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Webinar Addresses Integrating Care in Pennsylvania
May 8, 2012

The National Technical Assistance Center for Child Mental Health will focus its May webinar on the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. Improving relationships between mental health and primary care services has become a national concern, yet this integration is fraught with barriers. Funded by SAMHSA, Pennsylvania has developed and launched the Behavioral Health-Works program, a multi-faceted, system change approach that addresses these challenges.

The program simultaneously focuses on mental health education for the primary care provider, web-based screening for suicide and other key behavioral health problems, and improving the process for referring youth to mental health services. Outcomes indicate increased rates of identification of at-risk youth and greater satisfaction with collaboration between these systems of care. The presentation will discuss challenges, solutions, program components, and outcomes. The webinar is May 17, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Additional information, including the list of presenters and registration information is available at http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/resources/2012calls.html. The webinar is free. Questions may be directed to Marisa Irvine, webinar coordinator (irvinema@georgetown.edu).

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