NEED FOR TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE
Trauma is a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, 55% – 99% of women in substance use treatment and 85% – 95% of women in the public mental health system report a history of trauma, with the abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. Almost two-thirds of the study participants reported at least one adverse childhood experience of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or family dysfunction, and more than one of five reported three or more such experiences.
An individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, spiritual. The ACE study revealed the economic costs of untreated trauma-related alcohol and drug abuse alone were estimated at $161 billion in 2000. The human costs are incalculable.
Trauma is shrouded in secrecy and denial and is often ignored. When we don’t ask about trauma in behavioral health care, harm is done or abuse is unintentionally recreated by the use of forced medication, seclusion, or restraints.
The good news is trauma is treatable — there are many evidence-based models and promising practices designed for specific populations, types of trauma, and behavioral health manifestations.
A Revolutionary Approach
Oprah Winfrey and 60 Minutes underscored the impact of trauma in our world. It’s time we recognize the importance of trauma-informed care. Read more on the response from our President and CEO, Linda Rosenberg.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Request consulting services in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment CONSULTANTS Pam Pietruszewski, MA, National Council for Behavioral Health – Pam is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and is listed in the National Registry of SBIRT Trainers from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). […]
Request Customer Service Consulting CONSULTANTS: David Lloyd Scott Lloyd Randy Love Willa Presmanes Bill Schmelter Michael Flora David Swann Joy Fruth Katherine Hirsch John Kern Annie Jensen NEED FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE Significant changes lie ahead for the financing and accountability of community health care. Whether through insurance exchanges, co-ops, or expansion of Medicaid managed […]
Motivational interviewing is an effective communication tool to help people living with mental illness, addictions, and other chronic conditions make positive behavioral changes to support their overall health. Based on four fundamental processes — engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning — it provides a framework for creating a dialogue about behavior change.
Healthcare Compliance & CPT codes
The Affordable Care Act broadens the definition of fraud, increases financial penalties, and establishes new government audit programs. For the first time, compliance programs are mandatory conditions of enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Are you prepared? If not, get help from National Council consultants.
Change management & health reform readiness
David Lloyd and his MTM Services team — of SPQM fame — have led 700+ behavioral health organizations across the country in adapting to changing healthcare delivery and payment systems. The National Council for Behavioral Health partners with MTM Services to prepare you for a dynamic new marketplace by helping you with a number of items including: Assess your readiness for health reform and identify areas for development; Reduce treatment wait times and costs; Pre-certs, authorizations and re-authorizations; Referrals to clinicians credentialed on third party/ACO panels; Co-pay collections; and more.
Timely/accurate claim submission
Manage change through rapid cycle strategic planning and action for change management
Leadership & Workforce Development
The Milbank Memorial Fund report, Health Worker Shortages and Global Justice points to a shortage of about four million health workers needed to deliver essential health services. Behavioral health is not alone in the workforce challenges we have long grappled with. Long-committed to ensuring a robust, qualified workforce that meets the needs of those we serve, the National Council for Behavioral Health recognizes that healthcare leadership and workforce development are critical now more than ever. We offer a vast array of leadership and workforce development initiatives to help behavioral health organizations develop their human capital.
Trauma is pervasive. In the United States, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds; a rape occurs every 6 minutes. Trauma is now considered to be a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, 55% – 99% of women in substance use treatment and 85% – 95% of women in the public mental health system report a history of trauma, with the abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood.
SPQM: Operational efficiencies & data-driven decisions
With continuing fiscal challenges and the dramatic payment and service delivery changes that health reform is ushering in, it’s more important than ever before for behavioral health organizations to turn service delivery data into actionable information that clinicians, administrators, and executives can use to make objective decisions.