6th Annual Behavioral Health Conference

About the Event

This event will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Join United Way of Broward County's Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention for the 6th Annual Behavioral Health Conference. Attend informative sessions and hear from speakers to learn, network and discuss issues related to behavioral health practices, policies, and research. Learn how you can promote behavioral health and substance abuse prevention awareness within the community.

Breakfast & Lunch Included | Business Attire | Free Parking

Early Registration ends on March 27th: $85
Registration from March 28th - April 24th: $105


Event Details

Next Event Dates
Signature Grand
6900 Fl-84 , Davie, Florida 33317
Lois Simpson
954-308-9282 | lsimpson@unitedwaybroward.org


Keynote Speakers

Captain Lee Below DeckCaptain Lee Rosbach - Reality Television Star & Addiction Advocate

Captain Lee Rosbach is a Fort Lauderdale resident and star of Bravo's hit television show, Below Deck, which follows his journey sailing super yachts through the Caribbean and Mediterranean. In 2019, Joshua Lee Rosbach, Captain Lee's youngest son, died of an overdose after battling with addiction for twenty years. Since then, Captain Lee has devoted his time to advocating for substance use prevention and treatment in Broward County and supports various local non-profits. 

Joseph GreenJoseph Green - Spoken Word Artist and Motivational Speaker

Mr. Green is an educator and a believer in transformation. His powerful, honest and often humorous style captures both youth and adults' attention and explores universal themes of self-reflection and personal experience. He speaks candidly about his personal battles with substance use to show people the power they have to affect change in themselves and in their community.  

Thomas JoinerThomas Joiner, Ph.D. - Director, Psychology Clinic, Florida State University and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Dr. Joiner is a leading expert on suicide and its prevention. He is the author of many books on suicide, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior,' and the Director of the DoD-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium. 


Jerry ReedJerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W. - Senior Vice President for Practice Leadership

Dr. Reed recently co-led the committee that updated the U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and he serves as an Executive Committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Reed also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Parity and is an active member of the American Association of Suicidology, the American Public Health Association and the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

April ForemanApril C. Foreman, Ph.D. - Board of Directors, American Association of Suicidology and Doctor of Psychology, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Dr. Foreman is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans as a Clinical Outreach Specialist in Technology and Innovation for the Veterans Crisis Line. She has served the VA as the 2017 Acting Director of Technology and Innovation for the Office of Suicide Prevention. She is a member of the team that launched OurDataHelps.org, a recognized innovation in data donation for ground breaking suicide research. She is known for her work at the intersection of technology, social media and mental health, with nationally recognized implementations of innovations in the use of technology and mood tracking. Office of Suicide Prevention. 

William SchmitzWilliam Schmitz, Psy.D. - Doctor of Psychology, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Dr. Schmitz is the Past-President of The American Association of Suicidology. He also served for 7 years as the Division Chair of the Clinical Publications Review Committee for the American Association of Suicidology. 


More speakers to be ANNOUNCED. 


Presenting Sponsors

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Elite Sponsor


Premier Sponsors

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Choice Sponsor

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Become a Sponsor

Are you interested in hosting a vendor table at the 2020 Behavioral Health Conference or sponsoring the event?  

If so, please return the completed form (link below) with check no later than Friday, April 10, 2020 to:

Attn: Shani Gorman
United Way of Broward County 
Ansin Building
1300 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 

For additional information regarding vendor tables or event sponsorship,  contact Shani Gorman at (954) 453-3740 or sgorman@UnitedWayBroward.org.


Become a Presenter

Are you interested in presenting at the 2020 Behavioral Health Conference?  

If so, please return the completed form (link below) and submit with your headshot and resume no later than Friday, February 7, 2020 to:

attn: Aisha McDonald
United Way of Broward County 
Ansin Building
1300 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 

The form contains a list of conference tracks and preferred workshop topics for your reference.