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Medication-Assisted Treatment: Changes in Federal Policy Will Help Increase Access to Opioid Treatment in the HCH Community


Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Wednesday, January, 25th, 2017 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) expanded buprenorphine prescribing rights to nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants, while changes in federal regulations increased patient limits. At the same time, many homeless health care providers have been adding MAT services into their primary care practice and finding both challenges and opportunities with implementation. Complementing our recent policy brief, this webinar will include perspectives from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on the current status of finalizing the expanded prescriber rights and increased patient limits, and a panel of HCH providers from two states who will discuss the best ways to enhance access to MAT services based on their own programs.

Note: SAMHSA has a dedicated site regarding the upcoming launch of the NP-PA waivers to prescribe, to include an email sign up for more information on the upcoming launch of the application and SAMHSA-sponsored training opportunities.

Speaker:

  • Brian Altman, JD, Director, Division of Policy Innovation, Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, SAMHSA
  • Nilesh Kalyanaraman, MD, Chief Health Officer, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, MD
  • Laura Garcia, FNP, Director of Adult Medicine, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, MD
  • Brianna Sustersic, MD, Senior Medical Director of Primary Care, Central City Concern, Portland, OR
  • Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, Old Town Clinic, Central City Concern, Portland, OR

Moderator:

  • Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy, National HCH Council, Nashville, TN

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Mitigating Risk: Seven Important Things You Need to Know about Volunteer Background Checks


Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Employee screening is increasingly required for health centers and other nonprofits serving people without homes, and many organizations are expanding their screening practices to include volunteers and board members. Your reputation is paramount, and one rogue volunteer can negatively impact your program’s credibility, fundraising, and recruitment. Supporting best practices, the National HCH Council recently partnered with Verified Volunteers to provide our Organizational Members significantly discounted pricing on quality volunteer and staff background checks.

Join us on November 9th to learn critical information about volunteer screening to make better decisions and ensure that your program is performing background checks in the most effective and responsible manner. This webinar will present results and insights into volunteer screening trends and best practices, including misperceptions about screening, how to obtain high-quality screens on a budget, and the importance of keeping compliant. Attendees will also receive a brief overview of how Verified Volunteers can help mitigate risk in background screening for their volunteers and employees.

Speaker:

  • Kimberly Chochon, Vice President, Partnerships, Verified Volunteers (Seattle, WA)

Moderator:

  • Michael Durham, Membership & Development Coordinator, NHCHC (Nashville, TN)

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Hope, Transformation, and Post-Traumatic Growth


Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

The amazing thing about humans is that, no matter how dark the situation, there is always hope for healing and growth. Trauma can either be a source of devastation or an opportunity to develop strength and wisdom. Which path is traveled will be highly determined by whether someone receives the right mix of resources and social support needed for recovery and growth.

In this webinar, we’ll examine the path to post traumatic growth. While everyone’s journey will be different, there are common steps most people take to transform past suffering into resiliency and strength. One key finding in the research is that those we work with need other people to help them through this process. Learn how to help patients find hope and transform their lives, and how you are a critical variable in this amazing journey.

Speaker:

  • Matt Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation, Denver, CO

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The Abyss: Addiction, Homelessness, and Trauma


Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

Without healing, trauma can structure a person’s brain in a way that sets them up to be a high risk for addiction. Addiction is one of the most effective and efficient ways to kill the physical and psychological pain resulting from trauma. This short-term relief too often becomes an all-consuming way of life, which often results in homelessness, poverty, and struggles to succeed in services and life in general.

This webinar will examine the research and science behind the connections between addiction and trauma. With this knowledge, it becomes clear why those with unresolved trauma often struggle with addiction, and can find it very difficult to make the life changes necessary to establish sobriety. It also provides a context to understand why those managing an addiction find it almost impossible to make the important changes which help them emerge from the devastation of homelessness. This information helps build empathy for the scope of these challenges, and further shows the importance of integrating medical care with mental health and substance abuse services.

Speaker:

  • Matt Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation, Denver, CO

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Ask & Code: Documenting Homelessness Throughout the Health Care System


Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

The health care system is increasingly focusing on the social determinants of health that drive cost, service utilization, and health outcomes. Hospitals, Medicaid managed care plans, and health providers are particularly interested in the risk factor of housing status, a key element of health. People without homes have higher morbidity and mortality coupled with more frequent and costly hospital stays compared to their housed counterparts, but better data is needed to identify individuals who are homeless and help justify funding additional services that will improve patients’ health status.

Complementing our recent policy brief, this webinar will explore how the ICD-10-CM code for homelessness (Z59.0) has been implemented at an HCH grantee in Colorado–and how a hospital system has instituted a housing status screening tool in Pennsylvania. Additionally, we’ll hear from a leading managed care entity about why Medicaid plans need to have this information and examine preliminary results from a pilot project in Texas using the Z59.0 code to identify homelessness among Medicaid beneficiaries.

Speakers:

  • Tracy Olsten, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, Senior Coding Specialist, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver, CO
  • Brett Feldman, MSPAS, PA-C, Director, Street Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
  • Jenny Ismert, Vice President Health Policy, UnitedHealthcare Community & State

Moderator:

  • Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National HCH Council

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Trauma is the Public Health Issue of Our Time


Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation

Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

For most patients, trauma is not just another presenting problem. For too many, trauma is the underlying cause of their psychological, medical, and social struggles. As our understanding of trauma increases, its devastation becomes more and more clear. Past pain and suffering directly impacts health outcomes, as well as the ability to succeed in our programs and in larger society.

In this webinar, we will examine the impact of trauma and the resulting pain, suffering, and challenges. Understanding the impact of trauma helps us focus care to maximize short- and long-term health outcomes. Without addressing past trauma, patients will struggle to find hope and to realize the changes that allow them to live the lives they desire for themselves.

Please note that our technology limits participation to 500 attendees, and participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Information on accessing the recordings of this webinar series will be forthcoming.

Speaker:

  • Matt Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation, Denver, CO

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