Mid-month Update | October 2022

Upcoming Lunch & Learn Sessions

TODAY: Tuesday, October 18 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
It’s a Matter of Context and Compassion: Utilizing Contextualism to Promote Engagement and Health Behavioral Change
Speakers: Suzanne Daub, LCSW & Marsha Johnson, LCSW, and David Bauman, PsyD.

Register Now: Monday, October 24 | 8:45 am – 5:15 pm
Mary’s Center Perinatal Mental Health Symposium

Register Now: Thursday, November 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Understanding Value-Based Care & Value-Based Purchasing
Speakers: Caitlin Thomas-Henkel, MSW (HMA) & DaShawn Groves, DrPH, MPH (DHCF)

Register Now: Tuesday, November 15 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Behavioral Health Consultation: Handling Behavioral Health Emergencies in Primary Care
Speakers: Suzanne Daub, LCSW & Marsha Johnson, LCSW

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October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

October is an important month for the DC Integrated Care program as we kick off Mental Health Awareness week and continue as National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. These designations bring awareness to recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression and other mental health conditions. Many local and national organizations have special programs during this time. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting several educational sessions for individuals with mental illness, along with their friends and family. SAMHSA, which recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness month, also has resources on its website.

Every month can be Mental Health Awareness Month for your practice, staff, and patients. As we transition from summer to autumn, many patients are at risk for seasonal affective disorder and challenges from other life stressors.

Screening patients for depression and other mental health conditions is a critical component of the Integrated Care DC program. Talk with your ICDC coach or reach out to the program team for further information on how to improve your screening processes.

Learn more here:

Children and Adolescents Should be Screened for Anxiety, Says Report

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a final recommendation on screening for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.

The recommendation advises that providers:

  • Start screening for anxiety in children and adolescents at age eight and regular screen children who are not showing symptoms of anxiety, citing the benefits of early detection and treatment;
  • Screen adolescents aged 12 to 18 for major depressive disorder (MDD);
  • Both are graded B- recommended services.

Why It Matters

The screening recommendation will support shared goals around early identification and detection to provide treatments earlier. Providers serving children and young adults may want to consider incorporating these screenings into clinical workflows and practices.

Each month, we are featuring one or more practices participating in the Integrated Care DC program that are making exceptional progress delivering whole-person care for DC residents. If you know a practice or someone deserving of this feature or want to feature yourself, use this link to tell us more.

Bread for the City

Bread for the City set an initial goal of 25 percent depression remission in patients with a PHQ-9 score over 10, which aligns with national benchmarks. In the first year of registry use, they exceeded their goal, achieving depression remission in 27 percent of their population. As a result of their success, they have set a more ambitious goal of 30 percent for the upcoming year.

Click here to learn more about Bread for the City’s mission.

Advance Directive Learning Series

Did you miss our Advance Directive webinar series? You can now access these sessions on-demand on the Integrated Care DC learning resource page. During the three sessions, HMA’s Dr. Barry Jacobs led a panel that included Corey Main from DC CRISP and Nathanial Curry from DHCF through case discussions focusing on why and how the care team can talk to their patients about this sensitive topic. The panel also discussed ways providers could use the new CRISP Advance Directive tool. The Integrated Care DC team offers practice-level support on this critical topic. You can sign up for coaching here.

Featured Learning Resource:

Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions – Collaborative Care Resources

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