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The Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by State Behavioral Health Authorities (SBHAs)

This webinar presented by the National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRI) presents a selection of the uses of Geographic information systems (GIS) for behavioral health pursued by Washington State and Oklahoma. GIS allows the linking of data to location and the analysis of spatial trends within data. In the context of behavioral health, states have found linking their data to location (often using client and facility addresses) allows stakeholders and policymakers to better understand access to services, and gaps in service access, through the creation of print and digital maps. States have also used GIS products for pre- and post-disaster response initiatives to locate vulnerable clients and determine what services are needed during and after a disaster.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, Serious Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorders and Tailoring FEP Programs to Serve Women

This webinar explores how we currently care for women with co-occurring first episode psychosis (FEP), serious mental illness (SMI), substance use disorder (SUD) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in acute inpatient and outpatient settings; and, what questions remain in relation to treating this population of women with complex presentations. There is some research literature and epidemiological data describing gender differences, however, there is almost no evidence of translation of this information into current care practices. Educational needs of the healthcare workforce will also be addressed briefly. Specific observations from our treatment areas note that: (a) women are underrepresented (SAMHSA, 2014), (b) women leave treatment early, and (c) our environments are often experienced as re-traumatizing. Understanding processes that contribute to gender biases within the contexts of access and treatment is essential. Although we have identified short-comings, our plan is to highlight changes in education and care practices that have contributed positively to improved outcomes. In conclusion, we will identify specific knowledge gaps and potential areas for improvement from a research and clinical standpoint.

Medical Directors Institute – Leadership:  A Management Training Didactic

Managing people or having a senior title doesn’t make a leader. Leadership is a set of characteristics that define a person’s character and personal traits. Whether you lead projects, people or the work processes you’re responsible for, everyone has the capability to be a leader in their organization and in life. This webinar describes leadership characteristics and tells you how to incorporate these traits into your professional and personal life.

Applying Motivational Interviewing Principles with People with Serious Mental Illness during Crisis Situations

Crisis situations can exacerbate and compound one’s experience of trauma. Working with people with SMI in community practice requires a special skill set and when treatment professionals consider that many clients also have a high number of adverse experiences prior to receiving services, the challenge multiplies. As treatment professionals work diligently to maintain positive and productive relationships with clients it is essential to start with a foundation of person-centered communication. Targeted crisis planning for people with SMI is a tool that complements other suicide prevention efforts, especially during crisis situations. In this webinar, the presenters will identify the Motivational Interviewing strategies most applicable to working with people with SMI, especially during escalated and crisis situations. The webinar will draw from example scenarios as the presenters overlay Dr. Bruce Perry’s arousal continuum with the spirit and process of Motivational Interviewing.

Back To School: The Importance of Children’s Mental Health & Access To Treatment

Just in time for the end of summer before the kids are heading back to school, Dr. Ashby will discuss the importance of children’s mental health treatment, trends in our society, the importance of normalizing development with psychiatric intervention when identified early and the challenges with the shortage of psychiatrists nationwide.

Screening for Hepatitis C: Making It Happen In Your Organization

Andrew Reynolds, senior advisor, Viral Hepatitis for the Hepatitis Education Project, and independent HCV and harm reduction consultant will discuss how behavioral health providers can implement HCV screening procedures, have the knowledge to provide HCV prevention and treatment education and conduct the necessary follow-up, referral to care and other related services.

Medical Directors Institute – Challenges and Opportunities in Clinical and Administrative Supervision: A Leadership Didactic

Physicians hone their clinical skills through years of training; however, this training rarely includes opportunities to build supervisory or administrative skills. They often become supervisors based upon clinical skills or tenure, without the necessary experience. This webinar offers perspectives on the barriers to effective supervision – including the potentially competing priorities of administrative and clinical supervision. It also provides practical solutions for improving supervisory skills like setting a frame for supervision and observing the parallel process

Older Adults, Behavioral Health and Smoking: It’s Never Too Late to Quit

EKRA: Ramifications of the New “All-Payor” Federal Antikickback Law

Join Adam J. Falcone, JD, MPH from Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell for this webinar to better understand the impact and risk areas created by EKRA by addressing the definition of a prohibited kickback arrangement under EKRA and the exceptions that act as a safe harbor for otherwise prohibited conduct. The webinar will also identify steps organizations can take to review compliance with EKRA and its exceptions.

Identifying and Treating Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is an involuntary movement disorder characterized by repetitive and uncontrollable movements, commonly associated with prolonged use of antipsychotics. It is estimated that up to 30 percent of people receiving prolonged treatment with antipsychotics may develop TD. TD can impact patients’ social, emotional and physical well-being. However, assessment and management can be challenging due to variable onset of symptoms, fluctuation in frequency and amplitude and patient hesitance to discuss signs and symptoms. During this webinar, Dr. Leslie Citrome, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College, reviews the clinical manifestations of TD, consequences for patients, and potential management and treatment options.

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