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Recovery Support Services – Housing and Peer Support

There is scientific evidence that adding peer support to traditional mental health and substance use services decreases substance use, reduced psychiatric hospitalization, improves social functioning, and increases the likelihood of stabilization, well-being and recovery. There is also a growing body of evidence that the addition of peer support within housing services, when implemented effectively, results in stronger engagement, decreased symptoms and increased self-efficacy and independence. This webinar will explore peer support within housing models and strategies to effectively include and implement the role.

SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: Strategies for Pain Management, and the Prevention of Opiate Misuse Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

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. 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.” 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. In this webinar, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SMVF Technical Assistance (TA) Center partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and RAND to focus on essential information surrounding the relationship between pain management and opiate misuse and addiction among SMVF and present strategies detailing how to support communities in their work to reduce the effects of severe pain, which can contribute to SMVF abuse of opioids.

Integration Improves the Odds: Lessons Learned

People with mental health and substance use disorders may die decades earlier than the average person — mostly from untreated and preventable chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease that are aggravated by poor health. Integrated care, the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare, produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs. However, integrating primary and behavioral healthcare can be difficult to do—organizations pursuing integrated care have to navigate workforce needs, workflows, regulations, and much more. Join the National Council and Johnson & Johnson on December 18th, from 2-3pm ET as we highlight three organizations that are successfully integrating primary and behavioral health care throughout their community. Representatives from Zufall Health Center in Central and Northern New Jersey, Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio, TX, and Thresholds in Chicago, IL will present on their organization’s unique approach to providing integrated care, including how their organization was able to navigate several challenges on the path towards integrated care.

Chronic Pain Management without Chronic Pill Prescribing

Chronic pain affects over 100 million Americans and costs the U.S nearly $635 billion annually in health care expenditures and lost productivity. To treat chronic pain over 250 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2015, contributing to the record levels of opioid misuse. One way to combat the current opioid epidemic is through the use of innovative, non-prescription based pain management approaches and techniques such as mindfulness training and cognitive behavioral therapy. During this webinar participants will learn the four basic mechanisms of pain, how emotions and thoughts increase pain and behavioral treatment options that relieve pain.

Safe and Effective Pharmacological Tobacco Cessation Supports for Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions

Only about 1 in 4 mental health treatment facilities offer tobacco cessation services, and even fewer utilize pharmacological supports. This presents many organizations with ample opportunities to adopt programs and best practices for tobacco cessation treatment with clients. Do you know which medications are the safest and most effective for enhancing quit attempts with behavioral health populations? Join the National Behavioral Health Network and SAMSHA for this co-hosted presentation on new research and recommendations around Varenicline, Bupropion, and other cessation supports to assist your clients who want to stop using tobacco. You will also learn about the FDA removal of boxed warnings in their labeling of medications, new safety and efficacy research around medications, and best practices in overcoming challenges related to tobacco cessation services.

Satisfied with Your Return on IT Dollars Spent?

Charlie Grantham, Senior IT Systems Specialist for MTM Services, provides an overview of the assessments needed to help you determine if you are getting the best from your IT investment. The webinar focuses on: assessing your current IT system and EHR status; using cost-effective strategies to get the most out of future IT spending; meeting meaningful use requirements; and addressing cybersecurity threats: phishing, ransomware and social engineering attacks. 

Behavioral Health Advisor: The Guide to Navigating Compliance

Behavioral Health Advisor, the National Council’s new product covering all things related to corporate compliance, was created to help behavioral health providers stay current with the latest rules and regulations, and help them establish robust compliance programs. The first live webinar is open to non-subscribers and covers topics in the first issue which include: overview of the current healthcare landscape and the ever growing role of compliance; value-based purchasing roadmap; HIPAA guidance issued to address responses to cyber-related security incidents; and update on SAMHSA's Buprenorphine Waiver Program. Please note that all future Behavioral Health Advisor webinars will be available exclusively to subscribers.

When Disaster Strikes: Promoting Resilience through Prevention, Preparation and Intervention

National Council trauma experts Karen Johnson, Cheryl Sharp and Linda Ligenza join Bob Doppelt from the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) to offer opportunities to learn about the range of individual and collective responses to disaster, provide practical strategies to support affected parties, and highlight the importance of addressing responder stress and self-care.  Bob Doppelt shared ITRC’s specific work on building resilience in response to natural disasters and climate change.

Making Cents of Cancer Coverage: How Providers Can Support Behavioral Health Patients in Financing Cancer Care

The cost of care can cause a major financial burden for people diagnosed with cancer and their families. In fact, a recent study indicates that almost one-third of cancer survivors experience financial hardships as a result of their diagnosis and/or treatment, often leading to poor physical and mental health outcomes. In addition, many cancer patients experience compounded psychological distress due to mental illnesses and/or addictions. Join the National Behavioral Health Network to discuss tools for providers to support behavioral health patients in financing cancer care services. This webinar highlights financial resources around expanded health care coverage and national organizational support services to assist clients.

Finding New Financing for Tobacco Cessation & Cancer Prevention Efforts

Do you want to innovate or try ground-breaking programs to support whole health among your clients? Do you want to fund this work but don’t know how? In this round table discussion, entrepreneurial experts will explore various financing mechanisms to support new tobacco cessation and cancer control programs in behavioral health settings.

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