49th Annual Alabama County Government Institute

Join us for the 49th Annual Alabama County Government Institute on June 19-20, 2019 in Prattville, Alabama.

Benefits of attending:
  • Networking opportunities – make connections with peers and presenters
  • Stay informed on the most current topics and trends
  • Learn best practices and how other communities are tackling tough issues
  • Share your community’s successes and lessons learned
Topics to be discussed include:
  • A report on the health rankings of Alabama Counties from Carolyn Bern, Director of the Office of Community Affairs for the Alabama Department of Public Health
  • Issues and Challenges of Rural Health Care from Dale Quinney, retired director of Alabama Rural Health Association
  • Panel of counties and representatives from rural healthcare to discuss local experiences, issues and challenges
  • An overview of mental health in the State from Lynn Beshear, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Mental Health
  • Panel discussions from county commissioners, probate judges and sheriff’s department representatives
  • NACo representative presentation on the "Stepping Up Program" along with panel discussion from counties involved in the program as well as public defender
  • Discussion on substance abuse issues in the State with representatives from the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Youth Services.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

10:00 AM Welcome/Introductions
10:15 AM

What is a Healthy County? Alabama County Health Rankings Report
Carolyn Bern, Director, Office of Community Affairs, Alabama Department of Public Health

  • Factors that drive health and health equity
  • How are Alabama counties doing? Ranking health outcomes
  • Preventing poor health practices and outcomes
  • Healthcare and the county economy
11:00 AM

Rural Health Care: Issues and Challenges
Dale Quinney, Founder, Operation Save Rural Alabama

  • Fiscal viability of rural hospitals
  • Recruiting healthcare professionals
  • Strategies for improving healthcare access
11:45 AM Lunch
1:00 PM

Panel: Voices from the Field

Panel Members:

  • Moderator: Joe Sumners, Executive Director, GEDI
  • Amanda Hannon, Director of Operations, Ivy Creek Healthcare
  • Brandy Laurenzi, Nurse Practitioner, Rural Health Care
  • Marcus Campbell, Sumter County Commissioner
  • Larry Roberts, Randolph County Commissioner
  • Bill Albritton, Wilcox County Commissioner
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM

Mental Health Overview
Lynn Beshear, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Mental Health

  • The Legal Environment
  • Collaborative Practices and Ideas
  • Mental-Health Intervention and Violence Prevention
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health
  • Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration for People with Mental Health
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM

County Mental Health Issues Panel: Voices from the field

Panel Members:

  • Moderator: TBA
  • Mike Vest, Shelby County Commissioner
  • Judge Greg Norris, Monroe County Probate Judge
  • Sheriff Jay Jones, Lee County Sherriff’s Office
  • Community Service Provider: TBA
5:00 PM Adjourn

Thursday, June 21, 2018

8:00 AM

"Stepping Up": National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with mental Illnesses in Jails — Overview and Panel Discussion

  • Overview by NACO
    • Kiemesha Corpening, NACo
  • Panel from Stepping Up Counties: Asked NACo to Moderate
    • Ronda Walker, Montgomery County Commission
    • Marcie Foster, Cherokee County Commission
    • Aylia McKee, Montgomery Public Defender
    • Linnea Conely, CEO, Questiacorps
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM

Substance Abuse Presentation and Panel

Panel Members:

  • Beverly Johnson, Department of Mental Health
  • Dr. Scott Holmes, Department of Youth Services
  • Jamey Durham, Department of Public Health
11:30 AM Adjourn

The registration fee of $190 includes the Institute and associated materials, continental breakfasts, group luncheon and reception. Travel, lodging and other meals are the responsibility of individual participants.

Hotel Reservations

The institute will be held at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill. For reservations, please click the link below.

Past Conference Info
The 47th Annual Alabama County Government Institute was held on June 28-29, 2017 at the Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama.
The 46th Annual Alabama County Government Institute was held on June 23-24, 2016 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National.
Slides from the 2016 Conference

Last Updated: November 9, 2018