VHCF Webinar Series on Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care

This webinar series was developed by VHCF to provide continuing education for health care professionals who provide primary care to individuals with mental health conditions, and may not have mental health specialists available either onsite or in the community.

Based on the priority needs identified in an April 2013 survey of Virginia’s safety net medical directors conducted by VHCF, two modules were developed: Pharmacotherapy for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care, and Diagnostic Considerations for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care. Each module is approximately 1.5-2 hours in length, and the cost to register is $25/webinar.

In addition to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, other health professionals who may be interested include pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors and registered nurses.  Both webinars are approved for CME credit, and thePharmacotherapy for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care module also is approved for ACPE credit.

Click here for more details on this webinar series.

Mental Health First Aid Training, Dec. 4th & 5th

mh trainingPresented by Region Ten Community Services Board and the Virginia Health Care Foundation.  Mental Health First Aid is similar to First Aid and CPR. Mental Health First Aid helps individuals to support those experiencing mental health problems and aids in getting people professional help and support. It is an interactive 8-hour course that teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self- help care.

This training is appropriate for the general public and most professionals, including: primary care providers, employers and administrators, school personnel and educators, nonprofit program managers and coordinators, state policymakers, and volunteers. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, please visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

There are two dates to choose from (please note two different locations). Each class can accommodate 25 people so don’t delay, sign up today! Cost is $35 per person for materials and lunch and will be accepted via cash or check the day of the event. Dress is casual.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

December 4, 2013

  • 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
  • Virginia Community Healthcare Association
  • 3831 Westerre Parkway
  • Henrico, Virginia 23233
December 5, 2013

  • 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
  • 4200 Innslake Drive
  • Glen Allen, VA 23060

About Region Ten: provides mental health, intellectual disability, crisis and substance use services for adults and children living in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. Since Region Ten’s inception in 1969, they have grown to more than 500 employees working to enrich communities one life at a time. 

Questions: Contact Rachel Rees or Jonathan Hendler at 804-828-5804 or rachel@vhcf.org / jonathan@vhcf.org

June 12th Virginia Health Reform Initiative (VHRI) Meeting

Yesterday (June 12) there was a meeting of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative (VHRI) Advisory Council. As part of the meeting there were a series of presentations on the Health Insurance Exchange and Medicaid reform . All of this material is available in a rather large (252 page) document in pdf format at the link below. For quick reference, go to pp. 3-12 of the pdf file for a summary of the Medicaid reform plan. Go to pp. 13-168 of the pdf file to see public comments on the Medicaid reform plan. Go to pp. 169+ of the pdf file to see the various slide presentations delivered during the meeting.