Friday, May 8, 2009

Conference Upcoming

Full disclosure:  I am to be the speaker for this event.  Hope to see you there. 

Behavioral Health Screening in the Primary Care Office:

How Primary Care Clinicians Can Help Patients Access the New Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative Services

Sponsored by MBHP, UMass and MassHealth

A free training program for physicians,

physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse

midwives, and registered nurses

In December of 2007, MassHealth introduced a new mandate requiring primary care providers to use an age-appropriate, standardized behavioral health screening tool from the list of MassHealth-approved tools when completing the behavioral health component of EPSDT/PPHSD well-child care visits. Once a child has screened positive in the primary care setting, it is important for primary care providers to know about available behavioral health services for children and how to access these services. This training program is designed to introduce primary care providers (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and registered nurses) to the network of new Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) services for children, planned to be available 6/30/09.(* If approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) New services planned to be available* across the state include:

  • Intensive Care Coordination (ICC)
  • Care Giver Peer-to-Peer Support/Family Partner
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention (MCI)

Training Objectives

At the program’s conclusion, the participant will:

  • be able to describe the new Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) services planned to be available 6/30/09 (if they are approved by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) and how to refer to these services;
  • be familiar with the network of providers across Massachusetts available to provide these services to children who need them, particularly the new

Community Service Agencies (CSA) for your

practice area; andSpeaker

David Keller, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Medical Director of Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts, an HRSA-funded, medical-legal partnership for children in Worcester County. Dr. Keller is a regional facilitator for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) program and was recently elected Treasurer of the Board of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. He served for eight years as the Pediatric Director of the Community Faculty Development Center, a 15-school collaborative program for the development of community-based clinical faculty in New York and New England, and he is currently serving as facilitator of the Community Pediatrics cohort of the Pediatric Academic Societies Educational Scholars program. His work in faculty development and advocacy training has been presented at national and international meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. For the past two years, Dr. Keller has been working with Health Law Advocates and the Worcester Mental Health Network through a Physician Advocacy Fellowship by the Center for Medicine as a Profession to improve access to mental health care in Massachusetts. He has been blogging his experience on the web site “Rosie D. and Me” at

Training Dates and Locations

West Springfield - Wednesday, June 10, 2009:

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center of West Springfield

1080 Riverdale Street

West Springfield, MA 01089

Waltham - Tuesday, June 16, 2009:

Massachusetts Medical Society

The Conference Center at Waltham Woods

860 Winter Street

Waltham, MA 02451


To register for this free meeting please fax this form to Deborah Stark at (617) 350-1982.

If you have questions, call (617) 350-1956.

Please register no later than five days prior to each training date.

I (we) will attend:

  • June 10 - West Springfield *
  • June 16 - Waltham *

* Continental breakfast served 7 - 7:30 a.m.

Program 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Please print legibly.

Attendee name(s):  _______________________________



Practice name:  _______________________________




Phone number:  _______________________________

Fax number:  _______________________________

E-mail address:  _______________________________

Visit the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CHBI)

web site:

understand the documents that primary care

clinicians will receive from certain behavioral health

providers, such as the Child and Adolescent Needs

and Strengths (CANS) tool and the Individualized

Care Plan (ICP).

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