Behavioral Health & Opioids

Complete the Opioid & Pain Management Self-Assessment

An important focus of our work is spreading strategies for implementing opioid and pain management best practices. We are opening up our self-assessment to new initiative participants. If you’ve completed this assessment in the past, you do not need to complete this version. Complete the Assessment Who should complete this self-assessment? Please identify and forward …

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Webinar on September 23: Panel on Rural Opioid Programs

September 23, 1PM Join the New York State Association for Rural Health and the New England Rural Health Association for a webinar panel presentation exploring the rural response to the U.S. opioid crisis. The panelists bring rural perspectives from various regions across the U.S. to the discussion. Participation in this event is free.  CME and …

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Webinar on Sept 15: Suicide Prevention Month – Insights and Strategies for Reducing Suicide among Older Adults

September 15, 2–3PM EDT This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide. Speakers will discuss the impact of suicide in later life, the implementation of 9-8-8 for the National Suicide Prevention …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Video Series: Nursing Home Naloxone Best Practices

Our team of experts dedicated to Improving Behavioral Health and Appropriate Opioid Use meet regularly with health providers in our 11 states and the District of Columbia, to share and learn best practices for Opioid Use and Pain Management in their care settings. View the full webinar to learn more. Part 1: American Society of …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: August Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? CDC and OMH Partner to Launch the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 (Updated) AHIMA releases Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) White …

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Health Equity Updates: August Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? America’s Health Rankings Inaugural Health Disparities Report CMS Proposes Changes to Reduce Disparities among Patients with CKD and ESRD CMS Proposes Physician Rule to Improve Health Equity & …

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Webinar on July 29: Supporting Older Adults With Comorbid Health Conditions

July 29, 12:30 PM EDT A SAMHSA-sponsored webinar presented on behalf of Mental Health America will take place Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 12:30pm Eastern Time called Supporting Older Adults with Comorbid Health Conditions. As individuals age, they are at increased risk of experiencing multiple chronic conditions across both physical and mental health. Adults with …

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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use: Interactive Training

This interactive training promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. This training is based on the opioid-related recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP).

CMS Proposes Physician Payment Rule to Improve Health Equity, Patient Access

Rule Would Expand Access to Telehealth Services, Enhance Diabetes Prevention Programs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to address the widening gap in health equity highlighted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and to expand patient access to comprehensive care, especially in underserved populations. In CMS’s annual Physician Fee …

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July is BIPOC Mental Health Month

For historically marginalized communities, traditional systems of care may overlook cultural and historical factors that impede BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) mental health. Community care, self-directed care, and culturally-based practices are all valid and valuable choices people can make for their mental health – but they may not be aware of these …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: July Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month! Building an Organizational Response to Health Disparities: Resources for Standardized Demographic and Language Data Collection Community of Practice: Preventing and Reducing the …

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Health Equity Updates: July Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? HHS Awards $250M to Fight COVID-19 and Improve Health Literacy A New Guide on Universal Screening for Health-Related Social Needs VacciNATION: Inspiring Stories on the National COVID-19 Vaccine …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar on Sept 22: Opioid and Pain Management Best Practices, Now with Webinar Recording

An important focus of our work is spreading strategies for implementing opioid and pain management best practices. Both naloxone and medications for opioid use disorder, such as buprenorphine, are proven to save the lives of opioid users. View the webinar recording, and view the slides if you missed the “Opioid and Pain Management Best Practices: …

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CDC’s Public Health Matters: Overdose Prevention

June 11, 2021 A Shared Approach to Preventing Opioid Overdoses As the opioid overdose epidemic worsens, there are specific actions that we can all take to make a difference and potentially save lives.  Save a Life – #PrepYourHealth It can be difficult to tell if a person has overdosed on opioids. When in doubt, treat …

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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

In recognition of June as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) released new resources to help educate the public. NIMH will also host a livestream event on June 17 from 2-2:30 p.m., featuring NIMH-funded researcher Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychiatry and associate vice chair of clinical research at …

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TMF Webinar on June 22: A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health, and COVID-19

June 22, 1-2PM EDT Loneliness was a mental health issue prior to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated and contributed to increased isolation. Join TMF for a webinar on June 22 titled, “A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health, and COVID-19.” During this webinar, attendees will explore and discuss this issue from a health equity …

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Health Equity Updates: June Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? New Health Equity Tracker Released Featured Health Equity News The Conversation / La Conversación Become a Part of the Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Workforce Medicaid and Rural Health Pain in …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar on June 17: Nursing Home Naloxone Best Practices

June 1712:30-1:30PM EDT Materials Slides Recording Naloxone is an essential drug that reverses respiratory depression caused by opioid overdose. Having naloxone readily available in nursing homes is an opioid harm reduction best practice that can save lives. In response to nursing home needs, we are hosting a Nursing Home Naloxone Best Practices webinar. Join us …

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Post-COVID-19 Strategies for Building Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems

Wednesday, May 19, 3PM EDT COVID-19 has exposed deep fissures in our national and local healthcare systems, which comes as no surprise to mental health providers already accustomed to treating behavioral health needs rooted in systemic racial and economic disparities. Addressing these needs requires targeted outreach and robust community engagement efforts aligned with the principles …

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Health Equity Updates: May Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Limited Progress in Increasing Proportion of Black Physicians HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines CMS Proposes to Enhance the Medical …

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as part of our commitment to understanding the health needs of this diverse population. Included in the Asians and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders (Asian and NHOPI) population is a wide variety of …

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NYSHealth Webinar on May 6: Addressing Anti-Asian Violence: Providing Mental Health, Safety, and Support for Asian New Yorkers

May 6, 11-11:30AM EDT This 30-minute webinar will feature a short discussion followed by audience Q&A. NYSHealth invites you to attend its webinar series, “Practically Speaking,” that will share actionable ideas to better serve New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will focus on supporting the mental health and safety of Asian New Yorkers in …

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IPRO HQIC Event on April 26: Opioid Stewardship: All-Cause Harm Reduction

April 26, 11AM-12PM EDT Join the IPRO Hospital Quality Improvement (HQIC) in webinar on the All-Cause Harm focus are of Opioid Stewardship. We presented aggregate baseline data on the Opioid Stewardship Hospital Baseline Assessment and heard from a rural hospital on promoting the safe use of opioids (prescribing policy, scripted communication tools, alternatives to opioids, …

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May 25: Delivering Whole Person Care: Improving Outcomes in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

May 25, 11AM-12PM EDT Part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP Materials Recording Slides Only 20% of what influences the health of patients is related to the quality of the health care they receive. The other 80%—called the social determinants of health—is found in patients’ behaviors, socioeconomic conditions, and physical …

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4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

May 6, 2021 | Registration is Free The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is proud to host the 4th annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium. This event is co-sponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Registration is free and includes a full day of …

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FDA Encourages Americans to Dispose of Unused Prescription Opioids Safely

More than 100 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and millions are addicted to opioids. Proper disposal of unused or expired opioids can help save lives. Remove the Risk The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched Remove the Risk, an education and outreach campaign to raise awareness about the serious risks of keeping …

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How can I improve my sleep hygiene?

One of the most important sleep hygiene practices is to spend an appropriate amount of time asleep in bed, not too little or too excessive. Sleep needs vary across ages and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health. However, there are recommendations that can guide how much sleep you need generally. Other good sleep hygiene …

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Telebehavioral Health Webinar Series

April 15, 12–1PM EDT The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations invites you to a free webinar on Expanding Access to Medication—Based Treatment for OUD in Underserved Rural Areas Utilizing Telehealth. Even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 1 in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder (SUD) …

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Webinar on April 20: What We Bring to the Room: Reflecting on the Impact of Bias in Care

April 2011AM-12PM EDT Part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP Materials Recording Slides The topic of bias is increasingly gaining attention in healthcare. We see its effects in the numbers,  outcomes, and  the ways in which it compromises the potential for establishing trusting relationships between patients and providers. Yet, there still remains a need to define what bias is and …

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Biden Administration to Invest $250 Million in Effort to Encourage COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Among Underserved Populations

HHS Office of Minority Health Will Offer Localities Funding to Partner with Community Organizations to Connect Minority, Underserved Populations with Vital Services, Promote Pandemic Safety Measures As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness today, the Administration is announcing an effort to invest $250 million to encourage COVID-19 safety …

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Webinar on March 24: Physician Burnout and Mental Health

March 24, 2-3PM EDT The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and dramatically increased the long-standing epidemic of physician burnout. Around 71% of physicians reported exhaustion and burnout in 2020, up from an estimated 29% to 54% of healthcare workers in 2019. Physicians are working longer hours and facing high health risks, while trying to manage their own …

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Drop in Life Expectancy, Vaccine Access & Devastating Winter Storm

Check out the March Population Health Spotlight newsletter from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation In this edition, learn more about the latest news and resources on COVID-19, including the drop in life expectancy, vaccine access and the impact of new variants, as well as new initiatives for supporting vulnerable communities. Highlights …

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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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