CoPs form to explore specific topics, identifying and sharing best practices for integrated care. To realize the benefits of being a part of a CoP, participants commit to a biweekly routine of collaboration, communication, and connection with members of the group.

Behavioral Health Technical Assistance (BHTA) is implementing four CoPs for integrated health care. Each CoP is comprised of 90-minute sessions, conducted 1 day every other week. The number of Health Centers that may join is limited, but more than one person from a Health Center is encouraged to join.

Earn 1.5 continuing education credits from The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) for each CoP session, with a maximum of 12 CEs for participation in all eight sessions.

Workforce Resiliency and Retention Community of Practice

The healthcare industry has been heavily affected by the great resignation/re-evaluation that continues throughout the US workforce. This CoP will provide resources and approaches that can be used within community health center settings to build resilience in the integrated primary care and behavioral health care workforce. We will discuss strategies health centers can implement for enhancing employee recruitment, engagement, and retention. Topics will include low- and no-cost approaches that integrated primary care and behavioral health care teams can use to improve staff retention, boost morale, and reduce stress and burnout. Visit the CoP #1 Agenda [PDF 183 KB] for a breakdown of session topics. 

Date: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays starting January 10th to April 18th, 2023

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

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Facilitators: Philip H. Rainer, MSW, LCSW-R, SAP; Katie Crowley, BS

Philip H. Rainer, M.S.W., LCSW-R, SAP, is a senior program associate at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Mr. Rainer is a highly skilled mental health professional with 38 years of experience focused on clinical social work and demonstrated success in staff development; corporate training; program development and management based on promising and best practices; community education; public relations; clinical supervision; and individual, group, and marital therapy. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions at several behavioral health and community health institutions across the Albany, New York area, where he engaged systems and diverse populations in identifying and creatively leveraging strengths for success. 

Katie Crowley, B.S., is a program associate at AHP. Ms. Crowley has a background in policy development and is skilled in health promotion, helping skills in the healthcare field, and customer service. Prior to joining AHP, Ms. Crowley had roles in hospital administration, state and federal governments, and a health and human services agency. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Sociology.

Identification and Evidence-Based Interventions for Treating Anxiety and Depression Community of Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct impact on the increased incidence of depression and anxiety experienced in the US, creating a second pandemic of mental illness. This practice focused Community of Practice (CoP) addresses content relevant for practicing behavioral health providers working in community health centers. The CoP will address patient centered care planning, enhancing cultural relevance in clinical practice, mindfulness-based CBT, strategies supporting behavioral activation, and pharmacotherapies for depression and anxiety. Visit the CoP #2 Agenda [PDF 182 KB] for a breakdown of sessions topics. 

Date: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays starting January 17th to April 25th, 2023

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

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Facilitator: Joe Hyde, MA, LMHC, CAS 

Joe Hyde, MA, LMHC, CAS, currently serves as the Director of HRSA’s Behavioral Health Technical Assistance initiative supporting integrated care in community health centers. In this role, he oversees programs that address workforce development, adoption of evidence-based practices for the treatment of mental illness, alcohol use disorders, opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders (EBPs), and systems change. He is a licensed clinician with more than 30 years of experience treating adults and young people with mental health and substance use issues working in both community mental health centers and as a behavioral health consultant in a community health center.

Behavioral Health Services Needs for Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting Community of Practice

It is important for primary care and behavioral health professionals to be aware of the unique needs of transition aged-youth and how to best serve and support them due to their danger of falling through the gaps when aging out of services. This CoP will provide resources and approaches that can be used within community health center settings to build a network of primary and behavioral health care services and recovery supports for young adults that are transitioning out of child-serving systems and/or into adult-serving systems. Visit the CoP #3 Agenda [PDF 184 KB] for a breakdown of sessions topics.

Date: Bi-weekly on Thursdays starting January 19th to April 27th, 2023

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

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Facilitators: Candice Russell, BS; Katie Crowley, BS 

Candice Russell, BS, is a senior program associate at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Ms. Russell has 10 years of experience in providing equity-driven Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) to behavioral health entities that are developing capacity and workforce aimed at treating and preventing mental health and addiction disorders. Ms. Russell’s passions and areas of subject matter expertise include increasing access to care for adults, people experiencing homelessness, adolescents and transition-age youth (TAY), and pregnant and postpartum women (PPW), particularly from BIPOC communities. 

Katie Crowley, BS, is a program associate at AHP. Ms. Crowley has a background in policy development and is skilled in health promotion, helping skills in the healthcare field, and customer service. Prior to joining AHP, Ms. Crowley had roles in hospital administration, state and federal governments, and a health and human services agency. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Sociology.

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