Thank you to our generous 2023 Innovation Summit Sponsors!

2023 Innovation Summit

Another successful year! Thank you to all who attended our 3rd Annual Behavioral Health Innovation Summit on October 10 & 11, 2023 in beautiful Lake Nona. We celebrated creativity and innovation with a kick-off and opening remarks by Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris.  Keynote speakers Dr. Kim Macuare, Co-Director of The Dali Innovation Labs spoke on the Art of Innovation and Dr. Stephen Loyd, Chair of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council challenged us in seeing individuals living with substance use disorders with compassion as he presented a new Opioid Abatement Model for addiction treatment that works. Click below to learn more about our agenda and view presentations slides and videos from our esteemed thought leaders, panelists and community trailblazers who are transforming the way we think about and deliver mental health and addiction recovery services throughout Florida and beyond!  

View the Agenda for the 2023 Innovation Summit here

The 2023 presentations and videos will be posted soon. 

Day 1 Presentations

The Power of Sustainovation with Nick Kittle – Sustainovation

Keynote: The Art of Innovation – Dr. Kim Macuare, Dali Innovation Labs –

Invitation to Change – Invitation to Change

Reframing Well-Being in Healthcare Workplace Culture –

Launch of a Novel Mobile MOUD Clinic to Address Structural Vulnerability and Substance Use Disorder – Launch of Novel Mobile MOUD Clinic to Address Vulnerability and SUD

Mental Health for Youth and Families: It Takes a Village

Marion Senior Services Co-Responder Program: Best Practices for Serving Seniors –

Day 2 Presentations
2022 Innovation Summit

Our 2nd Annual Behavioral Health Innovation Summit was held on April 19 & 20, 2022 at the GuideWell Innovation Center in Lake Nona.  We were honored to welcome Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris and keynote speakers, Bob Carter, Chairman of Carter and Nick Kittle, CEO of Sustainovation. Along with presentations from community providers, our agenda featured a Funders panel with esteemed leaders representing both public and private sectors as well as a Peer Recovery panel that celebrated the Power of Peers in bringing hope and transforming lives throughout Florida. Click below to view the agenda and presentations slides.  


9:30 am -10:00 am         Check-in & Networking

10:00 am -10:30 am        Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Christine Cauffield, CEO – LSF Health Systems
  • Secretary Shevaun Harris – Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

10:30 am – 11:30 am       Keynote: Philanthropy, Leadership & Partnership: Solving Today’s Crises Bob Carter, CFRE – Chairman, Carter & Founding Member, World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation

11:30 am – 12:15 pm       Mental Health Offenders Program (MHOP) – Sulzbacher Center

  • Chief Judge Mark H. Mahon – Fourth Judicial Circuit
  • ­Colleen Bell, MD, FACHE, FAPA, Medical Director, Integrated Health – Sulzbacher Center

12:15 pm -1:00 pm           LUNCH

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm           The Power of Peers

Panel moderated by Elisha Gumataotao, Opioid Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP) Project Coordinator & Renee Morrissette, OIFSP Success Specialist – LSF Health Systems

  • Wayne Blanchette, CCAR, Peer Recovery Coach – Zero Hour Life Center
  • Brittany Bryan, Peer Support Specialist – Clay Behavioral Health Center
  • Ashna Hemraj, Peer Support Specialist – Park Place Behavioral Health
  • Sarah Lang, Peer Support Specialist – Clay Behavioral Health Center
  • Travis McAllister, CRPS-A, Peer Recovery Support Manager – Park Place Behavioral Health
  • Melissa Salazar, CRPS, Program Manager – Shining Light Peer Services
  • Anna Santiago, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, Community Behavioral Health Program Director – Inspire to Rise Center
  • Sarah Smith, MHR, IAADC, MCAP, CBHCMS-A/C, Grants Director – Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
  • Lola Sribyanets, CRSS, Lead Peer Community Advocate – Inspire to Rise Center

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm      Project Screen, Engage & Treat for Success (SETS)

  • Stephanie Mooneyham, SETS Project Coordinator – LSF Health Systems

2:40 – 2:55 pm                 BREAK

2:55 pm – 4:15 pm          Innovations in Suicide Prevention

  • Talkable Communities– Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
  • Laureen Pagel, CEO
  • Kimberly McGee, Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator
  • Maddy’s Puzzle – Gilchrist County School District
  • Terri Crawford, MS, MFT, Director of Mental Health
  • Jeremy Mikell, MSW, RCSWI Social Work Coordinator
  • Here Tomorrow Service Model – Here Tomorrow
  • Joe Kenney, Founder
  • Hannah Hackworth, LCSW, MBA, Executive Director
  • LINK to LIFE – Mental Health Resource Center
  • Alison Boehnke, Director of Community Based Services
  • Megan Huizer, Link to Life Team Leader


4:15 – 5:00 pm                Project Opioid

  • Andrae Bailey, Founder and CEO
  • Kendall Cortelyou, PhD, Director of Data, Analytics and Strategy

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm          Evening Networking Reception


Past Events
The Honorable Darryl Rouson State Senator, District 19
The Honorable David Smith – State Representative, District 28 and Dr. Christine Cauffield – CEO, LSF Health Systems



Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Our Inaugural Behavioral Health Innovation Challenge was designed to embolden not-for-profit behavioral health organizations and inspire them to develop innovative solutions that address specific challenges and achieve value and impact for both the individuals and the communities they serve.

Not-for-profit community mental health centers and substance abuse prevention and treatment provider organizations in LSF Health Systems’ 23-county region in Northeast and North Central Florida will compete via video submission for one of two innovative behavioral health program awards.


Click here to view video submissions

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!