Integrated Health Solutions
The National Council’s wide array of training and consultation fosters effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainable integrated services to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals at-risk for and living with chronic health conditions including mental health concerns and addictions. We are the home for resources, tools and support for behavioral health and primary care providers, safety-net provider organizations, and states on integrating primary and behavioral health care.
Our team of consultants with expertise in organizational readiness, integrated care models, workforce & clinical practice, health & wellness, and financing & sustainability are ready to partner with you to create a customized approach to advance integrated care and health outcomes. Please contact Brie Reimann at BrieR@TheNationalCouncil.org to learn more.
Community Health Worker Behavioral Health Training
For more than 60 years, community health workers (CHWs) have demonstrated promise in improving health outcomes. In chronic disease care by providing culturally responsive services, health education and case management. Their understanding of the behavioral health needs of the people in their communities expands their ability to provide quality care. This training expands the skills and expertise of CHWs to support people with physical and behavioral health disorders in ways that are culturally responsive and promote recovery.
|Full-day, in-person training||Dana Lange – DanaL@TheNationalCouncil.org|
Case Management to Care Management Training
The changing health care marketplace requires case managers to act as care coordinators, increase health literacy, use data effectively, support health behavior change and understand the intersection of common health problems and behavioral health needs. This training equips attendees with the skills needed to help the people they serve navigate health care systems and manage their whole health needs. There are three targeted versions of the training – adult, child/adolescent and supervisors.
|Full-day, in-person training||Dana Lange – DanaL@TheNationalCouncil.org|
Mastering Supervision Training
Paraprofessionals and peers are increasingly taking on supervision and management roles in behavioral health settings. This training provides them with skills to inspire and sustain success. Participants will learn to manage conflict, advocate for healthy cultural change and create a healthier work environment that promotes positive outcomes for employees and clients.
|Full-day, in-person training||Gabe Abbondandolo – GabeA@TheNationalCouncil.org|
Motivational Interviewing Training and Consultation
Whether you’re a clinician in a behavioral health setting, a supervisor trying to boost staff morale or a case manager seeing patients with diabetes and heart disease, our motivational interviewing (MI) services will help you engage in conversations that empower people to make meaningful changes. Based on four fundamental processes – engaging, focusing, evoking and planning – MI’s evidence-based approach provides a framework for creating a dialogue about behavior change.
|Half- or full-day, in-person trainings; booster training sessions; individualized coaching and implementation support||Stephanie Swanson – StephanieS@TheNationalCouncil.org|
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Training and Consultation
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent risky substance use. Health care and social service organizations have found that SBIRT can bolster an organization’s capabilities to address co-occurring disorders and implement integrated care. Through our training and coaching, participants learn how to use evidence-based screening tools to determine alcohol and drug use risk levels, respond with a brief intervention and operationalize referral to treatment.
|Half- or full-day, in-person trainings; virtual training; individualized coaching and implementation support||Stephanie Swanson – StephanieS@TheNationalCouncil.org|
Trauma-Informed Services Training and Consultation
The experience of trauma has widespread impact that can lead to mental illness, substance use and physical health conditions. Unfortunately, despite best intentions, services and systems designed to help people become healthy can be re-traumatizing. Our experts partner with organizations in a variety of service sectors to implement trauma-informed approaches. Services are focused on creating sustainable organizational change that addresses trauma and nurtures resilience for clients and staff.
|In-person training, virtual training, individualized technical assistance and implementation support, Learning Communities||Gabe Abbondandolo – GabeA@TheNationalCouncil.org|
Whole Health Action Management Training
Developed by peers for peers, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) promotes physical and mental health while empowering peer providers to support the whole health of clients in organizations. Peers learn to conduct one-on-one and group peer support to create and sustain healthy behaviors, identify strengths and supports in 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors and use person-centered planning in goal-setting.
|Two-day, in-person training||Sarah Flinspach – SarahF@TheNationalCouncil.org|
Not sure what you need? Contact Brie Reimann at BrieR@TheNationalCouncil.org to learn more about customized support to meet your needs. We work with each organization and team to meet you where you are and to provide the support needed to advance your integrated care goals.
Tools and Resources
From the beginning stage of assessing organizational buy-in to developing long term plans for financial sustainability, these resources provide guidance and support for integrating primary and behavioral health care. They, along with our integrated care experts, can help open the door to new and innovative possibilities. Partner with us and help your team successfully achieve integrated care.
- Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration: An interactive flowchart that will walk you through some of the questions to consider when integrating behavioral health care.
- Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Care: CIHS’ Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare helps primary and behavioral health care provider organizations improve outcomes by helping them understand where they are on the integration continuum.
- Organizational Assessment Toolkit for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration: Provides a compendium of tools that lay out a path to assess readiness for integration, as well as benchmarking opportunities for organizations in the midst of integration efforts.
- Culture of Wellness Organizational Self-Assessment: A self-assessment designed for SAMHSA-funded Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grantees interested in improving their policies, procedures, practices, activities, services, and social and physical environments to reflect the characteristics of a wellness-focused organization.
- Wellness Organizational Self-Assessment Tool: This performance improvement tool is designed to increase an organization’s awareness of the key components of quality wellness enhancing services.
- The Value of Integrated Behavioral Health: This resource provides organizations with baseline information to help build and strengthen buy-in and to engage key stakeholders including providers, clinical teams, administrators, leadership, public health officials, payers and others. Organizations can customize this resource to begin to make the business case for integration.
- Behavioral Health / Primary Care Integration and the Person-Centered Healthcare Home: A paper proposing that patient-centered medical home model be expanded to incorporate the lessons of the IMPACT model, explicitly building into the medical home model the care manager/ behavioral health consultant and consulting psychiatrist functions that have proven effective in the IMPACT model.
- Substance Use Disorders and the Patient Centered Medical Home: This resource expands the dialogue on patient centered medical homes to describe the integration of substance use treatment with health care services.
- Guiding Principles for Workforce Development: Key recommendations for enhancing the integrated care workforce.
- Medication Assisted Treatment Checklist: This checklist provides policymakers, state and local officials, and other community stakeholders key questions to consider before engaging in efforts to increase access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) in their communities.
- Expanding the Use of Medications to Treat Individuals with Substance Use Disorders in Safety-Net settings: Overview of lessons learned at the provider, state, and federal level to help community providers and federal and local officials continue to develop opportunities to expand use of medication assisted treatment.
- Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care: A resource for provider organizations as they shape job descriptions, orientation programs, supervision, and performance reviews for workers delivering integrated care. Competencies are also a resource for educators as they shape curricula and training programs on integrated care.
- Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration and the Person-Centered Healthcare Home: This paper presents evidence-based approaches to the creation of person-centered healthcare homes and the development of partnerships between behavioral health providers and primary care to meet the whole health needs of people with serious mental illnesses.
These resources were developed in part with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Health Resources and Service Administration.