Kevin Allen

Community Care Leaders and Netsmart Connect the Mind, Body and Communities at CONNECTIONS2016

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2016 – Community care professionals from across the country are converging on Nashville, Tenn., as CONNECTIONS2016 gets underway at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. More than 1,500 clients in addiction treatment, behavioral health, child and family services, intellectual and developmental disabilities, public health, home health and hospice are taking part in the four-day client conference hosted by Netsmart. CONNECTIONS2016 (#CONN16) marks the 10th year of Netsmart’s premiere education and networking event.

“CONNECTIONS is an opportunity for those serving the most vulnerable populations to share knowledge, innovate together and discover new opportunities to improve outcomes for the people they serve,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “Whether it’s the move to value-based payments, Certified Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), care coordination and integration, or the use of analytics to advance evidence-based treatments, our goal is to help our clients adapt to the ever-changing healthcare landscape.”

CONNECTIONS2016 kicked off with 14 pre-conference trainings, including a first-time nursing summit which will explore:

  • Leadership in the advent of technology
  • Value-based payment models
  • The future of care management
  • Innovations and partnerships

The nursing summit also features a roundtable in which dozens of clinical professionals nationwide discuss opportunities to advance care.

“Nurses play a central role in human services organizations and are vital to the success of electronic health records,” said Netsmart Chief Nursing Officer, Mary Gannon, RN, BSN. “The nursing summit provides a setting in which we can collectively integrate philosophies, workflows and technological insights.”

This year’s conference features more than 160 educational sessions focusing on new product functionality, insights from solution experts, client successes and testimonials. In addition, an Executive Symposium comprised of more than 150 community care leaders will explore paths to successfully operate in a value-based payment model. Attendees will also have access to Netsmart’s Solutionarium where solutions, new product functionality and Netsmart partners will be on display.

For the first time, attendees at this year’s CONNECTIONS have the chance to become certified in Mental Health First Aid. The on-site training teaches participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

“The theme of CONNECTIONS2016 says it all – we want to connect minds, bodies and communities. We believe that opportunities for caregivers to discuss best practices will positively impact millions of lives and we are thrilled to be able to provide such a forum, said Valentine.

About Netsmart

Netsmart is healthcare’s largest human services and integrated care technology provider. Netsmart technology platforms and expertise are integral to the delivery of outcomes-based services and care to more than 25 million persons nationwide.

Netsmart serves more than 500,000 users in more than 24,000 organizations across all 50 states. Netsmart client communities include behavioral health; addiction treatment; intellectual and developmental disabilities; child and family services; public health; home health, hospice and palliative care, and private duty; and vital records.

Netsmart’s CareFabric® suite, a framework of innovative clinical and business solutions and services, supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health services across the spectrum of care.

Netsmart’s HIT Value Model™ metric, a vendor-agnostic planning and measurement system, provides a path for human services organizations to evaluate where on the healthcare IT spectrum they should focus their efforts, the value associated with that strategic decision and a comparison with peer organizations nationwide.

Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDayMatters® Foundation, which was established for human services organizations to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. For more information, visit

Learn more about how Netsmart is changing the face of healthcare today. Visit, call 1-800-472-5509, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter, like us on Facebook or visit us on YouTube

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