SMVF TA Center Webinar: Update on VA Activities

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“Update on the VA’s New Activities and Direction: Strengthening and Expanding Behavioral Health Care for Veterans”

Date:  August 14, 2017

Time:  2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been taking rapid steps forward in strengthening the accountability, accessibility, and quality of behavioral health care for veterans.  This webinar will explore some of the emerging changes and provide participants an overview of unfolding policies and programs that will impact the behavioral health care of veterans.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host a webinar that provides a policy-level overview of the VA’s recent efforts to increase access to behavioral health care and address suicide prevention. Areas that will be covered include the expansion of emergency mental health coverage to veterans with other than honorable discharges, the initiative to eliminate veteran suicide, MyVA community collaborations and partnerships, changes to the Choice program, plans for the adoption of a new electronic health record system, and other behavioral health access initiatives.

SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center works with state and territory interagency teams throughout the country to strengthen their behavioral health systems that are serving SMVF.  These interagency teams are comprised of military and civilian representatives who have been working for several years to identify and respond to SMVF who are coming into contact with their service systems helping them to connect with appropriate care at the VA and in the community. 

Moderator

Cicely K. Burrows-McElwain, L.C.S.W.-C.  | Military and Veteran Affairs Liaison, National Policy Liaison Branch, Division of Regional and National Policy/Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation (OPPI), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

 

Presenter

Clifford Smith, Ph.D., ABPP | Deputy Director for the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Learning Objectives

  • Explain mental health policy changes related to other-than-honorable discharges
  • Discuss the initiative to eliminate veteran suicide
  • Explore MyVA community collaborations and partnerships
  • Identify emerging changes to the Choice program
  • Describe plans for the new electronic health records system that will enable increased collaboration with community providers
  • Summarize other behavioral health access initiatives

 

Target Audience

Policymakers, representatives from veterans service organizations, SMVF service providers from state, territory, and tribal systems, military family coalitions, and advocates.

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If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Amanda Rozsavolgyi at (518) 439-7415 ext. 5272 or by email at arozsavolgyi@prainc.com.

 

Presenter Biographies

Cicely K. Burrows-McElwain, L.C.S.W.-C.  | Military and Veteran Affairs Liaison, National Policy Liaison Branch, Division of Regional and National Policy/Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation (OPPI), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Ms. Burrows‐McElwain currently serves as the Military and Veteran Affairs Liaison for SAMHSA, where she focuses her efforts on strengthening cross-agency collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Defense in meeting the behavioral health needs of service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF).  Prior to her current position, she served as a Public Health Advisor in the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative as the network’s military families government liaison.  She has over 18 years of experience working in rural behavioral health systems in local, state, and federal programs.  Prior to joining the team at SAMHSA, she served as a clinical social worker for the Veterans Integrated Service Network 5 at the VA Maryland Healthcare System.  Ms. Burrows‐McElwain is an Adjunct Lecturer for Salisbury University’s Social Work Department, teaching course content with a focus on rural social work and disaster mental health.  She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore with a specialized focus in Clinical Services and Human Services Administration. 

 

Clifford Smith, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. | Deputy Director, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Smith is the Deputy Director for the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  He previously has served as the Associate Medical Center Director at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan.  Before taking the role of Associate Director, Dr. Smith served as a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Office of Mental Health Operations and as the Chief of Mental Health Services at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.  His primary professional, research, and clinical interests have focused on the neuropsychology of HIV and HCV, in mental health business operations, and training and mentoring of mental health professionals.  He is a graduate of the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is board certified in clinical neuropsychology.

Event Date: 
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm