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COVID-19 Office Hours: Promoting Organizational and Self-Care Strategies for African Americans

In addition to experiencing disproportionately higher mortality from COVID-19, African Americans continue to face daily injustices perpetuated by systemic racism impacting all aspect of their health and mental health. As we confront systemic racism during a global pandemic, conversations around allyship and supporting African American staff and colleagues is more important than ever before. Join us this Thursday, June 11th from 1:00-2:00pm ET to discuss the ways in which allies can create courageous spaces to support African American staff and colleagues, and how to build in organizational training and support mechanisms to establish responsive workplaces.

Implementing Best Practices and Improving Collaboration for Crisis Care and Suicide Prevention among High-Risk SMVF

With COVID-19 striking our crisis and public health systems, providers have been having increasing difficulty addressing the level of mental health needs caused by this life-changing virus. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center welcomes you to join a webinar focused on the core elements of the SMVF Crisis Intercept Map. The process of intercept mapping helps community stakeholders to visualize gaps, recognize opportunities, and strengthen coordination across local agencies and organizations. Screening for SMVF status and suicide risk early can change the trajectory of overload on our emergency response systems by increasing access to upstream support and diverting hospital emergency department visits to alternate care.

The password to access the webinar recording is 4C@*z.A0

Please note that all webinar slides and documents are combined into one PDF file at the link below.

COVID-19 Office Hours – Health Equity and COVID-19; Addressing the Disproportionate Impact

Although no one is immune to this pandemic, why do we see such a disproportionate impact in many ethnically and racially diverse communities? Not only are we seeing these disparities in morbidity and mortality, we are also seeing these same communities experiencing an unequal share of the economic burden of COVID-19. Join us this Thursday, June 4th from 3:00-4:00pm ET to discuss this question and more with a panel of health equity experts. We want to hear from you about your ideas, strategies, and solutions to combating the disproportionate impact.

COVID-19 Health Care Staff Trauma and Resilience Oriented Healing

As a result of the current environment, discussions regarding health care staff well-being are more important than ever. This webinar was presented by The Joint Commission and the National Council for Behavioral Health. Experts discuss evidence-based and best practices which can be implemented immediately.

COVID-19 Office Hours – Reaching Rural & Frontier Communities

This pandemic has only amplified the already scarce health care access facing rural and frontier communities across our nation. The unique experiences of rural, agricultural, and tribal communities have drastically increased the need for expanded mental and behavioral health services, but how do we expand and scale already limited services to address this growing need? Join us next Thursday, May 28th from 3:00-4:00pm ET in a discussion around different strategies and ideas for reaching rural and frontier communities with our panelists representing tribal and rural health providers as well as our partners from the Mountain Plains MHTTC.

Chuck Ingoglia’s Townhall Series Q&A

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to raise more questions than answers for many behavioral health organizations. How best to provide services while maintaining the safety of both patients and staff? How to maintain operations in the face of declining revenues? What to expect in terms of federal assistance?

We may not have all the answers, but we do our best to provide useful updates based on the latest information.

Chuck Ingoglia and members of the National Council team provided updates on recent developments and guidance for moving forward.

Exploring Stages of Disruption: Service Shifts and Responses to COVID-19, Including Innovations Beyond the Pandemic

Dr. Seth Keller, a neurologist for Neurology Associations of South Jersey, past president of AADMD and co-founder of the National Task Group on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, will lead this forum alongside Susan Blue, CEO of Community Services Group. Together, they will explore the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders, starting with the three stages of disruption, health considerations and how providers have responded across the country. Join us as we explore building resiliency and support for this population post-COVID-19!

Older Americans Month: Innovations to Build Resiliency Post-COVID-19

Dr. Tobi Abramson, director of Geriatric Mental Health for the New York City Department for the Aging, will lead the forum in a “deep dive” discussion about how the department responded to COVID-19. We will explore strategies employed to support older adults with mental health support needs in New York City, as well as innovations from across the country. Recognizing the significant shift in how services have been provided, we will touch on telehealth, intergenerational support and other strategies to stay connected during this crisis. Join us as we explore building resiliency post-COVID-19!

COVID-19 Office Hours – Effective and Supportive Leadership; Keeping Staff Well

Feeling connected and engaged in your work has a different meaning now. Leaders are challenged to find new ways of supporting and communicating with staff to keep them engaged and well. What are you doing to engage and support your staff during COVID-19? How are you thinking about the future and the ways the work may look different? Join us for our next COVID-19 Office Hour session to continue the conversation and discuss these questions with a panel of leaders, including National Council’s President & CEO, Chuck Ingoglia, for this week’s COVID-19 Office Hour – Effective and Supportive Leadership, Keeping Staff Well.

Imagining Behavioral Health Delivery Post COVID-19

Necessity is often the mother of invention. The outbreak of novel Coronavirus and the resulting physical distancing and stay at home orders have resulted in behavioral health providers rapidly adapting and deploying innovative solutions to maintain accessibility and delivery of behavioral healthcare. As the focus shifts towards how we safely return to a new normal, it is critical to ask ourselves, “Can, and should, we ever go back to the way we practiced before? And what will behavioral healthcare look like in the future?”

This conversation was hosted by National Council for Behavioral Health and Mental Health Corporations of America, where innovative leaders from behavioral health organizations across the country discussed their experiences and perceptions on the future of behavioral healthcare post COVID-19.

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