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The National Council for Behavioral Health, through the National Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), is accepting applications for participation in an ECHO collaborative to develop scalable solutions for providing care to people living with mental illness and addiction during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Due to the Pandemic, organizations will only be asked to attend two virtual meetings, one the week of May 11 to launch the collaborative, and one the week of July 27 to share solutions. Work must be completed by July 30, 2020. Submit your application today!

Lead: John Kern, MD

Collaborative Care ECHO Group 1 – Behavioral Health in Primary Care

Provision of behavioral health services in the primary setting has proven to be an effective means of addressing the universal problem of treatment access for behavioral health disorders. A structured, measurement-based process has been shown to be the most effective way of providing this care. Assistance with the implementation of this modality of care is nearly always necessary, though not always readily available. For providers with a strong interest in implementing a model of behavioral health in primary care settings, the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions is offering this ongoing learning opportunity – Collaborative Care ECHO; Behavioral Health in Primary Care.

This will be structured as a 6-month course, including access to and presentations by leaders in the field on highly practical issues of implementation and care provision. The conscious intent is to provide a platform for a community of providers in this area.

Required activities for learners will include:

  • Monthly virtual group meetings via Zoom.
  • Structured learning activities.
  • Sharing Case presentations with co-learners.

It is strongly recommended that participants engage in the learning activity at the point where they are actively implementing a program or have one under way. This will make the learning much more meaningful and engaging. Applications to participate will be evaluated with this in mind.

 

Collaborative Care ECHO Group 2 – Primary Care in Behavioral Health

Helping to address the gap in survival of people with serious mental illness (SMI) has become a task for the behavioral health agency. A structured, measurement-based, team-based process has been shown to be the most effective way of providing this care. Assistance with the implementation of this new modality of care is nearly always necessary, though not always readily available. For providers with a strong interest in implementing support for physical health for their clients living with SMI, the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions is offering an ongoing learning opportunity – Collaborative Care ECHO; Primary Care in Behavioral Health.

This will be structured as a 6-month course, which will include:

  • Access to presentations and consultation by leaders in the field on highly practical issues of implementation and care provision.
  • Access to a community of like-minded and motivated providers.
  • Management plans and tools to support your team in addressing health outcomes.

The conscious intent is to provide a platform for a community of providers in this area.

Required activities for learners will include:

  • Monthly virtual group meetings via Zoom.
  • Structured learning activities.
  • Sharing Case presentations with co-learners.

It is strongly recommended that participants engage in the learning activity at the point where they are actively implementing a program or have one under way. This will make the learning much more meaningful. Applications to participate in the program will be evaluated with this in mind.

Registration for this ECHO Learning Community is now closed. If you would like to learn more about our offerings related to Collaborative Care or if you have any other questions, please contact integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

Lead: Primary Care Development Corporation

With 100 million+ Americans living with diabetes, more providers than ever before recognize chronic disease screening and management as a best practice of integrated primary and behavioral health care. In this virtual learning series, national experts will guide you through 7 multifaceted sessions—each addressing a different aspect of team-based care to improve diabetes screening and management, ranging from behavioral treatment to reimbursement and operational decision making.

Check out the list of session topics and Dates below:

  • Behavioral Treatment: Impacting diabetes risk and management in the visit
  • Prescribing and Diabetes: Evidence-based practice for behavioral health prescribing
    • March 23, 2020 at 1:00PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Diabetes Lens On: Nutrition, food insecurity, and health promotion
    • April 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Clinical Pharmacy Integration: Diabetes management through integrating Clinical Pharmacists into the care team
    • May 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Continuous Quality Improvement: Utilizing data and the electronic health record in decision making and reimbursement for diabetes
    • June 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Operational and Clinical Pathways: Critical top down process for diabetes screening, monitoring, and management
    • June 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Persons with Lived Experience: Advice and best practices from expert peers
    • July 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Register today and join any future session in this series.

Lead: Weitzman Institute

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, other substance use disorders may be overlooked by our healthcare system. Weitzman ECHO Alcohol & Smoking will address two of America’s major silent killers. This 6-month program will meet twice monthly to connect primary care medical and behavioral health providers over Zoom videoconferencing to a community of peers and subject-matter experts. Each one-hour session will consist of a brief didactic presentation on key issues followed by real patient cases with actionable recommendations.

What will I gain by attending?

This ECHO will equip primary care medical and behavioral health providers with strategies for addressing problematic alcohol and tobacco use in their patients using an integrated approach. We will cover topics including advanced strategies for motivational interviewing, epidemiology and screening, medication assisted treatment, trauma-informed care, and alcohol and smoking use in special populations such as youth and the elderly. Understand these silent killers and learn how to work with your patients both with and without a diagnosed addiction. Present your challenging cases for expert recommendations and connect to peers nationally.

Are there any requirements for participation?

This program is supported by the National Council for Behavioral Health, and participation is available at no cost for primary care medical (PCPs) and behavioral health providers. However, participants should review the Weitzman ECHO Terms of Participation and are expected to attend a majority of the sessions, submit at least one case for recommendations, and share their webcam on the live sessions if they have one available.

When do sessions occur?

Sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 11AM – 12PM ET/8AM – 9AM PT beginning on February 14th through the end of June. (Two additional off-cycle sessions will be held on May 29th and June 26th.)

How do I join the live sessions? (Do I need any special equipment?)

Weitzman ECHO sessions are held virtually using Zoom Video Conferencing. Access is available on any computer with an internet connection, phone (audio only), and smartphone.

How do I sign up?

Register by clicking here. After you complete the registration form, we will follow up with onboarding information so that you can join our live sessions! Please that note registration will be closed after we reach program capacity, so register soon!

If you have any questions about this ECHO or are interested in learning more, please contact portoar@chc1.com.

Lead: National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

The Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions has partnered with the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) to develop a six-month learning collaborative to assist Single State Agencies (SSAs) for alcohol and other drug services and their primary care partners in advancing integration efforts between specialty substance use and primary care systems. The learning collaborative will focus on integration with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). This learning collaborative will run from January- July 2020. States who participate will have the opportunity to connect with both their own multi-disciplinary team, and teams from other states, participate in knowledge-building sessions, and receive individual coaching to advance their integration efforts. At the end of the collaborative, teams will have a plan to advance integration in their state.

The registration for this Learning Collaborative is closed. If you are interested in learning more about other similar opportunities, please contact integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

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