The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) continually updates its website to present the best and newest resources and information relevant to integrated primary and behavioral health care. Check out some of these new resources or just peruse the site.
- Review the new CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain for suggestions on how to communicate with patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy. Download the checklist for prescribing opioids and browse additional clinical tools to help implement the recommendations.
- Read HHS’ newly released National Pain Strategy, which details steps the Federal government is taking to improve provider education on pain management practices and overcome barriers to improve the quality of pain care.
- Learn more about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Workshop to Support Shared Decision Making, an accredited one-day train-the-trainer workshop to support health care providers who seek to use patient-centered outcomes research findings in shared decision-making. Watch their new video, A Patient Advisor’s Perspective on Patient- and Family-Centered Care, to understand the value of hospitals partnering with patients to advance patient- and family-centered care.
- If you are considering integrating primary care with substance abuse services, then read Innovations in Addiction Treatment: Addiction Treatment Providers Working with Integrated Primary Care Services. The document has insights and perspectives from organizations that integrate addiction and primary care services; including common and significant challenges and lessons learned.
- Review the webinar, Critical Skills for Activating Self-Management, to learn the key steps to activating self-management among the people you serve, particularly for chronic conditions, to encourage and sustain healthy behavior.
- Read the Healthy Behavior Change E-Guide, designed by the College for Behavioral Health Leadership, to find tools to help empower and activate healthy behavior change in the individuals that you serve.
- Get more information on HRSA’s Health Center Program Service Area Competition, which is designed to support patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the medically underserved. Apply before April 4, 2016.
- Review the HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) that supports telehealth programs and networks that improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier, and underserved communities. TNGP networks: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, patients and their families, for decision-making. Apply before April 8, 2016.
- Learn more about SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success, offered by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and prescription drug misuse among persons aged 12 to 25. It is intended to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance misuse and related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, tribal, and community levels. Apply before April 12, 2016.
- Read Using Peers to Support Physical and Mental Health Integration, a brief from the National Academy for State Health Policy, to understand how peers can bridge the gap between physical and behavioral health services for people with serious mental illness as part of a whole-person, recovery-oriented system of care.
- Register for Primary Care Providers Working in Mental Health Settings , a five-part online curriculum that can be used to inform primary care professionals working in public mental health settings about the unique aspects of behavioral health settings and the roles that they play in improving the whole health of individuals with serious mental illnesses. CME credits are available.
- Review Optimizing Transgender Health: A Core Course for Healthcare Providers, an online training series designed to educate providers on the health care needs of the transgender community. Medical professionals can earn free continuing education credits for completing the courses.
With the goal of improving the physical health status of people with mental illnesses and addictions, CIHS provides technical assistance to grantees in the SAMHSA PBHCI program, SAMHSA MAI-CoC program, and entities such as those funded through HRSA to address the health care needs of individuals with mental illnesses, substance use and co-occurring disorders, including HRSA Community Health Center Behavioral Health Integration awardees.
- CIHS has received numerous inquiries about how former PBHCI grantees sustained services. Check out lessons learned in sustaining primary and behavioral health care services.
- MAI-CoC grantees: Review The Step by Step: Strengthening Integration and Moving Along the Continuum with the Integrated Practice Assessment Tool (IPAT) webinar to understand the integration models adopted by varied MAI-CoC provider groups and treatment settings; and learn how providers can use the Integrated Practice Assessment Tool (IPAT) to gauge an organization’s readiness for integration.
- Despite the high prevalence of mental health and substance use problems, too many Americans go without treatment — in part because their disorders go undiagnosed. Regular screening in primary care and other health care settings enables earlier identification of mental health and substance use disorders, which translates into earlier care. Watch this video to learn how providers can improve the quality of depression screening data.
- A recent CNN article highlights the value of integrated care and how provider partnerships are improving patients' physical and mental health. The article features the work of behavioral health providers in the SAMHSA PBHCI grantee program, including: San Fernando Mental Health Center, LifeStream Behavioral Health Center, the Institute for Family Health and Tarzana Treatment Centers.