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Drive Utilization, Revenue and Outcomes via an Integrated In-Person and Digital Therapeutic Model

On this National Council for Behavioral Health webinar, The Center for Mental Health (CMH) in Colorado shared how they are transforming their client care model by incorporating a digital behavioral health platform in a peer-led setting. The presentation explored the CMH’s transition to an innovative digital care model through its partnership with myStrength, and shared outcomes from an evaluation of technology’s impact on treatment capacity and costs. Participants learned practical, real-world insights that demonstrate the powerful clinical effectiveness of digital care, including: a case study illustrating how the CMH was able to increase client encounters by +50% and boost revenue streams – with limited impact to overhead costs; how digital tools can and should be incorporated to meet the demands in a value-based setting as well as a fee-for-service environment; and insight on maintaining the human connection as well as client satisfaction with proven, clinically-based digital behavioral health tools

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.

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