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Behavioral Health Symposium

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Nov 2, 2017
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Bethesda Marriott
Bethesda, MD

Our Behavioral Health Symposium features leading clinicians and researchers in early childhood and infant mental health.

Registration Details

Registration is closed or no longer available for this event.

Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site.

Fees & Payment

Registration is $25 and space is limited.


Behavioral Health Symposium: Adolescent Opioid Abuse

Adolescent Opioid Abuse

Opioid abuse is a growing crisis affecting our communities. The symposium will explore the prevalence of adolescent opioid abuse nationally and locally and the best practices for treating this vulnerable population.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the science of addiction in adolescents and how it affects the development of the body and mind
  • Learn about the prevalence of substance abuse disorders, including opioid abuse, in Maryland
  • Discuss the latest approaches to adolescent substance abuse assessments, treatment and intervention
  • Learn about the resources available for adolescents and their families in the community

Keynote Speaker

Terri Randall, M.D.

Terri Randall, M.D.

Dr. Randall is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Management of ADHD at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her residency at Duke University Medical Center and holds a medical degree from the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves as assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Randall is board certified in addiction, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychiatry.

Speakers & Presentation Materials

Uma S. Ahluwalia - (Download Presentation)

Uma S. AhluwaliaMs. Ahluwalia is currently the director of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With more than 1,600 employees, the Department is one of the largest agencies in Montgomery County and includes Aging and Disability Services; Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; Children, Youth and Family Services; Public Health Services; and, Special Needs Housing. Under the leadership of the department’s core team, HHS developed a strong integration and interoperability framework across the HHS enterprise and HHS is considered a national leader in this work.

The Department’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is approximately $320 million. The work of the Department remains complex and demanding. Many of our families and individuals continue to struggle through a tough economy and the costs of living in an unaffordable County.

Uma holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi in India and a Specialist Post-Masters in Health Services Administration from George Washington University. Over a 29-year career in human services, she has progressively moved from case-carrying social work to executive leadership at the state and local levels.

Jeff Beeson

Jeff BeesonJeff Beeson serves as the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (W/B HIDTA) program. His responsibilities include the overall administration of the HIDTA program including the budget, Annual Report, and the Threat Assessment and Strategy, as well as direct oversight of the treatment, prevention, and training initiatives. Additionally, he is responsible for managing the non-HIDTA grants and contracts that support new and existing law enforcement, criminal justice, drug treatment and prevention, homeland security, technology, and information sharing initiatives.

Jeff brings several years of experience at both the state and federal level focusing on the development of corporate and government partnerships, grant management, and workforce development programs. Prior to joining the W/B HIDTA, Jeff served as Assistant Vice President for the Division of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University, responsible for a portfolio of state and federal grants and contracts valued at $5 million to support workforce and public safety initiatives throughout Maryland. Jeff also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation overseeing correctional and adult education, apprenticeship, and workforce training programs. He served under two administrations within the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services managing reentry programs and supporting progressive criminal justice policies. Jeff began his career as a senate staffer working for US Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland. Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, with a focus in criminal justice, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Raymond L. Crowel, Psy.D.

Raymond L. Crowel, Psy.D.Raymond L. Crowel, Psy.D., is a nationally known and respected clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience as a senior manager, therapist, program developer, and consultant. Currently, he is the Chief of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services for Montgomery County, Maryland where he manages mental health, addictions, and trauma services. Raymond has also served as Vice President for Training and Technical Assistance at ICF International; Vice President for Mental Health Services for the National Mental Health Association (NMHA); and Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Baltimore Mental Health Systems and has held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. In addition, Dr. Crowel maintains a small private practice in the Washington DC area, working with individuals, couples, and groups on relationship issues, wellness, and work-life integration. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.

Marissa Leslie, M.D.

Marissa Leslie, M.D.Dr. Leslie is the medical director for Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services in Rockville. She specializes in treating depression and PTSD in children and adolescents. Dr. Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakwood University and a medical degree from Loma Linda University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Leslie is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Charla Lewis - (Download Presentation)

Dr. Charla LewisCharla joined Capital City in September 2015. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University and holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Charla has over 18 years of experience working at Public Schools and Charter Schools in Baltimore, DC, and Prince George's County. She also worked for the University of Maryland Medical School, the Department of Juvenile Services and counseled on community mental health and foster care.

Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.

Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.Dr. Smith began his tenure as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) on July 1, 2016. A dedicated lifelong educator, Dr. Smith has been a classroom teacher, principal, curriculum director, and a local superintendent of schools.

Dr. Smith was appointed interim state superintendent of schools and treasurer of the Maryland State Board of Education on September 14, 2015. Dr. Smith joined the Maryland State Department of Education as the chief academic officer for the Office of Teaching and Learning in August 2013. As the chief academic officer, he worked closely with local school systems, parents, businesses, teacher associations, institutes of higher education, and government agencies at the state and national level to ensure high-quality teaching and learning took place in Maryland public schools.

Among Dr. Smith's many illustrious awards and honors, he was named Maryland Superintendent of the Year in 2013 and he received the 2010 Change Agent Award from the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Career and College Readiness. Dr. Smith is a member of Leadership Maryland's Class of 2011, and he has served on a variety of volunteer boards. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, with a bachelor's in English and Communications and a master's in School Administration, Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in instructional leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Symposium Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.


Marissa Leslie, M.D. - Medical Director, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services, Rockville

Marcel Wright, MBA - Associate Vice President of Operations, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Terri Randall, M.D.
- A Child and adolescent psychiatrist in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the center for management of ADHD at CHOP

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (continued)

Terri Randall, M.D.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Uma Ahluwalia - Director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dr. Charla Lewis - School Psychologist & Director of Counseling Services, Capital City Public Charter School

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Jeff Beeson – Deputy Director, Washington/Baltimore HIDTA

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Raymond L. Crowel, Psy.D., Chief of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services for Montgomery County

Marissa Leslie, M.D., Medical Director, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services, Rockville

Jack Smith, Ph.D., Montgomery County Public Schools


Continuing Education Units

This event is pending approval for continuing education units for social workers, nurses and psychologists. Please check the registration website for CEU credit hours in the coming weeks.

On-site Parking

Parking is available on-site for $9 with validation. The Marriott Hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service from the Medical Center metro station every half hour beginning at 6:30 a.m.


Clarencia Stephen at 301-251-4594 or send an email

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Thu, November 02 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Bethesda Marriott

Location Details

  • Bethesda Marriott
    5151 Pooks Hill Road
    Bethesda, MD 20814

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Terms of Registration

View our online registration terms including our inclement weather policy.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the case of bad weather, we follow Montgomery County public schools scheduling. If school starts late, morning classes and programs will be canceled; if school is canceled, all classes and programs will be canceled. Please call to confirm class cancellations.