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CoE Office Hours: Addressing Complex Trauma Within Your Organization

We are living in a time of unprecedented stress impacting individuals, families, and communities across cultures, generations, genders, and racial groups. How do we ensure we have the tools to support individuals around developing healing and resiliency from this overwhelming and cumulative trauma? Join us on Tuesday, August 11th from 3:00-4:00pm ET to continue the conversation from the recent webinar, Complex Trauma: The Connection Between Mental Health, COVID-19 and Social Unrest. We will have an open discussion to share strategies and ideas for addressing traumatic impact of the current environment to support healing and a resilient recovery.

Ask the Expert Series – Expand, Educate and Adapt: Leveraging CCBHC Funding to Optimize Your Workforce

The CCBHC model is designed to expand clinics’ capacity to serve more people comprehensively through a workforce trained to provide culturally competent, trauma-informed care.

Topics included: How to optimize your current staff, ways to leverage CCBHC funding for staffing and training and adapting in the era of COVID-19.

Expert Facilitators: Becca Farley David, Samantha Holcombe
CCBHC Spotlighted Provider: Northwestern Mental Health Center (Minn.), Red Rocks Behavioral Health Services (Okla)
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Leadership Check-Up Series: When Your Help is Perceived as Harm: Making Sense of Public Reactions to Public Health Action

Join 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, 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 will provide six sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help you continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19 while better supporting your families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

This 1-hour webinar, led by Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, the National Council’s director of trauma-informed services, provides public health officials with an opportunity to understand how the national climate around COVID-19 and health is causing moral injury: the betrayal by people or institutions that should have been trusted to do the right thing. We will explore how leadership is impacted by moral injury and what we can do to support ourselves and our staff during this tumultuous time.

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Ask the Expert Series – Navigating the CCBHC Data World

NOMS, SPARS, GRPA, CQI – it may feel like you’re learning a new language when it comes to CCBHC data.

Topics included: Start-up approaches for establishing data capture, management and analysis systems, as well as considerations for sustainable quality measurement and monitoring as a CCBHC.

Expert Facilitators: Alicia Kirley, Becca Farley David, Samantha Holcombe
CCBHC Spotlighted Provider: Centerstone
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Keeping Patients and Staff Safe: Testing, Contact Tracing and Cost Savings

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our communities and how we deliver services, community behavioral health organizations continue to provide critical crisis and outpatient services to patients. However, we need quick and effective ways to address symptomatic patients and staff to promote safety, support continued operations and reduce disruptions in services during these unprecedented times.

On Thursday, July 23, attendees had the opportunity to hear from staff at Connections Health Solutions in Arizona and learn from their successes, lessons learned and continued plans to provide testing for patients and staff so they can continue to provide services to their community and support their staff. They shared how they identify symptomatic patients and staff, use contract tracing, share data with staff, use a staff survey and the cost savings they are seeing because of these new processes.

COVID-19 Mental Health Town Hall

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact across our social, economic, and healthcare systems. As challenges facing behavioral health systems and the mental health of our communities come to the forefront, public health, legislative, community and business leaders face difficult decisions around addressing these immense burdens in the months and years to come.

How do we ensure funding and access remain available to support those we serve? What is the best way to maintain operations despite looming budget shortfalls? How can we address the behavioral health of our communities in addition to the physical health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?

On Thursday, July 23, at 2 p.m. ET, the National Council in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, held a special COVID-19 Mental Health Townhall to answer questions from members, providers and policymakers nationwide.

Presenters included:

  • Chuck Ingoglia, MSW – President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Reyna Taylor – Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Council
  • Tramaine El-Amin, MA – Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, National Council
  • Kate Blackman, MSW, MPH – Health Program Group Director, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Karmen Hanson, MA – Program Director, Behavioral Health & Pharmaceuticals, NCSL
  • New Jersey State Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD – Chair, Health and Senior Services Committee
  • Georgia State Representative Katie Dempsey – Chair, Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee

Oral Health and Behavioral Health: Rationale for Increased Coordination and Integration

Oral health and behavioral health are closely tied together. Uncoordinated oral and behavioral health care and lack of access to care can drastically exacerbate health disparities, increase health care costs, and result in poor overall health outcomes for those most at-risk. Join us on Wednesday, July 22nd at 2:00pm ET to learn more about the relationship between oral health and behavioral health, including mental health and substance use disorders. During this webinar, we will not only discuss insights from an individual who experienced major improvements in overall health after her oral health issues were addressed through behavioral health treatment, but we will also discuss insights from the University of Michigan, which has developed leading-edge programs and courses that help to closer integrate oral and behavioral healthcare. This webinar will also present a sample integration framework that can be used by providers and other stakeholders interested in advancing more coordinated and integrated care across the oral and behavioral health systems.

CoE Office Hours: Resilience-Oriented Strategies to Promote Healing around Historical and Contemporary Racial Inequities

Join us on Thursday July 9th at 3:00-4:00pm ET to continue the conversation from our recent webinar, as we explore the historical and contemporary racial inequities faced by Black, Indigenous and other People of Color, and resilience-oriented strategies for how to address these impacts at the individual, organizational and community level to build a just future that is more inclusive and promotes healing and resilience for those you serve.

Ask the Expert Series – Getting to CCBHC in Four Months

Expansion grantees are navigating new service lines, partnerships, data collection and grants management – and trying to check all these boxes in just four months.

Topics included: Best practices in grants management, assessing and prioritizing multiple organizational changes and setting yourself up for sustainability.

Expert Facilitators: Becca Farley David, Samantha Holcombe, Alicia Kirley
CCBHC Spotlighted Providers: MHP Boulder (Colo.), Monarch (N.C.)
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Bringing Racial Inequities into Focus

As we continue to grapple with the overwhelming aspects of an international pandemic, people across our nation have taken to the streets with peaceful, but impactful demonstrations to demand change surrounding systemic racism and its devastating effects. Historical and ongoing traumas experienced by Black people and other people of color intensify the impact of physical and behavioral health disparities in care that permeate throughout our health care system.

This webinar explored social justice, racial inequality and systematic change. Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, the National Council’s director of children and trauma-informed services, led attendees through strategies for applying a trauma-informed resiliency-oriented lens to recognize and break down the barriers of racial inequities.


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