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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 NCIBH spoke to Dr. Randi Sokol, Tufts University director of faculty development and pain/ addictions curriculum. 

Tufts University Cambridge Health Alliance is a network of twelve primary care clinics and three community hospitals.

They aim to cultivate a passion for health equity and deliver the training needed to provide excellent care across a spectrum of primary care, population health, mental health, and substance abuse.

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"Most physicians do not feel adequately trained to diagnose and treat addiction, and many residency training sites now lack faculty champions in this arena. Having trained faculty in a clinical and educational culture that supports patients who struggle with substance use disorders is key for widespread patient care. At our residency program, our program director understood the essence of this principal and has made chronic pain and addictions core components of our curriculum."

- Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd
Tufts Director of Faculty Development and Pain/Addictions Curriculum 

Making a Difference 

Following a very active Suicide Prevention Awareness month NCIBH interviewed Dr. Michael Hogan from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is a national public-private partnership for suicide prevention.

The Action Alliance works with more than 250 national partners to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Current priority areas include: transforming health systems, transforming communities, and changing the conversation.

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"The bottom line is that people are dying in our care, but effective interventions exist and such interventions are appropriate in health care settings. And what’s counterintuitive is that these are mostly brief interventions, not weeks of in-patient treatment followed by intensive therapy. The results come from brief interventions that can be done by any health care practitioner after a relatively manageable amount of training.

- Michael Hogan, PhD
Principal at the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Resource of the Month

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, the featured resource is a suicide prevention resource for primary care practices and providers. 

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is housed at the Education Development Center (EDC). SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and resources to help states, tribes, health care systems, and communities implement more effective suicide prevention efforts. It also provides secretariat support to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and supports public dissemination of the Zero Suicide model for safer suicide care in health and behavioral health care systems.
Earlier this year, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program (WICHE MHP) and Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) released the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices. First developed in 2009, the toolkit has been updated to align with Zero Suicide, a nationally recognized framework for providing safer and more comprehensive suicide care in health and behavioral health care settings. The updated toolkit contains tools, information, and resources to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices and overcome barriers to treating suicidal patients in the primary care setting. It includes assessment guidelines, safety plans, billing tips, sample protocols, and more!
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In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Penn NCIBH Twitter account hosted a chat on suicide prevention in primary care.

Read a summary of the chat here and make sure to add us on Twitter for the latest NCIBH news. 

What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


The United States Preventive Services Task Force drafted new recommendation statements on perinatal depression: preventive interventions. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women who are at increased risk of perinatal depression to counseling interventions. 
Jefferson Health and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid's (CMS) Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program implemented a system-wide integrated behavioral health program
The annual theme for this year's SAMHSA National Recovery Month was to "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community." Recovery month aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an article examining the growing impact of pediatric mental health disorders and the implications for children's hospitals and health care delivery systems. 
The Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health is hosting webinars throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Register in advance for the webinar on Substance Use, Trauma and Domestic Violence: Critical Issues, Promising Approaches.


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

October 15
AHRQ Conference on Addressing the National Opioid Crisis and Beyond
Where: Crystal City, VA  | Website

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

October 24-26
Multiple Pathways to Recovery Conference
Where: Punta Gorda, TX  | Website

October 28-31
Reinventing the Behavioral Health Workforce: Implementing 
Innovative Solutions Conference

Where: New Orleans, LA  | Website
November 5-6
Integrated Behavioral Health Summit
Where: Missoula, MT   | Website
November 8
PCPCC Annual Conference- Key Policies to Elevate Primary Care
Where: Washington, D.C.  | Website

November 7
Application deadline for STFM's  Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship 

Where: Website
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