I met today’s guest at the annual Samaritan Institute behavioral health conference. We were both session speakers and excited to collaborate in any way possible to support the sector of healthcare we are both immensely passionate about. My first thought after listening to Dr. Marlene Maheu was, “Why haven’t I met this powerhouse in person yet? She is the thought leader in telemental health.” Spend five minutes with her and you begin to grasp how much influence, passion, leadership and knowledge Dr. Maheu has about behavioral health in general but especially telebehavioral health. Take this journey with us to discover from the Executive Director of the Telemental Health Institute where technology is headed in relation to online behavioral health counseling.
Every year the Samaritan Institute holds their annual conference. The talk tracks this year focused heavily on tele-behavioral health as well as EHR selection, implementation and clinical workflow. Our CEO, Kristin Walker, was asked to present with Dr. Carol Pitts on electronic health records. The sessions were full and they had a line of people waiting to talk to each of them at the conclusion of the presentations.
The importance of working with vendors that have the proper credentials in behavioral health was part of the discussion. They also discussed the travails but necessary journey of moving from a Behavioral Health EHR that ceases to meet the needs of a behavioral health agency to one that is designed as an enterprise-wide and browser-based EHR.
What is a Community Mental Health organization to do when it is time to make the switch from one Behavioral Health EHR to another?
They start planning.
They outline what isn’t working about their current system and plan out their goals for transitioning to a new EHR that can better handle their needs. Sometimes the first jump into an electronic health record system is successful only in that it transitions the agency off a paper-based system and educates the staff about what kinds of features they want in a new system.
Session One: Treatment Goal Setting
Overview: The interactive webinar will introduce a three prong evaluation model for mental health service organizations. We will discuss the core elements of successful evaluation programs and focus on the development of effective and efficient treatment goal setting as the first prong of the model. The presenter will discuss how to balance client centered goal setting with the need for consistency and rigor in establishing measurable goals.
HIPAA and Security Webinar for Behavioral Health Providers
Instructor: Roy Huggins, LPC of Person-Centered Tech
Moderator: Kristin Walker, everythingEHR
Offering by: The Samaritan Institute
If you missed the live webinar here is your opportunity to watch this invaluable presentation.
Click HERE to watch the video
Samaritan Network Webinar Offerings
The Samaritan Institute has partnered with Advantage Consulting, LLC, everythingEHR, and Roy Huggins of Person-Centered Tech to provide FREE webinars to the Samaritan Network on topics related to HIPAA and Technology, Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation, as well as Electronic Health Record Systems.
The first offering, “HIPAA and Security” will be held on Monday, December 15; with more to come in early 2015, including a four part series related to “Planning and Implementing Clinical Outcome Measures Activities.” While you are encouraged to attend the live sessions in order to participate in the question and answer dialogue, the webinars will also be recorded for viewing as your schedule allows. Ongoing consultation in these areas continues to be available to Centers as needed. Kristin Walker of everythingEHR will be moderating all of the sessions below.
Please join us in welcoming Kelly Arora to Mental Health News Radio. Our topic of discussion is Spiritually Integrated Therapy. We also asked Kelly to provide us with some additional information for our blog readers about her work, her role with the Samaritan Institute, and how she is working to broaden the reach of the Samaritan Institute.
Kelly, tell us about The Samaritan Institute and your role there.
The Samaritan Institute is a network of counseling centers across the United States and Japan. Our affiliated Centers distinguish themselves within their communities by being “spiritually integrated”—addressing the whole person as mind, body, spirit and community – within the context of the therapeutic relationship. The Samaritan Institute headquarters’ staff is based in Denver, and we also have 5 part-time Center Consultants who live and work throughout the U.S.