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SOLD OUT! Virtual - LOCUS Basic Training (Cohort #1)

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Start Date Monday, July 13, 2020
Event Times Sign into Virtual Training - 8:45AM
Education - 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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​LOCUS is defined at the Level of Care Utilization System which is an assessment and placement instrument created by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (A.A.C.P). This system is used for evaluating the current status of clients and their needs based on six evaluation dimensions, which then results to a level of care placement recommendation. This decision support tool is used to help measure and document clinical necessity for client placement.

This training is designed to develop LOCUS trainers who will provide training to practitioners with responsibility for determining the level of care for persons receiving adult mental health services. Part of the pre-authorization and re-authorization process is prioritized on current needs rather than on diagnosis.


​There is no fee to attend the training. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration closes 3-business days before the training begins.


​30 mins – Welcome & Foundations, & Principles
30 mins – Scoring LOCUS
30 mins – Review LOCUS Evaluation Parameters/Dimension
15 mins  – Short Break
30 mins  – Continued Review of LOCUS Evaluation Parameters/Dimensions
30 mins – Review of LOCUS Levels of Care (LOC)
15 mins – Review of LOCUS Placement Methodology (Decision Tree)



​1. Understand the basic foundations and principles of LOCUS
2. Learn how to score LOCUS
3. Learn how to apply LOCUS criteria to the raw data of the clinical assessment
4. Examine the LOCUS “Levels of Care” continuum and where your programs fit into that continuum
5. Understand the LOCUS Placement Methodology (The Decision Tree)


Who Should Attend This training contains appropriate content for Intake Staff, Assessment Staff, Clinicians, Case Managers, and Social Workers (beginning, intermediate and/or advanced practitioners) who work in the Michigan public health system.
Presenter(s) Jack Stevenson, MS (Deerfield Behavioral Health)
CEUs Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 3.0 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. Qualifies as “face-to-face (in-person) education”.
Substance Abuse Professionals: CMHA is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). CMHAM maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance Abuse Professionals participating in this training may receive a maximum of 3.0 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. Qualifies as “in-person education.”
Certificate Awarded: After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training (see Virtual Participation section above), completed the quiz and evaluation, your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training.

Virtual training Guidelines:You are expected to actively participate in the webinar. See below for additional information about virtual webinar recommendations and requirements.
- After registering with CMHA, you will receive a confirmation email. Included will be a link to register for the virtual training in Zoom. Your Zoom confirmation email will include the link to access the training.
- Recommend that you save webinar links in your calendar for easy access the day of the training.
- You must watch the webinar LIVE to receive credit for the training.
- Video camera must be on at all times. Telephone only option is not acceptable.
- Recommend that attendees log into the webinar waiting room at least 15 minutes before the training begins.
- Registration report will indicate arrival time (note for continuing education you must be logged into the virtual training within 5 minutes of the start of the training).
- Polls and/or quizzes will be randomly given with a limited time for attendees to respond. This is required for continuing education.
- Internet: A strong internet connection is highly recommended. If your internet service is not able to stream videos, it will likely not be strong enough to support a webinar training. You will want a minimum upload speed of 5mbps. If technology may be an issue for you, please contact CMHA at 517-374-6848 to discuss options further.
- Each training takes place in the time zone of its location and all agenda times reflect that.
- After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training, completed the quiz and evaluation, your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training.

Virtual Training Accommodations: If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please email your request to 10 business days before the event. Information will be updated as applicable.
Cancellation Policy Substitutions are permitted 3 business days prior to the training. While there is no fee for this training, we request written cancellation notice 10 business days before training ( if you find that you are unable to attend once you have registered.
Grant Funding/Sponsors 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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