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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.


FILM CELEBRATING NCPA’S 70TH BIRTHDAY

As NCPA’s 70th year comes to a close, we hope you will take the time to view the wonderful film that was a highlight at the Spring Conference last April. NCPA Past President and current Foundation President Dr. Sandra Wartski did an amazing job of researching and collecting video clips from many people who have been part of the history of NCPA. Thank you, Sandra, and one last Happy 70th Birthday, NCPA!

Click here for the video.


APA NAMES SHILLING AS NEW CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Russell D. Shilling, Ph.D., has been named the first chief scientific officer of the American Psychological Association, responsible for leading and implementing the association’s transformational science agenda and advocating for the application of psychological science in settings to include academia, government, industry and the law. 

Shilling, an experimental psychologist, has wide-ranging scientific, policy and administrative experience, including positions within education, the federal government and private industry. He also was a career aerospace experimental psychologist in the U.S. Navy until 2014, when he retired as a captain. He also served as co-chair of the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology: Digital Games Group, a national policy team on the use of games in education. Continue reading.


APA ADVOCATES FOR POLICIES THAT BENEFIT CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES

An update from the APA Public Interest Government Relations Office.

2018 has been an interesting and challenging year in the U.S. Congress for federal policies impacting children, youth and families. On a positive note, the share of spending for children did increase slightly from 7.97 percent in FY 2017 to 8.06 percent in FY 2018. Unfortunately, federal investments in children could take a turn for the worst as the budget caps are set to fall by $55 billion in FY 2020. Accordingly, APA will continue to advocate for Congress to develop a budget that raises the caps with parity between defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending to communicate a clear commitment to federal spending decisions that value our nation’s children.

Congress was also able to make encouraging strides in its response to the opioid epidemic and its impacts on children, youth and families. APA worked with key stakeholders in congress to help pass bipartisan opioid legislation which the President signed into law on Oct. 24. Included in the law, are provisions that address trauma by authorizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support state efforts to collect data on adverse childhood experiences in addition to creating a new grant program to increase student access to evidence-based trauma support services. Continue reading.


NCPA RESPONSE TO PITTSBURGH & LOUISVILLE SHOOTINGS

NCPA has released a statement in response to the recent shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and a grocery store in Louisville. Please click here to read the statement.


APA ADVOCACY ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Once again, a mass shooting has claimed lives and terrified our country, this time in Thousand Oaks, California. The killings occurred less than two weeks after 11 people were murdered by a mass shooter at a Pittsburgh synagogue. APA has provided information on ways to help combat and cope with gun violence, an urgent and complex public health crisis. Included in the information is how to contact Congress and urge your elected officials to take a public health approach to gun violence.

Click here for more information.


2018 APA STRESS IN AMERICA™ SURVEY

Since 2007, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual nationwide survey as part of its Mind/Body Health campaign to examine the state of stress across the country and understand its impact. The Stress in America™ survey measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress on our lives. The results of the survey draw attention to the serious physical and emotional implications of stress and the inextricable link between the mind and body.

According to the American Psychological Association’s report Stress in America™: Generation Z, released October 30, issues ranging from immigration to sexual assault are causing significant stress among members of Generation Z – those between ages 15 and 21 – with mass shootings topping the list of stressful current events.

Despite these concerns, Gen Z adults who are 18 to 21 years old are the generation least likely to vote in the 2018 midterm elections, the report found.

Specifically, 75 percent of Gen Z members said that mass shootings are a significant source of stress, according to the survey, which was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of APA in July and August 2018 among 3,458 adults and 300 15- to 17-year-olds. Continue reading.

Click here for the complete APA Stress in America™ Survey materials.


STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO SHOOTING AT PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE

Following is a statement by Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.

“We are horrified and heartbroken by this terrible crime and send our thoughts of compassion to the victims, their families and first responders, several of whom were also injured, and to the larger Jewish community.

“Hate crimes are the most extreme expression of prejudice. Compared to other crimes, hate crimes have a more destructive impact on victims and communities because they target core aspects of our identity as human beings.” Continue reading.


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