Each year, TEAM UP for Children hosts a gathering of stakeholders committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families. The goal of this day-long event is to share learning from TEAM UP for Children and its community health center partners. The agenda for the event consists of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions on topics of interest, such as how to operationalize integrated care models, clinical training and skills-building for integrated behavioral health clinicians and community health workers, and advocating for systems change to sustain services for children and families. Read and download this year's agenda.
- Do you work in a community health center or a practice that is working on integrated care for children? Are you interested in learning more about the nuts and bolts of integrated behavioral health care?
- Do you provide any type of child behavioral health services? As a community mental health provider? As an Early Intervention provider? Within the school district?
- Are you part of a community organization or philanthropic agency that supports healthy childhood development?
- Are you working on state or local policies that impact child behavioral health services?
Past Symposium Topics:
- Preparing Your Organization’s Structure and Culture to Optimize Integrated Behavioral Health Care
- Developing the Role of Integrated Family Partners & Community Health Workers
- Strengthening and Supporting Families with Young Children
- Building Skills through Clinical Training for the Entire Care Team
- Sustaining Integrated Care through Advocacy
- Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health & Enhanced Screening using the Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children
- Clinical Models & Reimbursement Strategies for Integrated Behavioral Health Care
The 2nd Annual Symposium, held on January 11th, 2019, focused on aligning organizational structure and revenue cycle to support integrated care, the role of the Family Partners & Community Health Workers in supporting families, and special skills and services for families with young children. Breakout sessions covered sustainability of the model & advocacy, the early childhood BRANCH initiative, and clinical training for the care team. The symposium was attended by individuals and groups from over 30 public health and community agencies who reported forging professional connections and learning new, transformative approaches to addressing important issues in healthcare.
Some main takeaways included:
- Integrated behavioral healthcare has many positive impacts, including greater interdisciplinary collaboration and communication, and greater professional fulfillment from providing better care, both individually and organizationally.
- Optimizing organizational structures and operations for integrated care leads to better quality, access, and financial sustainability.
- Building a culture of integration is a team sport, which fosters shared vision and empowers care team members to work at the top of their discipline.
- While some services provided by integrated care teams are reimbursable, strong advocacy, both at the local and national level, is critical to sustaining the entire integrated team, including Family Partners and Community Health Workers.
- A comprehensive approach to integrated care must include capacity building around Early Childhood and preventative services. Identifying patients in need and intervening at the earliest possible age is key to achieving optimal long-term outcomes.
- Providing high quality, effective behavioral health service within the primary care setting involves clinical training in flexible, innovative interventions.
Slides from the 2nd Annual Symposium and biographies on all the presenters can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/teamupsymposium2.
The 1st Annual Symposium, held on December 8th, 2017, focused on role development for Behavioral Health Clinicians & Community Health Workers/Family Partners, Early Childhood & Implementation of the SWYC screening tool, and clinical models & reimbursement strategies for integrated care, followed by a wrap-up on sustaining and disseminating the work. This symposium was attended by a diverse gathering of stakeholders, all of whom share TEAM UP’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of children and families.
Some main takeaways included:
- Early identification of developmental or behavioral health risks, and early intervention to ameliorate these risks are effective strategies that promote healthy development and improve outcomes for children and families.
- Building a strong interdisciplinary team requires buy-in across the health center and flexibility defining roles over time. Full standardization of roles is not the goal; it is best to play to each team member’s unique strengths. Physical co-location, protected time, and staff coaching on how to utilize new roles are key facilitators.
- A helpful way to conceptualize comprehensive behavioral health care is the “three-legged stool” model:
- Evidence-based practice, informed by best available research
- Clinical judgment
- Patient’s individual values and preferences
- Cultural considerations are crucial to all aspects of this work, impacting and informing our clinical practice, research, and policy implementation.
- An integrated pediatric behavioral health care model in the primary care setting is financially sustainable! We will be learning and developing further strategies as ACOs are implemented.
Slides from the 1st Annual Symposium and biographies on all the presenters can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/teamupsymposium.