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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.


Improving Access to Care through Medicaid 1115 Waivers

Millions of people in the U.S. each year are affected by mental illness, substance use disorders, and other chronic conditions, yet too many are unable to get both their mental and physical health needs met, leading to higher costs and worse outcomes.

The rate of co-occurring illness is high. People with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population. People with serious mental illness are nearly twice as likely to develop these conditions. With the demand for mental health and addiction services higher than ever before, coordinating care is important as we face a new health care landscape.

As the nation’s largest payer of mental health and substance use disorder services, Medicaid is uniquely situated to help states support the health of their communities. Through the use of federal waivers – called section 1115 waivers – states can improve access to care by testing new ideas like integrating mental health and substance use disorder services in primary care settings that help people receive the right care at the right time.

Join speakers from NAMI and CNS Healthcare on this webinar as they talk about the case for using Medicaid 1115 waivers to support integrated care, reduce costs, and improve outcomes from both the individual and provider perspective.


  • Jodi Kwarciany – Manager of Mental Health Policy at NAMI
  • Amy Stern, LMSW – Program Manager, CNS Healthcare
  • Michele Reid, MD – Chief Medical Officer, CNS Healthcare
  • Jenny Shumaker, LMSW – Clinical Program Director, CNS Healthcare

CoE Office Hours: COVID-19 Policy Implications and Opportunities

As COVID-19 continues to spread and drastically impact the way we deliver health care, it’s critical to stay on top of the latest policy implications and guidelines to provide the highest quality care to those that need it most through this pandemic. Join us this Tuesday, June 30th from 3:00-4:00pm ET to discuss recent policy changes, guidelines, and strategies for staying informed and engaged with members from National Council’s policy team. We will share themes and topics that were highlighted during the National Council’s Hill Day while also hearing from you on ways your organization is continuing to shift and respond to the needs of your organization.

CoE Office Hours: Addressing Racial Equity Within Your Organization

Naming, confronting, and addressing systemic racism within America’s health and behavioral health care system will require significant commitment and practice change across all provider type, organizations, and systems. To ensure everyone has access to high quality health care, we must first look within and build organizational climates and cultures that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion that can be further amplified to the clients we see. Join us this Thursday, June 25th from 3:00-4:00pm ET to discuss strategies and ideas for initiating or amplifying your organizations journey towards understanding how internal DEI processes impact your service delivery, create safety and achieve the quadruple aim of enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and enhancing the work life of their staff.

COVID-19 Office Hours: Conducting Groups via Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly shifted the delivery of behavioral health services to virtual platforms – but how has this transition impacted group sessions? Moving group work from in-person to virtual raises questions around confidentiality and safety, establishing new group norms, client engagement, and more. Join us for a discussion around best practices, evidence-based recommendations, and practical tips to help foster effective group work engagement. Authors of a recent American Psychological Association article,

Utilizing Peer Support to Improve Health and Wellness of People with Mental Illness

Peer support specialists offer unique skills that can drastically enhance services using their lived experience to support those with mental health and substance use conditions. Their shared experiences can help to bridge interpersonal and instrumental barriers to accomplishing the health and wellness goals of those in recovery. Join us on June 17, 2:00-3:00pm ET with our partners from the International Association of Peer Supporters, in an upcoming webinar, Utilizing Peer Support to Improve Health and Wellness of People with Mental Illness, to learn more about the findings from recent research supported through a grant award by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

COVID-19 Office Hours: Promoting Organizational and Self-Care Strategies for African Americans

In addition to experiencing disproportionately higher mortality from COVID-19, African Americans continue to face daily injustices perpetuated by systemic racism impacting all aspect of their health and mental health. As we confront systemic racism during a global pandemic, conversations around allyship and supporting African American staff and colleagues is more important than ever before. Join us this Thursday, June 11th from 1:00-2:00pm ET to discuss the ways in which allies can create courageous spaces to support African American staff and colleagues, and how to build in organizational training and support mechanisms to establish responsive workplaces.

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