19ID034 - Building Capacity to Manage Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis in the Foothills

Feb 22, 2019 Closed Medicine Mental Health Nursing Pharmacy Public Health

19ID034 - Building Capacity to Manage Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis in the Foothills


Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Full Day and Afternoon-only Sessions Available!

Morning Session- Getting Primary Care into the Battle
The US is facing a crisis in both mental health and opioid abuse. Mental health care embedded within primary care, medical homes can go a long way to providing a solution to this crisis. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combined with behavioral therapy can restore productive lives. Our expert speakers will discuss the practical ways to make this work in busy primary care offices.

Topics will include:
• Common mental health issues seen in primary care including substance abuse and chronic pain
• Integrating with mental health specialists and making this work financially
• Providing effective medication-assisted treatment in primary care settings
• Perceived barriers to providing mental health care in primary care settings

Afternoon Session: Mobilizing the Community to Overcome Barriers and Find Solutions
The opioid crisis is truly an epidemic of epic proportions. Inadequate mental health capacity adds to the challenge. The impact is felt daily by individuals, families, and communities. Join us to look at our realities and find solutions.

This will be a dynamic and interactive session using a facilitated small group/tabletop discussion format. The session will focus on three key dimensions of the opioid crisis - mental health factors that contribute to the crisis, patient/chronic care management, and local, team-based solutions.

Results will include:
• Finding common and unique challenges of mental health and opioid use from all constituents represented
• Addressing modifiers or facilitators from a systems perspective that impact the issues
• Identifying next day changes that each participant can make in their own communities or organizations

Target Audience

Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Pharmacists, Nurses, Emergency Medicine, First Responders, Paramedics, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Teachers and Legislators


Upon completion of this knowledge-based educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the embedded integrated care clinical model using a behaviorist embedded in a primary care team and roles and responsibilities of the team members
  • Examine the steps to operationalize the integrated care model, including planning, staffing, workflow, facilities, care coordination and information technology
  • Review the development of substance use problems and the neurobiology of addiction
  • Recognize how to appropriately evaluate and use opioids to treat chronic pain into busy primary care settings, including how to integrate Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) (ex: buprenorphine) strategies
  • Engage in discussion and develop actions to breakdown barriers that society and healthcare providers have in treating addiction and substance misuse
  • Describe the efforts by NC DHHS to combat the opioid and mental health challenges in NC, including the NC Opioid Task Force and Medicaid transformation/tailored plans


  • Ed J. Bujold, MD, FAAFP
  • Joel Hornberger, MHS
  • Kim S. Kimminau, PhD
  • Kody Kinsley, MPP
  • Stephen Wyatt, DO


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