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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Celebrated National Women's Health Week (May 14 through May 20, 2017) With Online Webinars and Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) actively contributes to the health and well-being of women through development of resources that focus specifically on how behavioral health providers can better meet the unique needs of women and girls. 

SAMHSA resources include an online course titled Introduction to Women and Substance Use Disorders, which helps counselors and other practitioners working with women to better understand women's substance use, treatment, and recovery experiences, and highlights effective interventions for women.

Two recent webinar series, Girls Matter! and Women Matter!, focused on research, best practices, and key areas related to substance use and mental health concerns of girls and women. They are still available for viewing and continuing education credits. A new webinar series, Relationships Matter!, is also now underway. It focuses on the role of relationships in the lives of women with mental health and substance use issues.

Another new resource, Guidance Document for Supporting Women in Co-Ed Settings, offers best practices for supporting women with substance use disorder in co-ed treatment and recovery settings. The guide highlights the importance of understanding and addressing gender differences, fostering cultural sensitivity, and developing healthy relationships. 

For these and other resources related to women and girls, visit SAMHSA's Women, Children, and Families Training and Technical Assistance website.

 

From Kaiser Family Foundation: Proposed Medicaid Section 1115 Requests in Maine & Wisconsin With Upcoming Comment Periods

This article provides information about new Medicaid Waivers requests for Main and Wisconsin.  The requests includes provisions not previously seen in other waiver requests.  There are co-payments for emergency room and non emergency room use, elimination of presumptive eligibility and retroactive eligibility, asset test for poverty-related eligibility, drug screen and work requirements and time limited coverage.  There is an expected loss of coverage expectations in these waiver proposals.  The article also provides the comment periods (May) for these waivers.   Click here to access. 
 

From the Coalition on Human Needs: Three Articles About the  ACA Repeal and an Outlook On FY 2017 and 2018 budgets.

Advocates Denounce House Passage for the ACA Repeal Bill

This article talks about concerns with the existing bill.  It also provides a estimated results for the bill if it were to pass in the Senate.  Finally, the article talks about the next steps needed to pass the bill.  Click here to access.

FYI 2017 Appropriations Bill Avoids a Shut Down

This article talks about the positive and negatives of the FY 2017 appropriations bills.  It provides information about programs that will receive funding and those that received a cut in funding.  Click here to access. 

Looking Ahead to FY18 Budgets 

This article talks about the FYI 2018 budget.  It provides a forecast for Congressional operations and highlights concerns for financial cuts in human needs programs.  It also discusses the reconciliation and resolution process and how the government operates using these processes.    Click here to access. 
Coalition on Human Needs
 

Quick Review From the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) on Medicaid Waivers

In a "quick review" paper, NHeLP Legal Director Jane Perkins, Senior Attorney Catherine McKee and Managing Attorney of the DC Office Mara Youdelman provide a brief and accessible look at the process for states and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive certain and limited aspects of Medicaid. 

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Value Driven Health Care, Define Drive and Deliver

PATRICIA B. WISE, RN, MA, MS, FHIMSS, COL

Vice President, Health Information Systems
 

May 17, 1p CT, 2p EST

Our nation aspires to achieve value-based healthcare. As clinicians and providers, we work daily to deliver high quality patient care.  Do you know how to measure your quality driven efforts? This webinar will provide you with side-by-side comparisons of healthcare delivery and Value Score determination. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the quality measurement framework.
  2. Describe the four components of the Value Score.
  3. Identify next steps to obtain your organization’s value score.
 
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