Friday, September 25, 2009
The WMHN has scheduled a planning meeting on Wednesday October 21st at 4:30 at Bowditch and Dewey to draw up a short list of the people WMHN members would like to invite to come and speak on various topics of interest. Suggestions have touched on inviting someone to speak to about the implementation of CBHI. Other suggestions entail finding someone to speak about incorporating the provision of crisis stabilization and hospital diversion services in the public schools.
Please come and weigh in on the topics you are interested in hearing more about. The WMHN wants to hear your suggestions.
Samuel Leadholm, Esq.
30 Winter Street, Suite 1004
Boston, MA 02108
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Community Service Agencies Engage Over 1,200 Families
During the first two months of implementation of Community Service Agencies (CSAs) and Intensive Care Coordination services (ICC), more than 1,200 children have applied and are being actively assessed for ICC. Many have been provided Family Partners to assist them in the assessment process. By the end of August, referrals to ICC had increased to over 200 per week.
CSAs have approached staffing decisions quite differently. Some have only hired the minimal number of staff: three service coordinators and one family partner. Others have hired many more coordinators and partners. Overall, as of the end of August, there were 127 care coordinators, 33 senior care coordinators, 74 family partners, and 27 senior family partners. Despite pre-implementation concerns about workforce challenges, CSAs have had a significant number of applications for each ICC position.
All service coordinators have caseloads at or below the maximum number of eighteen. The Court will consider and decide on the defendants' challenge to the Monitor's recommendation on caseload limits, data collection, and monitoring at the next status conference, scheduled for September 28, 2009.
Training and coaching for ICC teams by the new wraparound training provider, VandenBerg and Associates, begins this month.
According to the Center for Public Representation, progress is being made:
MA CANS Facts: August 2009
Number of: May June July August
MA CANS trained clinicians 7,639 8,067 8,282 8,328
MA CANS trained certified clinicians
7,123 7,322 7,780 7,827
MA CANS records in CANS data base
4,555 7,322 10,008 13,038
Organizations submitting CANS records
136 169 188 199
Progress indeed. But how are the kids doing? Only time will tell.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Youth with serious emotional disorders are a high-utilizing and high-cost Medicaid population that is not well served by traditional approaches to care. Managed care organizations (MCOs) are uniquely positioned to deliver more appropriate and cost-effective care that addresses the complex needs of these children and young adults.
The Collaborative on Improving Managed Care Quality for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs, an initiative designed by CHCS and made possible by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, worked with nine health plans to test a number of approaches to better serve this population. This toolkit, which summarizes the participating plans' experiences, presents:
- Promising practices implemented by the plans, and the resulting impact on access, care, and avoidance of unnecessary services and costs;
- Challenges identified and addressed by the plans, and lessons learned; and
- Opportunities for continued innovations in care for children and youth with serious behavioral health needs.
The toolkit is a valuable resource for MCOs, policymakers, state agencies, families, and others interested in innovative approaches to improve behavioral health care for youth.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
WRAPAROUND IS HERE!
Wraparound Care planning is now available for children & youth with complex behavioral health needs who have MassHealth Standard and CommonHealth. This new offering will be provided by a network of local agencies called Community Service Agencies (CSAs)
WRAPAROUND HELPS: Wraparound is based on the youth’s and family’s strengths, and develops a team to help the youth and family reach their goals, no matter how tough things become
WRAPAROUND INCLUDES: Wraparound builds families who are the foundations of our communities and draws on the strengths of many helpers in the community: doctors, educators, therapists, family members, faith communities, neighborhood and community organizations
JOIN US Crowne Plaza Worcester Hotel
Wednesday - September 23, 2009
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
10 Lincoln Square, Worcester, MA
LEARN MORE ABOUT WRAPAROUND: If you’re interested in learning about how Wraparound can help children and families who have MassHealth in your region, come join us for a public presentation by a national expert Michele Stewart-Copes, MSW.
You will need to RSVP by September 15th to Susan Whitaker, VVDB Administrative Assistant, who is based in the Boston area. Her her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org and phone is 617-827-7300.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The District 1 Connecticut, Massachusetts& Rhode Island American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Chapters
“Navigating the Mental Health System from the Pediatrician’s Office”
Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2009to be held at the Biltmore Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
Friday, November 13th
10:00 am - 12:45 pm – Registration
12:00 pm – 12:40 pm – Lunch
12:40 pm – 12:45 pm - Welcome – Elizabeth Lange, M.D., FAAP – AAP Rhode Island Chapter President
12:45 am – 2:00 pm – General Session #1 - Panel Discussion - “How to Discuss Issues on Sexuality with GLBT Youth in the Pediatrician’s Office” - Moderator - Carole Allen, M.D., FAAP, AAP Massachusetts Chapter President
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Concurrent Workshops
- Workshop #1 - “Early Identification of Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Primary Care Settings”– Mary Margaret Gleason, M.D., FAAP, - Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology of Pediatrics, Associate Training Director, Child Psychiatry and Triple Board Program
- Workshop #2 – “Mental Health Care in the Pediatric Office: Integrating a Co-Location Model” –
Jean Marconi, M.D., FAAP, Private Practice Pediatrician, Center for Advanced Pediatrics, Norwalk, CT and Andrew Lustbader, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, Norwalk CT
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Break – Exhibit Hall
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm - General Session #2 - “The Little Black (Pill) Box: A Comprehensive Approach to Pharmacology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” – Dr. Andrew Lustbader, M.D., FAAP
- Workshop #3 – “The World is Not Flat: Mechanisms of Social Development in Two-Year-Olds and the Absence Thereof in Autism”– Warren Jones, Ph.D., Co-Director, Laboratory of Social Neuroscience, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
- Workshop #4 –“Sleepy, Dopey, and Grumpy: Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Adolescents”– Judith Owens, M.D., MPH, FAAP, Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Brown Medical School
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm –Reception - AAP Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Grant Presentations and Updates on Health Care Reform – Invited guests include Representative Patrick Kennedy and Senator Jack Reed (both of Rhode Island) and AAP President Judy Palfrey, M.D., FAAP
7:15 pm – Dinner on your own
Saturday, November 14th
7:30 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast - Regional Chapter Highlights
8:30 am – 9:30 am – General Session #3 – “The (Inter) Active Child: Facebooking, Sexting and the Electronic Bully”– Michael Rich, M.D., MPH, FAAP, Director, Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH), Director, Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), Children’s Hospital Boston, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
9:45 am – 10:45 am – Concurrent Workshops
- Workshop #5 –“ABC’s for the Primary Care Pediatrician”– Mary Margaret Gleason, M.D., FAAP
- Workshop #6 – “Preventive Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders in the Office” – Ellen Perrin, M.D., MA, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
10:45 am – 11:00 am - Break
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm - General Session #4 – “The Invisible Casualties of War at Home” – Elizabeth Slater, Ph.D., Psychologist, (SOFAR) Program, Cambridge, MA
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Concurrent Workshops
- Workshop #7 - “GHB the prototypical ‘Date Rape’ Drug and Ecstasy” – Angela Anderson, M.D., FAAP, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
- Workshop #8 - “Maternal Depression. The Why and How of Screening in Primary Care” – Ardis Lee Olsen, M.D., FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
1:00 pm – Conference ends
The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study for 3 credits.The MCAAP is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing education for physicians.