December 2017

 

Activities in December

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee: (See previous descriptions and links for background). The ISMICC report was finalized, and was made available for public release at the ISMICC meeting in Washington, DC on December 14. Dr. Minkoff and the rest of the ISMICC will be working with SAMHSA and other federal agencies to shepherd the implementation of the recommendations in the report. To review the recommendations in the ISMICC Report, follow this link .

To watch the whole report to congress click here.

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Winter Staff Retreat:    Dr. Cline and Dr. Minkoff participated in the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute winter staff retreat in Dallas on December 6-7.  This was a wonderful opportunity to share the accomplishments that MMHPI has achieved in terms of state and local projects during the past year, and to outline important work to be accomplished during 2018.

Follow MMHPI at www.texastateofmind.org

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: Houston Endowment Substance Use Disorder System Assessment of Houston/Harris County:  Continued work this month on delineating best practices for Substance Use Disorder prevention and treatment services, and working with the project team on drafting the final report for the Substance Use Disorder System Assessment. The report will be submitted to Houston Endowment in January. Dr. Minkoff and Dr. Cline are continuing to refine policy recommendations for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to submit for consideration to the Texas legislative select committee on Substance Use Disorders.

NEW PROJECT START:   ZiaPartners and its TriWest team members (Kathy Sternbach and Jack Peters) had an initial phone call on December 18 with the leadership team of Child Abuse Listening Mediation, Inc (CALM), a trauma-informed child abuse prevention and intervention agency serving Santa Barbara County. The initial phone call was designed to help outline most important needs and priorities for CALM, and to focus on how we can best help the organization to improve its organizational policies and processes, including revenue enhancement and revenue generation, while maintaining and enhancing its trauma-informed culture, and engaging and empowering all levels of staff as change agents in the process of cultural transformation of the agency. The first on site visit will occur on January 24-25.

NEW PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  TriWest, with ZiaPartners as subcontracted team members, has received notice of award for two new consultation projects to begin in 2018.  The first is funded by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts, and involves working with multiple stakeholders to develop a design for an “ideal Behavioral Health system” for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The second is funded by the newly forming Ballad Health System, a merger of two large health systems serving North-East Tennessee and South-West Virginia, who are requesting consultation to develop plans for improving behavioral health services in the region, with a particular focus on Substance Use Disorder services, Substance Use Disorder residential treatment, and response to the opioid epidemic. Approval of the merger by both Virginia and Tennessee was contingent on developing this response plan, so this very important project will be positioned to make a major impact on service delivery and design in a highly impacted rural region.  More information on these projects will be shared as the work unfolds during 2018

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  ZiaPartners wishes all of you a very happy and healthy new year, and looks forward to continued progress throughout 2018 in improving services and systems to meet the needs and respond to the hopes of individuals and families with complex and co-occurring conditions and challenges!

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An Exciting Event!

Our friends with The Harris Project shared some photos and a nice message from our event working with the Mid-Hudson Regional Planning Consortium at the November Leadership forum: “Creating a Welcoming and Integrated, Trauma-Informed System for Addressing Those with Co-occurring Disorders,” led by Dr. Ken Minkoff.

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November 2017

Activities in November

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee:  During November, the ISMICC report was finalized and is scheduled for public release at the next ISMICC meeting, which will be broadcast from Washington DC on December 14. Stay tuned for more information on how to access this live stream broadcast.  Dr. Minkoff will be attending this meeting by teleconference.

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry:  Committee on Psychiatry and the Community:  As co-chair of this committee comprised of national leaders in community psychiatry, along with Judge Steven Leifman of Miami-Dade County District Court and the Miami-Dade Managing Entity (South Florida Provider Coalition), Dr. Minkoff is helping the Committee align its current project on designing an “ideal behavioral health system” with the potential for implementation represented by ISMICC.  During the most recent GAP meeting (November 9-11), the Committee decided to focus on publishing a framing document for this work during 2018 and to develop a specific set of criteria for an ideal CRISIS system as a first important step in addressing this issue.

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: Houston Endowment Substance Use Disorder System Assessment of Houston/Harris County:  Continued work this month on researching best practices for Substance Use Disorder prevention and treatment services, and working with the project team on finalizing the creation of a framework for the “ideal Substance Use Disorder system of care” that will form the backbone of the report and recommendations for this project.  The “ideal Substance Use Disorder system of care” is represented in a visual diagram that illustrates the links between “Life in the Community,” prevention, early intervention, integration of Substance Use Disorder services in primary health care, co-occurring capable specialty care in Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health, and specialty health settings of all kinds, and ongoing recovery coaching and recovery support. Dr. Minkoff and Dr. Cline have helped to draft policy recommendations for Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to submit for consideration to the Texas legislative select committee on Substance Use Disorders.

Follow MMHPI at www.texastateofmind.org

Mid-Hudson Region Seven County Collaboration to Implement CCISC:  On November 13-14, ZiaPartners facilitated a very successful launch of a seven-county regional project to launch welcoming, co-occurring capable systems of care in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties in NY.    Approximately 150 people, representing 7 county teams, with coordination by Marcie Colon of the Mid-Hudson Regional Coalition, and participation from state representatives, representatives from the other regional coalitions in NY, and from the state-funded Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia University, attended this two-day event in Fishkill, NY. Each county team learned about how to implement universal co-occurring capability in their county system and committed to take action based on next steps identified in this event.   This is the largest such effort ever in NY State and the first time in any state that seven counties have launched a regional collaboration all at once, without state direction.   Stephanie Marquesano, of the Harris Project, provided an impassioned keynote speech in honor of her son, Harris, who suffered from co-occurring disorders and died of an overdose because of lack of availability of integrated treatment. Stephanie’s tireless advocacy and training efforts played a significant role in creating the momentum that led to this event.

Criminal Justice-Behavioral Health Forum:  Massachusetts Association of Mental Health/Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation:  On November 9, Dr. Minkoff was one of three national panelists at this important event to raise awareness and organize statewide action to address the growing numbers of individuals in Massachusetts correctional settings with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.  The other panelists were Andrew Keller, Ph.D, CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Judge Steven Leifman from Miami, the nation’s leading judge in advocating for improved Behavioral Health services to keep people out of the criminal justice system.  Dr. Minkoff’s topic focused on describing the recent GAP publication:  People with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help (APPI, 2016), and discussing a framework for how to provide integrated services to individuals with co-occurring mental health, substance use, and criminal justice needs, as well as other complex challenges.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Criminal Justice Policy Forum:   On November 16, Dr. Minkoff and Dr. Cline participated with two dozen other invited national leaders in a day-long meeting in Arlington, VA to develop actionable strategies for helping NAMI to support its local chapters in advocating effectively for addressing the challenges facing people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.   Mary Giliberti, NAMI’s Executive Director, is also a member of ISMICC.  Pete Earley, author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, about his son’s experiences with mental illness in the criminal justice system, and also an ISMICC member, was another one of the attendees.  

Alberta Health Services Concurrent Capability Project:  During the past seven years, Alberta Health Services has gradually developed a provincial strategy for using the ZiaPartners’ CCISC toolkit to enhance concurrent disorder capability across all provincial behavioral health services. The designated Concurrent Capable Review Service is a Provincial Addiction and Mental Health service that provides support to leaders and programs who want to access and make planned improvements towards welcoming, recovery-oriented and concurrent capable care. In November, the Concurrent Capable Review Service Team released materials that demonstrated the results of their process to date, with penetration into 3 of the 5 “zones” in the province, and plans for expansion into the other zones in the coming year or two.   They gave permission for ZiaPartners to post their results and materials for others to take advantage of, with the proviso that the involved zones were “de-identified” as Zone A and Zone B instead of their actual names.  The main contact person at AHS regarding this material is Jackie Clark.   She and her team have done an amazing job making systemic progress and envision continued advances ahead as more Zones join the effort.

Review Poster for IOS Conference
Central Zone Summary
Edmonton Zone Summary
Flip Chart
 Compass EZ Facilitators Guide
Compass EZ Participant Handout

NEW PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!   ZiaPartners is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a consulting contract to assist Child Abuse Listening Mediation, Inc (CALM), a trauma-informed child abuse prevention and intervention agency serving Santa Barbara County. The focus of the consultation (which will begin in January) will be helping CALM at all levels of the organization to improve its organizational policies and processes, including revenue enhancement and revenue generation, while maintaining and enhancing its trauma-informed culture, and engaging and empowering all levels of staff as change agents in the process of cultural transformation of the agency.  Dr. Minkoff and Dr. Cline are pleased as well to be joined on the consultation team by Kathy Sternbach and Jack Peters from TriWest Group, to contribute specific expertise on IT, billing, claims management, supervision, and organizational infrastructure.

 

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October 2017

Activities in October

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee: (See previous descriptions and links for background). During October, the ISMICC group (of which Dr. Minkoff is a member) has kicked into high gear by organizing five major workgroups to provide input to the first ISMICC report to Congress that is due in mid-December.  The five workgroups focus on: Access and Engagement; Continuum of Treatment and Recovery Supports; Reduction of CJ/JJ Involvement; Quality and Data; and Financing.   All workgroups focus on ALL age groups, including children, transitional age youth, adults, and older adults.   ISMICC has formally identified a long-term mission, which is that through interdepartmental federal leadership and collaboration, in partnership with states, tribes, and counties, to transform the behavioral health system nationwide so that people with serious needs get the help that is necessary to make progress toward hopeful, meaningful lives.  In addition to the input provided directly by ISMICC members, Dr. Minkoff facilitated receiving formal input from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the National Council of Community Behavioral Health Care, and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP). After repeated iterations by ISMICC, the final draft of the report was completed and submitted for Federal “content clearance” on November 3.  Stay tuned for more information as this important effort unfolds.

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: Houston Endowment Substance Use Disorder System Assessment of Houston/Harris County:  Continued work this month on researching best practices for Substance Use Disorder services, and working with the project team on beginning the creation of a framework for the “ideal Substance Use Disorder system of care” that will form the backbone of the report and recommendations for this project.  The “ideal Substance Use Disorder system of care” has been turned into a visual diagram that illustrates the links between “Life in the Community”, prevention, early intervention, integration of Substance Use Disorder services in primary health care, co-occurring capable specialty care in Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health, and specialty health settings of all kinds, and ongoing recovery coaching and recovery support. Dr. Minkoff has supplied a narrative description of the ideal system that will be used to not only guide the report to the Houston Endowment on Harris County but will also be used by MMHPI to provide policy guidance to Texas leadership. The Texas legislature has empaneled a Select Committee on Substance Use Disorders (with a particular focus on the opioid epidemic), and this work will contribute to identifying findings and recommendations that can have statewide policy impact.

Follow MMHPI at www.texastateofmind.org

Common Ground, Oakland County, MI:  Dr. Minkoff provided two days of staff training and consultation to help this innovative crisis program serving Oakland and surrounding counties improve its ability to address the needs of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, as well as to more effectively design the flow of clients with complex needs through their continuum of services – which includes a crisis intervention center, mobile crisis, crisis residential unit, and a sobering center.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON:  CAMH is the premier institution for service, training, and research in Canada, and provides a wide array of services in Toronto, but also tertiary services that are directed toward the province of Ontario and the nation as a whole.  CAMH has undergone a comprehensive strategic planning effort to improve its ability to delivery person-centered integrated care and has a new leadership team to implement its strategic vision. Dr. Minkoff was asked to provide one day of training and consultation to all the service divisions in CAMH to help identify a collective vision based on universal progress toward concurrent capability, and to illustrate steps that could be taken to make progress in addressing the clinical, programmatic, and organizational challenges of this large organization with many competing priorities. The visit was extraordinarily successful and is expected to result in ongoing collaboration with ZiaPartners in implementation.

College for Behavioral Health Leadership, Denver, CO.   Dr. Minkoff has just been elected to the Board of Directors of this amazing organization, which has inspired Behavioral Health leaders of all types for many decades. CBHL is working on a new strategy to grow the organization’s reach, and Dr. Minkoff is one of three new board members who has been brought on to provide “fresh ideas”. The board meeting was held at the annual “convening” of CBHL, which provided an exciting forum focused on the application of “design thinking” on complex behavioral health system challenges.

Institute for Psychiatric Services, New Orleans, LA.  The IPS is the annual American Psychiatric Association meeting that focuses on community psychiatry services. Dr. Cline and Dr. Minkoff presented a workshop on “Changing the World” by implementing universal co-occurring/complexity capability and were joined by Dr. Aniedi Udofa, MD. DABPN, Medical Director of Capital Area Human Services, which is the primary safety net community behavioral health organization serving Baton Rouge and the surrounding region. Dr. Udofa did an amazing job sharing the work that Capital Area launched after a presentation by ZiaPartners ten years ago, under the leadership of Jan Kadofsky, CEO, that has led to steady progress in building capacity to provide integrated services for individuals with co-occurring mental health, Substance Use Disorders, and health conditions throughout the organization.   Dr. Minkoff also joined with Drs. Fred Osher, Jackie Feldman, and Stephanie LeMelle in a symposium of their Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) Report, entitled People with Mental Illness in the Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help – a practice manual for practitioners (American Psychiatric Press, Inc. 2016).  The presentation involved reading Dear Abby letters that contributed to the book and then illustrating how the manual provides specific guidance for ANY practitioner to take steps to make a difference – in your own work, in your agency, and in your community.   Everyone was encouraged to find at least one thing that they would change inside their own “Serenity Prayer of Change”, as well as encouraged to get their community involved in the nationwide county-based “Stepping Up Initiative.”

Florida Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center webinar:  Dr. Minkoff did a webinar on co-occurring services within the criminal justice/behavioral health system, illustrating how all services have to be designed to address co-occurring challenges, including mental health, Substance Use Disorders, cognitive disabilities, and criminogenic risk behavior.   This webinar was coordinated by Mark Engelhardt of the Florida Mental Health Institute and reached over 20 Florida counties that are working in local collaboratives to effect change.

Tennessee Co-occurring Disorders Strategic Initiative:  ZiaPartners is continuing to work with the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services leadership to identify next steps to advance statewide progress in implementing co-occurring capability.   

Mid-Hudson Region Seven County Collaboration to Implement CCISC:  Last, but certainly not least, ZiaPartners has finalized the planning for a launch of a seven-county regional project to launch welcoming, co-occurring capable systems of care in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.    Approximately 200 people, representing 7 county teams, with participation from state and regional managed care (DSRIP anchor agencies) representatives, will be attending this two-day event November 13-14 in Fishkill, NY. Each county team has committed to take action based on next steps identified in this event.   This is the largest such effort ever in NY State and the first time in any state that seven counties have launched a regional collaboration all at once, without state direction.

Stay tuned!!!!

 

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September 2017

Tennessee Co-occurring Disorders Strategic Initiative:  

As part of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Strategic Initiative to work in partnership with the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations, and the Tennessee Association of Drug and Alcohol Services to implement statewide co-occurring capability, Dr. Minkoff provided on-site training and technical assistance to the three regional learning communities that have been formed to help providers use their experiences with the COMPASS-EZ to make progress.

The events were held in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville, and included hands-on practice exercises that helped participants understand how to implement integrated stage-matched treatment planning, and to develop specific achievable program improvement plans.

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas – Engage and Excel Conference:

 The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute second annual Engage and Excel conference (Austin, September 20-22) was essentially designed by Drs. Cline and Minkoff as a “local system UnConvention” for Texas communities.   The event was planned and implemented this year by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Local Systems Team:  Casie Wenmohs, Lacrica Olson, and Coby Chase, along with assistance from the entire Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute’s staff. Representatives from community collaboratives and behavioral health leadership teams from all over Texas came together with state legislators (including Senator Cornyn), state policy leaders (such as Sonya Gaines, the Assistant Commissioner for Behavioral Health from the Health and Human Services Commission), and state and national experts for three days of conversation, empowerment, and networking.

This year’s event was more than twice as large (almost 300 attendees) with many more communities represented than the first event in 2016, and was regarded as a dramatic success in terms of both content and inspiration.  Drs. Cline and Minkoff served as the inspirational masters of ceremonies for the event, helping the audience to experience the power and value of the impact that the local system “movement” is having on state policy, as well as floating to the various sessions to help coordinate the learning and impact.  For more information, go to the Engage and Excel Page.

Beaver County Behavioral Health:

 On September 26-27, as part of ZiaPartners’ long-standing consultative support to Beaver County’s recovery-oriented, trauma-informed integrated system transformation process, Dr. Minkoff spent two days providing training and technical assistance to various working groups and key stakeholder audiences.  This included one day with a primary focus on working with the Opioid Task Force and providing technical assistance to the strategic planning efforts of multiple workgroups ranging from treatment, to data collection, to law enforcement.   

The second day involved provision of technical assistance to a countywide peer movement working toward developing a “recovery-oriented system of care”, including a Recovery Community Organization working to engage individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health needs. The final event was a large system training on the provision of co-occurring disorder services for transitional aged youth.

Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA): 

On September 28, Dr. Minkoff followed up his on-site visit with APAA in August, with a teleconference with the APAA leadership team to discuss the draft co-occurring program descriptions and procedures that he had written.  The leadership team was very supportive of the draft policies, and worked out a plan to share with all staff in various meetings for purpose of discussion and input, and then plan a return visit by Dr. Minkoff on November 8 to have a hands-on training about the implementation of co-occurring capable interventions in the context of peer services in a recovery community organization

Riley’s Wish Presentation – Atlanta, GA:  

Dr. Minkoff provided a keynote address on September 29 to the first “Riley’s Wish” conference on co-occurring disorders. Riley was a young man with co-occurring obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction who tragically committed suicide.  His mother established a foundation in his name to raise awareness and change availability of integrated services for young people with co-occurring conditions.  Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, is a key partner in this endeavor.

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: Houston Endowment Substance Use Disorder System Assessment of Houston/Harris County:

 Continued work this month on researching best practices for Substance Use Disorder services, and working with the project team on beginning the creation of a framework for the “ideal Substance Use Disorder system of care” that will form the backbone of the report and recommendations for this project.

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee: 

Following the official launch meeting on August 31, the ISMICC group (of which Dr. Minkoff is a member) has kicked into high gear by organizing five major workgroups to provide input to the first ISMICC report to Congress that is due in mid-December.  The five workgroups focus on: Access and Engagement; Continuum of Treatment and Recovery Supports; Reduction of Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Involvement; Quality and Data; and Financing.   All workgroups focus on ALL age groups, including children, transitional age youth, adults, and older adults.   ISMICC is a highly motivated and capable group, and spent September getting organized to provide concrete and actionable recommendations by which the various federal departments can work collaboratively with each other, in partnership with states, tribes, and counties, to implement a strategic approach to transform the behavioral health system so that people with serious needs get the help that is necessary to make progress toward hopeful, meaningful lives.  The first draft of the report will be produced by SAMHSA’s writers in October and then will be rapidly iterated to a final draft by the first of November.  Stay tuned for more information as this important effort unfolds.  

ISMICC is a highly motivated and capable group, and spent September getting organized to provide concrete and actionable recommendations by which the various federal departments can work collaboratively with each other, in partnership with states, tribes, and counties, to implement a strategic approach to transform the behavioral health system so that people with serious needs get the help that is necessary to make progress toward hopeful, meaningful lives.  The first draft of the report will be produced by SAMHSA’s writers in October and then will be rapidly iterated to a final draft by the first of November.  Stay tuned for more information as this important effort unfolds.  

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August 2017

 

 Activities in August

August has been quite a busy month, we celebrated many birthdays, spent time with family, and still accomplished so much for ZiaPartners!

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas: As part of continuing consultation to Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, ZiaPartners provided focused efforts during August. On August 9th, Chris joined Lacrica Olson, Director of Local Systems, to provide consultation to a group of stakeholders in Grayson County (Sherman and Denison) Texas who have come together to form a Behavioral Health Leadership Team. This activity is part of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute’s and ZiaPartner’s local system efforts to help all communities in Texas have an organized ability to provide planning, leadership and strategic implementation efforts for the people in the community with Behavioral Health needs. On the same day, Ken participated in meetings at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute with a team of people working on the development of a coordinated statewide Mental Health Research initiative (Phil Ritter, Seema Shah, MD, and Matthew Schaffer), with Jacqui Stephens, Ph. D, regarding her new role as Vice President of System Transformation, and with John Petrila, JD, Vice President of Adult Mental Health policy, regarding ongoing strategies for implementing system change at the boundary of Mental Health and Criminal Justice systems in Texas.

Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA). APAA, under the leadership of Joe Powell, is one of America’s foremost Recovery Community Organizations, and has won national awards for its recovery and peer support activities in Texas and nationally. Ken has been contracted by APAA to support the development of a more co-occurring capable focus for all of APAA’s recovery support services and to incorporate that focus into APAA policies and procedures. The formal launch of this activity came on August 30, in Dallas, with a full day training event with all of APAA’s staff (most of whom are recovery coaches).  This training was enthusiastically received. The next step is for Ken to generate some initial draft policies and procedures, and then to follow up with APAA’s leadership and staff to develop a step by step plan of implementing change. The goal is for APAA to move in the direction of not only being a “co-occurring” Recovery Community Organization, but a Recovering Community Organization that specifically reaches out and engages the most challenging individuals in Dallas, whether with addiction, or mental illness, or both.  

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: Houston Endowment Substance Use Disorders System Assessment of Houston/Harris County: Continued work this month with some final interviews, and beginning preparation for the creation of a framework for the “ideal Substance Use Disorders system of care” that will form the backbone of the report and recommendations for this project.

McAlister Institute:   Ken and Chris participated in a teleconference with Marisa Varond to review the McAlister Institute’s proposal to San Diego County to establish an innovative demonstration service, using the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s criteria to create a fluid continuum of care to engage individuals who are homeless with Substance Use Disorders and other co-occurring health, mental health, and human service needs, who have been unable to be successfully engaged in the “traditional” service array. This is a tremendously exciting project for both McAlister and San Diego County, and we look forward to continuing to provide support in the design and implementation.

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PsychU Presentation

Ken and Chris participated in a presentation discussing improvement strategies in behavioral health care.  Join for free and listen to the conversation between Jessie Chambers, PHD, Ken Minkoff, MD, Chris Cline, MD, MBA,  and Margie Balfour, MD, PHD as they discuss continuous quality improvements to behavioral health care as an organizational design strategy and as a set of practical technologies for improving value and managing complex populations.

PsychU Presentation

 

 

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Announcement of ISMICC Committee Members and Meeting

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), of which Ken Minkoff is a member, is meeting for the first time on August 31, 2017.  Follow this link to learn how to watch the meeting and comment on what is being discussed.  The committee members will discuss federal advances to serious mental health issues along with other important matters.

ISMICC Meeting

Ken was made a member of the ISMICC in June of this year.

Ken has been appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, to membership on the newly created (by the federal CURES Act) Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC). The ISMICC is the first effort by the federal government to establish a formal mechanism for aligning the work of multiple federal departments and agencies in a coordinated effort to address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness.  This provides an opportunity to bring together Health and Human Services (SAMHSA, CMS), Housing and Urban Development, National Institute of Mental Health, Veterans Administration and multiple other federal entities to join with representatives of state and county systems, provider organizations, professionals, and consumers/families.  Dr. Minkoff’s 40 years of expertise in all aspects of community psychiatry and service/system development for individuals with Serious Mental Illness and other complex needs (Substance Use Disorders, health, Criminal Justice, housing, recovery/rehabilitation), as well as expertise in managed care, and in the functioning of state and local delivery systems in almost every state, are the qualifications that led to his selection.

 

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie calls Opioids a ‘National Emergency’

Governor Chris Christie, Chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, is taking a stand and encouraging President Trump to announce a National Health Emergency in response to the growing drug crisis in America.

Watch his full announcement here:

Governor Christie calls for a ‘national emergency’

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Interim Report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Read the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ interim report to President Trump.  The report discusses the efforts already made by the commission this year to end the drug crisis in America, as well as outlining new ideas and plans that they would like to see accomplished.

Commission’s Interim Report

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