CHICAGO—On Sept. 12 and Sept. 13, the Medical Directors Council for Behavioral Health is scheduled to convene an expert panel in Chicago to develop a monograph focused on access to psychiatric services and the growing work force shortage. The panel will investigate contributing causes and propose a wide range of solutions.
The monograph will then be presented to multiple groups, including policy makers, clinic administrators, government regulators and payers nationally. No similar level of analysis and resource for change is currently available.
Fort Wayne native and Clubhouse Internatioal board member Steven Manning has been asked by the organization to sit on a panel consisting of about 25 members, including medical doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, and three mental health consumers. The panel will corporately write a 30-40 page monograph on this important topic.
“I’m looking forward to working on this panel. As a consumer and Clubhouse member, I’m hoping that my input will provide valuable information that will ultimately help to improve mental health services for men, women and children dealing with mental illness,” said Steven Manning.
Clubhouse International is a global non-profit organization that helps communities around the world create Clubhouses, which are community-based centers that give people with mental illness hope and opportunities to reach their full potential. Manning was invited to sit on the board of Clubhouse International several years ago after a successful recovery from a severe mental illness that left him homeless and suicidal. Now, several years later, he’s president and CEO of a video production company, recently completed a Master’s degree in Education, and sits on the board for the League for the Blind and Disabled and Windsong pictures.
Manning is also an actor. His current movie, “Two Steps from Hope,” produced and directed by George Johnson, is scheduled to be in theaters, May 20, 2017.
Manning can be reached at (260) 435-9495.