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CoE Office Hour: Exploring Care Coordination and Population Health Management Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes

Over the last two weeks, the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Integrated Health Solutions) hosted a two-part webinar series that explored improving health outcomes for both individuals and populations, first by discussing care coordination practices, then by discussing population health management strategies. In case you missed them, check out the recordings here and here, then join us to continue the conversation at our next CoE Office Hour session on Thursday, February 4, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

In this session, our panelists will address unanswered questions from the two-part series and discuss ways organizations are leveraging care coordination and population health management strategies to improve health outcomes for the communities they serve. Whether it’s through scaling services by adding care coordinators or leveraging common electronic medical record (EMR)-based mental health and substance use screening tools, this session will provide a space for sharing ideas and peer-to-peer learning for those looking to advance population health management strategies. So, please join us so we can hear from you!

CCBHCs: A New Model for Behavioral Health Gaining Momentum in States

There is growing concern about the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term impact on mental health and substance use and the threat of an epidemic of deaths of despair from alcohol and drug use and suicide. The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model is well-placed to respond to this anticipated surge.

Policymakers are looking to CCBHCs to provide increased access to mental health and addiction treatment; address the longstanding gap in unmet need for care; improve partnerships with law enforcement, hospitals, and primary care; and expand states’ capacities to address the opioid crisis and growing suicide rates.

Find out how the 220 CCBHCS now operating in 33 states are changing the future of health care and why a growing number of states are moving toward permanently implementing the model independently via a state plan amendment or Medicaid waiver.

Population Health Management Strategies

Join us for a two-part webinar series that will explore improving health outcomes for both individuals and populations, first by exploring care coordination practices, and then by exploring population health management strategies.

The second webinar in this series will focus on Population Health Management, which considers all clients in a population, from low-risk, healthy individuals to high-risk individuals with chronic conditions. This approach requires the capacity to utilize data to pursue a wide range of activities to systematically track and manage health conditions, treatment access and use, and effectiveness of treatment and services to understand population health priorities. This session will explore how to leverage common EMR-based mental health and substance use screening tools, level of care determination tools, and risk stratification tools to better inform behavioral health and primary care integration, with a focus on identifying and addressing healthcare disparities.

Adolescent Substance Use 101: Current Trends & The Impact of COVID-19

This webinar provided an overview of current trends in psychoactive substance use among adolescents. The information described current data about what substances are being used and how trends differ across the county. The mechanism of action and associated impact of each major drug category were detailed. Additionally, time was dedicated to discussing the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and its impact on rates of use and access to treatment.

By the end of this webinar, participants were able to describe the psychoactive substances most commonly used by adolescents—including the main mechanisms of action and main reasons for adolescents’ use—and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on current trends in adolescent substance use.

SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: Best Practices and Systems of Support for Justice-Involved Veterans

The designation justice-involved Veteran is used to describe former service members who are involved in the criminal justice system. Involvement in the criminal justice system can range from initial arrest to court involvement, incarceration in jail or prison, or reentry into society. This webinar provided an overview of emerging best practices and systems of support for justice-involved Veterans from the “front end” or initial point of contact with first responders to the point of reentry and readjustment with support from systems, programs, and peers.

Grantwriting for SAMHSA Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants

The CCBHC Success Center at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing presented an informational session on grantwriting for SAMHSA’s recently announced FY21 CCBHC Expansion Grants, presented by Health Management Associates.

CoE Office Hours: Resources to Advance Health Equity Within Your Organization

Historically marginalized communities continue to face disproportionate challenges around access to and quality of behavioral health care due to systemic racism that results in significantly poorer mental health outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Organizations must address their internal systems, and individual and organizational bias to reduce disproportionate health care challenges, decrease trauma and re-traumatization, build resiliency and strengthen engagement to mitigate these inequities and eliminate challenges faced by their clients and staff of color within their organizations.

Join us to learn more about general organizational considerations and resources developed by the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CoE) to advance diversity, equity and engagement within your organization during our CoE Office Hours session on Thursday, January 21, from 3-4 p.m. ET. We will also discuss an upcoming ECHO opportunity that will provide a safe space for peer-to-peer learning and open discussions among a group of health provider organizations committed to creating and advancing diverse, equitable and engaging environments.

Telehealth’s Rapid Adoption in 2020 and Building Sustainable Telehealth Programs For The Future

The rapid adoption of telehealth during 2020 has allowed patients and providers to stay connected during challenging times. 2020 also brought a tremendous amount of regulatory changes that impact payment of telehealth services. During this webinar, the experienced team at innovaTel Telepsychiatry dove into key telehealth reimbursement policy changes, including the 2021 CMS Physician Fee Schedule, and discussed the outlook for future changes that will impact behavioral health providers this year.

Improving Client Outcomes with Care Coordination

Join us for a two-part webinar series that will explore improving health outcomes for both individuals and populations, first by exploring care coordination practices, and then by exploring population health management strategies.

The first webinar in this series will focus on Care Coordination, an approach utilized at the individual level, which involves strong cross collaboration and shared responsibility across clinical teams and providers to improve upon and provide whole person care. This session will explore the role of the care coordinator, identify the various functions of effective care management, and discuss how organizations can plan for change to improve their care coordination, with special focus on care coordination within CCBHC settings during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grant Deep Dive

This session provided an overview of the CCBHC core requirements, reviewed the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), provided answers to frequently asked questions, and shared strategic guidance and tips on implementation of the CCBHC model. While this session was intended to provide context and information, the National Council team and presenters were unable to answer any inquiries on behalf of SAMHSA. Any questions related to the funding opportunity itself can be directed to your SAMHSA project officer.

Check out our CCBHC Expansion Grants FAQs.

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