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About the Conference

Throughout its 70+ year history, NJAMHAA has proudly worked closely not only with behavioral healthcare providers, but also vendors whose products and services help maximize members’ effectiveness in delivering vital services. NJAMHAA looks forward to having both returning and new companies participate in the conference to establish and strengthen important connections.

 

Although the pandemic has required that this conference be presented virtually, the event will provide the same high level of quality content from experts, as well as networking opportunities with vendors and fellow providers, as the previous in-person conferences have offered. To ensure a smooth and full online experience throughout the conference, NJAMHAA is working with Trusted Provider Network, which has been offering a digital platform to connect behavioral health professionals, treatment facilities, hospitals and employee wellness programs.

Our Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Opal Sponsors

Amethyst Sponsors

Exhibitors

How to Register

To register for the NJAMHAA 2021 Virtual Conference, you will need to complete the following steps:

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2. Select the ticket type you desire. Add to cart.

3. Continue through the checkout process and enter your payment information etc.

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Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions!

Early Bird Pricing: Ends February 15, 2021

NJAMHAA Member:
$50
NJAMHAA Non-Member:
$150

Regular Pricing: February 16, 2021 - April 27, 2021

NJAMHAA Member:
$100
NJAMHAA Non-Member:
$200

Registration Rates

We are pleased to offer discounted rates for our members. We request that you confirm your organization’s membership status to ensure that you benefit from the discount if your organization is a member. Please visit njamhaa.org and click on the NJAMHAA Membership Directory to see if your organization is included. If the discounted rate is paid by a nonmember, the nonmember will be invoiced for the difference. We would be happy to discuss membership with you if you are interested. Online Registration To ensure efficiency and accuracy, we need to process all registrations online. E-mails and faxes do not constitute registrations. If you have any difficulties with online registration, please contact Christine Leonardo at 609-838-5488, ext. 218.

Media Release

By completing the online registration, you acknowledge the conference may include your name and organization in any and all NJAMHAA online and paper publications, website and media and NJAMHAA will be held harmless regarding their use. This pertains to individuals who register themselves, as well as individuals who are registered by others.

Cancellation, Substitution and Refund Policy

Substitutes for exhibitors and attendees are allowed. Sponsor, exhibitor and advertiser registrants must cancel registrations IN WRITING ONLY to Christine Leonardo by e-mail at [email protected], by 4:00 p.m., 30 calendar days prior to the conference in order to receive a 100 percent refund of the registration fee. If you cancel your registration between 15 and 29 days prior to the conference start date, you will receive a refund of only 50 percent of the registration fee. No refunds will be made within 15 or fewer days of the start date. Phone calls and voicemails will not be accepted as a means of cancellation.

Grievance Policy

Should any registrant be dissatisfied with the quality of their continuing education program during this event, a request in writing, explaining why you were dissatisfied, must be submitted to NJAMHAA within five (5) business days of the conclusion of the conferences/training in order to receive a full refund of registration fees. The claim must be a valid claim and supported by specific documentation and not to be used to acquire a refund. Please go to the Events page on www.njamhaa.org for grievance detail information and the form. Grievance requests must be sent by e-mail to [email protected] or fax at (609) 838–5489.

Payment Information and Insufficient Funds

Online credit card payments may be made through the Trusted Provider Network website at tpn.health. If a credit card is declined for any reason, a $15 fee will be applied to your invoice and be required as payment. Individuals holding outstanding balances will be ineligible to attend future NJAMHAA conferences or trainings until the outstanding balances are paid in full. Each individual with an outstanding balance that has been carried for more than 30 days will incur a $25 late fee, which will be applied to the invoice and required as payment.

At-A-Glance Agenda

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Welcome and Introductions

9:00am - 9:15am

Presented By:

Debra L. Wentz, PhD
President and CEO, NJAMHAA, Inc.
Susan Loughery, MBA
Associate Executive Director, Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Trenton; Board Chair, NJAMHAA, Inc.

Keynote Presentation

9:15am - 10:15am

Preparing for The Future - The Trends Driving Change
in Behavioral Health Services

Presented By: Monica E. Oss, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Description

In this opening for the NJAMHAA 70th Anniversary Spring Conference, Monica E. Oss will provide a strategist’s perspective on where the field has been and the factors shaping behavioral health service financing and delivery in the years ahead. This briefing will look at the effects of the COVID pandemic on the health and human service landscape - in terms of health, economics, and political forces - and how service delivery will likely change as a result. In addition to sharing a look at key market developments, Ms. Oss will outline new opportunities for serving consumers and the leadership framework needed by executives of organizations serving individuals with mental illness and substance use orders.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Explain the lasting impact of COVID-19 on the economics and service delivery in the health and human service landscape.
• Evaluate their organizations’ strategies and service lines relative to maintaining a competitive advantage and sustainability.
• Describe how their organizations’ executive teams could transform their organizations to make those strategies a reality and thrive in this new environment.

Target Audience:

Management, Fiscal

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Number and Type of Credits:

(1) General Social Work - Course #3549, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits.

Break & Vendor Browsing

Concurrent Sessions

11:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop A: Introduction to Psychological First Aid

Presented By:
Maureen Brogan, LPC, BCET, DRCC, ACS
, Program Manager for the Statewide, Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program
Kathryn Burton, EdM, DRCC, Program Coordinator, New Jersey Children’s System of Care Training & Technical Assistance
Karen McGrellis, LPC, CTTS, DRCC, ACS, MPA, Senior Training and Consultation Specialist Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Behavioral Research & Training Institute

Description

This workshop will provide a basic overview of Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Individuals affected by a disaster or traumatic incident, whether survivors, witnesses, or responders, may struggle with new challenges following such events. PFA was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, with contributions from individuals involved in disaster research and response. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events (including pandemics) and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. The seminar will also provide ways to address and prevent secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout (rusting) and moral injury. Information on how to request a full day of PFA for staff will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Identify the eight Core Actions for Psychological First Aid.
• Recognize, prevent, support and assist staff in mitigating the effects of secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout (rusting) and moral injury.
• Create Compassion Care Planning for themselves personally and professionally and for their families.

Target Audience:

Social Workers, Counselors, Management

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits.

Workshop B: Bolster Staff Morale, Wellbeing, and Resilience with an Upgraded Personal Operating System

Presented By:
Anne E. Collier, JD, MPP, PCC,
Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia Shaffer, MS, MBA, ACC,
Chief Operating Officer Arudia

Description

While we’re all teetering precariously close to burnout at times, your front-line staff members are suffering the most. They are sometimes conflicted as they balance their own and families’ needs with providing services to people who may not be taking the appropriate safety precautions. Although your highest performers proceed as though failure is not an option, they are the most stressed. They certainly don’t need to work harder. They need to upgrade their personal operating system so they remain the island of calm in a tsunami of challenges and stress.

The Arudia Upgrade is the shift in thinking from stress- and fear-driven to resilient, thoughtful and deliberate. When leadership, management and staff make this shift, morale and culture improve as the feeling of wellbeing and can-do attitude abound. Based on the Actualized Leader Framework, this program is about more than personal resilience. It is about professional development that results in long-term advances in morale, culture, efficacy and the resulting improvement in financial stability and sustainability.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Analyze when fear is driving thinking and behavior.
• Analyze when fear is driving others, and depersonalize the behavior.
• Explain and coach colleagues from a place of pessimism to positivity.
• Describe the micro-culture around them.

Target Audience:

Social Workers, Counselors, Management

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits.

Workshop C: Peer Support Services for the Health and Wellness Needs of People with Mental Health Challenges

Presented By:
Martha Barbone, DVM, CPS, PCORI Dissemination Team Member Consultant

Description

People with serious mental health challenges get sick and die 15 years earlier than same-aged peers. They show especially high rates of infectious disease and respiratory disorders and such health risks are further threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. One reason is a fragmented health system where limited resources are distributed across large geographic areas. Peer support specialists are persons in recovery who use their lived experience to enhance health services. They assist people in the hands-on tasks of making and accompanying people to appointments, so the clients are better engaged in their care. Limitations in cultural competence undermine engagement in physical health care, as well. Mortality for people with serious mental illness is even worse when they are of color or have low incomes. In addition to being people in recovery, peer support specialists are selected from the same ethnic groups and communities as service participants. Their shared experiences bridge interpersonal and instrumental barriers to accomplishing the health and wellness goals of service participants.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Explain the barriers to physical health care experienced by those with mental health challenges.
• Describe how peer support can support those with mental health challenges to improve their physical health care.
• Define Community Based Participatory Research.
• Explain the outcomes of three research studies evaluating peer support impact in physical health care.
• Explain how peer support services might be further implemented moving forward.

Target Audience:

Peer Specialists and Supervisors, Administrators,Primary Care Providers, Social Workers, Case Managers

Audience Target Levels:

Intermediate

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits

Workshop D: Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Outpatient Care Delivery: Real-World Use of Natural Language Processing

Presented By:
Dennis Morrison, PhD
, Consultant/Owner, Morrison Consulting

Description

The term “artificial intelligence” (AI) has been around for quite a while. It is a mature technology, actually being used in many aspects of everyday life from Amazon suggestions to automated voice interaction systems. Health care has seen some use of AI in fields like radiology, pathology and population health analytics. These applications of AI in health care have relied heavily on pattern analysis of images (radiology and pathology) where the analysis of an image like an x-ray, however complex, can be subjected to a finite set of rules that a computer can use to analyze the image. Despite some rather rudimentary attempts, AI has seen little application into actual mental healthcare delivery until recently. The advent of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) has made it possible to apply AI to therapist-client interactions in near real-time, providing clinical insights for clinicians and supervisors and automatically generating progress notes based solely on their verbal exchange with no typing by the clinician or client. This session will discuss the evolution of AI in health care and behavioral health care and will give real-world examples of NLP-based systems currently in use by behavioral healthcare providers. Examples of how such systems can increase efficiency and clinical insights will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Identify two previous attempts at introducing AI into behavioral health treatment.
• Explain the basics of Natural Language Processing.
• Describe how AI in behavioral health care can add value to clinical care.
• Describe how AI is an aid to clinicians.

Target Audience:

Clinicians, middle and senior executives

Audience Target Levels:

Intermediate

Number and Type of Credits

1 CE – Clinical - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 Clinical continuing education credits

Workshop E: The Mental Health Practitioner’s Ethical Responsibility to Children in Custody Proceedings

Presented By:
Christine Heer, Esq., LCSW,
Social Worker, C.Heer Consultation

Description

The custody of children can have long-time impact on children’s development throughout the life span. Yet, courts are making decisions about child custody daily and increasingly with the assistance of mental health professionals. Due to the potential long-term impacts of these decisions, mental health professionals must be cognizant of the ethical, legal and values bases of the processes they undergo in assisting these families. This workshop will explore the needs of children to be considered in child custody decision making, the applications of Codes of Ethics, values that mental health professionals may be bringing into their work and ethical approaches that can keep children physically and emotionally well during these difficult processes.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Apply ethical standards to work with families and children involved in custody disputes.
• Define and assess standards used by New Jersey Courts when determining custody.
• Define assessment domains when working with children before, during and after divorce.
• Identify warning signs of trauma in children involved in highconflict custody matters.

Target Audience:

Mental health professionals who work with families

Audience Target Levels:

Intermediate

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – Ethics - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 Ethics continuing education credits

Lunch Break & Vendor Browsing

Afternoon Keynote Presentation

1:00pm - 2:00pm

What Impact Does a New Congress to a New Administration Have on Behavioral Health Policy?

Presented By: Charles Ingoglia, MSW, President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Description

The behavioral health industry continues to adopt its offerings of services in response to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. How will a new Congress and Administration help or hinder continued access to behavioral health services? This session will answer this question, as well as provide a national perspective on trends.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Explain the major federal policy changes that have occurred related to the delivery of mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
• Describe the challenges that behavioral health organizations face when implementing new delivery methods.
• Discuss the future of temporary federal policy changes related to telehealth, competition and value-based care within the behavioral health sector.

Target Audience:

Social Workers, Counselors, Management, Fiscal

Audience Target Levels:

Intermediate

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits

Break & Vendor Browsing

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Workshop F: Making the Most of Online Behavioral Health Therapy

Presented By:
Jeanine P. Miles, MS, LPC, CBC,
Director of Business Development and Practicing Licensed Clinician, Center for Family Guidance, PC

Description

If you’re a behavioral health therapist who was suddenly thrust into the world of tele-therapy, you may be wondering whether you are as effective now as you were when all your sessions were held in person. Ms. Miles will share some tips and tricks for making sure you’re the best tele-therapist you can be. This session will help to set you and your clients up for success, starting with basic mechanics such as therapy room, sound lighting and camera positioning. She will review guidelines for best practices and address legal and ethical considerations. You will learn how to streamline your tele-therapy with a behavioral health electronic health record to ensure you are providing evidence-based care while simplifying behind-the-scenes work, such as documentation.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Identify at least three basic definitions used in tele-mental health.
• List two risks to confidentiality when using technology.
• Explain how to prepare a client for a video session.
• Identify which of the technologies (video, e-mail, text messaging, phone) used today is preferred by insurance companies.

Target Audience:

Social Workers, Counselors, Management

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 Clinical continuing education credits

Workshop G: Medical-Legal Partnerships – Bringing Attorneys into the HealthCare Arena to Address Patients’ Social Determinants of Health and Improve Health Outcomes

Presented By:
Erika Kerber, Esq., Associate Executive Director, Community Health Law Project
Alma Yee, Esq.,
Managing Attorney, Community Health Law Project
Caitlyn Yerves, BA,
Director of Communications and Advocacy, Care Plus NJ, Inc.

Description

While we’re all teetering precariously close to burnout at times, your front-line staff members are suffering the most. They are sometimes conflicted as they balance their own and families’ needs with providing services to people who may not be taking the appropriate safety precautions. Although your highest performers proceed as though failure is not an option, they are the most stressed. They certainly don’t need to work harder. They need to upgrade their personal operating system so they remain the island of calm in a tsunami of challenges and stress.

The Arudia Upgrade is the shift in thinking from stress- and fear-driven to resilient, thoughtful and deliberate. When leadership, management and staff make this shift, morale and culture improve as the feeling of wellbeing and can-do attitude abound. Based on the Actualized Leader Framework, this program is about more than personal resilience. It is about professional development that results in long-term advances in morale, culture, efficacy and the resulting improvement in financial stability and sustainability.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Distinguish three core models of tele-behavioral health and their ideal applications based on each care setting.
• Describe the basic fundamentals, key stakeholders and clinical and operational elements of a tele-behavioral health program.
• Identify potential challenges of program implementation and areas for return on investment.

Target Audience:

Community Mental Health Leadership, Therapists, Social Workers, Behavioral Health Professionals

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits.

Workshop H: Intensive Peer Supervision: A Model for the Retention and Provision of Quality Supervision to Peer Support Workers

Presented By:
Micah Hillis, MSW, LCSW
, Program Manager, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care
Christina Kadelski, LPC, LCADC, ACS, Program Coordinator, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care

Description

The field of peer support is one of the fastest growing fields in the helping professions. However, the provision of quality supervision for peer support workers remains an often unmet challenge. Furthermore, the struggle to adequately provide supervision often leads to a high turnover rate among programs that employ the evidence-based practice of peer support. This presentation will assist supervisors and administrators in understanding various methods of training, supervising and providing ongoing support to peer support staff with the overall goal of staff retention. Historically, staff retention of peer support workers has been difficult. This presentation will review the methods and strategies that have enabled the Intensive Recovery Treatment Support (IRTS) Program to maintain a 95% peer support staff retention rate over the past three years.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Identify five effective strategies for supervising peer support workers.
• Explain three effective methods for retaining peer support workers.
• Describe how to integrate the effective strategies and methods of the other objectives into their agencies and supervision practice.

Target Audience:

Social Workers, Counselors, Management

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits

Workshop I: Tele-behavioral Health across the Continuum of Care

Presented By:
Daniel Khebzou,
Senior Director of Business Development, Array Behavioral Care

Description

As hospitals and health systems endure a surge of behavioral health patient presentations, teams are often faced with having to juggle high demand and acuity with other clinical priorities. As the rate of adoption for telehealth solutions increases due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because of its overall efficacy, hospital emergency departments, inpatient units and outpatient facilities are working to understand how to successfully implement a sustainable program. Telepsychiatry, with its increased usage across the care continuum, should be seen as a sustainable solution to help organizations both meet immediate needs and achieve long-term strategic goals. This presentation will discuss why, where and how organizations can implement tele-behavioral health to enhance their current services in order to drive clinical, operational and financial value for consumers, clinicians, organizations and the greater communities they serve. This discussion will incorporate insights from more than 20 years of experience implementing tele-behavioral health programs and includes firsthand perspective from working with partners across the continuum during COVID to rapidly ensure telehealth success.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Distinguish three core models of tele-behavioral health and their ideal applications based on each care setting.
• Describe the basic fundamentals, key stakeholders and clinical and operational elements of a tele-behavioral health program.
• Identify potential challenges of program implementation and areas for return on investment.

Target Audience:

Community Mental Health Leadership, Therapists, Social Workers, Behavioral Health Professionals

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate

Number and Type of Credits:

Telebehavioral Health Across the Continuum of Care, Course #3559, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits

Workshop J: Demand, Consolidation and Innovation Disrupt Behavioral Health in 2021

Presented By:
Donald Parker, LCSW
President, Hackensack Meridian Carrier Clinic and
President, Hackensack Meridian Health Behavioral Health Care
Transformation Services/Integrative Medicine

Description

This workshop will examine the six trends that are impacting the increase in demand for behavioral health services: mental health issues, ranging from general anxiety to psychosis, experienced during the COVID pandemic; continued expansion of Medicaid; increased competition for insured patients; increasing provider shortages; continuation of the opioid epidemic; and payers’ new focus on behavioral healthcare costs. It will also explain the four major forms of consolidation in which behavioral health providers are engaging – providers joining providers, providers joining hospitals, psychiatric hospitals joining hospital systems, and hospitals and health systems partnering with insurers – as well as the emergence of non-traditional partnerships; resulting market fragmentation and scale disrupts; and increased scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission. The presentation will conclude with a focus on innovation, including the emergence of new care delivery systems; new doors for development opening as a result of COVID-19 technology investments; innovative staffing models; social determinant strategies that bring new players into behavioral health care; and the surging of private equity interest, which creates new delivery models, new providers, improvements in technology and potential better outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Explain the six trends that are impacting the increase in demand for behavioral health services. • Explain the four major forms of consolidation in which behavioral health providers are engaging. • Describe the sources, amounts and targets of capital investments in behavioral health providers.

Target Audience:

Social Workers, Counselors, Management, Fiscal

Audience Target Levels:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Number and Type of Credits:

1 CE – General Social Work - approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 - 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 Clinical continuing education credits

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