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July 2, 2020 

ForwardHealth Releases New Coverage Information for Consultation with Parents

The June 2020 ForwardHealth Update (2020-27), titled "Coverage of Mental Health Clinical Consultations for Students Policy Expands to Include Parents," has been published by ForwardHealth. The policy update implements changes enacted under 2019 WI Act 88 and extends application of the current school-mental health consultation code to cover connections with parents, which is broadly defined in the legislation and the policy. The coverage includes telephone consultation. The coverage is effective immediately. Contact Kathy Markeland for more information.

Providing Effective Social Emotional and Behavioral Supports: The Role of Screening

July 9, 2020 – 9 AM via Zoom
WI DPI will be continuing their popular Community of Practice Calls through December 2020. The first summer webinar will feature Dr. Katie Eklund, Program Co-director and Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, UW Madison School of Education discussing social, emotional and behavioral screening.

Description: Screening data can be used to better inform schools about where to focus resources for children who demonstrate social-emotional and behavioral concerns. This session will provide an overview of screening measures, ethical and legal considerations, and procedural considerations during COVID-19 and when students return to school. Participants will learn how to use a decision-making framework to connect screening data to interventions for all students, including racially and ethnically diverse youth
To join the Zoom Meeting: 

Meeting ID: 837 1959 0740
Password: 206093

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Telehealth: Our New Reality

Sponsored by the CESBMH Innovative Practices Committee
July 17 - 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Schools and providers actively launched into telemental health over the past several months, and there is no turning back. A recent WAFCA survey on telehealth collected provider perspectives on the value of these services for students during this crisis and many providers reported success connecting with students and increased engagement with parents. The Coalition is tracking DHS progress toward a permanent Wisconsin telehealth rule and Medicaid policy and in the meantime, practitioners are eager to share what they are learning and continue advancing their telehealth competencies.
Join the Innovative Practices Committee on July 17 at 11:00 for a presentation by Dr. Kristin Kroll, Children's Wisconsin, on "Telehealth: Our New Reality." If you are not on the committee, please register here for a link for the presentation.

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Upcoming GLTTC Training Opportunities

The Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center are offering wonderful opportunities for FREE training...and one even comes with CE hours!

Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities - July 9, 2020; 12pm - 1pm. Presenters will discuss how access to care is critical for farming, rural, and frontier communities and highlight the unique barriers these communities face. Information about telehealth services and resources, and how best practices developed prior and during the pandemic may provide longer-term solutions to mental health care access for farmers and rural communities will also be provided. This series is being done in partnership with the American Psychological Association and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. 

Trauma Informed Care - August 4, 2020; 8:30am - Noon. This training will focus on the provider’s role in creating a safe space for patients to truly feel seen and understood. The training is being co-sponsored by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH). The content of this session will benefit all behavioral health providers, and IABH will be providing 3.5 continuing education hours for completing this training.

Registration for summer/fall WAFCA-CE is now open!

WAFCA-CE sessions will focus on resilience, emotional regulation, partnering with individuals and families in various stages of readiness, understanding maladaptive behaviors in children and youth, and cultural humility as it relates to ethics and boundaries. All sessions will be held via webinar, so there's plenty of room for you to join and earn CE from the comfort of your own home or office! Each $99 session qualifies for 4 CE Hours. Full calendar and registration details.

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