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FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 38

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FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 38

Today, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury are publishing FAQs that solicit comments on how to improve disclosure under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and other laws, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. As part of the solicitation of comments, the departments are also releasing and seeking comments on a draft model form that participants, enrollees, or their authorized representatives could use to request information from their health plan about nonquantitative treatment limitations that affect their mental health or substance use disorder benefits.

View the FAQs [PDF – 110 KB]View the Model Form [PDF – 79 KB]

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HIV/AIDS & Mental Health April Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Webinars: 

DATE CHANGE: Mental Health Clinical Care – Use of PrEP for Clients at High Risk of HIV
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
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Linkages to Care: Promoting Access to Care & Treatment for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST
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Latest News

Depression and the relationship between basic psychological needs and quality of life among PLWH
AIDS Care, March 2017

Better depression care could improve outcomes for HIV treatment programmes
aidsmap, March 2017

Opening up the HIV epidemic: a review of HIV seropositive status disclosure among people who inject drugs
AIDS Care, March 2017

Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs
aidsmap, March 2017

Marijuana Use Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men and the HIV Care Continuum: Findings From the uConnect Cohort
Substance Use & Misuse, March 2017

Psychosocial correlates of safe sex communication between Latina women and their stable male partners: an integrative review
AIDS Care, March 2017

The relationship between life stressors and drug and sexual behaviors among a population-based sample of young Black men who have sex with men in Chicago
AIDS Care, March 2017

See links to full articles

New Archived Webinar

LGBTQ Youth and Homelessness: Opportunities for Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention

HIV & Aging Toolkit
The HIV and Aging Toolkit is available to help clinicians understand a variety of issues facing older patients living with HIV, including medication management, side effects, and ailments that can accompany aging with HIV.

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit
Check out this new toolkit on HIV prevention and care for people living in rural areas is available from the HRSA-supported Rural Health Information Hub.

Personalized Cognitive Counseling: An adaptation for working with trans women 
A guide to the adaptation of the Personalized Cognitive Counseling intervention for trans women who have sex with men.

New Medication Adherence e-Learning Training Toolkit for Providers The Every Dose Every Day e-Learning Training Toolkit features four evidence-based strategies that can be delivered by a variety of HIV providers, including medical providers, mental health providers, HIV case managers, health educators and/or peers.

Highlights from the Field

Psychology and AIDS Exchange Newsletter
Our partners at the American Psychological Association released their spring 2017 issue of Psychology and AIDS Exchange Newsletter exploring criminalization of HIV exposure and transmission.

The HIV / AIDS & Mental Health Training Resource Center website is developed under a task order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), reference #283-12-2401, for training and technical assistance purposes only. The content, views, and opinions expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect those of HHS, SAMHSA or CMHS.

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The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness

This was sent by a friend, John Kirby.

 

Hello everyone,

 

It’s not often that I come across an article about which I feel so strongly that I have to send it to every person I know who works with gay men, either professionally or in 12-step groups – but this is absolutely the best, most relevant piece I’ve read in over ten years. Grab a cup of coffee, it’s a long read, but well worth it for you and your clinicians.

 

http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/gay-loneliness/

 

09/08/16: “Integrated HIV Care & Treatment: A Medical Update and Case Example for Mental Health Professionals” (webinar)

The SAMHSA’s HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center and the American Psychological Association’s Office on AIDS invite you to participate
Upcoming Webinar:  “Integrated HIV Care & Treatment: A Medical Update and Case Example for Mental Health Professionals”
When: Thursday 8 September 2016, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Although effective treatments have made HIV infection a manageable chronic disease, many people living with HIV also present co-occurring mental disorders, and addictions. Medication adherence and other health behavior challenges can complicate treatment, highlighting the need for a skilled workforce (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, and other front line providers) that can work collaboratively with health care and public-health professionals to respond to the psychosocial challenges that accompany having or being at risk for HIV.
This webinar will highlight the latest in approaches to HIV prevention, care and treatment and provide a case example of how providers of medical and behavioral health can work together to improve outcomes for people living with HIV.
Learning Objectives:
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to
  1. Understand the latest medical approaches to HIV testing, and treatment and their impact on mental health and well-being.
  2. Explain the link between biomedical aspects of HIV with mental health, well-being and chronic disease management.
  3. Identify the role mental health care provider’s play in linking people living with HIV/AIDS into care, and supporting adherence to medical regimens.
  4. Describe a case example of integrated care where medical and behavioral health care teams work together to improve outcomes for people living with HIV.
The webinar is free of charge.
This webinar has been reviewed and approved by the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The CE fee is $25.00 for this webinar.
Presenters:
  • Eugene Farber, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Director of Psychology Internship Training, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Vincent C. Marconi, M.D., is Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
This webinar is provided as a collaborative effort between the American Psychological Association’s Office on AIDS and the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center. The HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center aims to expand the knowledge and capacity of mental health care providers to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of consumers impacted and affected by HIV. This is done as a partnership between the Education Development Center, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and National Association of Social Workers.
The Center is funded under a task order from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. Reference #283-12-2401. This webinar is offered for training and technical assistance purposes only. The content, views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

09/29/16: Gaps, Barriers & Solutions for Reducing Mental Health Disparities for Latinos

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04/13/16: The NHAS & Social Work Practice

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When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:00PM-01:15PM Eastern Time

Using the 2020 update of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) as a framework, this session is intended to expand the knowledge and capacity of social workers and allied mental health providers to address the mental health and psychosocial issues confronting people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. The 2016 Social Work Month theme “forging solutions out of challenges” reflects the historical role of social workers and allied mental health providers in working toward the NHAS goal of “Getting to Zero” for new HIV infections. With approximately 55,000 new HIV infections in the United States annually, the updated NHAS framework is a call to action. This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the updated NHAS, the HIV continuum of care and social work practice implications, and provide concrete recommendations on meeting the needs of clients, communities and the workforce. Participants should come prepared to share practice strategies and dialogue.

Presenters: Susan M. Gallego, MSSW, LCSW and Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, MSW

At the end of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the implications of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on social work policy and practice
  • Discuss the latest evidence on HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention for individuals, families, and communities
  • Describe the role of social work in addressing health inequities in HIV/AIDS care and behavioral health services
  • Identify assessment and intervention strategies across social work practice settings, for the HIV continuum of care

The webinar is free of charge. 

CE CREDITS: 1.5 Social Work CEs (Please check with your state Board of Examiners to confirm on-line education counts). If you would like to receive CEUs upon course completion and evaluation, you must log onto the NASW website. Complete the online post – test at http://www.naswproed.org/ Note: Participation in the Webinar is free. There is NO CHARGE for CEUs for NASW members. For NASW non-members, a $20.00 CEU charge is required.

03/29/16:”OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health (webinar)

WEBINAR

“OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1:00 – 2:00 P.M. EST
This webinar will discuss the impact of stigma in STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health that LGBT individuals face when accessing healthcare. The webinar also will equip attendees to effectively engage LGBT individuals who seek care in the areas of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health. OUTcompetent is defined as being culturally competent and inclusive when treating LGBT individuals and recognizing the impact of stigma on the health outcomes of LGBT individuals.

Recent studies have shown:

  • More than half of LGBT individuals have faced discrimination from healthcare providers.
  • 1 in 5 LGBT individuals report withholding information about their sexual history from a health care professional.
  • 89% of transgender individuals fear providers are not adequately trained to treat them.
  • 30% of gay and bisexual men have never been tested for HIV.
  • Only 26% of gay and bisexual men know about PrEP.
  • LGBT individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than the general public.

REGISTER HERE

Topics and faculty:

  • HIV – Venton Jones, Program Officer, LGBT Health & Wellness Initiatives,  National Black Justice Coalition
  • PrEP – Damon Jacobs, Licensed Family Therapist and HIV Prevention Specialist
  • STIs – Stephen Hicks, Health Equity and Capacity Building Manager, National Coalition of STD Directors
  • Mental Health – Adam Swanson, MPP, Senior Policy Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Intended Audiences: LGBT health professionals, clinical providers, behavioral health providers, service providers, and consumers.

LGBT Health Awareness Week: The webinar will be held during the 14th annual LGBT Health Awareness Week – March 28 to April 1, 2016. The National Coalition for LGBT Health created LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to raise awareness of LGBT health disparities. This year’s theme is “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible.” To learn more about the Coalition’s activities during National LGBT Health Awareness Week, click here.For more information, please contact: Ryan Meyer – ryan@healthlgbt.org, 202.507.4735.

About the National Coalition for LGBT Health
Founded in 2000, the National Coalition for LGBT Health is dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity. The Coalition is comprised of leaders from national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies who are committed to addressing LGBT health. For more information, or to join the Coalition, visit http://www.HealthLGBT.org, contact Ryan Meyer at ryan@HealthLGBT.org, 202.507.4725, or follow the Coalition on Twitter: @healthlgbt or Facebook.

References

Ranji U, Beamesderfer A, and Salganicoff A (April 2015). Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S. Issue Brief, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Lambda Legal (2010). When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV. Report, Lambda Legal.

National Women’s Law Center (May 2014). Health Care Refusals Harm Patients: the Threat to LGBT People and Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS. Fact Sheet, National Women’s Law Center.

Hamel L, Firth J, Hoff, T, Kates J, Levine S, and Dawson L (September 2014). HIV/AIDS in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States. Report, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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03/11/16 Mental Health Consortium Meeting

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