Mid-America MHTTC Newsletter

Happy Fall! We hope you're finding time to enjoy the cooler temps.

September was busy for the Mid-America MHTTC, from hosting new and ongoing learning communities to disseminating new free resources in integrated care and professional well-being.

Read on for more information about our October programming. We have a lot in store! If you have questions about anything you see in this newsletter, please send an email to midamerica@mhttcnetwork.org.

Best wishes,

The Team at the Mid-America MHTTC
We hope to connect with you through one of our free events!
Iowa School Psychologists Association Fall Conference
Oct. 1 | ONLINE
Food and Mood: Understanding Science, Evaluating Evidence, and Implementing Best Practices
1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 1 | ONLINE
Improving Educator Mental Health Literacy with Classroom WISE
12-1 p.m. Oct. 5 | ONLINE
Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health (National Center for School Mental Health)
Oct. 14-15 | ONLINE
Serious Mental Illness: Motivational Interviewing Learning Community
10-11 a.m. Oct. 14, 20 | ONLINE
Program Limited to Select Participants
Education (30 minutes) / Child Trauma (30 minutes) (Context Clues: Using Social Determinants of Health [SDOH] to Enhance Treatment)
12-1 p.m. Oct. 21 | ONLINE
Introduction to Integrated Primary Care Webinar
12-1 p.m. Oct. 22 | ONLINE
Integrated Care Conference (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association)
Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 14-Oct. 23 | ONLINE
TTC Advisory Board Fall Meeting
Oct. 28 | Kansas City, MO
Program Limited to Select Participants
TTC Directors with HueLife
Oct. 29 | Kansas City, MO
Program Limited to Select Participants
ADHD Awareness Month - Oct. 1-31
National Bullying Prevention Month - Oct. 1-31
International Day of Non-Violence - Oct. 2
Mental Illness Awareness Week - Oct. 3-9
Physician Assistants Week - Oct. 6-12
World Mental Health Day - Oct. 10
National Coming Out Day - Oct. 11
Indigenous People's Day - Oct. 11
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Oct. 23
Halloween - Oct. 31
Webinar, learning community to introduce Classroom WISE to school mental health professionals
Educators and school personnel are invited to join us for a free webinar from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, to learn about Classroom WISE as well as our 2021-2022 Promoting Educator Mental Health Literacy: A Mid-America MHTTC Regional Learning Community.

Classroom WISE, or Classroom Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators, is a free three-part training package that assists K-12 educators in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom. Developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), the package offers evidence-based strategies and skills to engage and support students with mental health concerns in the classroom.

In the Oct. 5 webinar, we'll provide an overview of Classroom WISE, teach you how to access the modules, and help you prepare to apply what you learn to your work with children and adolescents.

Applications for the learning community are due Oct. 18. In this free training and networking opportunity, we will introduce leadership teams to the Classroom WISE content, plan for implementation and roll-out, and aid in supporting implementation for teams that have already started. Learn more and apply on the learning community website.
Now available: 'Food and Mood' webinar recording
The webinar recording from Food and Mood: Understanding Science, Evaluating Evidence, and Implementing Best Practices, which aired Oct. 1, is now available.

In this presentation, participants learned decision-making strategies and critical evaluation skills around the dynamic interplay of nutrition and behavioral health for school-aged youth. Participants also learned to discern pseudoscientific practices from evidence-based practices when addressing physical wellness as part of a mental health treatment plan. Finally, experts in the field shared their experiences in an interactive panel.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) webinar series picks up with presentations on education and child trauma
The next webinar in our series Context Clues: Using Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to Enhance Treatment will cover education and child trauma from 12-1 p.m. CT on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Click here to register. Each webinar in this series, produced in collaboration with Aetna Better Health of Kansas, is divided into two flash presentations. A certificate for half of a contact hour will be provided upon completion of each session.

Webinar recordings from past presentations in the series are also available. Use the links below to access the recordings and slide decks.

Homelessness and Housing Instability (30 minutes)

Employment (30 minutes)

Orientation to Z Codes (30 minutes)

Food Insecurity (30 minutes)

Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care Settings
Now available: ARC Workbook for Professionals

Learners either following along with the modules individually or as part of an organization can now access the core modules' activities and take notes or write down reflections on the content via an engaging workbook. The interactive workbook features fillable text boxes that work with Adobe, the default PDF-opener for most people.

You may access the workbook digitally for free at any time. Please reach out to us at midamerica@mhttcnetwork.org if you are interested in obtaining hard copies.
Now available: 3 infographic briefs make case for integrated care
Three new infographic briefs explaining the benefits of integrated behavioral health and primary care are available for free to health care professionals and students.

The handouts introduce core concepts in integrated care to practitioners and students. Integrated behavioral health and primary care is the Mid-America MHTTC's area of focus. Our trainers draw upon decades of combined experience working in integrated care settings, as well as firsthand knowledge of how many children, adults and families face limited access to behavioral health services, especially in rural and underserved inner-city areas.

Use the links below to access the handouts.

  1. Integrated Care Overview - This handout provides a snapshot of integrated care and its definition, primary models, and benefits.
  2. Why Integrated Care? - This handout highlights the advantages of integrating behavioral health and primary care, including improved patient access to care, better patient outcomes, cost efficiencies, and physician satisfaction.
  3. Pediatric Integrated Care - This handout distinguishes between integrated behavioral health and primary care for adults and integrated care for children and adolescents.
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