OK2TALK : Palm Beach County Speaks

Jan 24 to Apr 25, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Registration Closed

Event Summary


#OK2Talk is brought to you by the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County in partnership with Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network, Quantum Foundation, Children's Services Council, McLaughlin & Stern, Palm Healthcare Foundation, and Our Health Policy Matters.



































Please click here to see our 30 second clip about #OK2TalkPBC



How you can contribute: Attend our town hall meetings, connect with us online, submit personal experiences, spread the word about this collaborative project, encourage individuals to share their experiences.


Keynote Speaker for April 25th, 2014 #OK2Talk Palm Beach County Conference


Paolo del Vecchio
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, is the Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).  SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

In this role, Mr. del Vecchio provides executive leadership for Federal efforts to improve the nation’s mental health service systems.  This includes management of the federal/state mental health block grant program and directing a range of programs and activities that address topics such as suicide prevention, children’s mental health, homelessness, disaster mental health, HIV/AIDS, and others.

Previously, Mr. del Vecchio was the CMHS Associate Director for Consumer Affairs where he directed SAMHSA’s precedent-setting programs and activities that advanced consumer participation and education, a recovery orientation for the mental health system, peer support and the adoption of certified peer specialists, wellness and primary care integration, understanding of trauma histories and the social determinants of health and mental health, and led programs to reduce discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illnesses. 

Prior to joining SAMHSA, Paolo worked for the Philadelphia Office of Mental Health in the areas of policy formulation and the planning of a comprehensive system of community-based mental health services addressing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and many other issues.

A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University, has published widely, and is a highly sought after national leader and speaker.  Paolo has been a leader in many Federal efforts including the Federal Advisory Planning Board for the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, the HHS Multiple Chronic Conditions Initiative, the HHS Living Community Initiative and numerous others.



Event Information

The Quantum Foundation
2701 North Australian Avenue, Community Room
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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