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The Role of Technology in Solving the Opioid Crisis

It’s been about one year after a State of Emergency was declared and the Opioid Commission issued its recommendations. Where are we now? Join the National Council and our Strategic Partners Relias and myStrength to discuss the state of the opioid epidemic in healthcare, including what progress has been made since the commission report release and declaration of federal State of Emergency. Aaron Williams, MA, Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Abuse at the National Council for Behavioral Health moderates a discussion with clinical experts about the current state of healthcare as it pertains to moving the needle on the opioid epidemic. You'll also hear from Bonni Hopkins, PhD, VP Analytic Innovation and Strategy from Beacon Health Options about how they have used technology to support their efforts.

SAMHSA SMVF TA Center: Asking this Critical Question Can Make a Difference: “Have you or a loved one ever served in the military?”

This Veteran’s Day make a commitment to change how you and others talk to veterans and military families. Community providers and peers can play a critical role in identifying service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) of all generations who are accessing care in our communities and healthcare systems. When SMVF are not properly screened within our systems, we are missing an opportunity to connect with those individuals, inform treatment planning decisions, and help SMVF access care and benefits. The American Nurses Association launched one of the first efforts of this kind over 5 years ago when they began their “Have you ever served in the military?” campaign. Leaders in the state of New Hampshire developed the Ask the Question campaign and are launching a toolkit designed to assist healthcare providers in the implementation of a consistent approach to pose the question and to then refer SMVF to appropriate care and resources. Throughout the country, the states of Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Hampshire, and the city of Los Angeles have all implemented initiatives to integrate this question in screening practices. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) SMVF Technical Assistance Center will conduct a webinar that will provide guidance on how to implement this behavioral health priority. Presenters will outline concrete strategies that will enable stakeholders to develop a more coordinated system of care by connecting SMVF to available, military culture informed resources. The American Academy of Nursing “Have You Ever Served in the Military” campaign and New Hampshire’s “Ask the Question” campaign and toolkit will be featured.

innovaTel Telepsychiatry: Back to School: Helping Children and Parents

Starting a new school year is exciting, but can come with mental health challenges for students, teachers, parents and caregivers alike. The importance of initiating back-to-school routines, a positive mindset and leading by example can help make the transition much easier. Dr. Philip Liu, child and adolescent psychiatrist, discusses methods for families returning to school, cell phone and social media usage, bullying and why children refuse and have anxiety about school. He offers approaches and solutions to each of the different situations. If you are a mental health professional that works closely with school age children, this webinar is sure to help you prepare your patients and their families on how to face challenges throughout the school year.

Pioneering Medicaid All-Cost Claims Study Demonstrates Decrease in Health Care Costs with Digital Behavioral Health Care

Mental illnesses are considered the costliest health care conditions, exceeding the costs of diabetes, respiratory disorders, and cancer – combined. To help address this, the National Council's strategic partner, myStrength partnered with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Missouri Foundation for Health as well as an independent analytics firm in 2016 to analyze the impact of technology on Medicaid health care claims costs, both physical and behavioral. The new, comprehensive study, published in a peer-reviewed journal, demonstrates digital behavioral health care’s ROI and quantifies its per person average annual cost savings segmented by physical and behavioral health care, in addition to the impact of evidence-based technology solutions on total adjudicated claims. Spanning two years, the study compared Medicaid claims among more than 1,500 individuals and facilitated access to myStrength across 25 Missouri community mental health centers to help clients address a wide variety of behavioral health and substance use concerns. This National Council for Behavioral Health webinar highlights the study methodology, key findings, and how digital tools can be effectively and cost-efficiently integrated within any care model.

MTM Ask The Experts: CCBHC Webinar Series Part 2 – Just In Time Prescriber Scheduling

SAMHSA requires CCBHCs to provide access to service within 10 days to clients with nonurgent needs. Many providers – both CCBHCs and those that recognize a more timely access to service is where the field is going – have implemented Same Day Access (SDA) for initial visits coupled with Just in Time (JIT) Prescriber Scheduling to get consumers into nonurgent medical care quickly, often within 3-5 days.

CCBHCs, Assisted Outpatient Treatment and Crisis Intervention: Expanding the Community Resources Continuum

For the six in ten Americans with mental illness who go untreated each year, additional community resources are desperately needed. Without help, individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) too often find themselves in a recurring cycle of incarceration or hospitalization—when earlier intervention could have kept them in their communities. How do we move beyond beds and jails to a robust system of comprehensive, community-based prevention and treatment services? Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) provide expanded access to crisis care, early intervention, and ongoing community-based treatment linked with courts, jails and prisons—paid for by an enhanced reimbursement rate that covers the real costs of these activities. Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) provides court-ordered treatment in the community for individuals with a history of being unable to consistently participate in treatment voluntarily. This webinar will explore how CCBHCs are uniquely positioned to provide needed care to individuals with SMI and how new expansion grants requiring assisted outpatient treatment services are creating opportunities to partner with individuals, families, jails, courts and probation services.

SAMHSA Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: Traumatic Brain Injury Among Service Members and Veterans: What Behavioral Health Providers, Families, and Peers Should Know

Throughout the country, communities are striving to address the effect of serious pain in service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) by offering prevention, treatment, and recovery alternatives, while simultaneously confronting the public health demands of the opioid crisis. As communities work to achieve these goals, the role that pain management and opioid use play in the lives of SMVF must be factored into their efforts. Pain management is an important consideration for many SMVF. The National Institutes of Health cited a recent study that found that “veterans were about 40 percent more likely to experience severe pain than nonveterans[1].” Because opiate misuse is linked to factors including chronic pain and non-medical use of prescription opioids, community-planning efforts must take into account the unique needs of SMVF. Special consideration must be given to the inter-relationships of opioid misuse and conditions SMVF may experience, such as depression, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and suicidal ideation. Coordinated planning and implementation of military-culturally competent, alternative strategies that will address chronic pain and prevent SMVF opioid misuse and addiction are needed. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SMVF Technical Assistance (TA) Center will conduct a webinar in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and RAND, focusing on essential information surrounding the relationship between pain management and opiate misuse and addiction among SMVF. Presenters will also review other compounding factors that SMVF may experience. Strategies will be presented detailing how to support communities in their work to reduce the effects of severe pain, which can contribute to SMVF abuse of opioids. Research on SMVF alternatives for pain management will be included.

Mental Illness Among Older Adults

In the past year, about one in six people aged 50 or older had a mental illness, yet only half received mental health services. Despite the growing concern of co-morbid physical and behavioral health conditions among older adults in our nation, it can be can be hard for service providers to find information about identifying and responding to this concern. Register for this webinar, presented in collaboration with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, to learn how to support the mental health of older adults.

Learn How to Enhance Substance Use Services in Primary Care

Excessive alcohol consumption accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults and the opioid epidemic claims 115 lives every day. Although not widely being done now in primary care, these settings are a key access point for substance use identification, prevention and intervention. Given the current climate, the National Council, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, convened a panel of experts to develop “Implementing Care for Alcohol & Other Drug Use in Medical Settings: An Extension of SBIRT,” a step-by-step guide to assessing and addressing alcohol and/or other substance use as part of standard primary care practice.

Ask The Experts: CCBHC Webinar Series Part 1 – Same Day Access

SAMHSA requires CCBHCs to provide access to service within 10 days to clients with nonurgent needs. Many providers – both CCBHCs and those that recognize a more timely access to service is where the field is going – have implemented Same Day Access (SDA) for initial visits coupled with Just in Time (JIT) Prescriber Scheduling to get consumers into nonurgent medical care quickly, often within 3-5 days.

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