NATIONAL FRONTIER AND RURAL ATTC

4th Quarter 2015 updates

Most Significant Accomplishment

New Workgroups

NFAR established two new workgroups with membership based on participation in the NFAR TOTs, Recovery Support Technologies (RST) and Technology-Based Clinical Supervision (TBCS). The RST workgroup met for the first time via virtual conference on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 and the TBCS workgroup met for the second time this year on December 15, 2015. The purpose/goals of the groups are to meet at least two times per year to provide feedback on the curricula and how it is being trained; audience responses; updates that have been made (new slides or exercises); sharing training experience; and flow of presentations. This will ensure that the curricula will be a "living document" that doesn't sit on the shelf but receives updates on a regular basis.

New Products

Product name

Type

Target audience

How to access

Recovery Support Technologies: Pioneering New Models of Substance Abuse Recovery Services

Poster

Poster Behavioral Health Providers, Administrators, Clinicians, and Recovery Support Specialist

NFAR-ATTC Website
Products and Resources

 

NFAR's 2015 Year in Review

eBook

Behavioral Health Providers, Clinical Directors, Administrators, Other Health Professionals

NFAR-ATTC Website
Products and Resources

Using Technology to Enhance Service Delivery and Supervision in Criminal Justice Settings - Part I & II

Webinar

Behavioral Health Providers/Clinical Supervisors, Administrators, Other Health Professionals

NFAR Telehealth Tuesdays Media Series webpage

 


Integrating Health Coaching and Technology with Vulnerable Clients

Webinar Behavioral Health Providers/Clinical Supervisors, Administrators, Other Health Professionals

NFAR Telehealth Tuesdays Media Series webpage

 

 

Preview of What's Coming

TRAININGS

NFAR-ATTC Training of Trainer Academy, January 26-27, 2016, Portland, Oregon
Three tracks - Technology-Based Clinical Supervision, Recovery Support Technologies, and (NEW) Implementing Technology Assisted Care into Behavioral Health Settings: A Framework for Change (ITAC)

Utah Valley University Conference on Addiction, March 5, 2016, Orem, UT
Telehealth Technologies: Expanding Access and Enhancing Treatment and Recovery Services

NATCON - Invitation to present one hour event, March 7-9, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
Recovery Support Technologies: Pioneering New Models of Substance Abuse Recovery Services

National Association of Social Workers (South Dakota), One hour presentation, March 26, 2016, Sioux Falls, SD
Technology-based Supervision: Extending the Reach of Clinical Supervisors

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center Regional Telehealth Conference (NRTRC) - Presentation, March 7-9, 2016, Seattle, WA
Recovery Support Technologies: Pioneering New Models of Substance Abuse Recovery Services

 

TELEHEALTH TUESDAY MEDIA SERIES EVENTS
(second Tuesday of every month at 11:00am Pacific Time)

Understanding Security Risks - January 12, 2016
Recent headlines and subsequent fines handed down from the government make it clear that information security risks to healthcare providers are increasing in both frequency and severity. This session will focus on understanding who the threat sources are, from criminal hackers to cyber-vigilantes and nation/state-sponsored groups. In addition, threats to ePHI will be explored from all common attack vectors, including physical, social, and technological attacks. Finally, some simple strategies and tactics that can be used to avoid becoming the next cyber-attack victim will be examined.
Presenter: David Trepp, M.S., President and Chief Executive Officer, Info@Risk, Inc.

Increasing the Capacity to Address Behavioral Health through Technology - an update from SAMHSA - February 9, 2016
This presentation will focus on what SAMHSA is doing in the area of Health Information Technology, including mobilehealth and app development. The provision of crisis support online and examples of partnering with organizations such as Facebook will be discussed. Several mobile apps will be highlighted to show how mental health and substance abuse treatment advances are currently impacting the field and what community providers can do now to help. The presentation will conclude with discussion around the most important thing we can do now to ensure successful impact in the future.
Presenter: James Wright, LPC, Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health

BSAFER: A Tablet Computer Intervention for Women with Interpersonal Violence & Drug Use in the ER - March 8, 2016
Presentation of the BSAFER tool, a Web-based program for women reporting IPV and drug use in the ED, including data on its acceptability and feasibility for the target population.
Presenter: Esther Choo, MD, MPH

NEW CURRICULUM

Implementing Technology Assisted Care into Behavioral Health Settings: A Framework for Change (ITAC).  In January 2016, NFAR staff will complete the development of this curriculum which is designed to address one of the biggest barriers to individuals receiving substance use disorder treatment - access - especially in frontier/rural communities. With growing trends towards using technology-based interventions to deliver behavioral health treatment and recovery services, there is a need for administrators to know how to assess organizational readiness and individual propensity to adopt technology and a framework for implementing change.

The NFAR Project Director recently received a request for training to review South Carolina’s Certification Guidelines and its relationship to Technology-Based Clinical Supervision (TBCS). In 2016, NFAR plans to develop a product that can be delivered to various state level boards in the form of a training targeted to board members around TBCS guidelines as well as state specific guidelines. South Carolina is the pilot for this product.

In early 2016, NFAR will launch a second invitation only Facebook page titled, NFAR’s Telehealth & Technology Community: an online technical assistance community for behavioral health professionals. This page will provide a platform for professionals to get the latest and greatest in telehealth news, upcoming and best technology, use of specific technologies, and ask questions or hold discussions with experts that are members of the group.

NIDA Blending Initiative Marijuana Workgroup: The Goal is to produce infographics on the topics of Synthetic Cannabinoids and Medical Marijuana: An Overview. The Infographic on Medical Marijuana: An Overview was piloted at the NAADAC 2015 Conference in Washington DC on Oct 9-11, 2015 as one of the NFAR exhibit booth materials. During October -December 2015, the Blending Team submitted the Medical Marijuana: An Overview Infographic to NIDA and SAMHSA for official review and comment and development of a national dissemination plan. The Blending Team is currently revising the infographic based upon NIDA’s recommendations. NFAR staff will also attend the Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit in Bethesda, MD on March 22-23, 2016.

 

OTHER PROJECTS

NFAR-ATTC is willing to offer regional trainings for areas that are interested in implementing telehealth technologies in their area. Please contact Terra Hamblin at thamblin@casat.org or call 775.784.6265 for more information