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​Workshops

May 2, 2018​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Session I | Session II | Session III​​​

Session I: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

  1. ​​What Using The ASAM Criteria Really Means: common misconceptions and challenges to implementation
    David Mee-Lee, MD, Senior Fellow Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) American University, Washington, DC.
    Many clinicians already have some understanding about The ASAM Criteria. As they strive to implement concepts of individualized treatment, especially in the context of the current opioid epidemic, there is a need for improved skills: to carefully assess clients in a multidimensional way; document a more targeted and focused, individualized treatment plan; and apply The ASAM Criteria in behavioral health and corrections settings. This presentation is designed to focus on common misconceptions about the Criteria and challenges with working with Dimensions 1, 4 and 5. The ASAM Criteria is not just completing a checklist that justifies admission to your program or level of care.
  2. Critical Time Intervention (CTI): an empirically supported model of services for individuals in transition
    Priya Arokiaswamy, MSM, MBA Director, Housing and Recovery Supports and Kris Wright, MS, LCPC, Project Director, Collaboration for Homeless Enhancement Services (MD CHES), Clinical Services Division, Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
    This workshop will introduce learners to the Critical Time Intervention model providing services and supports for individuals living with behavioral health concerns and going through major life transitions. Presentation will cover the piloting of this intervention in two counties with individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and living with behavioral health diagnoses and/or substance-related diagnoses, including lessons learned, outcomes, and identified best practices for this model of time-limited, task-oriented case management. Applications for future work including work with additional populations and major life transitions will be discussed including work with individuals transitioning out of inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, from Residential Rehabilitation Program (RRP) and/or residential Substance Treatment services to Permanent Support Housing (PSH) or community-based housing, and from incarceration or forensic services into community supports.
  3. Engage with Older Adults™: a new skills-based training for Maryland
    Stephen B. Goldberg, MD, Mental Health Association of Maryland and Lea Ann Browning-McNee, MS, Chief Program Officer, Mental Health Association of Maryland
    Learn about Engage with Older Adults™​, a new, comprehensive skills-based training by the Mental Health Association of Maryland designed specifically for those working with older adults. MHAMD will overview the behavioral health curriculum, highlight preliminary results from the pilot trainings and detail how you can get involved in this scalable program focused on creating and maintaining healthy working and caring relationships with older adults. Program goals such as improved care, consumer satisfaction and employee retention will also be discussed.
  4. Veterans Risk for Self-harm Through the Lifespan: how to recognize signs and seek help
    Nikole Jones, LCSW-C, VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator and John Hollands, VA Peer Support, Department of Veteran Affairs
    This workshop will discuss how veterans are at increased risk for suicide. The risk factors, warning signs, and resources available for veterans and their families for support.
  5. The Intersection of Opioids and Brain Injury: addressing addiction through a brain injury informed lens
    Anastasia Edmonston, MS, CRC, TBI & Person Centered Planning Trainer and Laura Bartolomei-Hill, LGSW, Overdose Fatality Review Coordinator, Behavioral Health Administration; Jasmine McClendon, MPH Candidate 2018 Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University
    The connection between a history of substance abuse and risk of traumatic injury is well documented in the literature. With the rise in the risk of overdose related to opioid use, medical, brain injury and addiction are taking note of post overdose(es) acquired brain injury related to oxygen deprivation to the brain. Surviving overdose with resulting cognitive impairment can interfere with successful engagement in treatment and possibly increase risk of relapse. This workshop with address how the brain is impacted by overdose and how individuals affected, their families, supporters and addiction professionals can support recovery through education and simple accommodations.

​​​Session I | Session II | Session III

Session II: 1:15pm - 2:30pm

  1. Using Data to Inform Behavioral Health Policy and Practice
    James T. Yoe, PhD, Director, Applied Research and Evaluation and Casey Lyons, MPH, CPH, Lead Epidemiologist/Acting Manager, Special Programs, Office of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and Overdose Prevention Applied Data Programs, Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health; Timothy Santoni, MA, Data Management and Analysis, University of Maryland, Systems Evaluation Center
    This workshop will highlight three BHA data-focused presentations, including: (1) An analysis of the characteristics, service utilization and expenditures of the Top-50 high-cost users of PBHS services; (2) A description of the function of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and it’s data; and (3) an analysis of the characteristics and behavioral health service utilization among individuals who suffered unintentional overdose-related death in 2016. The emphasis of the presentations focuses on using data to inform behavioral health policy and practice.
  2. Working with Diverse Populations: the LGBTQ community
    Rowan Powell, Transitional Age Youth Outreach Project Coordinator, On Our Own of Maryland and Brendan Welsh, CPRS, Director of Consumer Affairs, Behavioral Health Administration
    This Interactive training, created by a young queer woman, is designed to help peer support specialists develop a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, gender Identity and Gender Expression), micro-aggressions and other manifestations of stigma and more. Participants should be prepared to engage in a lively discussion.
  3. The Impact of Cannabis Use on Student Achievement
    Amelia Arria, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health
    This workshop will present the latest research findings on: 1) the prevalence of cannabis use and related problems among youth and young adults; and 2) the connection between cannabis and other forms of substance use and mental health problems. The impact of cannabis use on academic engagement, motivation and performance will be discussed as will novel strategies for intervening with at-risk students.
  4. BHA’s Office of Prevention: overview
    Michael Baier, Director, Office of Prevention and Erin Haas, MPH, Assistant Director, Office of Prevention Behavioral Health Administration
    This workshop will give an overview of BHA’s Office of Prevention, including the office’s philosophy and approach to prevention and the office structure. A summary of the grants and programs contained within the office will also be provided. They include the Prevention Block Grant, Partnership for Success (MSPF2), Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP), Overdose Fatality Review Teams, and the Overdose Response Program.
  5. Mindfulness Meditation for Recovery & Building Resilience
    Mira E. Tessman, MA, LCPC, Wellspring Healing Arts
    This introduction to basic Mindfulness Meditation practices and skills will provide new tools for managing triggers and urges to reduce relapse. Mindfulness Meditation is an evidenced-based practice for increasing emotional regulation, pain management, and increasing resilience for greater hope. ​

Session III: 2:45pm - 4:00pm

  1. The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA): An evidence-based substance use treatment for adolescents and transitional age youth
    Nancy Lever, PhD, Co-Director, Center for School Mental Health and Associate Professor University of Maryland, Baltimore; Melissa Ambrose, LCSW-C, Senior Clinician, Maryland A-CRA Trainer and Kelly Merkel, LCPC, Assistant Coordinator, Epoch Counseling Center
    As part of a state led effort to bring evidence-based substance use treatment to individuals age 12-24 in schools and clinics, key stakeholders will present information about the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA). With three years of implementation completed, this presentation will feature a panel of experienced clinicians to provide an overview of A-CRA and discuss implementation of this evidenced based model. Clinicians will be taking questions from the audience about their experience with A-CRA.
  2. Active Minds
    Maggie Bertram, Active Minds
    This workshop will provide an overview of an innovative college-based program, Active Minds. Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.
  3. Impact of Neuroplasticity on Behavioral Health & Wellness
    Linda J. Raines, CEO and Lea Ann Browning-McNee, Development Officer, BrainFutures
    This workshop will explore neuroplasticity – the concept that our brains continue to change and evolve throughout our lives. We’ll examine the impact of neuroplasticity on all aspects of behavioral health and wellness, highlighting the evidence behind practical applications, such as games, apps and computer-assisted learning, magnetic and electrical medical devices, new medication and therapies, mindfulness practice, diet and exercise.
  4. Creative Community Based Programs for Transition Aged Youth
    Jerome Johnson, Transition Aged Youth (TAY) Program Manager, People Encouraging People
    This workshop will explore the gaps, challenges, barriers and solutions to appropriate behavioral health care for Transitioned-Aged Youth (TAY). It will discuss creative programs that have positively affected this population.
  5. ​Cultural Competence Strategies For Under-served Populations: older adults, ethnic minorities, rural populations and veterans
    La Keita D. Carter, PsyD, Owner & Licensed Psychologist, Institute of HEALing, LLC
    ​This workshop will engage participants in a discussion on the impact of culture on the delivery of behavioral health services to underserved populations such as older adults, ethnic minorities, rural populations and veterans. It will examine the possible links between culturally and linguistically competent practice and the creation of effective strategies to improve health care service delivery.

​​​​​​Session I | Session II | Session III​​​​​​