October 2020
EAP & SUD Provider Network Newsletter
BPA Health News Updates

BPA Health is happy to welcome Camille LaCroix, MD, as our new Medical Director –

Dr. LaCroix is an Idaho native and completed her medical and psychiatric training at University of Washington in Seattle. She then served as a psychiatrist in the United States Navy, where her duties included being a staff psychiatrist on the acute psychiatric unit that served the entire western hemisphere of military members, residency training and being a Director of Psychiatric Services at a military prison. She then worked in the California Department of Corrections briefly before completing her Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at University of California, Davis in Sacramento. Dr. LaCroix moved back to Idaho in 2005 and was a staff psychiatrist at the Boise VA Medical Center for 6 years. She helped to start the Idaho Track of the University of Washington Psychiatry Residency Training Program and is currently the Forensic Curriculum Director for the program in addition to supervising residents in a forensic psychiatry elective rotation and running a weekly telepsychiatry clinic to underserved areas of Idaho.

Dr. LaCroix is Board Certified in both general psychiatry as well as forensic psychiatry. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. LaCroix is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the private practice committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. LaCroix was elected one of the Idaho Business Reviews Women of the Year 2010 and is the only female past president of the Idaho Psychiatric Association.

Dr. LaCroix speaks locally and nationally on topics including competency, private forensic practice, suicidality, borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy, and management of difficult inmates in correctional settings.

She was one of the first psychiatrists to complete intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has started programs in various settings including military and VA hospital inpatient psychiatric units, jails, prison, outpatient training clinics. Dr. LaCroix has completed the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry medication-assisted treatment (MAT) waiver course. She has also completed the most recent American Society of Addiction Medicine trainings in multidimensional assessment and service planning.

The Idaho Lives Project is up and running at BPA Health! This program is in partnership with the Idaho State Department of Education and assists in reintegrating Idaho youths who have attempted suicide. Support activities include intervention, assessment, referral, and follow-up for youths, families, schools, and/or youth serving organizations. Services are free for qualified youth. Referrals accepted from school personnel or hospital discharge planners by calling (208) 947-5155.

Move recently? Not taking new clients? – Please make sure to keep your profile current. Here are links to the correct form:


New funding opportunity for providers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic: Trump Administration Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding. For more information, click here to download instructions or review the FAQ. Applications due by November 6, 2020.
Mandatory Checking of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program began and continues on October 1, 2020.
2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report Data Findings – In case you missed it, here is a Video Presentation of data findings.
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health has a new resource available for download: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors: Guidance for Domestic Violence Programs on Supporting Survivors Who Use Substances.

Counseling Assistance for Frontline/Essential Workers (Idaho): Know someone who provides face-to-face services in the community? Grocery workers, transportation workers, mental health or medical professionals, etc.? They may be eligible for five free counseling visits. Click here for details or call (866)536-0239 for a referral today.

Idaho Strong COVID Help Now Line (Idaho): 8 am – 8 pm MST/7 days a week. The COVID Help Now Line offers statewide support for Idahoans challenged by the stress associated with this global pandemic. Call or text (986) 867-1073 or toll free (866) 947-5186. You may also now chat with a live representative! Click here for more information.
Training Opportunities:

October 23, 2020 at 12:30 – 1:30 pm MDT – Considerations in Serving LGBTQ Adolescents - Free Webinar from National Council for Behavioral Health.

October 26-30, 2020 - Empower Idaho Behavioral Health Provider Conference 2020. Free virtual conference with CEs available. Registration links are in the brochure.

October 27, 2020 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm MDT – Interest Group: Motivational Interviewing to Engage Older Adults in a COVID World - Free Webinar from National Council for Behavioral Health.

October 29, 2020 at 12:00 – 1:00 MST. Addressing Racial Trauma in the Clinical Setting. Sponsored by Relias. Conference will review best practices in trauma-informed care when addressing racism in therapy room; self-care strategies for clinicians; and how organizations can create safe spaces in marketing, lobby presentation, and staff training.

November 4-7, 2020 Idaho Counseling Association Virtual Conference 2020. This year’s theme is “Our Work as Counselors.) CEs available. Pre-conference (Nov. 4-5) information and registration can found here. To see schedule and register for Nov. 6-7 Click here to register. Please note Pre-conference is a separate registration.

Have you heard about the new 42 CFR Part 2 rules that went into effect in August 2020 and those that will go into effect in March 2021? If not, or you would like to learn more, here is a free webinar that
Monthly Blog:
by Starr Shepard, BPA Health Community Programs Manager
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as Cyber Security Awareness Month so this month’s newsletter focuses on a topic that is growing more dangerous and pervasive. The topic is Cyberstalking.
Cyberstalking can take many forms and can include things such as “creeperware” and “stalkerware” apps being installed onto a victim’s phone where they run secretly in the background and allow an abuser to covertly track locations, monitor messages, listen to calls, turn on their camera and microphone, and even log passwords.
“Revenge porn” is another form of cyber abuse that can consist of a perpetrator posting compromising photos online in order to control and shame the victim. This often occurs with photoshopped pictures and deepfake videos. It can be nearly impossible to detect that they’re fake and/or have removed from the internet.
Another form of cyberstalking is gaslighting the victim through smart home devices. For example, victims have reported doorbells ringing when no one is there, the furnace turning on and off, key pad locks having their codes changed mysteriously, and their movements being monitoring with home-security cameras. Worse, disabling these devices can cause the stalking behavior and/or violent behavior to escalate.
If you know someone who is experiencing this, there is some action that can be taken. The most important steps to take are to cut off contact with the stalker in no uncertain terms, document everything including keeping a hard copy not stored on their computer, inform family and friends so that they don’t interact with the stalker, and report the abuse to law enforcement.
Cyberstalking causes extensive damage that affects victims socially, interpersonally, economically, and psychologically. This form of abuse will continue to increase as technology continues to expand and advance. Awareness of this issue is critical as people become progressively more dependent on technology for nearly every facet of their lives.

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