Guest Speakers

Keynote Adress: Secretary Mary lou Sudders

Appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $21 billion state budget with 22,000 public servants, and oversees critical services that touch almost one in four residents of the Commonwealth. Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has dedicated her life to public service and to some of our most vulnerable citizens. She has been a public official, provider executive, advocate and college professor. Sudders has been honored and recognized by many groups for her contributions and commitment to public service.

Plenary session: Dr. Matthew Siegel

Dr. Siegel is the Director of the Developmental Disorders Program of Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics of Tufts University School of Medicine, where he is engaged in program development, treatment and research for children with autism, intellectual disability and co-occurring mental illness and challenging behaviors. He attended Amherst College and Stanford Medical School and completed triple board training at Brown University in child psychiatry, psychiatry, and pediatrics. He is the Principal Investigator for the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC), a research network of specialized child psychiatry units performing a multi-site phenotype-genotype study of children severely affected by autism. Dr. Siegel serves on the Autism and Intellectual Disability Committee of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is a co-author of the Practice Parameter on the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Closing remarks: Commissioner Joan mikula

Joan Mikula was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) on May 11, 2015. Commissioner Mikula has worked for DMH since 1985, serving as Deputy and Assistant Commissioner of the Department’s Child and Adolescent Services Division. She has dedicated her career to ensuring that children, youth, families and adults have every opportunity to participate in their growth and recovery and to be successful in their homes, schools and communities.  Passionate about consumer and family voice and choice, Commissioner Mikula’s experience in education, child welfare and juvenile justice as well as mental health administration in the private sector is significant and has guided the Department during her tenure. She brings a strong foundation of building collaborative partnerships throughout the human services community which ensures that individuals across the lifespan, along with their families, receive appropriate treatment and supports for behavioral health conditions.