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Local Behavioral Health Systems in New York State

Originally presented on June 20, 2016

Denise Balzer, LCSW, Program Advisor, New York State Office of Mental Health
Laura Higgins, LMHC,
Addictions Specialist II, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

A siloed approach to health care has led to a delivery system high costs and gaps and duplication in services. Inadequate planning for transitions in care settings has the potential to lead to less than optimal health outcomes and can contribute to readmission.  Coordination, collaboration and knowledge of local services and supports are critically important in successful transitions

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the services and resources available from the NYS Office of Mental Health and the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to support discharge planning and the Health Home model of care coordination. It will specifically focus on behavioral health referral and coordination and what resources are available to discharge planners and others involved in long term care coordination in communities across New York State.

After viewing this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify steps in the discharge planning process.
  • Define Health Homes' role in discharge planning
  • Be able to name at least three resources available from the Office of Mental Health (OMH) or Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until June 30, 2019.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until June 30, 2019. 

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Social Work Continuing Education Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers - #0011

This offering is approved for 1 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until June 30, 2019.