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CoE Office Hours: Prioritizing Self-Care Throughout Winter and the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of the current environment, remaining healthy during the holiday season is crucial to sustaining mental wellness.

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Wednesday, December 2 from 2-3 p.m. ET for an open discussion on how to prioritize self-care in the months ahead, led by Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, consultant of Trauma Informed Services and Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW, integrated health consultant of the National Council.

Together, we will come together to identify and share innovative strategies to practice self-guided techniques that can be immediately implemented to safeguard and support staff and colleagues as we manage anxiety and feelings of grief.

Leadership Check-Up Series: Avoiding COVID-19 Burnout: Self-Care and Resiliency for Public Health Leaders (Second Offering)

This webinar, held by the National Council’s Behavioral Health Training Institute and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) for the Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, offered support to public health professionals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. National behavioral health and resilience experts provided six sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19 while better supporting families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

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Creating a Better Workplace Environment to Support our Service Members, Veterans and their Families

SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: Creating a Better Workplace Environment to Support our Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Most Americans, including Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF), spend most of their daily lives at work. This webinar provides information, resources, tools and recommendations that will help participants to understand the important role they play in creating a healthy and inclusive environment for their SMVF colleagues and employees, and how to begin to take steps towards implementation of supportive and preventative measures.

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Advancing Integration in Community Behavioral Health: Using a New General Health Integration Framework

A lack of integrated health services often leads to poor long-term health outcomes and high healthcare costs across providers. In fact, mortality among patients with serious mental illness (SMI) is between 1.5 to 3 times greater than those without mental disorders, and health care costs are considerable for both patients and providers. Through advancing general health integration, community behavioral health providers are in a unique position to address co-occurring and chronic physical conditions, mental health and substance use disorders among their patients in order to improve patient outcomes and achieve substantial financial savings.

To further integration among community behavioral health providers, Montefiore Care Management and its expert consultants developed a continuum-based framework to advance integration to help clinics develop a locally tailored and site-specific action plan, prioritize their actions and identify needed resources for implementation.

Join us for our webinar, Advancing Integration in Community Behavioral Health: Using a New General Health Integration Framework, on Wednesday, November 18th, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET as we explore components of the continuum-based framework to advance general health integration, and practical guidance on advancing integration in community behavioral health provider organizations.

CoE Office Hours: COVID-19 Scalable Solutions – Strengthening Community Based Partnerships

To support individuals who face tremendous barriers to integrated healthcare services during the ongoing pandemic, including those with serious mental illness, several provider organizations have formed partnerships  to creatively bridge service gaps in their communities.

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 3 p.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET to hear about best practices and lessons learned in establishing innovative partnerships and pathways regarding:

  • Technology adoption.
  • Whole person care.
  • Integration of mental healthcare and essential services.
  • Increased access among people experiencing homelessness and rural populations.

Hear directly from  two recipient organizations of COVID-19 Scalable Solutions funding, Access Services and Willapa Behavioral Health experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute, Carolyn Rekerdres, MD and Steve Weinstein, MD.

Ask the Expert Series – Implementing Peer Support Services as a CCBHC

Attendees heard from experts and seasoned CCBHC organizations about options to establish successful peer-run/recovery community organization partnerships with fidelity to both the peer-run and CCBHC models.

Expert Facilitators: Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), and Tom Hill, senior advisor with the National Council, will be joined during this session by CCBHC Spotlighted Providers, Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services (N.Y.) and the Center for Health Care Services (Texas).

Topics Included: CCBHCs will have the opportunity to consider best-practice recommendations for exploring partnership arrangements delivering peer-support services

CoE Office Hours: Addressing Implicit Bias in Organizational Structures

Making the Case for High-functioning, Team-Based Care in the Community Behavioral Health Care Setting

Team based care is an essential element of all integrated care settings. Research suggests that team-based care not only improves patient outcomes like improved symptoms, quality of life and satisfaction, but it can also reduce burnout and improve staff capacity and experience, which in turn reduces medical errors and gaps in service. Widespread adoption of team-base care could reasonably address current challenges facing providers while responding to the demands of emerging value-based payment models – especially those that incentivize integrated care delivery.

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Wednesday, October 28th, from 1-2 p.m. ET for our webinar, Making the Case for High-functioning, Team-Based Care in the Community Behavioral Health Care Setting. Not only will this webinar describe barriers and opportunities for implementing Team-Based Care in behavioral health care settings, but it will also launch the new MDI Team-Based Care paper and describe the paper’s purpose and utility. This webinar will also promote the launch of a new ECHO Learning Collaborative focused on Team-Based Care.

Solving for Sleep: Addressing Insomnia in Health Centers: Getting Real About What Impacts Our Patients’ Sleep

Is sleep a vital sign? What is Coronasomnia? How do you see sleep impacting the patients you serve? You are invited to join a conversation hosted by the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm ET by speaking up during this “townhall style” interactive listening session focused on the state of sleep. Featuring a panel of expert clinicians from health centers across the country sharing experience, guidance and discussing your concerns – do not miss this opportunity to connect with other healthcare providers and consider how sleep reflects complex interactions of medical, social, and behavioral needs that are especially relevant to integrated care.

This interactive listening 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.

Leadership Check-Up Series: Mental Health First Aid: A Primer for Public Health Professionals and Communities

The National Council’s Behavioral Health Training Institute and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) led the Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, a special webinar offering to support public health professionals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. National behavioral health and resilience experts provided six sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help you continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19 while better supporting your families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance use issues. More importantly, however, it’s a tool that public health leaders across the United States have begun to employ to engage in early detection and intervention around the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses. Learn from our experts, Tramaine El-Amin, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, and Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, about concrete tools and engagement with local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addiction treatment and support.

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