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Strategies for Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Formerly Incarcerated People Re-entering their Communities

Prisons and jails are the largest behavioral health treatment institutions/organizations in every state, and often, especially for those with substance use disorders and mental health conditions, jail or prison are the entry points to Behavioral Health treatment. Once individuals with substance use disorders are released from prison, they have a greater risk of disrupted behavioral health treatment and even fatal overdose. Integrated healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to address these challenges by providing continuous behavioral healthcare, substance use treatment and primary care to formerly incarcerated persons upon reentry to their communities, and by collaborating with corrections systems and the broader community system of care to provide services to this population.

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions, in partnership with Health Management Associates, on Wednesday, October 7th, from 3-4 p.m. ET for Strategies for Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Formerly Incarcerated People Re-entering their Communities. Participants will learn about:

  • The fundamentals of re-entry planning for formerly incarcerated persons with a Substance Use Disorder returning to the community
  • The current community provider regulatory and service realities for accessing community-based and integrated behavioral health, substance use and physical health services, such as MAT, and other related services
  • Ways in which the corrections systems are a part of the broader community system of care and should be prioritized by integrated care organizations

MTM Services: Are You Ready to Utilize New Evaluation & Management Codes Effective January 1?

For years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have heard from physicians and psychiatric clinical staff that the CPT codes for Evaluation & Management (E&M) services were overly burdensome with documentation. Recently, CMS responded by issuing guidance in collaboration with the American Medical Association, which governs CPT codes, to make a number of changes designed to reduce the compliance burden on clinical staff and, in doing so, expand patient care opportunities. AMA resources to help understand and implement the changes available here. The new E&M service codes and requirements will be effective January 1, 2021.

Senior Healthcare Integration Consultant David Swann of MTM Services is a national expert with many years of experience training psychiatrists in proper E&M coding. In this webinar, building on earlier initiatives, he will help psychiatric clinical staff and clinical leaders as well as quality management staff and compliance officers understand the opportunities and obligations created by the new E&M codes. Organizations that optimize their efficient use of E&M codes realize multiple benefits, including:

  • improved compliance
  • reduced administrative burdens
  • expanded psychiatric provider capacity
  • opportunities to expand and enhance patient care

CoE Office Hours: Addressing Trauma, Racism, and Bias in Behavioral Health Service Delivery

Addressing Trauma, Racism and Bias in Behavioral Health Service Delivery: African Americans, and other historically marginalized communities, continue to face disproportionate challenges around access to, and quality of behavioral health care owing to systemic racism resulting in significantly poorer mental health outcomes. These organizational and clinical practices, such as who we fund, how we prioritize care access and types of treatments offered are often times impacted by bias. These biases impact quality of care—for example more severe diagnosis without proper assessment for African Americans or undertreatment of pain and increased coercion in care. These care decisions can cause trauma, re-traumatize and add to cumulative historical trauma. This further perpetuates mistrust in systems of care and decreases African Americans and other communities of colors’ mental health supports despite overwhelming need. Reducing trauma and building resiliency requires direct sustained effort to address the systematic racism and bias that lead to poorer mental health outcomes for African Americans and other people of color.

Join us on Wednesday, September 30th from 2:00-3:00pm ET to continue the conversation from the recent webinar, Addressing Trauma, Racism and Bias in Behavioral Health Service Delivery. We will have an open discussion to share strategies and innovative ideas around addressing behavioral health access disparities and provider biases within your respective programs.

Leadership Check-Up Series: What Can We Learn from Crisis? Leadership, Post-Traumatic Growth and COVID-19

The National Council’s Behavioral Health Training Institute and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) hosted the webinar Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, a special webinar offering to support public health professionals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. National behavioral health and resilience experts provided six sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help attendees continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19 while better supporting their families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

Our nation is experiencing a collective traumatic event, yet how we each manage this time will determine its individual and collective long-term impact. With experts from the National Council, Joe Parks, MD, Medical Director and Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, we explored the concept of post-traumatic growth and how to harness it to emerge from this crisis in a positive direction, both personally and professionally.

Download the Growth-Focused Journaling Handout

Addressing Trauma, Racism, and Bias in Behavioral Health Service Delivery

African Americans, and other historically marginalized communities, continue to face disproportionate challenges around access to, and quality of behavioral health care owing to systemic racism resulting in significantly poorer mental health outcomes.  These organizational and clinical practices, such as who we fund, how we prioritize care access and types of treatments offered are often times impacted by bias. These biases impact quality of care—for example more severe diagnosis without proper assessment for African Americans or undertreatment of pain and increased coercion in care. These care decisions can cause trauma, re-traumatize and add to cumulative historical trauma. This further perpetuates mistrust in systems of care and decreases African Americans and other communities of colors’ mental health supports despite overwhelming need. Reducing trauma and building resiliency requires direct sustained effort to address the systematic racism and bias that lead to poorer mental health outcomes for African Americans and other people of color.

Please join us for this webinar on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET as we explore the historic and systematic causes of these behavioral health access disparities, provider biases and provide innovative strategies to address them within your respective programs.

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