Thursday Keynote: Tara Adams-Ragone

Assistant Professor,

Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy

Tara Adams Ragone joined the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law in 2011. Her research and writing for the Center focus on implementation of health care reform, accountable care organizations, health care access, prescription drug abuse, and issues related to the representation of health care professionals. Presently she is the project manager of The Sentinel Project, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess New Jersey health plans’ compliance with the Affordable Care Act and to help individuals enrolled in individual or small group health insurance plans who cannot access needed healthcare. Ms. Ragone developed and teaches a health law skills course that explores substantive law and skills specific to three common health law practice settings. She also advises students competing in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition and the University of Maryland School of Law’s Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition, at which competitions Seton Hall student teams placed first in 2014. She regularly contributes to Seton Hall Law’s Health Reform Watch Blog and has been a guest blogger on HealthLawProf Blog. 

Ms. Ragone's full bio is available at


Friday Keynote: Harvey Rosenthal

Executive Director, NYAPRS

Harvey Rosenthal has 40 years of experience working to promote public mental health policies and services that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights and full community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities and/or diagnoses.  His advocacy has helped to transform state and national mental health systems, increase access to community based housing, employment and support services and to advance numerous recovery and criminal justice related mental health reforms. He has helped create several nationally acclaimed and replicated self-help, employment and transformational training innovations. Harvey has also worked to fight stigma, discrimination and human rights violations and to expand informed choice protections and cultural competence. His expertise is regularly sought by state and national print, radio and television reporters. Harvey currently serves as a member of New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team and its Most Integrated Settings Coordinating Council and sits on the board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. His work has been frequently been recognized by numerous NYS and national groups, including the highest honors from Mental Health America, ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. Harvey's interest in promoting mental health recovery is personal, dating back to his own hospitalization at age 19.


Friday Opening Address: Valerie Mielke, MSW 

Assistant Commssioner, DMHAS

Valerie Mielke is the Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in the Department of Human Services and is the single state authority for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. The Division is responsible for the coordination, administration, management and supervision of the institutional and community public mental health system, and is also responsible for regulating, monitoring, planning and funding substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Prior to her appointment, she was the Assistant Director for the Office of Treatment and Recovery Support within DMHAS.    Ms. Mielke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University.
Valerie currently serves on the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Board of Directors as an At-Large Member, with a goal of advancing national, state and local mental health policy.