NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition

Conference

NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition

More than 3,000 county officials and partners participated in the 83rd NACo Annual Conference.  Find resources from the conference, including the American County Platform, videos and more.
Thu. July 12
4 pm

Documentary Screening and Discussion: “Heroin(e)”, Sponsored by Healthy Counties Initiative and Smart Justice

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Bayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

Counties across the country are struggling with the recent rise in opioid addiction and opioid-related overdoses and deaths in their communities. During this event, county officials will watch "Heroin(e)," an original Netflix short documentary that directly addresses this issue and shares some of the solutions communities are identifying to meet these challenges. “Heroin(e)” highlights three women - the fire chief, a judge and a faith-based volunteer - working to change a West Virginia town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse, one person at a time. After the documentary screening, participants have the opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion with individuals involved with the film, followed by light refreshments compliments of Healthy Counties and Smart Justice sponsors.

Fri. July 13
9 am

Health Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meetings

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 11:45 am
Canal A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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This session will feature a discussion around the role of nurse home-visiting programs in improving health outcomes for children and mothers and how counties can braid funding streams to support this evidence-based intervention.  Committee members will engage on policy issues facing long-term care and assisted living providers for adults and how counties are innovating to meet the health needs of residents across the life continuum.  

2 pm

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Canal A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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This session focuses on the federal response to the opioid epidemic and resources for counties in formulating a health response to substance use disorders, as well as all policy proposals submitted for the committee's consideration.  

Sun. July 15
7 am

Breakfast Roundtable: Beyond Health Care - Improving Population Health and Achieving Health Equity

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 8:45 am
Presidential Ballroom C/E, Convention Center, Level 2
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Though great strides have been made in the study and understanding of health disparities, significant gaps in health outcomes persist for many groups in the U.S. Join us for a breakfast discussion on health disparities and the practical tools and strategies local leaders can use to foster residents’ health and well-being, guided by two leaders in the field of health equity.

9 am

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part I: Using Screening and Assessment to Accurately Identify People in Your Jail with Behavioral Health Treatment Needs

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 am
Presidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2
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Counties need to have an effective screening and assessment process to accurately identify justice-involved individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. In addition to using this information to make referrals to treatment and services, having accurate and timely data is critical for developing a strategic action plan that effectively targets resources and for tracking progress on efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the jail and produce better outcomes. In this workshop, hear from your peers about how they are identifying people with behavioral health treatment needs in the justice system and how they are using this information to make connections to treatment and services in the jail and the community.

10 am

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part II: Identifying and Treating the People with the Highest Needs in Your Justice System

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Presidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2
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Individuals who regularly cycle in and out of jails, emergency departments and other crisis services – who are sometimes called high utilizers or frequent utilizers – often use many county resources but still experience poor outcomes. Many of these individuals have untreated mental illnesses that contribute to homelessness, illicit substance use and involvement in illegal activities. In this workshop, hear from your peers about identifying the most frequent users of your justice, health and human services systems and targeting resources to connect them to appropriate treatment and services to improve outcomes and effectively use resources.

2 pm

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part III: Tracking Connections to Services and Outcomes for Individuals with the Highest Needs in Your Justice System

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Presidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2
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Establishing effective connections to important services for justice-involved populations, including linkages to housing, behavioral health treatment, health care and employment assistance, are part of efforts to more effectively use county resources, improve public safety and increase health and well-being. Developing the programs and policies to establish baseline data on key measures and then track and evaluate the performance of these measures are critical steps in developing data-driven systems. In this workshop, learn how counties are demonstrating the value and impact of making the right connections to care and services. 

Using Messaging to Enhance Engagement on Early Childhood Initiatives

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Presidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
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Learn how to mobilize your county by using effective communications strategies, strong messaging techniques and civic engagement to promote an early childhood agenda. County leaders will share examples on developing a local early childhood campaign that engages diverse stakeholders and promotes the importance of investing in children early. Learn how to effectively frame and share your message to mobilize your community and be a catalyst of change for young children.

3 pm

The Opioid Crisis: Supporting County Medical Examiners’ and Coroners' Offices

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Presidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
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The opioid epidemic has reached historic proportions with 175 Americans dying from overdose every day—opioid deaths now make up over half of all drug-related deaths in the country. Medical examiners and coroner’s offices, which are responsible for investigating and performing autopsies for drug-related deaths, have experienced a shortage in forensic pathologists leading to a decline in the standard of work of opioid and other drug-related autopsies across the country. In this workshop, speakers will discuss the challenges facing county medical examiners and coroners with the influx of cases due to the opioid epidemic and identify solutions to address the dire shortage of county-based forensic pathologists to meet these challenges.

Mon. July 16
8 am

2020 Census: What Counties Need to Do Now to Prepare

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am
Canal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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Census 2020 will determine your number of Congressional representatives, shape legislative districts and drive the distribution of over $675 billion in federal funds. Local leaders are critical to ensuring that everyone is counted. Learn about innovative ideas to ensure county participation, build awareness and the steps you can take now to prepare for a successful Census 2020.

Solutions Session: Addressing Substance Use Disorders In Your County - Reentry, Recovery and Reducing Recidivism

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am
Jackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M
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This session explores how connections to treatment, recovery and social services result in positive outcomes for individuals and county systems. Counties play an integral role in securing treatment and support for successful reentry from the justice system and connection with treatment and recovery services for individuals with substance use disorders, many of whom face challenges in securing housing, training, education and employment.