Thursday, July 17

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8:30 am Plenary Sessions

TRACK: Innovative Behavioral Health Practices

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:
Bringing Cultures Together

Bruce Emery, MSW,
Advocates for Human Potential

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TRACK: Prevention / Promotion

Drug Trends Update

Jane Maxwell, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
University of Texas, Addiction Research Institute

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This session will review the current patterns of use of the “old” drugs such as heroin, cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamine, plus provide information on the latest novel psychoactive substances, which are changing frequently. This session will equip the audience with an overview of the drug trends and which drugs are gaining in use, new methods of using the drugs (routes of administration and new “tools”), and adverse effects so they can understand how they need to revise their approaches to meet the latest trends.

 

TRACK: Special Populations

HIV Treatment Adherence Counseling

David Rosen, DBH, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Care Services
Bell Pharmacy

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Behavioral Care Providers (BCPs) are key partners in addressing medication adherence concerns with HIV patients because of their ability to clinically engage patients who are experiencing bio-psycho-social barriers to care. As experienced service navigators, BCPs also have the ability to assist patients in securing the necessary bio-psycho-social resources to enable them to overcome both existing and perceived barriers to care. This training is intended to prepare BCPs for the challenges inherent to identifying, monitoring and addressing the bio-psycho-social issues related to medication adherence maintenance. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help them more effectively promote and improve medication adherence among their HIV patients, thereby reducing treatment failure and improving overall patient health outcomes. At the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the four bio-psycho-social system elements of treatment adherence necessary to address the full scope of possible HIV treatment adherence barriers for patients;
  • Utilize a disease management approach to behavioral health care practice as evidenced by the participant’s ability to develop an outcomes-focused medication adherence care plan for HIV patients.

 

TRACK: Workforce / Workforce Competency

Heal the Healer: Strategies to Reduce the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Build Resilience in Helping Professionals

Leslie Anne Ross, PsyD, Vice President, Leadership Center
Children’s Institute
This session will focus on secondary traumatic stress as an “occupational hazard” in implementing trauma-informed care in mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare and other trauma-exposed settings. Participants will be presented with research findings on the impact of working with traumatized clients in stressful and sometimes dangerous settings. This workshop will provide valuable information to develop strategies needed individually (i.e. self-care) and organizationally (training, supervision, caseload management, etc.) to sustain providers in trauma-focused treatment models. Individuals, supervisors, and managers will learn how they can increase self-care for themselves and their staff to decrease the risk of traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout. Experiential exercise will help participants increase the skills and tools needed to support wellness and resiliency while working with children and families exposed to trauma.

 

 

10:30 am Breakout Sessions

TRACK: Innovative Behavioral Health Practices

Self-Directed Care: Where Money Truly Follows the Person

Judith Cook, Ph.D.
Texas Self-Directed Care
Sam Shore, LMSW, Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations Director
Department of State Health Services

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Self-Directed Care (SDC) is a new way of providing mental health services in which adults with serious mental illnesses directly control the funds spent on their recovery. Texas SDC participants create a person-centered recovery plan and a budget for the purchase of goods and services to achieve their life goals. Staff called SDC Advisors help them hire providers and make purchases that lead to wellness. Texas has led the nation in its study of this new model of care. Research results and program operations will be presented, as well as tips to starting a program in your community.

 

TRACK: Recovery & Recovery Supports

The Implementation of Long Term Recovery Services in TCSO Substance Use Disorders Programs

Raul Garcia, LMSW, Substance Use Disorders Program Coordinator
Travis County Sheriff’s Office

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The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has focused on the movement of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) initiatives and has implemented some of the fundamental principles of that approach. The current status of the program focuses on early intervention to initiate the long-term recovery process amongst offenders. The goal and current progression of their services is the inclusion of ROSC principles and the implementation of those principles into their future goals and services. The Travis County Community is in a transition to learn more about how to effectively implement appropriate recovery support services. It is the goal of TCSO to help the community address the transformational process in achieving this goal to understand the chronic condition that people with substance use disorders experience and assist them in finding long-term recovery.

 

TRACK: Prevention / Promotion

Women, Drugs and Pregnancy:
Addictions as Co-Occurring Issues

Mary DeJoseph, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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One of the most urgent needs in behavioral health care today is the identification and appropriate level of intervention with the dyad of the pregnant woman and fetus who are struggling with co-occurring issues. In this session, we will review the scope of the problem and how substance use, mental health challenges and other health issues affect the pregnancy and the developing fetus. The lifespan impact and multigenerational risk of prenatal substance use will be presented. We will conclude with a discussion of screening, intervention and recovery strategies for the substance using woman and individuals affected by prenatal exposure to substances. Case study, family experiences and research on strategies will be used to illustrate these areas.

 

TRACK: Healthy Living

Tools for a Balanced Life: Yoga, Breath and Awareness

Laura Marcotte, RYT
4th Chakra Yoga
Physical exercise, be it yoga or running plays a big role in patients with substance abuse, mental health issues and relapse recovery. We will look at how connection with the body can translate to better mental health, reduction of stress, anxiety, cravings and depression symptoms. We will discuss breath and meditation techniques that can be used as a daily practice to support mental health and chemical dependency patients in living a healthy centered life with continued sobriety.

 

TRACK: Workforce / Workforce Competency

Disaster Behavioral Health: Where We Are and What We Have Accomplished

Facilitator: Chance Freeman, Branch Manager, Disaster Behavioral Health Services
Department of State Health Services
Panelists:James Ellor, PhD, Faculty Director of School of Social Work
Baylor University
Frances Douglas, Psy.D., Chief Psychologist
Texas Department of Public Safety
This session will provide information on the progress made in the field of disaster behavioral health across the state. Attendees will learn about the progress being made to integrate disaster behavioral health into local and regional planning, response and recovery plans. Attendees will also receive and update on progress being made to establish training and experience standards for disaster behavioral health responders.

 

TRACK: Technology

Using Technology to Engage, Connect and Reshape the Foundation of Behavioral Health Care Delivery

Michael Lardieri, LCSW, Vice President, Health Information Technology & Strategic Development
National Council for Behavioral Health

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This session will provide participants an overview of how technology is being utilized to engage clients. Mr. Lardieri will provide examples of technology solutions, including telebehavioral health, health information exchange, including what is exchanged and the methods of transportation, the use of smart phones and other interactive technologies. He will discuss how these technologies must be utilized by behavioral health providers if we are going to meet the demands of providing increased services with limited resources.

 

 

1:30 pm Breakout Sessions

TRACK: Innovative Behavioral Health Practices

K9 Therapy – The Best Therapists Have a Wet Nose

Donna Wasielewski, M.S., Juvenile Probation Officer II, Community Programs Coordinator
Williamson County Juvenile Services
Rachel Masters, LMSW, TCOOMMI Juvenile Case Manager
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services
The Kids-N-K9s mission is to help at-risk youth improve their own behavior and relationships by teaching the power of positive reinforcement, motivation and perseverance through training shelter dogs for adoption. Kids-N-K9s has worked with youth in secure and non-secure residential placements, those on probation for sex offenses, and youth in a juvenile justice service learning class. Youth report gaining self-esteem and learning patience, how their behavior and attitude affects their relationship with those around them, learning how to read signs of stress in others, anger management, that they can accomplish difficult goals if they break them down into small steps, and healthy ways to cope with grief. Trails and Tails is a therapeutic program through Bluebonnet Trails MHMR that utilizes dogs at the animal shelter for group and individual counseling for youth with mental health issues. Youth engage with a trained counselor and shelter dog and process how the experience relates to the issues they are facing, including depression, anxiety, anger management and impulse control. This session will focus on the purpose and benefits of utilizing canines with at-risk youth or youth with mental health issues in addition to logistical considerations to starting and maintaining a similar program.

 

TRACK: Recovery & Recovery Supports

Where Recovery Residences and Addiction Treatment Meet

Jason Howell, MBA, PRSS, Director
SoberHood/TROHN

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Substance use problems are preventable; if they are left unaddressed, they often progress into a chronic disorder. While episodic, acute-care treatment is vital, it alone does not offer a holistic solution. Whereas recovery is a process, people’s needs change over time. This calls for a diverse and flexible matrix of both clinical services and non-clinical recovery support. Within this matrix, recovery residences and addiction treatment meet in a number of ways. These natural partners have long referred to each other, and in some cases, they are integrated to varying degrees. As health care reform unfolds, the partnership opportunities between recovery residences and addiction treatment will increase. This presentation will help audiences better understand these crossroads in a world of parity and affordable care.

 

TRACK: Prevention / Promotion

New Challenges in Dealing with Bullying

Susan Armoni, Ph.D., Executive Director
paxUnited
Robert Gonzales, M.R.E., M.Div., Deputy Director
paxUnited

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Bullying was once a term that everyone understood. We knew what it looked like, what it felt like and what to do about it. For many of us, there were bullies in movies that perfectly embodied our definition of the term. Then, the issue emerged as something that wreaks terrible, lasting damage to children, the scars of which are carried throughout their lifetimes. We redefined the term, making it more specific, more easily identified. We imposed harsh punishments for the bully and counseling for the bully’s target. Some districts imposed a rule that if the word “bully” was used, there had to be a write-up and a hearing. We did too much or did too little, but getting the issue front-and-center in educators’ attention seemed to have positive results.

Now enter ever-evolving technology, the perfect tools of new and inventive ways for the bully to inflict pain. This interactive workshop will provide current laws and regulations which schools must follow. It will provide a plan for schools to implement to deal with what is happening today and be prepared for what will evolve tomorrow. Current applications and URLs will be discussed, explained and overcome. Resources will be made available.

 

TRACK: Special Populations

LGBT Cultural Competency

David Rosen, DBH, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Care Services
Bell Pharmacy

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This program is intended to help Behavioral Care Providers (BCPs) who do not work primarily with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) patients to better understand the role of human sexuality when delivering care to members of this often marginalized and vulnerable population. In addition to gaining a better understanding of various bio-psycho-social needs that exist within the general LGBT community, participants will also be utilizing a series of case studies to improve their cultural sensitivity and engagement skills for future clinical care interactions with LGBT patients.

 

TRACK: Healthy Living

Finding Your Groove, Helping Others Find Theirs

Robert Alvarado
Department of State Health Services
Nicole Knowles, Certified Group Aerobic Instructor with LesMils, Body Jam Instructor
Gold’s Gym

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As many already know, changes are difficult to make, especially when it comes to healthy living. Finding a healthy outlet and participating in activities that we truly enjoy, allows us the opportunity to make lasting changes and can have a significant impact on the choices we make in the future. When we are able to find these passions, it becomes easier to share these passions with others wanting to make changes in their own lives. This is a highly interactive session, one that intends to give ideas on engaging participants while igniting our own passions for a healthy lifestyle. This session may be of particular interest for those looking to find exciting ways to encourage and engage participants in activities that are fun, challenging and geared towards healthy choices and lifestyles. Participants are encouraged to interact and “find their groove” and should come dressed in comfortable tennis shoes and clothing.

 

TRACK: Technology

Hitting the Road with HIT & HIE

Michael Lardieri, LCSW, Vice President, Health Information Technology & Strategic Development
National Council for Behavioral Health

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Mr. Lardieri will provide an H.I.T. Roadmap for behavioral health provider organizations to follow as they move forward with health information exchange (HIE). Topics to be discussed include: Flavors of HIE; ONC’s approach, roles and priorities; Meaningful Use – the benefits, barriers, challenges, and strategies; missing pieces and progress toward transporting data; what is the Standard Data Set (CCD, CDA); 42 CFR Part 2 – SUD data sharing issues and current possibilities; and how data is critical to demonstrating health and behavioral health outcomes.

 

 

3:30 pm Closing Keynote

Addiction, Recovery, and Hope:
Strategies for Improving Outcomes

Mary DeJoseph, DO,
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anyone who has lived through a severe chemical addiction is very familiar with the realities of depression. Immersed in addiction for 24 hours a day becomes physically and psychologically draining. However, there are many motivating factors that bring addicts into treatment. Broken laws, broken bodies, broken hearts and broken dreams may be contributing factors; none are more important and powerful than a broken soul. True recovery transforms individuals inside and outside. There are often many trials and errors, temptations and disappointments along the road to recovery. In early treatment, the drug is physiologically removed from your body and a sea of feelings rushes to the surface, waiting to be acknowledged, understood and felt. The concept of addiction as a brain disease that includes a repetitive pattern of self-destruction as a symptom is explored. So overwhelming is this process, it is essential to once again connect with the human spirit. Not only your own spirit but with the reverberations of others. At first, it is emotional, painful and frightening, but as the murky fog of despair lifts, the once dim vision of hope becomes an ever growing, shining spotlight.