Thursday, December 7, 2017Members of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) will discuss the recommendations in their first Report to Congress in a press conference on December 14 in Washington, DC. The findings and recommendations in the ISMICC report have the potential to spur federal actions to revolutionize behavioral health care by increasing access, quality and affordability of care. The report, The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living with SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers, sets a path for the work the ISMICC will undertake in improving the nation’s behavioral health. It identifies five areas of focus for the behavioral health community. The ISMICC is chaired by Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, and includes members from several cabinet-level agencies as well as non-federal members. This Committee was authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act to enhance coordination across federal agencies and improve service access and delivery of care for people living with SMI and SED and their families. More information about the ISMICC is available at www.samhsa.gov/ismicc WHO: Eric D. Hargan, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Anita Everett, SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer Mary Giliberti, ISMICC non-federal member Pete Earley, ISMICC non-federal member WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. WHERE: Online via webcast. Visit www.samhsa.gov/ismicc on the day of the event for more information.