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Childhood Trauma: COVID-19 & Beyond

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has taken an immense toll on entire school communities including School-Based Health Centers, mental health and substance use providers, educators, staff, students, and families. In collaboration with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, the Weitzman Institute will kick off a Childhood Trauma ECHO series with a webinar. This webinar will acknowledge updates from the integrated care field and explore trauma and its impact on youth, families, schools, and providers to assist participants with putting plans into motion to leverage today’s resources. During this session, we will launch an opportunity to participate in the Weitzman ECHO Childhood Trauma series, aimed at peer-to-peer learning to enhance the understanding of childhood trauma among integrated care providers.

This webinar and Childhood Trauma ECHO series will be hosted by our partner, the Weitzman Institute. Join us on Tuesday, October 5 from 1-2pm ET for the Childhood Trauma webinar and consider signing up for the 22-session interactive ECHO series launching on Friday, October 8th from 12-1pm ET to join the learning community if you’re ready to take a deeper dive and contribute to smaller-group discussion! The extended ECHO series will consist of brief didactic presentations on key issues followed by real patient cases with actionable recommendations.

CoE Office Hour: SBIRT with Adults

To address the worsening substance use and overdose crisis in the United States, SBIRT can be used a paradigm shift in early intervention and treatment for substance use among adults. Join us for our follow-up office hour session on Thursday, September 30, from 3:00-4:00pm ET to continue the conversation and learn from integrated care experts who will explore SBIRT components, trends in substance use challenges among adults, and identify considerations for integration within the clinical workflow.

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Adults: Implications for Integrated Care Settings

The utilization of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has been effective in the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people who existing –or at risk for– substance use challenges and disorders. SBIRT, a comprehensive integrated public health model, routinely screens for potential medical problems, provides preventative services prior to the onset of acute symptoms, and delays or precludes the development of chronic conditions. To address the worsening substance use and overdose crisis in the United States, SBIRT can be used a paradigm shift in early intervention and treatment for substance use among adults. This webinar will explore the components of SBIRT, application of SBIRT for adults, considerations for integration, and building sustainability.

Join us for our webinar, Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Adults, on Tuesday, September 28, from 3:00-4:00pm ET to hear from integrated care experts who will explore SBIRT components, trends in substance use challenges among adults, and identify considerations for integration within the clinical workflow.

CoE Office Hour: SBIRT with Youth – Implications for Integrated Care Settings

YSBIRT better equips primary care organizations with necessary resources and tools to reduce adolescent substance use by educating their patients, identifying risky behaviors, and intervening early.

Join us for our follow-up office hour session on Thursday, September 23, from 3:00-4:00pm ET to continue the conversation and learn from integrated care experts who will explore SBIRT components, benefits of using this approach for youth, and social and cultural considerations.

Southeast CCBHC Learning Community

The Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing CCBHC Success Center, invites community mental health centers, behavioral health associations, state leaders and policymakers from the region to participate in a Southeast CCBHC Learning Community. This Learning Community will focus on orienting participants to the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model, highlighting the impact of the program to date, and identifying considerations for implementation and sustainability of the model.

The Southeast CCBHC Learning Community will consist of six virtual learning sessions and six technical assistance/coaching sessions, occurring each week for a total of 12 weeks between Thursday, September 23 and Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM (ET). Visit their website to submit an application.

CoE Office Hour: Workforce Shortages & Impact on Providers and Staff Who Are Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color, or Caregivers

At a time when the mental health and substance use recovery field is facing a major workforce shortage and mental health needs increase across the country, organizations and leaders must consider equity now more than ever. Equitable approaches must be taken to prevent compassion fatigue, burnout, and promote staff retention and recruitment, especially among providers of diverse backgrounds and identities. To address rising mental health and recovery services needs, organizations are also considering the specific experiences of those most impacted by the pandemic, including racially and ethnically diverse populations and caregivers at home. 

Join us on Wednesday, September 22nd, from 2-3pm ET for a conversation with health equity and racial justice experts for a conversation on equity considerations during a time of workforce shortages and increased mental wellbeing needs. Experts will discuss context around the current workforce shortage and increased mental wellbeing needs, as well as strategies to address the workforce shortage, and efforts to recruit providers of diverse identities and backgrounds.

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Youth: Implications for Integrated Care Settings

The utilization of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has been effective in the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people who existing –or at risk for– substance use challenges and disorders. Youth SBIRT (YSBIRT), is an evidence-based practice for prevention and mitigation of risky substance use among adolescents ages 12 to 18 years. By using YSBIRT primary care organizations can reduce adolescent substance use by educating youth and their caregivers as well as identify risky behaviors and providing interventions early. This webinar will explore the components of YSBIRT, application in assessing risk for substance use challenges and considerations for integration and building sustainability using this model.

Join us for our webinar, Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Youth: Implications for Integrated Care Settings, on Tuesday, September 21, from 2:00-3:00pm ET to hear from integrated care experts who will explore YSBIRT components, benefits of using this approach for youth, and social and cultural considerations.

CoE Office Hour: Exploring Short Term Strategies to Address Workforce Shortages

Workforce shortages have a devastating impact on individuals who rely on direct care services, who are often more vulnerable and have complicated health conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated workforce shortages due largely to the profound impact on direct care workers. The current trends in workforce have prompted organizations to shift their approach to develop innovative and equitable strategies to address the challenges associated with workforce shortages.

Join us on Tuesday, September 14th from 3:00-4:00pm ET for our office hour, Exploring Short Term Strategies to Address Workforce Shortages to identify short term tactics that offer quick wins and build momentum in address policy, financing and organizational challenges related to workforce shortages.

Diversify Your Revenue with Fundraising and Philanthropic Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative financial impact on the entire economy and nonprofits are examining new funding streams as resources for non-reimbursable services and expenses. Fundraising and philanthropic support can be a critical part of your fiscal strategy – but it takes time, strategic planning and relationship-building to seek out new opportunities.

Join Liz McLachlan, director of fund development, Community Housing Network; Emily Moen, vice president of public relations and marketing, Thresholds; and Kima Taylor, Founder of Anka Consulting on September 8 at 12 p.m. ET as they discuss the foundational elements to building robust fundraising efforts and philanthropic relationships, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CoE Office Hour: Exploring the Integrated Care Benefits & Considerations for Becoming a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

As community organizations expand integrated health care services to their populations through partnerships, some may consider requirements and benefits of integrating FQHC designation into their model of care, to further provide services to individuals and families that face challenges to accessing quality healthcare.

The Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions invites you to attend a follow-up Office Hour session on Tuesday, September 7th from 2:00-3:00pm ET to continue the conversation on exploring the integrated care benefits and considerations for becoming an FQHC, and to have your questions answered.

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