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Older Adults, Behavioral Health and Smoking: It’s Never Too Late to Quit

EKRA: Ramifications of the New “All-Payor” Federal Antikickback Law

As part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to combat the nationwide opioid crisis, Congress enacted the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) with the intent to prohibit individuals from referring patients with substance abuse disorders to recovery homes, clinical treatment facilities, and laboratories in exchange for kickbacks.

While EKRA’s stated purpose is to reduce patient brokering activities, its scope is much broader, establishing criminal sanctions for soliciting or receiving remuneration in exchange for a referring a patient to, or in exchange for an individual using the services of, a recovery home, clinical treatment facility, or laboratory, when services are paid for by either public or private insurers. Violations carry a fine of up to $200,000 and a 10-year prison term.

EKRA’s broad anti-kickback prohibition raises significant questions regarding the applicability of EKRA to existing arrangements that otherwise comply with federal laws.

Please join Adam J. Falcone, JD, MPH from Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell for this webinar to better understand the impact and risk areas created by EKRA by addressing the definition of a prohibited kickback arrangement under EKRA and the exceptions that act as a safe harbor for otherwise prohibited conduct. The webinar will also identify steps organizations can take to review compliance with EKRA and its exceptions.

Identifying and Treating Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is an involuntary movement disorder characterized by repetitive and uncontrollable movements, commonly associated with prolonged use of antipsychotics. It is estimated that up to 30 percent of people receiving prolonged treatment with antipsychotics may develop TD. TD can impact patients’ social, emotional and physical well-being. However, assessment and management can be challenging due to variable onset of symptoms, fluctuation in frequency and amplitude and patient hesitance to discuss signs and symptoms. During this webinar, Dr. Leslie Citrome, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College, reviews the clinical manifestations of TD, consequences for patients, and potential management and treatment options.

Connecting the Dots: Addiction, Trauma and Tobacco Use

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – such as physical or emotional abuse or neglect – are common and associated with an increased risk for smoking. What can you do to address this risk? Explore the connection between ACEs and tobacco use with Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW, the National Council’s senior director of trauma-informed services. Attendees will learn how to make the connection from addiction to tobacco and receive practical guidance on implementing a trauma-informed approach that promotes safety and support to reduce tobacco use among your clients who have experienced trauma.

Considering the Whole Person: Contexts for LGBTQ People of Color Mental and Behavioral Health Treatment

This webinar will provide information on effectively working with LGBTQ people of color in behavioral health settings. Topics will include systemic racism, homophobia, the compounding effects of intergenerational and contemporaneous trauma and resiliency as these relate to treating the whole person and advancing health and wellness for often-marginalized communities.

SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: SMVF Opioid Addiction: Increasing Access to Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

Service Members and Veterans are often treated with prescription opioid medication for pain relief from their service-related injuries. Recognizing that there is an increased risk for abuse and addiction, implementing evidenced-based prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies is critical. Adopting best practices in safe use, new therapies that compliment traditional treatment, integrating holistic care, messaging, drug take back, and overdose prevention by first responders can all help to mitigate the risk. Prevention, treatment, and recovery oriented systems of care need to be in place for Service Members and Veterans experiencing opioid addiction. This webinar will address best practice methods of preventing opioid abuse, treating those experiencing addiction, and supporting Service Members and Veterans in recovery. It will also emphasize that recovery is not an isolated event. The community has a role in the individual’s recovery and solutions must be able to cross all services, all provider sectors, and all payers. Services within a community must form a network that is person-centered and builds on the strengths of individuals, families, and the community itself to achieve measurable improved health, wellness, and quality of life for our SMVF.

SAMHSA SMVF TA Center- Key Transitions: Supporting the Behavioral Health of Women Veterans

Throughout history, women have served in the military in many different roles and are the fastest growing population of veterans.  From nursing roles to combat positions, women have fought valiantly for our country. Thus, it is important for community providers to understand the unique challenges women face as they transition from military service to civilian life and throughout each stage of their lives. Women service members and veterans have higher rates of depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal ideation compared with their civilian counterparts – in fact, the suicide rate in 2016 was 1.8 times greater among women veterans than among non-veteran women. Providing community support that is sensitive to military culture, trauma, and gender is imperative. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is pleased to support this webinar focused on the unique behavioral health challenges facing women veterans and opportunities to implement best policies and practices for this growing population. This webinar will provide examples and resources to help participants better serve women veterans in their communities.

Supporting Consumer Engagement Through Outcomes Self-Report: A Case Study of MTM’s New DLA-20 Self Report Tool

Consumer engagement can make or break even the best treatment plan. Research has shown that an early focus on engaging and empowering consumers in their own treatment is effective at changing health behavior across all populations. For 20 years, the Daily Living Activities–20 (DLA-20) has enabled clinicians to measure the everyday parts of life impacted by mental illness or disability and, in turn, support the functional assessment data needs of service providers. But outcomes measurement and monitoring tools that only capture a clinician’s point of view potentially miss valuable information and opportunities for consumer engagement.

Beginning in April, providers using the DLA-20 can use an important new tool to enrich their measurement and assessment efforts while increasing consumer engagement in the treatment process. On April 11th at 3:30 PM ET, join MTM’s Senior DLA and Process Change expert Annie Jensen, LCSW and Ralph May, Psy.D., Chief Clinical Officer at Community Guidance Center, who pilot tested the Self Report, to get answers to your questions and hear about real-life implementation of the new Self Report tool.

Improving Recovery Outcomes: Addressing Co-Occurring Tobacco and Opioid Use

Chad D. Morris, PhD and Jim Pavlik, MA, CTTS from the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program discuss addressing barriers and developing plans to treat the use of tobacco and opioids in clients.

Closing the Gap: Social Isolation and Older Adults

Jennifer Solomon from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discusses social isolation and methods for addressing it, with an emphasis on SAMHSA’s Get Connected Toolkit, a resource created to help health and aging services providers learn more about substance use disorders and mental health conditions in older adults.

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