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September 13, 2017

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Last week, the Senate began hearings on a bipartisan effort to provide greater short-term or moderate-term stability to the health benefit exchanges. These exchanges depend upon federal subsidies to provide affordable health insurance to individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid or employer insurance. They also depend on the mandate that everyone must pay at least part of their health insurance if they have above Medicaid incomes. It is the single part of the Affordable Care Act the Republicans most strongly campaigned to eliminate ...
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Upcoming Events
*NEW Webinar 2: Emerging Models and Provider Opportunities in Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
Oct. 12, 2017  |  11:00 AM 
The 1-hour webinar will provide an overview of emerging models of integrated behavioral healthcare and how local community mental health organizations can position themselves to partner and collaborate with acute care hospitals, health plans and managed service organizations to provide mental health treatment, case management while leveraging private sector funding for the delivery of services.
CCCBHA Fall Policy Forum
Oct. 19-20, 2017
Embassy Suites Ontario Airport
3663 East Guasti RoadOntario, California 91761
Board Retreat  & Mtg: Oct. 18
Policy Forum: Oct. 19
Policy Cmte Mtgs: 
Oct. 20
Planning details  HERE

Rebecca Farley  David MPH, Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health
Steven E. Ramsland , EdD  Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Health Resources, LLC
*NEW* Toby Ewing Executive Director, Men tal Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Middle Management Academy
Nov. 28 - Dec. 1, 2017
Child and Family Center 
Education Building 
21545 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Currently open to CCCBHA members only. Registration open for non-members Oct. 1. *Registration is guaranteed on a first come, first serve basis based on the capacity of the training space.
What is the Middle Management Academy?
Middle Management Academy is the only program of its kind for future health care leaders. It has graduated more than 2,000 managers to the leadership fast track and has earned the appreciation of participants, as well as their CEOs. Steeped in proven business strategy, the Middle Management Academy is an intensive, practical, and highly interactive training that helps participants understand what great managers do differently. Please contact Sara Kahoalii, Director of Programs and Operations for more information or to register at
*FREE*  3 Steps to Becoming a Trauma- and Gender-Responsive Organization
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (1 hour)
Register Online
With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma on people's lives, helping professionals are asking themselves, "What does this mean in my setting?" And although the language "trauma-informed" is common, program administrators and clinical directors are finding that implementing effective and integrated services in order to become "trauma-responsive" can be quite challenging.

Join Stephanie Covington, PhD and she guides you through the three necessary steps to becoming a more trauma-responsive organization: assessment, planning, and implementation.

  1. Defining trauma-informed, trauma-responsive and gender-responsive
  2. Conducting a self-assessment of the core elements of gender and trauma-responsive services
  3. Creating a guide team and implementation plan for next steps
  4. Developing a plan for training staff on evidence-based and promising practices
Taking these steps will help you better organize the process of moving from trauma-informed to trauma-responsive in order to make effective and integrated services a reality.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers 14 self-paced, online business courses to behavioral health organizations and providers through BHbusiness. These courses are available at no cost. You can learn at your own pace while earning continuing education credits.

Enroll today in courses such as Costing Out Your Services. In this course, you will review basic costing-related Excel skills with simple exercises, evaluate whether you are currently costing out your services correctly and explore process map costing to assist in budget projects. Finally, you will select two or three services to cost out, identify key uses for cost data and learn how to tie this data into revenue forecasting.

In addition to Costing Out Your Services, some of the other online courses offered include New Business Planning, Assessing your Readiness in Integrating Primary Care, Improving Your Third-Party Billing System and more.

All courses are available at no cost. You can also earn continuing education credits from the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) for completing any of the self-paced courses.

To register and for more information on all self-paced, online courses and other educational resources, visit
Questions? Contact
SAMHSA offers BHbusiness self-paced, online courses in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health and Advocates for Human Potential. All BHbusiness courses are hosted on HealtheKnowledge.
Earlier this week, I found a scrap of paper while cleaning that stopped me in my tracks. On it, I had written "take a year off" followed by a short list of commitments in my personal and professional life. The list included things I had entered into with excitement-like training other people in my profession and organizing community events-but didn't have the time or energy needed to continue... (click title to continue reading)
"Getting a Fix" is an in-depth series that explores the opioid epidemic gripping the United States.
Jeff Beeson is deputy director of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Beeson's team has a way for first responders to enter overdose data in real time, to help bridge the data gap plaguing the opioid epidemic... (click title to continue reading)
Mental preparation can affect performance, whether you're preparing for a big test at school or competing at the Olympics. In this episode, Steve Portenga, PhD, talks about the psychology behind performing at your best and how to help overachievers handle stress... (click title to continue reading)
Succeeding in any profession takes careful planning and skills that may not be obvious to people at the start of their careers. In this episode, psychologist Garth Fowler, PhD, talks about the benefits of having an individual development plan and introduces a set of videos that can help psychologists and other professionals take the next step in their careers.... (click title to continue reading)
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