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DIPP CONFERENCE: FEBRUARY 16 – CHAPEL HILL

On Saturday, February 16, the 2019 Division of Independent Professional Practice (DIPP) Conference will be held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Two workshops are held in the morning session, and two are held in the afternoon session. Participants may attend one workshop from each session.

Each workshop is worth 3 Category ‘A’ Continuing Education Hours.

Morning Session
– Treating Opioid Addiction: Medical and Non-Medical Approaches
– Recordkeeping in the Digital Age: All Roads Lead to EHR and the Cloud

Afternoon Session
– Applying Positive Psychology – Self Care and Treatment Strategies
– An Introduction to Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation Training for ADHD in Adulthood: Two Treatment Approaches for Your Clinical Practice

Click here for the full brochure with registration form (PDF may be completed online).

Click here to register online. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 12.

We look forward to seeing you on February 16!


ALLIANCE BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE TO BECOME ALLIANCE HEALTH

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, the public behavioral health managed care organization (MCO) for Durham, Wake, Cumberland, and Johnston counties, is changing its name to Alliance Health. The new name will be incorporated gradually into Alliance’s informational materials and media over the next few weeks.

“Alliance Health better reflects our future in North Carolina’s public healthcare landscape,” said Alliance CEO Rob Robinson. “It speaks to the integrated whole-person care – physical, behavioral, and pharmacy – that we will be providing for the individuals we serve.”

As part of Medicaid transformation, over the next few years North Carolina will create two new kinds of health plans that will serve most Medicaid and NC Health Choice beneficiaries, including individuals currently served by our state’s LME/MCOs. These plans will be referred to as Standard Plans and Tailored Plans.

Click here to read the complete announcement.


MORE PEOPLE GETTING TREATMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE

via The Washington Post – Ten years ago, Congress passed a law requiring insurance companies to cover behavioral health conditions in the same way they covered physical conditions. And there seems to have been some progress – in the years since, use of treatment services for mental illness and substance use disorders has skyrocketed.

new study from independent nonprofit FAIR Health analyzed individual procedures or services covered by private insurance companies from 2007 to 2017. In that decade, use of services for behavioral health, which includes substance abuse and mental-health conditions, went up 320 percent. Treatment related to use and dependence on amphetamines climbed more than 3,000 percent, while use of treatment for anxiety diagnoses spiked more than 240 percent.

Coverage for such conditions is rising at a time when the United States is undergoing a major crisis in opioid addiction, which led to 47,600 overdose deaths last year.

Click here for the full article.


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