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LOCUS Specialty Trainings - Ann Arbor

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Start Date Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Event Times Enhancing Your LOCUS Skills - 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Quality & Outcome Measurement with the LOCUS - 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Weber's Boutique Hotel
3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Enhancing Your LOCUS Skills:
This workshop is designed for those individuals who want to fine-tune and enhance their understanding and use of the LOCUS (Level of Care Utilization System).  Ideal for users of the LOCUS, LOCUS trainers, and organizational supervisors.  Topics include: understanding the purpose of LOCUS, use of independent criteria, factoring in co-morbidity, utilizing LOCUS within person-centered planning, and understanding appropriate utilization of overrides with accompanying clinical rationale.  There will be time for problem-solving and questions.
Quality & Outcome Measurement with the LOCUS:
Statewide LOCUS implementation is not without it’s challenges.  This workshop is designed to help organizational leadership define and implement outcome measures associated with the LOCUS.  We will explore how use of data capture and analysis supports systemic change to achieve positive outcomes for the individuals served.  What data do you look at?  How do you collect it?  How is it analyzed and shared?  What do you DO with your results?   These are some of the questions we will explore and problem-solve around.  Both qualitative and quantitative data will be discussed.



There is no fee to attend this training. Morning Training includes breakfast, refreshments and training materials. Afternoon Training includes a snack, refreshments and training materials. Registration is required, and space is limited.


Enhancing Your LOCUS Skills:
8:30 AM             Registration Opens – Breakfast available
9:00-9:30 AM       Introductions and LOCUS Overview
9:30-10:00 AM     User challenges with the LOCUS
10:00-10:30 AM   User error patterns with the LOCUS
10:30-10:50 AM   Case Examples practice
10:50-11:20 AM   Correcting error patterns and writing clinical rationales
11:20-11:30 AM   Summary, Evaluations, Conclusion
Quality & Outcome Measurement with the LOCUS:
12:30 PM           Registration Opens – Afternoon snack available
1:00-1:30 PM     Introductions and LOCUS Overview
1:30-2:00 PM     Organizational challenges with the LOCUS
2:00-2:30 PM     LOCUS MiFAST tool as data source
2:30-3:00 PM     LOCUS Outcome Measurement
3:00-3:20 PM     Determining Quality and Outcomes right for your organization
3:20-3:30 PM    Summary, Evaluations, Conclusion

Enhancing Your LOCUS Skills:

  1. Participants will identify five user challenges typically associated with the LOCUS.
  2. Participants will understand three typical errors when scoring the LOCUS.
  3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to write appropriate clinical rationale for LOCUS overrides.
Quality & Outcomes Measurement with the LOCUS:
  1.   Participants will identify their organizational challenges associated with LOCUS implementation across the CMH or PIH
  2. Participants will examine the options in defining and implementing outcomes measures.
  3. Participants will brainstorm LOCUS outcome measurements that apply to their organization.
Who Should Attend These trainings require a basic understanding of the LOCUS.
LOCUS Train the Trainer is not required but recommended before the completion of the Specialty Trainings
Presenter(s) Jean M. Pfaendtner, LMSW
Jasmin White, LPC, CAADC
CEUs Social Workers: Each course qualifies for a maximum of 2.5 Continuing Education hours. The Community Mental Health Association is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC 060818.
Certificate Awarded: At the conclusion of this conference, turn in your Certificate of Attendance form to the CMHAM Staff to be approved. You will turn in the top sheet & retain the bottom sheet which serves as your certificate. No other certificate will be given.
Certificate Issued By: Christina Ward, Director of Education & Training;; 517-374-6848
Evaluation/Grievance: There will be an opportunity for each participant to complete an evaluation of the course and the instructor. If you have any issues with the way in which this conference was conducted or other problems, you may note that on your evaluation or you may contact CMHAM at 517-374-6848 or through our webpage at for resolution.
Substance Abuse Professionals: CMHAM is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). CMHAM maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance Abuse Professionals participating in these trainings may receive a maximum of 2.5 (related) contact hours. Some "Related" workshops may meet MCBAP/IC&RC educational requirements for focused topics in addiction certification domains, such as for Peer Recovery or Supervisor credentials. It is important that attendees keep a copy of the conference program brochure containing the workshop descriptions along with their attendance record form.
National Accreditation Rules: National Accreditation rules indicate that if you are over five (5) minutes late or depart early, you forfeit your continuing education hours for the entire training. Please note that this is a National rule that CMHAM must enforce or we could lose our provider status to provide continuing education hours in the future. This rule will be strictly followed.
Cancellation Policy While there is no fee for this event, we request written cancellation notice 10 business days before event ( if you find that you are unable to attend once you have registered.
Weather Policy Trainings will take place as scheduled. In the event of severe weather, please check for scheduling delays and event updates.
Grant Funding/Sponsors The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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