May 2, 2019
May is Mental Health Month

Each year CHC provides training and consulting to hundreds of agencies, their staff of nurses, therapists, personal care providers, and aides as well as to family and other caregivers who provide in-home services to the infirm, chronically ill and disabled  to improve care, quality and safety. 

CHC received an average rating of 4.98 Stars out of a possible 5 for Learner rating of Quality and Program satisfaction across all live and online training in 2018. Also, 98 percent of CHC's Learners would recommend training sessions to a colleague!

Colorado's Behavioral Health Landscape
Behavioral health is a critical piece of our physical health and overall well-being.  Mental Health + Substance Use = Behavioral Health.
This link is clear, which is why Colorado is forging ahead with new models of care delivery, programs to promote prevention and a statewide crisis response system for those in need.  Read CHI's powerpoint presentation on Colorado's need, health access and how care is provided here.

Behavioral Health Workforce Projections
The 21st Century Cures Act (PDF - 930 KB) mandated that HRSA conduct analyses (PDF - 270 KB) on the adult and pediatric mental health and substance abuse disorder workforce.

Workforce Projections and Estimates of New Entrants ( report

HRSA generated national-level health workforce estimates for the health workforce for the following behavioral health occupations between 2016 and 2030 (report):

Addiction counselors
Marriage and family therapists
Mental health and school counselors
Psychiatric technicians and psychiatric aides
Psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatric physician assistants
Social workers

Why are behavioral health workforce providers essential?

The nation's workforce of mental health and substance use disorder providers is critical to providing Americans with access to essential health care services.

As the opioid crisis continues, we are analyzing the size and distribution of this workforce, both today and in future years. 

The need for a robust behavioral health workforce is clear:

A 2017 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that nearly one in five adults in the United States-44.7 million people-suffered from a mental illness in the past year.

In 2016, 28.6 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past 30 days, corresponding to about 1 in 10 Americans overall and 1 in 4 among young adults aged 18 to 25. Illicit drug use is driven primarily by marijuana use and the misuse of prescription pain relievers.

An estimated 11.8 million people misused opioids in the past year, including 11.5 million pain reliever misusers and 948,000 heroin users. About 116 people each day die from opioid-related drug overdoses in the United States.

Beyond the direct toll on individuals and families, mental illness and substance use disorders are well-established drivers of disability, mortality, and healthcare costs.
CHC Solutions for Administrators & Staff
Behavior Management of the Client with Dementias and Cognitive Disorders

Mental Illness and Behavior Management

Care of the Fragile, Ill and Complex Client

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health first aid is an evidence-based, public health training program that teaches participants the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to turn for help. MHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world.  
Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers Curriculum

The National Council's Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers is a one-day, in-person group training program (for up to 50 CHWs) designed to expand the skills and expertise of community health workers to support people with physical and behavioral health disorders. Through interactive activities and didactic lecture, participants will learn key elements of understanding behavioral health disorders in ways that are culturally responsive and that support recovery.
Clinical and Non-medical Administrative Leadership

  eLearn Courses  Self-paced and available 24/7 on any device
Behavior Management of the Client with Dementia
Care about Care Coordination
Care about Privacy, Confidentiality & HIPAA
Universal Precautions
Care about Immunity
Mental Illness and Behavior Management
Care of the Fragile, Ill and Complex Client

MAY 2019
5/14 Provision of Skilled Care & Services (Skilled agencies)
5/14 - 15, 10 am - 3 pm,  Live Basic 8-hour Administrator Training
5/16, 9 am, HCBS
5/16, 12 noon, Non-medical Home Care Management Part 1
5/21, 23, 28, 30 Live Online Basic 8-hour Administrator Training 
5/28, Agency Oversight & Operations (Skilled agencies)
5/30, 9 am, IHSS
5/30, 12 noon, Non-medical Home Care Management Part 2

Not sure what class to take?  
Download our grid for CDPHE requirements
 and matching course options.