RAVI’S PROVIDER UPDATES

  1. Dear Summit County Mental Health Providers,

    Hope you’re thriving in our early spring weather. Below are several updates we would like to share with you:
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    Our next Provider Mixer is coming up on Wednesday, March 25th. It will take place at High Side Brewing in Frisco, from 6pm-8:30pm. Registration is live and as usual, the event is free to mental health professionals: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-mental-health-provider-mixer-tickets-99585059594

    This will be an excellent opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow providers. Dinner will be provided and each attendee will get one drink ticket. Presentations will cover several updates on: TheraThink insurance support initiative, capacity building work with WICHE, and scholarship program. We will also have a service spotlight and might squeeze in some professional development work. We hope to see you there!
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    COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Providers from OBH: https://mailchi.mp/state.co.us/covid-19-guidance-for-behavioral-health-providers
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    Local Mobile Crisis Response training:

    Summit County Sheriff’s Office SMART (Mobile Crisis Response) Team has developed a training for our public safety and community partners that will include lessons learned from their soft-launch period of 90 days. This training will cover the components of the continuum of care from crisis response through stabilization and safe return to the community, and will describe support for transitions to each stage for individuals experiencing a behavioral health emergency.

    Dates: Wednesday April 8, 2020 and Wednesday April 15, 2020

    Time: 10am to 12pm
    Location: Summit County Community & Senior Center, Loveland Room

    If you or your staff encounters an acute case that they need assistance with or want the SMART Team to be aware of, please contact the SMART Team directly at: sosmart@sumitcountyco.gov, 970-423-8922.

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    Opportunity to provide therapy for CMC Breck:
    Colorado Mtn College is looking for a therapist to staff the Breckenridge Campus and provide counseling to students directly on campus. Please reach out to me for more details if you are interested.
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    Submit your mental health parity violation story:
    It is all too common that many Coloradans’ insurance plans do not adequately cover mental health and substance use, despite state and federal parity laws that require equal treatment for mental and physical health. Mental Health Colorado is fighting for mental health parity and needs your support. If you know of parity rights being violated, please share by taking this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKZYG2C
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    PRC Quality of Life Survey: www.prcsurvey.com/SummitCounty
    Please help us gather the critical information needed to better support our mental health efforts in this coordinated, nation-wide survey. We’re asking you to fill out the survey and send it out to all employees, constituents, friends, networks, and any other Summit County residents. Its totally anonymous and takes 5-10 minutes.
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    Behavioral Health Needs Assessment:
    The Office of Behavioral Health is reviewing behavioral health needs across the state for individuals of all ages and insurance status. The goals of this assessment are to identify gaps in existing services, understand health disparities and regional needs, and to identify resources needed to make system-level change. This will help inform OBH’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. OBH is asking for providers and community stakeholders to take the following survey: https://surveymonkey.com/r/OBHCommunityConversation. Please share both internally and across your community networks.

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    Please update your voicemails to include an option to contact Colorado Crisis Services for clients in crisis.
    Colorado Crisis Services, which is staffed 24/7 by both peers and crisis clinicians, is capable of dispatching our new Mobile Crisis response (S.M.A.R.T) team if necessary. Here’s an example of what you can say: “If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-8255, or text ‘TALK’ to 38255, to speak to a peer or a crisis clinician.”
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    Lastly, if your availability at your practice has changed recently, please update it here on our website using this link: https://buildinghopesummit.org/index.php?cID=297
    Thanks,
    Ravi
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