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Integrated Care:


Understanding Common Behavioral Health, Physical Health and Substance Use Issues

Behavioral health providers often encounter individuals with physical health issues and substance use issues and need to be prepared to recognize these health problems, understand how they interact, and suggest adequate treatments.

This workshop will begin by outlining health conditions common in behavioral health care (i.e. hypertension, diabetes, obesity), behavioral health conditions common in primary care (i.e. depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and trauma), and common substances used (alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and opioids). For each of these health and behavioral health issues, facilitators will review etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and cultural considerations.

Facilitators will introduce the concept of integrated behavioral health, physical health, and substance use treatment: whole person care. They will describe important aspects of integrated care including the relationship between physical health, behavioral health, and substance use, elements of integrated care models, and strategies for providing integrated care.

Throughout the training, learners will have an opportunity to practice and apply skills. The workshop will begin and end with knowledge check quizzes.

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • List common behavioral health, physical health, and substance use issues

  • Define integrated care

  • Identify the critical elements for providing effective integrated care
  • Name(s) and qualifications of facilitator(s):
    Melissa Hinds, RN, BSN, oversees and coordinates the administrative activities of the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI), a busy center that supports the New York State Office of Mental Health’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families. In addition, Ms. Hinds contributes her healthcare knowledge to CPI activities and products.

    Ms. Hinds earned a BSN from CUNY School of Professional Studies with a concentration in care of culturally diverse populations and nursing research. She will graduate with a MS in Nursing Education from CUNY School of Professional Studies in 2019 with a concentration in changing healthcare systems, adapting and teaching education strategies for diverse learners, and adopting effective evidence-based practices in academic as well as clinical healthcare settings. Her interests focus on improving integrated care methods to identify and treat behavioral and physical health conditions.

    Dr. Sapana Patel is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience in clinical supervision and designing training programs for behavioral health community providers. She has focused on improving the access, delivery and quality of care for individuals with behavioral health conditions. Dr. Patel brings expertise in implementation science and integrated care and has implemented policy-relevant training initiatives to increase dissemination of evidence-based practices to providers within the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS-OMH) Article 31 clinics, a large Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in New York and NYS-OMH outpatient clinics.

    In her collaboration and leadership role at the Institute for Family Health, a Patient Centered Medical Home, Dr. Patel led efforts to identify training needs of multidisciplinary staff and developed a curriculum on collaborative and integrated care. In prior work at the Center for Practice Innovations, Dr. Patel assisted in the development of module-based behavioral health training for Managed Care Organizations to support system transformation goals.

    Information for Continuing Education:
    This course has been approved for 5 Licensed Social Work (LMSW or LCSW) CE hours.
    This course has been approved for 5 Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)CE hours.
    This course has been approved for 5 (CASAC/CPP/CPS)CE hours.

    To receive the CE hours participants must: arrive on time; stay for the full session; submit a post-test; and document their attendance via the Social Work CE sign in and sign-out roster. No credit will be provided for partial attendance.

    Important Notice:
    The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0098 and is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0121.

    For questions about CE credits please contact:
    Amanda Saake, Director of The Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery at

    While this workshop is free of charge, there is a $50 cancellation fee if registrants do not cancel more than 24 hours in advance. To cancel, please email Deborah Short at:

    Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
    Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Location: ** Downtown Conference Center at Pace University | 157 William Street, New York, NY 10038 | Manhattan

    **We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization based on the
    demand for the workshop/meeting.**