Improving Access to Mental Healthcare

Perhaps one of the greatest hindrances to positive outcomes for patients with psychiatric issues is difficulty in accessing and adhering to timely, appropriate, and ongoing mental health care. This half-day program will explore how long-acting injectable psychotropics and prescription digital therapeutics may improve access to care and outcomes for patients with psychiatric conditions, including those with serious mental illness.

All sessions will be held in Pacific Time (PT).

Saturday, September 28, 2024

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Long Shot: Strategies to Ensure Continuity of Care for Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Sarah Y. Vinson, MD

In the absence of continuous treatment, many patients with serious mental illness (including the spectrums of schizophrenia and mood disorders) are at great risk for relapse, hospitalization, and incarceration. In this presentation, Dr. Sarah Vinson will explore strategies, including use of long-acting injectable psychotropics, for improving continuity of care and outcomes (e.g., reduced criminalization) for patients suffering with serious mental illness.

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Industry Session

Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb

9:00 am – 9:05 am


9:05 am – 9:35 am

Poster Session


9:35 am - 10:50 am

Mind Games: Connecting Patients to Mental Healthcare Using Digital Applications

William M. Sauvé, MD

Prescription digital therapeutics (PDTs) are quickly becoming a valuable addition to the treatment armamentarium for a wide variety of mental health conditions. Not only can PDTs complement existing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment strategies, but their digital nature also allows for widespread use among patient populations that may otherwise have challenges in accessing continuous care. Here, Dr. William Sauvé discusses the utility and practical application of FDA-approved and emerging digital therapeutics for the treatment of mental health concerns as well as providing valuable insight as to the neurobiological basis for the efficacy of PDTs in the treatment of psychiatric issues.

10:35 am - 11:00 am

The content of all non-CME/CE events (Industry Sessions, Disease State Sessions, and Poster Sessions) and the views expressed therein are those of the presenting entity and not of NEI. These events are not part of the scientific program and do not provide CME/CE credit. By opening a non-CME/CE event, the attendee opts in to receive follow-up information from the commercial sponsor.

Program Faculty

William M. Sauvé, MD

Regional Medical Director—Virginia, Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers

Dr. William M. Sauvé is a Regional Medical Director for Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers, a dedicated center for the treatment of depression and OCD using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. 

After receiving his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Sauvé completed his residency in adult psychiatry in the National Capital Consortium in Washington, DC, which includes the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Shortly afterward, he was deployed to the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, as the regimental psychiatrist for the 7th Marine Regiment. After 11 years of active-duty service, he left the US Navy to become Military Clinical Director at Poplar Springs Hospital. After 3 years there, he left hospital work to dedicate his full time to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a practice that has now grown to over 100 dedicated TMS centers around the country. Dr. Sauvé is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. 

Dr. Sauvé coauthored “The Science of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” with Laurence Crowther for the July issue of Psychiatric Annals. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and a Faculty Member at the Neuroscience Education Institute. 

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Sarah Y. Vinson, MD

Interim Department Chair; Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Medical Director (SAMHSA) African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson is a physician who specializes in adult, child & adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. She is the founder of the Lorio Psych Group, an Atlanta, GA based mental health practice providing expert care and consultation. Dr. Vinson is also the founder of Lorio Forensics, which provide consultation in a wide variety of cases in criminal, civil and family court cases.

After graduating from medical school at the University of Florida with Research Honors and as an Inductee in the Chapman Humanism Honors Society, she completed her general psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. While there, she also received specialized training in trauma through the Victims of Violence Program. She then returned to the South to complete fellowships in both child & adolescent and forensic psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine.

In addition to providing mental health care services such as psychotherapy, consultation and psychopharmacology through her private practice, Dr. Vinson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. Just two years after joining the faculty she was honored as Psychiatry and Faculty of the Year in 2015. She is also Adjunct Faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. She has been elected and/or appointed to national and statewide office by her professional peers. She is the Past President of the Georgia Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Treasurer of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. Additionally, she is an Advisor for the Judges Psychiatry Leadership Initiative. She has been a speaker at national conferences including the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting and The National Urban League Annual Meeting. Dr. Vinson has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership including the University of Florida College of Medicine Outstanding Young Alumna Award and the APA Jeanne Spurlock Minority Fellowship Alumna Achievement Award.

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