Behavioral Health & Opioids

Webinar on Jan. 28: Beyond Loneliness & Social Isolation

January 28, 2:30–5PM EDT Join Mental Health America (MHA) on Thursday, January 28 for an event on loneliness and social isolation, and learn how MHA’s latest program, Peer Partners in a Box, is helping people with serious mental health conditions. Hear from MHA’s peer expert and Vice President of Peer, Advocacy and Support Services, Patrick …

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Webinar on Feb. 23: Culturally Competent Approaches to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

February 23, 2021, 11AM-12PM EDT This session is part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP. Join us on February 23 to discover ways to address how perceptions of addiction differ across racial/ethnic groups. We’ll also cover how using a culturally competent approach to opioid use disorder treatment can increase treatment …

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Webinar on Jan. 19: Advancing Cultural Competency and Health Literacy to Achieve Health Equity

January 19, 2021, 11AM-12PM EDT This session is part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP. Join us on January 19 to learn why cultural competency and health literacy are critical for achieving health equity and improving quality of care. Darci Graves, MPP, MA, MA, CMS Office of Minority Health, will …

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Webinar on Dec. 17: Operation Safe Station Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Operation Safe Station Addressing the Opioid Crisis—News on a Multidisciplinary Effort December 17, 2-3PM EDT This no-cost webinar is brought to you by The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) team, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Arlington …

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Report: 20% of COVID Patients Develop Mental Health Issues

A new report published November in the Lancet found that those who have had COVID-19 are likely to develop anxiety, depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within 90 days of recovery. The lack of contact with family members and loved ones during quarantine and hospital stays can produce psychological instability. Reports of PTSD symptoms …

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Behavioral Health Resources for Indian Country

For more resources on supporting the behavioral health of elders and Indian Country as a whole, explore the new CMS Tribal Behavioral Health. Who is it for? This site is intended for people seeking behavioral health care for themselves or loved ones, health care providers, tribal leaders, and tribal health directors who would like to …

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Reducing Loneliness for Nursing Home Residents

As the pandemic continues, the behavioral health of nursing home residents continues to be a concern. A new survey of nursing home residents by Altarum looked into how residents’ lives changed due to the pandemic. The survey found social interactions inside and outside of nursing homes have dropped sharply. More than half of the respondents …

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CMS Request for Application: Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Initiative

CMS is announcing the Request for Application (RFA) open period (November 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021) for the Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment (ViT) Initiative The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) is announcing the Request for Application (RFA) for a new initiative that …

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Report: Tracking FY2019 Federal Funding to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a report in September that tracks spending to address the opioid epidemic across the federal government for fiscal year 2019. The report provides insight into how funds are being spent at the state and county-level. Reports from states and counties across the country suggest opioid-involved overdose deaths are rising in …

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CMS Call on October 7: Substance Use Disorder Treatment during COVID-19

Treatment for Substance Use Disorder During the Public Health Emergency Wednesday, October 7, 3PM-4PM EDT CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) to allow primary care providers, psychosocial support specialists, addiction medicine specialists, and other interested parties to ask questions on CMS’s actions to address the opioids crisis during the public health emergency …

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Behavioral Health & Opioids: September & October Updates

The field of behavioral health is always evolving, and our teams are constantly looking for opportunities to sharpen skills and learn new things. We regularly gather a variety of webinars, training opportunities, and resources on what’s happening in the field and these lists are just too good to keep to ourselves. Below is a curated …

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Article: Disparities in U.S. hospitalizations for serious infections in patients with & without opioid use disorder (OUD)

In a research article published in PLOS Medicine (August 2020), patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) who are hospitalized for serious infections requiring prolonged intravenous antibiotics may face barriers to discharge, which could prolong length of stay (LOS) and increase financial burden. Researchers used the 2016 National Inpatient Sample, a nationally representative database of all …

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National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. This national observance is dedicated to helping those with a mental or substance use disorder to live a healthy life through education. Supports like substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental or substance use disorder to live a rewarding life. The IPRO QIN-QIO is …

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COVID-19 Workshop on July 16: Resiliency – Coping & Recovering During a Pandemic

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties—so what does that look like across the health care spectrum during this pandemic? Join us as we discuss fostering community resilience and how it impacts those you serve. …

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Resources for Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, and we want to recognize the unique position frontline health workers are in during this pandemic and what kind of toll that takes on their mental wellness. As it is, those in health care face high rates of burn out. But now they’re even more at risk for negative mental …

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) wants to remind people with Medicare that the program covers mental health services to support them during these stressful times including: Telehealth counseling services during the COVID-19 public health emergency – learn more here: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/telehealth Other outpatient mental health services, …

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COVID-19 Workshop: Staff Trauma, Resilience, & COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 10:30-11:00am We know you’re committed to providing the best care for your residents, a task made even more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic—which has everyone in a state of alert.  Nursing home staff members are feeling this acutely–worrying about their jobs, families, residents, and what happens if they get sick. The …

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