mts deskThe Intersection of Integrated Care and Advocacy
This month’s e-newsletter is primarily focused on aspects of psychological involvement in integrated care. This is timely, given the manifest demands being placed on Accountable Care Organizations for provision of behavioral healthcare to newly insured citizens. At this point, more and more states are looking to establish Medicaid exchanges, and are looking for mechanisms to identify qualified mental health providers. Unfortunately for psychology, many states are turning to psychiatry and social work to fill the positions. It is incumbent on us as practitioners and advocates for the profession to educate policymakers on the value of psychological service provision. Read more.

October 2015 News

Michigan Just Finalized Regulations to Accept National Register’s Licensure Mobility Program
If you are interested in getting licensed in Michigan or another state or province, visit the licensure mobility section of the National Register’s website to request a free verification letter.

Healthcare Integration in the Era of the ACA
This report from the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness articulates the changing landscape for managed behavioral healthcare organizations and their ability to integrate services to meet the needs of individuals with complex behavioral and physical health conditions. Read more.

Resources for Integrating Behavioral Health and HIV Care
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) compiled resources to support providers looking to integrate behavioral health into their practice in order to better treat people living with or at-risk for HIV. Read More.

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Reports Positive Results
CPC practices showed positive quality results as well as decreased costs generated for Medicare. This initiative was launched in 2012 to advance primary care by paying clinicians to deliver accessible, comprehensive, and coordinated care. Read more.

Children in Foster Homes Lack ‘Medical Home’
With the instability that comes with being removed from their homes, children in foster homes are often at a greater risk of needing physical and mental health issues to be addressed through coordinated care. Read more.

Integrated Care in Film
Interested in what it would be like to be a psychologist in an integrated care setting? This series of videos by the APA provides a behind-the-scenes look at how psychologists collaborate in pediatric care, OB/GYN, and family medicine. Watch here. Looking for an easy way to explain integrated care to others? This video from the National Council of Behavioral Health follows Wendy as she experiences integrated care for her multiple health concerns. Watch here.

Childhood Trauma Affects Adulthood Health
A new study suggests that experiencing high levels of mental stress as a child may raise the risk for heart disease, stroke, or diabetes in adulthood and promotes integrative psychological care to mitigate effects of childhood trauma. Read more.

HHS Awards Funding to Integrated Care Centers
HHS announced nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health centers nationwide, including 1,184 centers that aim to integrate care and increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Read more.

CDC Reports ERs as ‘Safety Net’ Care for People with Schizophrenia
Because of a lack of integrated mental and physical healthcare, more and more under-medicated Americans suffering from schizophrenia are forced to seek care in the nation's hospital emergency rooms. Read more.

How Does Your Region Rank?
SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Barometer covers youth substance use, youth mental health, adult mental health, substance use, and substance use treatment by region throughout the United States. Read more.

Peer Support Program Toolkit
This toolkit, created by the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program at the University of Colorado, provides evidence-based information to help individuals and organizations plan for, implement, and sustain a successful peer support program. Read more.

Planning to Integrate? This Tool Can Help.
Use this tool, put out by the Center for Evidence Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University, to look at the organizational, treatment, and care coordination of implementing an integrated approach or evaluate your existing integrated care practice. Read more.

Webcast: The VA Presents a Practical Guide for Assessing PTSD on October 21st
The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a webcast that will discuss the purpose and importance of screening for PTSD, monitoring symptom change, treatment outcomes, and best tools and methods for PTSD assessment purposes, with a focus on revised DSM-5 measures. Participants can earn 1 CE credit for attending! Find out more.

Visit Our Job Board

Featured Positions

Associate Clinical Health Psychologist - PA
Geisinger Health System has integrated behavioral health in their clinics and is seeking multiple psychologists to expand services.

Assistant Professor of Health Psychology - Charlotte, NC
The University of North Carolina Charlotte Department of Psychology welcomes applications.

Director of Counseling - Seattle, WA
The University of Washington seeks a director for its Counseling Center.

Applications for National Register Credentialing Scholarships Due October 15, 2015

These scholarships help doctoral students, postdoctoral trainees, and early career psychologists become credentialed as Health Service Psychologists by covering the cost of the application and registration fees. Once credentialed by the National Register, you gain immediate access to all of our benefits. Click here to learn more about the scholarship program.

Internship Partnership Fund

The National Register's Internship Partnership Fund was launched to provide resources to APA- and CPA-accredited internship sites to defray the cost of new internship placements. This endowment is a joint venture with the American Psychological Foundation. Read more and donate to this effort.

National Register Benefits

Click here to read more about your benefits, including licensure mobility, practice promotion, free continuing education credits*, publications, professional branding kit, and more.

*The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The National Register maintains responsibility for this program and its content.