management - Martha Brown

9:45-10:00  Break
10:00-10:30 Education and Employment Transitions
10:30-10:45 VA Whole Health Initiative
10:45-11:00  VA  Women’s Health Care
11:00-11:30 Accessing VA Services, Eligibility, Other than Honorable Guidelines
11:30 - 12:45 Lunch & Learn: SIU  Suicide Prevention Presentation “Talk Saves Lives”
Afternoon Session: Suicide Awareness Summit
1:00- 1:30 VA Suicide Awareness- Dale Horaz VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Opioid Epidemic:

 - Vanderburgh County 2017 Drug Overdoses - Steve Lockyear, Vanderburgh County Coroner

 - Assessing & Treating Opioid Use Disorders - Donna Lilly, Deaconess Cross Pointe

2:30-2:45 Break
2:45- 3:45 CALM Program Education (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) Kent Leslie, Deaconess Cross Pointe
3:45-4:00 HOPE Team
4:00-4:30 Discussion/Q&A

VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 LOCAL SPONSORS: (Click Logo for More Information)

St. VincentCross Pointe

Brentwood Springs

Our event this year will once again be in Carter Hall in our University Center-West building.  Signs will be posted on campus to re-direct anyone who wants to attend this year's VA Mental Health Summit.

Campus map with parking information

Carter Hall, University Center - West Map

The University Center (UC) is easily distinguished by the "cone" that serves as a focal point for our university.  Parking is available in Lot C of the UC with entrances at our theatre building, or in the upper Lot N and lower Lot I next to the physical plant.  Space in these lots are limited and used on a first come, first served basis.  Handicapped spaces are available in Lots C and N.

Carter Hall (blue box on map) will serve as the location for the Mental Health Summit and Resource Fair. 

The summit, an initiative to connect Veterans’ mental health caregivers with community partners, is being hosted by the Evansville VA Health Care Center.

Online registration available by clicking the link above.  Walk-in's accepted the day of the event and will be open at 7:30 a.m. on July 17th.  Walk-in registrations may not receive the lunch option and is subject to availability.

FREE Breakfast and Lunch


University of Southern Indiana Hosts VA Mental Health Summit
By Williams Martinez, Public Affairs Specialist

“The best thing we can do for our returning Veterans is to welcome them home with an educated and collaborative community of family, friends and professionals,” says Local Recovery Coordinator Nikki Presley.  To continue moving in this direction, the Marion VA and Evansville Health Care Center are collaborating with the University of Southern Indiana to host a Mental Health Summit and Workshop. 

“Most military Veterans and their dependents utilize at least some healthcare services outside of the Veterans Administration, so it is critically important that the VA and community providers collaborate,” said Joel Matherly, Manager of the Veteran, Military & Family Resource Center at USI. “Our goal is to provide Veteran-centered, recovery-oriented care, especially in the area of mental health.”

The Mental Health Summit will be from 8 a.m. to noon and will include a resource fair for Veterans at the USI location. 

The Mental Health Summit will be from 8 a.m. to noon and will include a resource fair for Veterans at the USI location, along with presentations by Veterans on mental health recovery, women’s recovery, and employment and education.

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