2020 Critical Issues Symposium

The Virginia Coalition of Private Provider Associations


December 2-3, 2020 – Virtual Conference

Full Program Here


Wednesday, December 2nd

9:00 a.m. Welcome / Call to Order – Gary L. Jones, Ph.D, VCOPPA President

MODULE AUpdate on Behavioral Health Enhancement

Alexis Aplasca, MD, DBHDS Chief Clinical Officer

Alyssa Ward, Ph.D, LCP, DMAS Behavioral Health Clinical Director

Laura Reed, LCSW, DMAS Behavioral Health Senior Program Advisor



10:00 a.m.       MODULE B:  Results of the JLARC CSA Study / VCOPPA Response

Bill Elwood, Executive Director VAISEF/VCOPPA


11:00 a.m.       MODULE C:  Update from the Virginia Department of Education

Hank Millward, VDOE Director, Office of Specialized Education Facilities

and Family Engagement


12:00 noon     MODULE D:  An Update on the Children’s Services Act

Scott Reiner, Executive Director, Office of Children’s Services


1:00 p.m.        MODULE E:  Managed Care Update – DMAS

Cheryl Roberts, JD, DMAS Deputy Director for Programs and Operations

Tammy Whitlock, MSHA, DMAS Deputy Director for Complex Care



 Thursday, December 3rd

9:00 a.m. MODULE F:  Resources for Dealing with COVID-19

Heidi Dix, DBHDS Deputy Commissioner, Regulatory and Legislative


10:00 a.m. MODULE G:  Critical State Budget Issues Facing Virginia, Now and in the  Future

James J. Regimbal, Jr., Fiscal Analytics, Ltd.


11:00 a.m. MODULE H:  Panel:  Local Government CSA Perspectives

Jessica Webb, Assistant Director of Social Services, Children’s Services

Act, Prince William County

Julie Payne, CSA Coordinator, City of Roanoke

Brady Nemeyer, CSA Program Administrator, City of Richmond


12:00 noon Guest Speaker:  Virginia General Assembly Perspective:  FFPSA and

Behavioral Health Issues

The Honorable T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason, Senate of Virginia

Senate Representative to the CSA State Executive Council


12:30 p.m. MODULE I:  Developing the VCOPPA Advocacy Agenda for the 2021

Virginia General Assembly

   Bill Elwood, VCOPPA Executive Director

CONCLUSIONS:  Where Do We Go From Here?

   Moderated by Bill Elwood, VCOPPA Executive Director


1:30 p.m. Adjournment