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Behavioral Health Network

Network Overview

A concern among the medical community is the prevalence of undetected or misdiagnosed alcohol use disorders (AUD) and depression in the U.S. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Institute of Medicine, nearly 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries live with one or more mental health or substance use conditions.

As the population of adults age 65 and older continues to grow, identification through screening within primary care practices is the first step to help improve the lives of Medicare beneficiaries with these conditions.

The Behavioral Health Network is convening an online community of primary care physicians, inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs), hospitals, partners and community stakeholders from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas to identify and implement solutions to help Medicare beneficiaries in these areas who are suffering from depression and AUDs receive needed care.

Join the Behavioral Health Network

By joining this network, you and/or your organization will receive access to free resources and training to help to increase the screening rates for depression and AUDs of Medicare beneficiaries receiving care at primary care practices, and help reduce the 30-day readmission rate and increase follow-up care for patients discharged from inpatient psychiatric facilities. Download this fact sheet (PDF) to learn more about how you or your organization will benefit from joining the Behavioral Health Network.To join, click on the “Create an Account” link in the upper right corner of this page and following the prompts.




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May 2 Webinar

Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PEPPER Review

Join this PEPPER webinar to review inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) reports on Wednesday, May 2, 1 - 2 p.m. CT. The new IPF PEPPER is scheduled for release by April 13, 2018. Registration is not required. Click here to join the event (event password: marigold).

May 18 Webinar

National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day

Register today for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Administration for Community Living first National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day webinar on Friday, May 18, 2018, 9 - 11:30 a.m. CT. This discussion is designed to raise public awareness about the mental health of older Americans and spur action to address the needs of this population. Watch a panel of experts discuss evidence-based approaches to mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery supports for older adults, and encourage collaboration between the mental health and aging networks. The panel will also highlight the work of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee and offer guidance for people who seek treatment and services. Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, along with HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging, Lance Robertson, will provide opening remarks. The event will be live webcast, and registration is required.

May 31 Webinar

How Media & Movies Shape Our Perception Of Serious Mental Illness

Register today for this PsychU virtual forum on Thursday, May 31, 2018, 11 a.m. - noon CT. Experts Georgia Stevens, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Psychiatric Nurse & Director of Partners in Aging & Long-Term Caregiving, and Mary Ann Boyd, PhD, DNS, PMHCNS-BC, Professor Emerita at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will discuss the media’s effect on the stigmatization of individuals with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses, as well as current research on stigma reduction and tools to reduce stigmatization of this population.

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