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The National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (NCIBH) is a HRSA-funded Academic Unit of Primary Care Training and Enhancement. The mission of the NCIBH is to prepare primary care clinicians with the expertise and leadership for integrated behavioral health care.

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Teaching Matters


This month’s featured program is The Wright Center.

We spoke to President and CEO Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak (pictured), Dr. Meaghan Ruddy Director of Medical Education and Scott Constantini Director of Behavioral Health Services.

The Wright Center is a non-profit, community-based graduate medical education consortium and safety-net provider of primary care services with a mission to continuously improve education and patient care in a collaborative spirit to enhance outcomes, access and affordability.

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"The nature of primary care is such that a significant proportion of the population which shows up for physical primary care services actually present with a behavioral health complaint or have an underlying behavioral health component to their current medical and physical health challenges."

- Dr. Linda Thomas-Hernak, President and CEO of The Wright Center 

Making a Difference 

This month we spoke to Kyle West and Dr. David Bauman (pictured) from the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program

Medical Residents at CWFMR learn to provide community based comprehensive and continuous ambulatory care to medically under-served patient’s representative of the cultural, socio-economic and demographic diversity of Central Washington.

The program provides full spectrum Family Medicine training including OB, integrated behavioral health, osteopathic manipulation, procedural training and inpatient pediatric and adult medicine.

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"We encourage and emphasize the importance of context throughout our training. Much of what residents are exposed to in regards to training related to mental health or psychiatry focuses on symptom reduction and diagnoses. While important, to us, training residents to gather the patient’s context, rather than solely focus on symptoms and disorders, allows for more meaningful and effective interventions."

- Dr. Bauman, Behavioral Health Education Director of Central Washington

Resource of the Month

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use Care

Partner’s and organizations around the country highlighted this specific resource throughout our @Penn_NCIBH  #trainIBH chat.
ASAM has developed the National Practice Guideline to provide information on evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder care.This guideline is the first to address all the FDA-approved medications available to treat addiction involving opioid use and opioid overdose - methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone and naloxone - in a single document. It aims to help clinicians make evidence-based clinical decisions when prescribing pharmacotherapies to patients with opioid use disorder.
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Check this out! On July 31st the @Penn_NCIBH Twitter Account hosted a chat on education and training for primary care providers in medication assisted treatment and opioid use disorder care
A summary of the chat and resources can be found here.

Penn NCIBH plans to host bimonthly Twitter Chats related to trending topics in behavioral health and primary care training

Follow us on Twitter to find out more.

What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Government Relations Division has issued an Opioid Epidemic Survey for its members, designed to illuminate opioid-related practice issues and compile family physicians' firsthand views on priorities for addressing the problem.The deadline to complete the survey is Aug. 31.

The City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) has relaunched 'Guide to Thriving at Work', an independent toolkit created by its members to help business improve mental health within the workplace. 

Following a 14 month review of Delaware's opioid use disorder treatment system, a research team from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative recommended four major strategies to achieve the state's goal of a system of care that is accessible, evidence-based, individualized, comprehensive and accountable.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has revised the 2016 Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths

There is an upcoming webinar focused on Prevention in Practice: Building Communities that Strengthen the Resilency of Future Generations. Presenters from Chicago’s Jewish Center for Addiction and the Georgia Prevention Project will share strategies and descriptions of youth-led programs that are strengthening the resilience of young people and preventing future generations from harm.


August 22 
SAMHSA-HRSA Webinar: Best Practices for Sustaining Behavioral Health Integration Models in Health Centers Using Health Information Technology
Time: 2pm ET  | Register

September 1-30
National Suicide Prevention Month
Nationwide | Website

September 13
Conference on Treatment Options for OUD and Co-Occurring Disorders
Where: Charlotte, NC  | Website

September 27
NCIBH Twitter Chat
Suicide Prevention in Primary Care
Where: Twitter | Website

September 27-28
Leadership Forum: Achieving Quality and Value in Healthcare through Integration
Where: Boston, MA  | Website

October 4-7
2018 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
Where: Chicago, IL  | Website 

October 11-13
42nd Annual NASW Texas State Conference
Where: Arlington, TX | Website

October 18-20
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's Annual Conference
Where: Rochester, NY  | Website

October 25-26
Healthier Texas Summit
Where: Austin, TX  | Website

November 8
PCPCC Annual Conference- Key Policies to Elevate Primary Care
Where: Washington, D.C.  | Website

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