Success Stories: Implementing Behavioral Health in a Specialty Care Setting

August 16, 2017

2:00pm- 3:30pm EDT

In the United States, up to 43 percent of people with cancer experience psychosocial distress. In fact, behavioral health disorders co-occur with a significant number of general medical illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, demonstrating a critical need to bring mental health and substance abuse treatment into specialty care settings. Early attention to these psychological and social-emotional needs of the patient can result in better adjustment, medication adherence, improved quality of life, and greater trust between the medical providers and patient.
Yet specialty doctors face many challenges, such as identifying patients in need and ensuring sufficient access to behavioral health specialists. Caregivers are also vulnerable to depression, severe stress and grief. Join CIHS for a webinar to learn about a successful partnership between a hospital system and an oncology practice, which has woven behavioral health screening and treatment into their practice, and the lessons they have learned along the way.

In this webinar, participants will gain:
  • Learn about common comorbid conditions seen in specialty care settings
  • Gain best practices in identifying and treating behavioral health needs in specialty care settings
  • Receive tools and resources to help develop similar programming

  • Matthew Stevenson, LCSW, Mental Health Therapist, Abramson Cancer Center

  • Thomas Michaels, MSW, LCSWManager, Integrated Population Health, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Please note the following:

  • Registration is free and closed captioning is available upon request.

  • The audio for this webcast is via computer speakers and not telephone. We recommend using external speakers for desktop computers to ensure best audio quality. Test your system here >>

  • The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions does not provide certificates of attendance or continuing education credits for webinar attendance.

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