2018 NACo Legislative Conference

Conference

2018 NACo Legislative Conference

The NACo Legislative Conference, held annually in Washington, D.C., brings together over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. 2018 NACo Legislative Conference was held March 3-7, 2018.
Sat. March 03
9 am

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
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1 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
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Mon. March 05
10 am

Counties' Engagement in Telehealth

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pm
Columbia 4, Terrace Level
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Telehealth offers many opportunities to deliver direct health services such as preventative and specialty, care coordinate information, training and administrative services aimed at addressing health disparities affecting vulnerable populations while reducing healthcare costs. Telehealth can reduce transportation barriers and reduces workforce shortages due to shared health professional staffing. This session explores telehealth services and lessons learned from county engagement.

1 pm

Building and Supporting Cross-System Data Sharing

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
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Many of the populations served by county departments are connected to multiple systems, including county-supported health, human services and justice systems, and there is a growing need to better align resources and coordinate services and supports. Automated data sharing and integration is one way to connect systems and share information across systems, but jurisdictions must implement effective data governance to ensure information is collected, used and protected appropriately. In this workshop, learn from a national expert and two counties on how to establish policies and practices to safely and effectively share data across systems and, in the process, achieve system efficiencies.

3 pm

Stepping Up: Communications Strategies on County Efforts to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm
Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level
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More than 400 counties have joined the national Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Although counties have made progress in addressing this issue, many still struggle to effectively communicate these efforts to the public and the media. During this workshop, county leaders will learn about strategies for engaging the public and media around reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails and key messaging points to gain support for these efforts.

Tue. March 06
8 am

The Opioid Crisis: Updates on Opioid-Related Litigation

Tue. March 06 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am
Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level
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Counties are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. In 2017, several states and over 100 counties filed lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioids to recover the costs of prevention efforts, treatment and services as well as jailing residents addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. In this workshop, representatives from Florida, New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin will provide updates on opioids litigation in their states.