Behavioral Health

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  • In the United States, only 41 percent of the people who had a mental disorder in the past year received professional healthcare or other services.
  • In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.

Our focus is helping providers locate the resources in their community that can help reduce readmissions and Emergency Department (ED) utilization for those with behavioral health issues. A public health priority is substance use disorder involving opioids. We have included resources for you to use to address the opioid epidemic in our Medication Management page. In addition to behavioral health services, we have tools and resources to address polypharmacy and the use of antipsychotics/antianxiety medications.

Dementia affects around 50 million people worldwide and is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people. Our behavioral health focus also includes resources to improve dementia care in all healthcare settings.

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Behavioral Health Training Events

Apr 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Webinar - Getting Started
Great Plains Quality Care Coalition Webinar – Getting Started [CANCELED] Please Join Us. Better together!     Learn more about Great Plains Quality Care Coalition (GPQCC). Our team of quality improvement experts will outline the[...]
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Webinar - Getting Started
Great Plains Quality Care Coalition Webinar – Getting Started Please Join Us. Better together!     Learn more about Great Plains Quality Care Coalition (GPQCC). Our team of quality improvement experts will outline the format[...]
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Four Locations in North Dakota (Held Simultaneously)
    This year’s Quality Health Associates of North Dakota Annual Quality Forum—The Power of Progress—is an intentional celebration of successes from across the continuum of care throughout North Dakota represented by professionals who are[...]
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation/Slides Handout We know that patients who are co-prescribed opioid therapies and benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives, are at an increased risk of hospitalization and death due to drug interaction and drug overdose. Unfortunately, several[...]
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation/Slides Handout Bedside medication delivery (Med-to-Bed) involves patients obtaining their discharge medications and education prior to leaving the hospital. It has been found to reduce readmissions and improve patient satisfaction scores. This presentation provided an[...]
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Participation Instructions: Register for the WebEx event. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a registration ID from messenger@webex.com. The information on the email will be required to log into the[...]
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Play WebEx Recording Presentation Handout Project ECHO is a collaborative model to increase sharing and workforce capacity to provide best-practice care and reduce health disparities. Learn how three different organizations in the Great Plains QIN[...]
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presentation handout Overview and Purpose: This webinar will provide a brief explanation of antibiograms and will delve into their value in acute care, long-term care and outpatient settings. Using antibiograms to support improved antibiotic use[...]
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm WebEx
All healthcare providers, partners and beneficiaries are welcome to attend! This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event will feature a speaker panel of patients living with pain, a pain management specialist and a[...]
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation Handout Only 20% of people with opioid use disorder receive treatment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic lists expanding access to treatment as a key area[...]
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation handout WebEx Q&A Learn how a large system practice and rural clinic practice are using Chronic Care Management Programs to better coordinate care, increase communication to providers, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and ED visits, empower[...]
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation/slides Handout Overview and Purpose: During this WebEx recognized international expert and chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, Dr. Eric Voth, will discuss the nationwide opioid epidemic, appropriate prescribing, alternative modalities and Opioid[...]
Jul 25 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Presentation Handout Improving care for people with multiple chronic conditions that are often complicated by patients’ limited ability to care for themselves independently and by their complex social needs will help improve the performance of[...]
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation Slides Handout The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommend tapering opioids when benefits do not outweigh harms of continued therapy. Tapering opioids can be challenging and a difficult process for patients.[...]
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Presentation Handout Improving care for people with multiple chronic conditions that are often complicated by patients’ limited ability to care for themselves independently and by their complex social needs will help improve the performance of[...]
May 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation/Slide Handout   Naloxone is a safe medication that can prevent opioid deaths. This webinar will improve participants’ understanding of the role of naloxone in preventing opioid overdose related death, identification of individuals who may[...]
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presentation/Slide Handout Early Recognition and Management of Sepis for Post-acute Settings (MPRO) Sepsis is one of the top diagnoses involved with readmissions throughout the Great Plains and Lake Superior Quality Innovation Networks. This webinar is[...]
Apr 10 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will review acute pain and chronic pain guidance and will discuss how to use a pain guidance document in practice. Differentiation of pain treatment recommendations as they relate to patient populations will be[...]
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation/Slide Handout   On January 1, Nebraska became the first state to require pharmacists and pharmacies to report all dispensed prescriptions daily to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), not just controlled substances. PDMPs are a[...]
Mar 13 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar highlighted the development of a Pain Guidance Task Force in Nebraska. Presenters discussed composition of the task force and utilization of CDC’s guidelines on opioid prescribing to compile the Nebraska Pain Guidance Document[...]
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent treatment guidelines[...]
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  Presentation Handout Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the United States. Eighty percent of sepsis begins outside the hospital. The elderly, as well as patients with chronic conditions, are at significant risk[...]
Feb 6 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent treatment guidelines[...]
Jan 29 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Nonpharmacologic therapies have become a vital part of managing chronic pain. This webinar will focus on the non-pharmacologic options available including mindfulness and meditation, yoga and exercise, anti-inflammatory foods, emotional triggers, sleep and more. Target[...]
Jan 9 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
  Presentation handout Nonpharmacologic therapies have become a vital part of managing chronic pain. This webinar will focus on the non-pharmacologic options available including mindfulness and meditation, yoga and exercise, anti-inflammatory foods, emotional triggers, sleep[...]
Dec 12 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
  Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a valuable tool to improve patient care and coordination and public safety by reducing drug diversion and inappropriate use. This follow-up coaching call provides participants the opportunity to[...]
Nov 28 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a valuable tool to improve patient care and coordination and public safety by reducing drug diversion and inappropriate use. This event includes PDMP staff from throughout the Great Plains[...]
Nov 14 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a valuable tool to improve patient care and coordination and public safety by reducing drug diversion and inappropriate use. This event includes PDMP staff from throughout the Great Plains[...]
Oct 17 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Medication Safety LAN Series An important pillar to reducing abuse of opioids is safe and proper disposal of unused medication.  This coaching call will allow participants to interact with take back experts to ask questions,[...]
Oct 10 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Medication Safety LAN Series An important pillar to reducing abuse of opioids is safe and proper disposal of unused medication.  This webinar reviews success approaches at the community and state level to improve access to[...]
Sep 26 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Medication Safety LAN Series There is no single solution to the opioid epidemic.  It will require a collaborative approach with variety of community partners to address factors such as pain management, treatment, and societal impact.[...]
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Care Coordination and Medication Safety Progress within the Great Plains QIN Region Join the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Care Coordination Team for the fifth in this series of action-oriented learning events. This WebEx session will[...]
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  This month, the Great Plains QIN is providing the opportunity to participate in a Coaching Call with peers and experts in the field regarding any one of the following three topics: reducing rehospitalizations, medication[...]
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Care Coordination Team for the fourth in this series of action-oriented learning events. This WebEx session will help your organization build capacity for better, safer care and healthier[...]
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  This month, the Great Plains QIN is providing the opportunity to participate in a Coaching Call with peers and experts in the field regarding any one of the following three topics: reducing rehospitalizations, medication[...]
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Great Plains QIN Care Coordination Team held this third in a series of action-oriented learning events to help organizations build capacity for better, safer care and healthier people and communities. Medication Safety Presentation Handout Medication safety contributes to reducing[...]
Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  This month, the Great Plains QIN is providing the opportunity to participate in a Coaching Call with peers and experts in the field regarding any one of the following three topics: reducing rehospitalizations, medication[...]
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rehospitalizations – Medication Safety – Chronic Disease Management Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout Recording Transcript Join the Great Plains QIN Care Coordination Team for a series of action-oriented learning events over the next several months[...]
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout WebEx Overview This event will provide an introduction to the care coordination and medication safety Learning and Action Network (LAN). Included will be the patient/family perspective, overview of[...]
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