Monday
Jun302014

Innovative State and Local Crisis Response Services

Presented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date: July 1, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Nick Nichols, Maggie Bennington-Davis, and Jay Auslander
 
Description: This webinar will highlight the statewide response system of Vermont and the local crisis response system of Cascadia Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon.   Presenters will describe innovative responses to crises, including mobile crisis and peer support services, how they are financed, what outcomes are achieved, and more. 
 
Thursday
May222014

Webinar: Using Technology to Increase Access to Behavioral Health Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2 - 3:30pm EDT

Register for Free at https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1036030

Presenters: 
Kelly A. Blasko, Ph.D., Mobile Health Program, National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Department of Defense

David Cooper, Psy.D., Mobile Health Program, National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Department of Defense

Anthony Oliver, M.P.H., Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

John Peters, M.S., Supervisory Telehealth Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Technological advances have paved the way for innovation in delivering quality behavioral health services to service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF). These advancements provide SMVF with many resources that mitigate challenges and increase access to care.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury at the U.S. Department of Defense, are actively using innovative technology (e.g., smartphone applications, social media, video chats) to support the delivery of telehealth and telebehavioral health services. This webinar will focus on how these innovative technologies can be applied to better meet the diverse needs of SMVF.

Please note, participants will only be able to hear the webinar through their computer via headphones or speakers. We recommend ensuring you use external speakers for your desktop. Participants are asked to test their system before the broadcast.

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Lisa Guerin, Administrative Assistant, at 518-439-7415 ext. 5242 or by email at lguerin@prainc.com.

Wednesday
Apr302014

Recovery Workforce Summit: Psychiatric Rehabilitation 2014 Annual Conference

"Designed to train the recovery workforce, the Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference, is an investment in yourself, in your career, and in your organization. During your three and a half days with us, you’ll hear from compelling and inspiring keynotes; select from an assortment of sessions in different tracks that will make you a more effective psych rehab professional; network with your peers and hear what they’re doing at their organizations to improve the lives of people with mental illness; and much, much more."

http://www.psychrehabassociation.org/events/recovery-workforce-summit-pra-2014-annual-conference

Tuesday
Apr152014

Capitol Hill Day - May 7, 2014, Washington DC

"Capitol Hill Day is an important step in pursuing our legislative priorities and funding for recovery-oriented practice. Over 500+ behavioral health executives, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders will participate to make a difference. Your advocacy efforts matter — face-to-face interactions between legislators and constituents are one of the most powerful ways to impact public policy."

http://www.psychrehabassociation.org/node/22

Wednesday
Apr092014

The Role of Self-Management in Using Medications

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 , 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
FEATURING 
Larry Davidson, Ph.D. - DSG Director, Recovery to Practice 
Yvonne Z. Smith - President and Chairperson, The Recovery Group 
Jackie Pettis - Manager of Wellness and Recovery, ValueOptions Maryland
 
MODERATED BY 
Larry Davidson, Ph.D. 
DESCRIPTION 
  • This Webinar recognizes that, while medications can be very effective tools in promoting recovery, they alone are insufficient for many persons with serious or prolonged conditions. For these individuals, the medications we currently use do not "cure" serious mental illnesses and addictions. When effective, they may reduce symptoms and a person's likelihood of relapse or improve quality of life. In serious mental illnesses, for example, medications may reduce some of the more flagrant symptoms such as hallucinations and acute mania, but do not address the negative symptoms and neurocognitive impairments that often are the more disabling aspects of these disorders. 

 

  • In addictions treatment, medications may render certain substances less reinforcing or reduce cravings but make no impact on a person's ability to develop new, sober social networks that will support his or her recovery. In this respect, we should avoid conveying the message to people that all they need to do is take the medications prescribed for them and everything will be all right. Recovery requires hard work on the part of both persons in recovery and practitioners, and with healthcare reform under way, practitioners will need to play an increasingly important part in educating people about their own role in their recovery and supporting them in efforts to manage their conditions and recover as fully as possible. 

 

  • This Webinar will approach the topic of self-management and medication use from three perspectives: Larry Davidson, Ph.D., DSG director of the Recovery to Practice Initiative; Yvonne Z. Smith, president and chairperson of The Recovery Group; and Jackie Pettis, Manager of Wellness and Recovery at ValueOptions Maryland. 
Participants are welcome to call in or submit questions and comments electronically. The Webinar will be recorded and available for download shortly after the event.
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