Public health best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic have had a major impact on the behavioral health care system, reducing the opportunity for in-person services and by extension the revenue for many behavioral health providers. In a time where mental health and addiction services are needed more than ever, federal- and state-level regulatory changes and financial support are re-shaping our country’s behavioral health system, and workforce, both now and in the future.
National Council Strategic Partner, Relias, and John Jay, product marketing manager for health and human services at Relias, and Frankie Berger and Stephanie Katz, directors of state and federal policy and advocacy at the National Council, discussed the regulatory, financial and workforce impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health field in this webinar.
Engaging youth and young adults during COVID-19 has been challenging. However, behavioral health and community-based organizations have created and adopted innovative and creative ways to maintain services and engagement for diverse youth populations. By leveraging technology, relationship building strategies and culturally and linguistically responsive approaches, organizations have been able to support older youth more effectively through important life transitions and challenging stressors of everyday life during the pandemic.
Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Monday, December 7, from 2-3 p.m. ET along with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Washburn County Mental Health Task Force and Vivé Wellness for a dynamic discussion around ways to initiate and maintain engagement, ways technology has connected youth and how provider organizations can continue to provide a wide range of services to youth.
Recently, the Center of Excellence and partners from Montefiore Health Systems discussed a continuum-based general health framework created in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health. This framework is designed to help behavioral health clinics develop a locally tailored and site-specific action plan, prioritize their actions, and identify resources for implementation, and leave with practical guidance on advancing integration.
In case you missed it, check out the recording here and join us to continue the conversation on the importance of using this framework to advance general health integration in behavioral health settings, and to learn from others during our CoE Office Hours session on Thursday, December 3rd, from 3:00-4:00pm ET. This Office Hour will also promote the launch of a new Learning Collaborative focused on the General Health Integration Framework.
This session will provide an introduction to the basics of sleep, and how sleep and sleep deprivation impact health (behavioral health and chronic medical conditions) and a brief survey on relationships with: current events, including COVID-19; Social Determinants of Health and particularly race; and opportunities for integrating primary care and behavioral health.
This session is part of a year-long virtual series called “Solving for Sleep” which is focused on addressing sleep and related social and health needs through enhancing integrated primary and behavioral health care. This series is offered by the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and the SAMHSA Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions.
Fredrick Dombrowski, PhD, LMHC, Associate Professor at the University of Bridgeport, and Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, consultant for trauma-Informed services at the National Council lent their expertise and tackled the tough questions surrounding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals living with these co-occurring disorders.
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As a result of the current environment, remaining healthy during the holiday season is crucial to sustaining mental wellness.
Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Wednesday, December 2 from 2-3 p.m. ET for an open discussion on how to prioritize self-care in the months ahead, led by Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, consultant of Trauma Informed Services and Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW, integrated health consultant of the National Council.
Together, we will come together to identify and share innovative strategies to practice self-guided techniques that can be immediately implemented to safeguard and support staff and colleagues as we manage anxiety and feelings of grief.
This webinar, held by the National Council’s Behavioral Health Training Institute and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) for the Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, offered support to 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 continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19 while better supporting families, friends, coworkers, and communities.
SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: Creating a Better Workplace Environment to Support our Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
Most Americans, including Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF), spend most of their daily lives at work. This webinar provides information, resources, tools and recommendations that will help participants to understand the important role they play in creating a healthy and inclusive environment for their SMVF colleagues and employees, and how to begin to take steps towards implementation of supportive and preventative measures.
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A lack of integrated health services often leads to poor long-term health outcomes and high healthcare costs across providers. In fact, mortality among patients with serious mental illness (SMI) is between 1.5 to 3 times greater than those without mental disorders, and health care costs are considerable for both patients and providers. Through advancing general health integration, community behavioral health providers are in a unique position to address co-occurring and chronic physical conditions, mental health and substance use disorders among their patients in order to improve patient outcomes and achieve substantial financial savings.
To further integration among community behavioral health providers, Montefiore Care Management and its expert consultants developed a continuum-based framework to advance integration to help clinics develop a locally tailored and site-specific action plan, prioritize their actions and identify needed resources for implementation.
Join us for our webinar, Advancing Integration in Community Behavioral Health: Using a New General Health Integration Framework, on Wednesday, November 18th, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET as we explore components of the continuum-based framework to advance general health integration, and practical guidance on advancing integration in community behavioral health provider organizations.
To support individuals who face tremendous barriers to integrated healthcare services during the ongoing pandemic, including those with serious mental illness, several provider organizations have formed partnerships to creatively bridge service gaps in their communities.
Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 3 p.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET to hear about best practices and lessons learned in establishing innovative partnerships and pathways regarding:
- Technology adoption.
- Whole person care.
- Integration of mental healthcare and essential services.
- Increased access among people experiencing homelessness and rural populations.
Hear directly from two recipient organizations of COVID-19 Scalable Solutions funding, Access Services and Willapa Behavioral Health experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute, Carolyn Rekerdres, MD and Steve Weinstein, MD.