As work with clients/patients continues to evolve with insurers and the public, efforts have focused on increasing the emphasis on provider utilization of “best-practices” for the treatment of individuals with a substance use disorder as well as those who are dually diagnosed. While many best-practices continue to guide the work of behavioral health professionals and peer recovery support specialists, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has significantly altered how treatment services are delivered with impacts on both the individuals served and the professionals collectively trying to achieve a new rhythm to their practice.
During this session, there will be an examination of (1) evolving best-practices that demonstrate recovery support services during the PHE; (2) how behavioral health professionals and peer recovery support specialists can develop best-practices for future PHEs; and, (3) next steps in addressing recovery supports during a pandemic.
- Define best practices and the relation to evidence-based practices in support of recovery
- Discuss challenges to existing best practices as a result of the COVID-19 PHE
- Consider evolving best practices with the potential to meet client/patient needs during the current and future PHEs
Timothy Legg Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.N., M.P.A., M.Sc., M.A.C., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C. is board-certified as both a geriatric and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and is also a licensed psychologist. In his private practice, he cares for individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and dual diagnosis. He holds doctoral degrees in health sciences and clinical psychology and is certified as a Master Addictions Counselor. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota.