TEAM UP for Children Annual Symposium

Please join us at the 4th Annual TEAM UP Symposium for a day of sharing and learning about integrated behavioral health care for children and families! This year’s Symposium will be offered as a hybrid event; in-person at the Metcalf Trustee Center, or through a virtual platform.

TEAM UP for Children hosts an annual gathering of stakeholders committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families. The goal of this day-long event is two-pronged: to share learning from TEAM UP for Children and its community health center partners, and to elicit input on the work ahead. The agenda for the event consists of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions on topics of interest, such as how telehealth has impacted access to care, ways to support and grow the integrated behavioral health workforce, how input from families informs the TEAM UP initiative, and how upcoming state priorities may impact behavioral health services.

The day will also include opportunities for special interest groups, like parent leaders, care team members, and other stakeholders to meet up and network with each other over lunch.

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Here’s what we have planned:

For health care providers and clinicians

  • Do you work in a health care setting?  Are you a student preparing for a career as a medical or behavioral health provider?  Find out about innovations in integrated behavioral health care from colleagues in the field.

Parents and caregivers

  • Are you a parent or caregiver interested in advocating for access to behavioral or developmental services that support children and strengthen families?  Connect with other parent leaders and share your experience to inform TEAM UP’s work.

Community organizations and funders

  • Are you a member of a community organization or philanthropic agency that supports healthy childhood development?  Hear more about TEAM UP’s findings that demonstrate improved access to BH care and better outcomes for children.

Policymakers and payors

  • Are you working on local, state, or federal policies that impact child behavioral health services?  Help us develop an advocacy strategy to support long-term sustainability of integrated care.


This will be a hybrid event with options for in-person or virtual attendance. We recommend that in-person attendees be vaccinated and wear masks during the event.  

There are a limited number of complimentary parking spots for this event, provided in a few locations, all within a short walking distance to the event. If you are planning to drive, please email and we will reach out with specifics on where to park.

Intended Audience:

  • Medical providers, behavioral health clinicians, community health workers, and those seeking a career as a health professional with an interest in behavioral health care
  • Parent or caregiver advocates for children with behavioral or developmental needs
  • Community-based mental health providers, Early Intervention providers, and school counselors
  • Local, state, and federal policymakers, funders, and advocates for comprehensive child behavioral health care
  • Health insurance companies and accountable care organizations




8 – 8:30am

Check-in & Breakfast

8:30 – 9am

Welcome & Introductions

Screening of a brief video that tells the story of TEAM UP in our partner health centers


Opening Plenary Session

Panel discussion about behavioral health care for children in the current environment and, as we look to the future, opportunities for TEAM UP to have impact; panelists include parent leaders and other stakeholders within the behavioral health care system

10:30 – 10:45

Morning Break

10:45 – 12:00

Breakout Session


The Future of Behavioral Health Care through Telehealth

How telehealth impacts integrated care and delivery of behavioral health services

Supporting the Behavioral Health Workforce

How to build in organizational supports for a trauma-informed, diverse workforce

The Crucial Role of Community Health Workers and Family Partners in Integrated Care

Innovations and impact in the role of the CHW role in integrated care

12 – 1pm


Visit storyboards, watch more of the video storytelling project, network with peers through special interest group tables

1 – 2:15pm

Breakout #2


Exciting Innovations in the TEAM UP Model

Showcase of innovations by TEAM UP health centers

Revenue Optimization Workshop

Learn to use TEAM UP’s revenue optimization toolkit

Integrating Family Voice into Planning and Implementing Integrated Care

Examples of efforts to elicit input and guidance from families in efforts to transform care delivery

2:15 – 3:15pm

Small Group Discussion and Feedback Session

Looking to the future, where are the opportunities for TEAM UP to have an impact? Participants can self-select into one of three groups

  • Health care professional and students
  • Parent and caregiver leaders
  • Policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders

3:15 – 3:30pm

Closing Remarks & Thank You

Previous Years

3rd Annual Symposium 2020

3rd Annual TEAM UP Symposium - January 10, 2020

Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, Floor 9, Boston, MA, 02215

Each year, TEAM UP for Children hosts a gathering of stakeholders committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families. The goal of this day-long event is to share learning from TEAM UP for Children and its community health center partners. The agenda for the event consists of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions on topics of interest, such as how to operationalize integrated care models, clinical training and skills-building for integrated behavioral health clinicians and community health workers, and advocating for systems change to sustain services for children and families. 

Symposium information:

Read and Download the Symposium Newsletter (PDF)

Read and download THE agenda

Speakers Bios

Download the Presentations

Read about continuing education (CE) credits available for physicians and social workers

Intended Audience:

  • Do you work in a community health center or a practice that is working on integrated care for children? Are you interested in learning more about the nuts and bolts of integrated behavioral health care?
  • Do you provide any type of child behavioral health services? As a community mental health provider? As an Early Intervention provider? Within the school district?
  • Are you part of a community organization or philanthropic agency that supports healthy childhood development?
  • Are you working on state or local policies that impact child behavioral health services?

Past Symposium Topics:

  • Preparing Your Organization’s Structure and Culture to Optimize Integrated Behavioral Health Care
  • Developing the Role of Integrated Family Partners & Community Health Workers
  • Strengthening and Supporting Families with Young Children
  • Building Skills through Clinical Training for the Entire Care Team
  • Sustaining Integrated Care through Advocacy
  • Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health & Enhanced Screening using the Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children
  • Clinical Models & Reimbursement Strategies for Integrated Behavioral Health Care

2nd Annual Symposium 2019

The 2nd Annual Symposium, held on January 11th, 2019, focused on aligning organizational structure and revenue cycle to support integrated care, the role of the Family Partners & Community Health Workers in supporting families, and special skills and services for families with young children. Breakout sessions covered sustainability of the model & advocacy, the early childhood BRANCH initiative, and clinical training for the care team. The symposium was attended by individuals and groups from over 30 public health and community agencies who reported forging professional connections and learning new, transformative approaches to addressing important issues in healthcare.

Some main takeaways included:

  1. Integrated behavioral healthcare has many positive impacts, including greater interdisciplinary collaboration and communication, and greater professional fulfillment from providing better care, both individually and organizationally.
  2. Optimizing organizational structures and operations for integrated care leads to better quality, access, and financial sustainability.
  3. Building a culture of integration is a team sport, which fosters shared vision and empowers care team members to work at the top of their discipline.
  4. While some services provided by integrated care teams are reimbursable, strong advocacy, both at the local and national level, is critical to sustaining the entire integrated team, including Family Partners and Community Health Workers.
  5. A comprehensive approach to integrated care must include capacity building around Early Childhood and preventative services. Identifying patients in need and intervening at the earliest possible age is key to achieving optimal long-term outcomes.
  6. Providing high quality, effective behavioral health service within the primary care setting involves clinical training in flexible, innovative interventions.

Slides from the 2nd Annual Symposium and biographies on all the presenters can be found here:

1st Annual Symposium 2017

The 1st Annual Symposium, held on December 8th, 2017, focused on role development for Behavioral Health Clinicians & Community Health Workers/Family Partners, Early Childhood & Implementation of the SWYC screening tool, and clinical models & reimbursement strategies for integrated care, followed by a wrap-up on sustaining and disseminating the work. This symposium was attended by a diverse gathering of stakeholders, all of whom share TEAM UP’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of children and families.

Some main takeaways included:

  1. Early identification of developmental or behavioral health risks, and early intervention to ameliorate these risks are effective strategies that promote healthy development and improve outcomes for children and families.
  2. Building a strong interdisciplinary team requires buy-in across the health center and flexibility defining roles over time. Full standardization of roles is not the goal; it is best to play to each team member’s unique strengths. Physical co-location, protected time, and staff coaching on how to utilize new roles are key facilitators.
  3. A helpful way to conceptualize comprehensive behavioral health care is the “three-legged stool” model:
    1. Evidence-based practice, informed by best available research
    2. Clinical judgment
    3. Patient’s individual values and preferences
  4. Cultural considerations are crucial to all aspects of this work, impacting and informing our clinical practice, research, and policy implementation.
  5. An integrated pediatric behavioral health care model in the primary care setting is financially sustainable! We will be learning and developing further strategies as ACOs are implemented.

Slides from the 1st Annual Symposium and biographies on all the presenters can be found here: