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2019 SPRING CONFERENCE & CE WORKSHOPS: APRIL 26 & 27

The 2019 NCPF/NCPA Spring Conference & CE Workshops will be held Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The following workshops are each worth 3 hours of Category ‘A’ CE credit:

Friday, April 26

Morning Sessions: 9:00am – 12:15pm
Treating Insomnia: The Nuts and Bolts of CBT-I*
In Each Other’s Care: the Necessity of Co-Regulation for Healthy Relationships

Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm – 4:45pm
Pediatric Sleep Interventions
Screens, Teens, and Tweens: What We Know and What We Can Do

Saturday, April 27

Morning Sessions: 8:30am – 11:45am
Preventing Gun Violence And Suicide At The Intersection With Mental Illness: A Public Health Law Perspective*
Autism Spectrum Disorders in The Early Years: Identification and Intervention
CPT Codes and Billing

Afternoon Sessions: 1:45pm – 5:00pm
A Dialectical Approach to Chronic Physical and Emotional Pain
Using CBT with Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Treating the Muslim Population

Workshops with an asterisk (*) are intended to meet the NC Psychology Board’s Ethics/Legal requirements for psychologists.

The conference brochure, which includes workshop details, plus traditional and online registration, will be available on the website in late February!


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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