Adapting to telehealth services can pose unique challenges and opportunities for mental health and substance use services organizations working with adults and adolescents. However, effectively delivering screening and brief intervention for substance use challenges via telehealth can improve access to treatment, patient engagement, and overall health outcomes, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Join us for our webinar, How to Leverage Telehealth Strategies for Substance Use Brief Intervention, on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:00pm ET in partnership with SBIRT Oregon, as we explore best practices, evidence-based approaches and practical tips for providing virtual screening and brief intervention for substance use challenges via telehealth.
This session will address sleep within the healthcare community: sleep/work balance; creating sleep-conducive spaces; the role of sleep in work; and perspectives of healthcare professionals.
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.
In a national assessment of 600 youth (ages 13-18) conducted in January 2021, nearly a quarter of the respondents reported that accessing substances was easy or very easy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear Thomas E. Freese, PhD, co-director for the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, address the effects of the pandemic on youth and why it is more important than ever to understand youth substance use. Join us on Thursday, April 29, from 3-4:40 p.m. ET, as will explore preliminary data from the assessment, review various substances and discuss the associated impact of the psychoactive substances most commonly used by youth.
Join us on Thursday, April 29th from 2 – 3 p.m. ET for our Office Hour session that will continue the conversation started on the webinar on April 27th, about a framework for integration of oral health, mental health and substance use services, to improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities and lower costs.
During this office hour, participants will have the chance to share ideas and ask questions of our panelists from The National Dental Association and two organizations, Community Health Centers of South-Central Texas and Options for Southern Oregon. We look forward to seeing you there!
Increased demands for harm reduction services during the pandemic, coupled with the unprecedented disruptions to daily life and organizational operations, have led to increased levels of stress and risk of burnout among harm reduction staff, including peer providers. Join us on Tuesday, April 27, from 2-3 p.m. ET, as we hear from experts in the field about actionable strategies that can be implemented at the individual and organizational levels to better support staff wellness and prevent burnout.
Integration of oral health and behavioral health requires a strategic framework to improve health outcomes, narrow health disparities, and lower health costs among both patients and providers. Core framework components include provider education, service provision, referrals, care management, and other integrated care activities. As more providers are exploring integrated oral health and behavioral health, a few organizations are leading the way, with success stories to share.
Join us on Tuesday, April 27th at 3:00pm ET to hear from The National Dental Association about opportunities to break down silos and increase health equity by advancing more integrated oral and behavioral health care. Participants will also hear from two providers, Community Health Centers of South-Central Texas and Options for Southern Oregon, about their on-the-ground efforts to integrate oral and behavioral health and recent patient success stories.
On April 27, 2021, the National Council hosted a webinar to discuss actionable strategies that harm reduction organizations can implement to better support staff wellness and prevent burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinar presenters included:
- Heather Lusk, MSW, executive director, Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Coalition
- Nicole O’Donnell, CRS, certified recovery specialist, Penn Medicine
- Joann Stephens, consumer affairs coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Positive psychology in a pandemic: buffering, bolstering, and building mental health (The Journal of Positive Psychology)
Due to structural racism, staff who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other historic and ongoing environmental stressors. As a result, BIPOC individuals have persevered and shown resilience, both inside and outside of the workplace, despite the stress and re-traumatization that unintentionally occurs in these spaces.
Now, more than ever, behavioral health and primary health care organizations are positioned to support their BIPOC staff amid these stressors through increased acknowledgement, awareness and skills to create a safe workplace that enhances staff retention, resiliency and overall wellbeing.
Please join us for our Office Hour session on Thursday, April 22 from 3 – 4 p.m. ET to discuss strategies to support workforce development, retention and overall wellbeing among staff who identify as BIPOC.
This session will feature expert panelists, including:
- Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, consultant, trauma informed services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
- Aaron Williams, MA, integrated care consultant, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
- Terence Fitzgerald, PhD, EdM, MSW, clinical associate professor, Department of Children Youth and Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
- Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, president, Multicultural Development Institute, Inc.
Peer support services extend the reach of treatment beyond clinical settings into the everyday environment of your clients. Curious to learn more about how peer support services can enhance the services you provide to people with serious mental illness (SMI)?
Join us on Thursday, April 15th from 2 – 3 p.m. ET for our Office Hour session that will continue the conversation started on the webinar on April 13th, about the benefits of peer support services, research findings, practical guidelines on setting up peer support programs and how COVID-19 health challenges have affected peer support services for people with SMI.
Join us as we continue the conversation and share how you’re engaging and supporting individuals.
For numerous reasons, including several barriers to accessing quality healthcare, people with serious mental illness (SMI) have a mortality rate between 1.5 to 3 times greater than those without mental illness. Prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, peer support specialist programs established by providers exist to address some of these challenges that impede healing and overall health of persons with serious mental illness. Peer support specialists are persons in recovery who use their lived and shared experience to bridge interpersonal and systemic barriers to accomplishing the health and wellness goals of others with mental illness.
Join us for our webinar, Why and How Peer Services Improve Health and Wellness of People with Mental Illness, on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00pm ET in partnership with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), as we explore the benefits of peer support services, research findings on peer services, practical guidelines on setting up peer support programs, and how COVID-19 health challenges have affected peer support services among people with SMI.