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.

Participants may earn up to 1.5 CEs for each session they attend - a total of 12 CEs for all eight sessions.

Workforce Resiliency and Retention Community of Practice

Date: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays starting May 17, 2022 to August 23, 2022 

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm EDT 

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

Registration is closed for this CoP.

The opioid epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic have shined an uncomfortable spotlight on the long-standing shortage of primary and behavioral health care professionals and paraprofessionals, particularly among communities of color and in urban, rural, geographically remote, and otherwise underserved communities. These professionals and paraprofessionals have never been needed more: the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in depression and alcohol consumption and drastically exacerbated overdose deaths throughout the United States. These extraordinary circumstances have created undue stress on the healthcare workforce. 

This biweekly, 8-session CoP will provide resources and approaches that can be used within community health center settings to build primary and behavioral health care workforce resilience, as well as strategies for enhancing employee recruitment, engagement, and retention. Examples of self-care techniques and exercises that healthcare workers can use will also be shared. Topics will include low- and no-cost approaches that healthcare settings can use to improve staff retention, boost morale, and reduce stress and burnout.

Philip H. Rainer, MSW, LCSW-R, SAP, is a Senior Program Associate II at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Mr. Rainer is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Federal Department of Transportation qualified Substance Abuse Professional with experience including direct clinical care; program design, implementation, and management; and senior organization leadership roles in behavioral health care. 

Mr. Rainer is facilitating SAMHSA-funded COVID-19 emergency services supporting the behavioral health workforce through a virtual mutual support meeting and agency consultation focused on staff wellness, workforce retention, and provider self-care during the pandemic. Mr. Rainer has worked with the SAMHSA Mental Health Technology Transfer Center to provide training for behavioral healthcare providers in meeting the needs of first responders and frontline healthcare workers facing unprecedented challenges during the pandemic. 

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.

Addressing Substance Misuse and Use Disorder in a Healthcare Setting Community of Practice

Date: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays starting May 24, 2022 to August 30, 2022 

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm EDT 

Facilitators: Joe Hyde, MA, LMHC, CAS ; Andrea Coleman, MS (Co-facilitator)

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, concern has grown around the increasing reports of substance misuse and substance use disorders. Provisional data, capturing the time period of November 2019–October 2021, indicate a jump in the number of overdose deaths, often occurring with a combination of substances including synthetic opioids as well as stimulants.

This biweekly, 8-session CoP will include strategies to help health centers address these challenging circumstances. Approaches to treatment and support for these patients in the emergency department, from screening through assessment, and the key considerations to ensure optimal care transitions will be featured. Other topics will include helping staff address stigma, reduce risk of overdose, and support harm reduction strategies, and approaches to person-centered, culturally responsive treatment.

Joe Hyde, MA, LMHC, CAS, is a Senior Technical Expert Lead at JBS International for planning, managing, and directing programs for federal and state agencies and health care and behavioral health providers. Mr. Hyde has more than 35 years of experience in substance use prevention, intervention, and treatment. In collaboration with SAMHSA and American Society of Addiction Medicine, he planned and conducted SAMHSA’s Physician Training for Use of Buprenorphine in multiple states. Mr. Hyde has developed and conducted behavioral health provider trainings on pharmacotherapies for addictive disorders for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addictive Disorders Counselor Training Program and the states of Vermont and Rhode Island. In addition, he served as the conference director and planner for SAMHSA’s 2001 International Conference on Best Practices: Treatment of Opioid Dependence and the state of Vermont’s first Annual Physicians’ Conference on Addiction Medicine. He has worked with clinics and healthcare programs throughout the United States supporting substance use disorder service integration in primary care. 

Andrea Coleman, MS, is a Technical Expert Lead and research analyst, with 16 years of experience including training and technical assistance (TTA), evidence-based practices, program and budget management, data collection and analysis in software programs such as ATLAS.ti and MAXQDA, white paper development and report preparation. Previously, she has provided program coordination and management expertise to a national medical education program that helped communities and states plan and implement opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services, managed the launch of a national website that delivers T/TA and continuing education for health care opioid treatment program professionals implementing electronic health record systems, and undertaken a 5-year, multi-site evaluation of the SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services and the Rapid HIV Testing component. Ms. Coleman has graduate-level research experience in health information technology with a focus on behavioral health integration with primary care in rural and underserved populations. She holds a Master of Science (MS) in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for each CoP session, with a maximum of 12 CEs for participation in all eight sessions. 

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