2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition


2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition

Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.
Fri. July 21
9:30 am

Health Policy Steering Committee

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

NACo's Health Policy Steering Committee will be joined by national experts and thought leaders to discuss timely health policy issues relevant to counties, and will consider and vote on policy resolutions that will be used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration during the 2023 – 2024 term.

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

National experts, county leaders and policymakers will join the Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee to discuss policy priorities and best practices for strengthening the child care workforce, strengthening food systems, and preventing child abuse and neglect via concrete economic supports for families. The committee will also reflect on lessons learned from county investments in programs for children and families using ARPA Recovery Funds.

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee members will be joined by Congressional and federal agency officials to discuss critical issues, including addressing mental health in the criminal justice system, disaster mitigation and response, and the outlook for the committee's policy priorities in the 118th Congress.

Sat. July 22
8:30 am

Mental Health Commission Meeting

Invitation Only

Sat. July 22 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am

NACo's Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing will meet to conduct business, including recommendations for policy and programmatic best practices.

10:00 am

Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Business Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

NACo's Large Urban County Caucus meeting will feature conversations with national and local leaders on topics of importance to urban counties, including transportation and infrastructure, urban development, and workforce.

12:00 pm

CORE Justice Network + SJC Site Luncheon

Sat. July 22 | 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

This invite-only luncheon will host SJC site counties & County officials advancing Racial Equity (CORE) justice network members. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about MacArthur’s Safety+Justice Challenge updates focusing on initiatives to advance racial equity throughout the criminal legal system and hear about the role and voice of lived experience in this work. Counties will have the opportunity to share their current challenges and goals to advance racial equity.

Healthy Counties Luncheon & Forum

Sat. July 22 | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Successful efforts to address health inequities require cross-systems collaboration. Learn from national experts and county leaders about opportunities (e.g., funding, partnership models) for multi-sector stakeholders to address the most pressing public health challenges, such as maternal health, mental health and others.

1:00 pm

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Veterans and Military Services Committee will hear from county officials, advocates, federal experts and those with lived experience on the challenges and opportunities facing women in the veteran and military community and children and youth in military families. Committee members will also discuss federal policy priorities and the relaunch of Operation Green Light for Veterans as avenues for better serving our veterans, service members and their families.

Sun. July 23
8:45 am

Reducing Recidivism and Improving Outcomes after Incarceration

Sun. July 23 | 8:45 am to 10:00 am

Counties nationwide operate 90 percent of all local jails and provide services to people leaving jails and on community supervision. People leaving jails often face a variety of challenges – from housing and employment to behavioral health treatment and recovery services. Additionally, the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) results in higher rates of recidivism, increased health care costs and poorer health outcomes. During this session, attendees will hear from national experts and county leaders on the latest trends in re-entry and community supervision.

10:30 am

Revitalizing County Health, Public Safety and Legal Systems

Sun. July 23 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Examine how counties are strengthening our health, public safety and legal systems to make real the promise of ensuring justice for all. Learn about key resources counties are leveraging to center the experiences of underserved populations and address social determinants of health. This session will highlight county strategies for improving health equity within, and across, our health, human services and criminal legal systems.

2:30 pm

Enhancing Wellbeing: Summit on Mental Health

Sun. July 23 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

In response to increasing mental health caseloads across the country, county officials are partnering with local and state leaders to develop behavioral health continuums of care. NACo’s Mental Health Commission will lead a discussion of best practices around intergovernmental partnerships that support the 988 Lifeline and crisis response, the entry point to behavioral health systems of care; bolster the increased need and resulting shortage of a behavioral health workforce; and to address exclusionary policies that often preclude effective behavioral health care options that can reduce recidivism and other cyclical service utilization patterns.

Mobile Workshop: 911 Emergency Communications and STAR Flight Mobile Tour

Sun. July 23 | 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

CTECC (Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center) improves emergency response coordination and cooperation by providing a centralized public safety facility sustaining the operations of shared, critical emergency communications and transportation management for the region. CTECC is jointly owned by Travis County, the City of Austin, Texas Department of Transportation and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. STAR Flight is the only 24/7 aerial emergency medical service in Texas that performs highly specialized emergency response services, including emergency medical transport, still and swift water rescue, search and rescue, high angle rescue, fire suppression/aerial reconnaissance, and law safety assistance. STAR (Shock Trauma Air Rescue) Flight is owned and operated by Travis County and serves 19 counties in central Texas.

Mon. July 24
3:00 pm

The Opioid Epidemic in Rural America: Creating Justice System Pathways to Care

Mon. July 24 | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

While no corner of the country has been untouched by the opioid epidemic, the overdose crisis has hit rural America particularly hard. Between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths increased 325 percent in rural counties. Additionally, people with substance use disorder are often routed into the legal system and incarcerated, which may disrupt treatment and increase overdose risks. Hear from members of NACo's Opioid Solutions Leadership Network and the Reaching Rural Initiative about how rural counties are adopting solutions to the persistent challenges in addressing substance use disorder.

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