Integrated Care DC June 2022 Newsletter

In this edition…

  • Commemorating LGBTQ pride month
  • DHCF and CRISP announce DC HIE Consent Management Solution Project
  • Upcoming lunch & learn sessions
  • Healthcare worker shout out
  • Earn CE & CME from Integrated Care DC
  • Featured Resource: LGBTQ mental health resources
  • Resource library
  • Summer reading list
  • Dive into a Topic

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

Every year during June, we celebrate and recognize the significant cultural and political contributions of LGBTQ people worldwide. We want to highlight two DC-based organizations advancing harm reduction and mental and behavioral health services for members of the LGBTQ community.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community focuses on health and wellness, arts & culture, social & peer support, and advocacy and community building for LGBTQ+ individuals ages 18 and up. The organization offers individual and group trauma-informed mental health supports, including services for adult survivors of violence, abuse, and trauma in DC. To learn more about the DC Center, visit

HIPS advances the health rights and dignity of people and communities impacted by sex work and drug use by providing non-judgmental harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement led by those with lived experience. In addition to harm reduction, they operate a syringe exchange, on-site laundry, health clinic, and housing and employment resources for transgender individuals. To learn more about HIPS, visit

DHCF and CRISP Announces DC HIE Consent Management Solution Project

CRISP DC is partnering with DHCF to develop a comprehensive, open-source consent management solution to enable compliant electronic exchange of behavioral health information, including substance use disorder (SUD) data protected by 42 CFR Part II, through the District of Columbia Health Information Exchange (DC HIE). Based on a patient’s authorization, this data is shared with treating providers through the DC HIE. CRISP DC piloted the configurable electronic consent management tool to initial user groups over the last year and is prepared to make this tool available to all clinical CRISP users by July 2022. Click here to download the PDF one-pager. Stay connected with the Integrated Care DC project to hear program updates and join technical assistance sessions to help your care team understand and integrate the consent tool into your practice.

Upcoming Events

TODAY: Tuesday, June 7 @ 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Understanding How & Why Providers & Payers Are Using Incentive Payments As A Tool To Improve Integration
SPEAKERS: Kima Taylor, MD, MPH & Yavar Moghimi, MD Chief Psychiatric Medical Officer, AmeriHealth Caritas

SOON: Tuesday, June 14 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm
DC Experts Discuss Fentanyl: Is it Different From Other Opioids? Harm Reduction Series Session 3
SPEAKERS: Shannon Robinson, MD (HMA), Sari Frankel, MPH (DC Dept. of Behavioral Health), & Alexandra Evans, MFS (DC Dept. of Forensic Sciences)

SOON: Tuesday, June 21 @ 12:30 – 1:00 pm
What Does It Take To Create A Path Towards Incentive Payment?
SPEAKERS: Kima Taylor, MD, MPH & Karen Ostlie, LICSW, Sr. Director, Behavioral Health Services, Anchor Mental Health Association

REGISTER NOW: Tuesday, June 28 @ 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Office Hours About Behavioral Health Quality Incentive Payment
SPEAKERS: Kima Taylor, MD, MPH & Karen Ostlie, LICSW, Sr. Director, Behavioral Health Services, Anchor Mental Health Association

More Events

Every member of the clinic team has a role in the success of the practice. We’d like to use this space to showcase some of the very important work being done to make your practice a success, especially during this demanding time when healthcare workers are working harder than ever. Do you know someone deserving of this recognition or want to recognize yourself? Let’s hear from you—use this link to tell us more.

Last month was Mental Health Awareness month. Unity Health Care shared this “shout out” for Jason Wallis, LICSW. Here’s what they had to say about Jason:

Jason Wallis, LICSW

Mental Health Clinician

Unity Health Care

On behalf of Unity Health Care, we are excited to send a “shout out” of recognition to Jason Wallis, LICSW, Mental Health Clinician at Unity Health Care (pictured on the right). Jason continues to go above and beyond in his efforts to integrate behavioral health in a primary care setting. While transitioning to an integrative model presents challenges, Jason exceeds expectations by providing support to primary care providers, consultation to patients and care teams, clinical supervision to a licensed graduate social worker, and being an overall champion for the implementation of the integrative model. Unity Health Care thanks Jason for his commitment to improving access to care and his efforts to improve our integrative care.

Integrated Care DC Offers CE for Social Workers and CME

Did you know Integrated Care DC offers social work continuing education credits as well as CME for participation in live sessions?

Health Management Associates, #1780, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Health Management Associates maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 09/22/2021 – 09/22/2022. To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation.

Featured Resource:

LGBTQ Mental Health Resources

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), LGBTQ+ people experience alarmingly high rates of mental health challenges. It disrupts their daily lives and can be life-threatening, especially for children and youth. Over a majority of LGBTQ+ adults in the United States are facing significant mental health challenges today, and over a majority of LGBTQ+ high schoolers in the United States have symptoms of depression. HRC has resources you can offer to staff and patients who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or struggling with thoughts of suicide. To learn more, visit this website.

Additional LBGTQ Resources:

LGBTQ+ Trauma-informed Individual and Group Therapy Referrals:

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Dive into a Topic

Behavioral Health | Econsult/Telehealth | Screening and/or Assessment | HIE | Care Team Optimization | MAT | COVID-19 | Patient Engagement | Stigma Abatement | Substance/OUD

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