- The Kansas City Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Support Coalition currently engages in a collaborative effort to further advance the existing network of services for substance abuse, prevention, and mental health in Kansas City, Missouri. The coalition has been successfully collaborating with multiple providers to include church, law enforcement, medical and behavior health clinics, higher institutions of learning, mental health and substance abuse treatment centers, various entities of local and state agencies, the Veterans Administration, the Kansas City Police Department, and other s
- This presentation describes Missouri’s action to reduce the high rates of morbidity and mortality of persons with serious mental illness (SMI). A 2006 study by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) found that these high rates of morbidity and mortality lead to an average of 25 years loss of life for person with SMI, which were largely caused by chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. The promotion of seamless, effective and coordinated healthcare services and supports for people with SMI is fundamenta
- This session will examine the prevalence of diagnosis and the most effective outcomes-based treatment among women who are homeless. Clinical research and statistics on homelessness in Kansas City, Missouri, and nation-wide will be examined with a special focus on co-occurring disorders, trauma among women who are homeless, mental disorders, addictions, and best practices.
- Strengthening Medicaid by extending eligibility to 138% of the federal poverty level, through federal funding available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has major implications for Missouri’s mental health system. This presentation compares the major changes that will occur in community mental health and psychiatric inpatient services if the state extends eligibility or if it maintains current eligibility levels.
SMART Way of Thinking – Developing a Crisis Management Curriculum in a DMH High Security Inpatient FacilityThis presentation will review the development of an in-house curriculum for crisis management in high security settings which would result in highly trained, versatile, competent and confident staff that can successfully handle multiple crisis situations. Key to the curriculum was to include trauma informed care, verbal de-escalation techniques, psychological understanding of behaviors and physical interventions. The curriculum was developed using staff and administrators at all levels to make it both technically and practically accurate.
- Caretaker. Case Manager. Provider. Are these professional or personal roles? Many women would agree that they are both. We are mothers taking care of children, daughters taking care of aging loved ones, girlfriends listening and supporting our friends through rough times. Some would say that choosing a career in the helping profession is not so far from our personal day-to-day roles, which is why gaining professional skills for doing what comes naturally can be an incredibly rewarding experience. But it can also be exhausting and draining. The same compassion and empathy that we feel for
- Behavioral Health Consultation (BHC) is a growing trend in the Nation’s Primary Care setting. BHC clinicians are Clinical Psychologists, or Licensed Clinical Social Workers, who have received additional training to work in the medical setting. Working in a fast-paced environment, BHC clinicians may work with patients on mental health diagnoses, developmental disabilities and substance abuse or may help patients with treatment adherence and coping skills as related to chronic health conditions such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and asthma. Working as a part of the medical team, a B
- During this presentation, an overview will be provided of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services used to identify and address risky alcohol and drug use in medical settings. These services focus on lifestyle changes individuals can make to improve their health. A Missouri Primary Care Health Home will describe the process they used to successfully implement SBIRT services within their organization. Future plans for sustaining SBIRT in Missouri will be discussed.
- The relationship between substance abuse and criminal offending is well documented in the available research. Much has been written about correlates of offender recidivism, but little is known regarding the lived experience of non-recidivating versus recidivating offenders. This session explores the lived experience of non-recidivating former offenders and identifies five re-current themes in the experience of those offenders who do not return to substance abuse and prison. The dynamics of Choice, Change, Control, Evidence, and the acceptance of non-negotiable realities are explored and presen