Category Archives: Webinars

Rural Health Equity for Dually Eligible Individuals: Improving Access to Services and Integrated Care Programs

February 2, 2023 – Dually eligible individuals covered under Medicare and Medicaid living in rural areas struggle to access the services, care coordination, and integrated care programs they need. To address these needs, HMA conducted multi-state roundtable discussions with diverse stakeholders to create The Health Equity & Access for Rural Dually Eligible Individuals (HEARD) Toolkit. During this webinar, our experts summarized and discussed the toolkit’s actionable solutions for improving health and social outcomes for rural dually eligible individuals.

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Equity-centered Approaches to Supporting Community Prevention and Treatment

November 15, 2022 – Deeply rooted structures, systems, and beliefs have perpetuated racial inequities within substance use and mental health treatment and recovery settings. Racism and associated traumas add to these injustices and may influence how people of color experience and seek help for behavioral health needs. During this webinar, hear from community-based practitioners, who are leveraging evidence-based practices centered in equity, to provide support to our most vulnerable through harm reduction, overdose prevention and linkage to community treatment services.

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Collaborating with Faith-based Organizations on Reducing Overdose Deaths and Addressing Stigma

November 8, 2022 – Substance and opioid use disorders (S/OUD) affect people from all walks of life, including those active in faith communities. Yet many faith leaders do not know how to effectively support members of their congregations and their families who are struggling with these diseases. Faith groups and faith leaders from all denominations can be critical allies in addressing the stigma of S/OUD and building safe, compassionate spaces for individuals to get spiritual support along with the physical, mental, and emotional help they need to recover from S/OUD.

Presenters led participants through the myths and facts about S/OUD most relevant to faith communities and how to create faith-based prevention initiatives that can work in collaboration with other state S/OUD prevention and harm reduction strategies.

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State Strategies for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Planning Grant Opportunity

November 7, 2022 – The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act offers new funding for states to develop a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Demonstration program. A new CCBHC Planning Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for states has just been released with a deadline of Monday December 19, 2022. During this webinar – a follow up to our October 6 webinar – experts from HMA and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing provided an overview of the CCBHC Demonstration program NOFO, offered strategies for using CCBHC as a strategic transformational opportunity for systems improvement, reviewed the NOFO requirements and key changes from previous opportunities, and outline strategies for developing a successful response.

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Industry-specific Outreach and Education for Reducing Overdose Deaths

October 25, 2022 – Industry stakeholders are non-traditional partners who can be effective in supporting and expanding opioid overdose prevention efforts. During this webinar, attendees heard about one state’s experience using data to identify and target stakeholders in high-risk industries, including construction and food services. We shared a framework for industry-specific prevention efforts—including use of data; identification of key partners; engagement strategies, and education; stigma reduction, and harm reduction activities—that other locales can adapt and integrate into their overall opioid prevention and response strategies. In addition, we identified possible funding opportunities to support this type of effort.

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Community Response Teams- Reducing Overdose Deaths and Addressing Stigma

October 18, 2022 – Community Response Teams are vital cross-sector, data driven, community-based collective action initiatives that address the local opioid crisis through harm reduction education, Naloxone distribution, and data. During this webinar, HMA speakers addressed the rationale, framework, funding, and implementation of successful initiatives that serve as models for other states, including case studies from California and Delaware.

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Developing a Strategy for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic State Demonstration RFP

October 6, 2022 – The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act offers states new funding for expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Demonstration. The next CCBHC Planning Grant RFP for states is anticipated to be released in the fall of 2022. In this webinar, the first of a two-part series, experts from HMA and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing discussed: The CCBHC Demonstration opportunity and what the evidence for the model demonstrates; How states have used the CCBHC model as a transformational opportunity that can help behavioral health care systems achieve broader health quality and access goals; Lessons New York and Michigan have learned from their CCBHC efforts, including key takeaways from the application and implementation processes.

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How Behavioral Health Organizations Can Strategically Leverage Public, Private Grants

September 29, 2022 – Behavioral health organizations are benefitting from unprecedented access to public and private grant funding. But there are significant risks to simply “chasing funds,” such as mission drift and increased staff burnout within an already overburdened workforce. During this webinar, speakers from HMA and LAPA Fundraising outlined concrete steps behavioral health organizations can take to ensure they are pursuing the type of grants that support their overall mission.

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New York State 1115 waiver amendment and the federal climate for waiver approval

April 26, 2022, 1-2 p.m. ET – On April 13, New York State announced it is requesting $13.52 billion over five years to fund a new amendment to its 1115 Waiver Demonstration that addresses health disparities and systemic healthcare delivery issues highlighted and intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this webinar, speakers provided an overview and analysis of the contents of the state waiver amendment request, including Health Equity Regional Organizations (HEROs), Social Determinant of Health Networks (SDHNs), and Value Based Payment Incentive Payments. Speakers also discussed the current federal climate as CMS begins its review and consideration of New York’s waiver amendment request.

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How State Leaders Can Leverage State Opioid Response Funds for System Transformation

March 24, 2022, 12-1 p.m. EDT – Since 2018, the federal government has granted more than $5 billion in State Opioid Response (SOR) funds aimed at supporting evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery of opioid use disorder (OUD). The most successful state initiatives have focused on driving healthcare delivery system changes designed to increase timely, consistent, high-quality access to treatment and support services, including the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT). During this webinar, speakers will showcase best-in-class efforts by states like California, Delaware, and Illinois to leverage SOR funding and achieve measurable, system-wide improvement in OUD treatment and outcomes.

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