School Mental Health Navigators COP Reconvenes on October 21, 2020 at Noon – Join Us!
Join us on October 21 for the School Mental Health Navigators Community of Practice. The Navigator COP meets monthly online during the school year so navigators can connect on best practices and share resources. Whether you are called a navigator or have taken on the tasks without the title, we want to learn from you! Topics for this month include: 1) Schools and therapist costs – what’s fair? Should the district cover therapist insurance, continuing education, licensure renewal, travel, etc?; 2) Recruiting therapists to work in your school – challenges with supervision and ensuring quality work; and 3) Coordinating mental health in COVID times – delivering teletherapy services for children in-person at school, and 4) Releases for students receiving school mental health services.
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October 27, 2020 – 6:00 – 7:30 pm via Zoom
Conversation with Mental Health Professionals from Diverse Cultural, Racial, Ethnic & Linguistic Backgrounds.
This conversation for mental health professionals* from diverse backgrounds will focus on struggles unique to those of diverse backgrounds and how cultural identity enhances therapeutic work in these difficult times. We will explore these themes through individual and panel presentations as well as large and small group discussion.
Are you from a cultural, racial, ethnic or linguistic background that is commonly referred to as minority or marginalized? If so, please register and join us to share your experience, to learn together and to have your voice heard:
News and Resources
Also from OCMH…Accessing Children’s Mental Health Services A Visual Tool
How to first access children’s mental health services and what to expect in those initial stages are questions the Accessing Children’s Mental Health Services map addresses. The Service Access and Family Engagement Committee of the Trauma and Recovery Project has created this tool. Get the tool and share it with families in your network as well as community organizations or providers who can use it to guide parents and caregivers.
Permanency Plan Tool Now on DPI Website
Recent statutory changes allow schools to provide input in permanency plan hearings and reviews for students in out-of-home care (such as foster care, etc.). DPI created some resources to help school staff understand the process and facilitate school input.
Go to: https://dpi.wi.gov/foster-care/child-welfare-and-school-collaboration and scroll down to the section on “School Input for Permanency Plan Hearings and Reviews” to access a fillable form that can be used by school representatives to determine what information, if any, may be relevant for the school to present to a judge or administrative review panel regarding a student in out-of-home care.
HHS Announces Phase 3 Provider CARES Act Payments - New Behavioral Health Provider Eligibility
Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will be invited to apply for additional funding from this $20 Billion allocation. Phase 3 funding considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020 are invited to apply, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental health and substance use issues exacerbated by the pandemic are eligible for relief payments. The deadline for applications is November 6. Application Information – Phase 3.
OCI Issues Bulletin on Telemedicine Coverage
This week WI Commissioner of Insurance Mark Afable issued a bulletin directed to health plans regarding the importance of continued coverage of telehealth services as the pandemic persists. The bulletin emphasizes that issuers "who lack access to telehealth services where in-person services are not available may be found by OCI to lack an adequate provider network..." WAFCA has communicated with a number of members who are experiencing denials of telehealth coverage from private health plans. This bulletin sends a strong signal regarding potential enforcement action. Providers should continue to support consumers in filing coverage complaints with OCI.