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CoE Office Hours: Implementing Self-Care Throughout Cold Winter Weather and the COVID-19 Pandemic

We hope you are ringing in the New Year with resilience and mindfulness. No matter how you celebrated the holidays this year, it likely looked very different than last. As the pandemic continues and for some of us the cold is keeping people inside, it is critical now more than ever to maintain mental wellness.

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Thursday, January 7th from 2-3 p.m. ET for an open discussion on how to focus on self-care during these winter months and   the COVID-19 pandemic. We will share mindful relaxation exercises and innovative self-care ideas that will help you manage anxiety and feelings of grief. This session will be led by Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, Consultant of Trauma Informed Services, Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW, Integrated Health Consultant and Joan King, RN, MSN, CS, Integrated Health Senior Consultant, all from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

Tightening Your Technology: Cybersecurity Strategies for Behavioral Health Providers

Since the arrival of COVID-19, a growing number of behavioral health care providers are relying on technology for their service delivery – but there are risks involved. Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise due to the increased IT use, putting providers and their patients in jeopardy. How can you avoid these threats? Tune into this webinar where the American Hospital Association’s senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, John Riggi, shares what it takes to prepare for and manage potential cybersecurity risks.

Is the Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Opportunity Right for You?

In this webinar, Dr. Valerie Westhead, Medical Consultant at MTM Services, reviewed components of the new CMS Value in Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment program and key considerations for behavioral health providers exploring this opportunity. This included exploration of critical practices for behavioral health providers in optimizing their Medicare services and billing and how to set themselves up for future opportunities.

 

An Introduction to COA and the Accreditation Process

Register for an “Introduction to COA” webinar to learn more about their accreditation process. You will gain an understanding of the key concepts that define COA, steps toward becoming accredited and benefits of accreditation.

Tips and Tools for Leveraging Trauma Informed Care Techniques to Reduce Stress for Students, Teachers, and Providers

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has taken an immense toll on School-Based Health Centers and entire school communities, which includes behavioral health providers, educators, staff, students, and families. While behavioral health providers and staff are particularly at risk for compassion fatigue, they are also in a unique position to enhance resilience among themselves and within their school communities during the pandemic, by using trauma-informed care approaches. Join us for this two-part webinar series that will explore trauma-informed care concepts and strategies first for providers and professionals, and then among students and families within school communities.

Join us for our second webinar in this two-part series titled, Tips and Tools for Leveraging Trauma Informed Care Techniques to Reduce Stress for Students, Teachers, and Providers, on Tuesday, December 15h, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET. This webinar will explore trauma-informed care techniques that behavioral health providers, school staff, and caregivers can use to improve behavioral healthcare provided to students, and address traumatic stress occurring during the on-going pandemic.

Compassion Fatigue and Resilience: Strategies for School Based Health Center Providers

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has taken an immense toll on School-Based Health Centers and entire school communities, which includes behavioral health providers, educators, staff, students, and families. While behavioral health providers and staff are particularly at risk for compassion fatigue, they are also in a unique position to enhance resilience among themselves and within their school communities during the pandemic, by using trauma-informed care approaches. Join us for this two-part webinar series that will explore trauma-informed care concepts and strategies first for providers and professionals, and then among students and families within school communities.

Join us for our first webinar of this two-part series titled, Compassion Fatigue and Resilience: Strategies for School Based Health Center Providers, on Thursday, December 10th, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET. This webinar will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on individuals within school communities and explore the concept of compassion fatigue and strategies for building resilience among behavioral health providers and staff in school community settings.

myStrength: How Incorporating Digital Behavioral Health Can Quickly Extend Access and Effectively Meet CCBHC Requirements

Brie Reimann, MPA Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement & Consulting at the National Council, provided an overview of the current state of CCBHC’s in America; Noble Shaver Jr. and Nancy Blackshare with FCC Behavioral Health in Missouri and Communications Specialist, Kaitlynn Wilkinson with NorthCare in Oklahoma discussed their work and results of implementing digital behavioral health programs into their CCBHCs; and Chuck Tepper, VP of Public Partnerships at Livongo for Behavioral Health by myStrength, discussed how myStrength’s evidence-based digital platform can effectively support CCBHC requirements.

In this session we discussed:

  • The power of digital interventions to extend mental health support beyond the four walls of a treatment center — available whenever and wherever people need it
  • How a full spectrum of mental health programs addresses clinical diagnoses such as depression, chronic pain, nicotine, bipolar disorder, and trauma — and provides content that addresses specific life challenges such as the impact of COVID-19, racial discrimination, and chronic conditions on mental health
  • Examples of the impact of these evidence-based programs on costs and care.

How Incorporating Digital Behavioral Health Can Quickly Extend Access and Effectively Meet CCBHC Requirements

Brie Reimann, MPA Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement & Consulting at the National Council, will provide an overview of the current state of CCBHC’s in America; Noble Shaver Jr. and Nancy Blackshare with FCC Behavioral Health in Missouri and Communications Specialist, Kaitlynn Wilkinson with NorthCare in Oklahoma will discuss their work and results of implementing digital behavioral health programs into their CCBHCs; and Chuck Tepper, VP of Public Partnerships at Livongo for Behavioral Health by myStrength, will discuss how myStrength’s evidence-based digital platform can effectively support CCBHC requirements.

Join this session to hear:

  • The power of digital interventions to extend mental health support beyond the four walls of a treatment center–available whenever and wherever people need it
  • How a full spectrum of mental health programs addresses clinical diagnoses such as depression, chronic pain, nicotine, bipolar disorder, and trauma–and provides content that addresses specific life challenges such as the impact of COVID-19, racial discrimination, and chronic conditions on mental health
  • Examples of the impact of these evidence-based programs on costs and care

Ask the Experts – Trauma Informed Care, Cultural Humility, and the Impact of Supporting Individuals with IDD

During this Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Interest Group webinar, Ami Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, the National Council’s trauma-informed services consultant, and the Harris Center’s Evanthe Collins, EdD, will recap their recent forum, hold a Q&A and provide clarity on trauma-informed care, cultural humility and supporting individuals with IDD.

RELIAS: Regulatory, Financial and Workforce Impact of COVID-19 for Behavioral Health

Public health best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic have had a major impact on the behavioral health care system, reducing the opportunity for in-person services and by extension the revenue for many behavioral health providers. In a time where mental health and addiction services are needed more than ever, federal- and state-level regulatory changes and financial support are re-shaping our country’s behavioral health system, and workforce, both now and in the future.

National Council Strategic Partner, Relias, and John Jay, product marketing manager for health and human services at Relias, and Frankie Berger and Stephanie Katz, directors of state and federal policy and advocacy at the National Council, discussed the regulatory, financial and workforce impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health field in this webinar.

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