Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wish I Could Have Been There: From the CBHI

Got this e-mail from the CBHI;  I was seeing patients that day, and couldn't be there:

The CBHI Institute: Building a Strength-Based, Family-Driven System of Care recently gathered over 300 executive level provider staff to the DCU Center in Worcester MA to learn more about CBHI in order to help them determine the new MassHealth service(s) that they will apply to provide. The day-long institute was moderated by John O'Brien, a senior consultant with the Technical Assistance Collaborative.

The first portion of the day featured presentations on CBHI: Vision, Mission and Values (Barbara Leadholm, Commissioner DMH and Tom Denher, Medicaid Director), The Future of MA Mental Health Care: A Family Perspective (Dalene Basden, MSPCC and Lisa Lambert, PPAL), Systems of Care: National Lessons on Systems of Care (Bruce Kamradt, Wraparound Milwaukee), Overview of New Voices from the Field: The Family Partner/Care Coordinator Dyad (Aida Bednaz and Jennifer Moore, CCFC Springfield, J. Anthony Irsfeld and Matilde Yvette Rodriguez, Communities of Care Worcester), and An Overview of New MassHealth Services (Suzanne Fields, MassHealth Behavioral Health).

The afternoon provided participants with a series of breakout sessions where information on performance specifications for the new MassHealth services - ICC and Caregiver Peer to Peer Support, In-Home Therapy Services, Mobile Crisis Intervention and Crisis Stabilization, and In-Home Behavioral Services and Therapeutic Mentors - was provided. The sessions were conducted by a member of the MassHealth Behavioral Health leadership team, along with Patrick Kanary, from the Center for Innovative Practice, Kappy Madenwald of the Annapolis Coalition for the Behavioral Workforce, Bruce Kamradt, and Anthony Irsfeld, who shared their experiences building and implementing similar services in MA and other parts of the country.

To download CBHI Institute presentations or copies of performance specifications for the new MassHealth services, visit the "CBHI Institute Materials" section on our

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