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Behavioral Telehealth Resource Center

Behavioral Telehealth Resource Center for Mental Health Practitioners

The Behavioral Telehealth Resource Center for Mental Health Practitioners is supported by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.


CMHA recommendations – Michigan Medicaid telemedicine policies

Responding to Adolescent Depression through Integration and Telemedicine (RAD-IT).

The RAD-IT goals are to integrate behavioral health assessments into the primary care setting, and to help rural clinicians utilize telemedicine to improve behavioral health outcomes for rural Michigan adolescents. Working with our partners, Altarum and the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC), the Michigan Center for Rural Health wants to provide your practice(s) with the resources and tools you need to screen, treat and/or refer out for adolescent depression.

  • Your participation in the RAD-IT program includes:
    1) Free Telehealth equipment and a 3-year subscription to Cisco Webex (valued at $5000)
    2) 20-50 FREE CME and MOC credits (see attached flyers for more information)
    3) A dedicated practice facilitator who can help you implement effective screening and treatment practices, and assist with optimizing billing
    4) Access to the Remote Care for Kids (RCK) pediatric telehealth Network
    5) Tailored BH referral guides that present up-to-date information on BH clinicians near your practice
    6) A robust library of RAD-IT tools and resources

You may reach out to Jill Oesterle at Michigan Center for Rural Health directly by phone (517)353-6891 or email oester35@msu.edu for more information.

RAD-IT Overview-CME fact sheet
RAD IT Participation Agreement 100120
RAD-IT ProgramOfferings final


Relias Telehealth Offerings

Free Toolkit: How to Prepare for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza: Training & Resources

Free Telehealth Course Series
Free COVID-19 CE Course
Dykema Webinar Slides and Recording
PowerPoint Slides and Presentation Recording
Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) Report on Telehealth and Families Report June 2020
Connecting with High-Risk Patients When In-Person Visits are Not Possible
Milliman White Paper – The emerging need for telehealth approaches for the treatment of mental illnesses and substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic
Critical Point Episode 27: Telehealth in the time of COVID (Milliman)
Telehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?
Establishing A Value-Based ‘New Normal’ For Telehealth (Health Affairs Blog)

Seven tips to create the best telehealth experience from Relias

For PDSA Cycle 2 of our NIATx Change Project: Now available from the Great Lakes MHTTC: Telehealth in a Public Emergency: A Quick-start Guide. In this recorded webinar, Jonathan Neufeld of the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center gives an overview of telehealth issues for behavioral health providers to consider as they transition to virtual services. Lisa Lizak and Thomas McCarthy of Journey Mental Health Center in Madison, WI, describe how their agency made the rapid switch to telehealth services in response to COVID-19. Presentation slides also available for download.

• Telehealth Learning & Consultation Tuesdays
Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesdays is a weekly online series for providers who are unfamiliar with telehealth. Our Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Network specialists devote the first segment of each hour-long session to a specific topic, then address questions submitted by TTC Tuesday registrants. Recordings of the presentations as well as additional resources are posted on this page. Certificates of completion are available. https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/mountain-plains-mhttc/telehealth-learning-consultation-tuesdays

• A Conversation on School Mental Health–Supporting Students & Families–During COVID-19 webinar recording and resources
https://umaryland.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/umaryland/recording/play/38dfc28029bb40469f8ba56c51a7103f

• A Conversation on School Mental Health—Supporting Students & Families—During COVID-19
https://files.constantcontact.com/57c33206301/9ced273f-83df-42d5-ba11-363cfd29dd6f.pdf

Manuals and Documents
Early Impact Of CMS Expansion Of Medicare Telehealth During COVID-19 – Health Affairs Blog
• TRAILS CBT Telehealth Group Information and guide
https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/great-lakes-mhttc/news/trails-releases-virtual-cbt-skills-group-manual

• The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada – Reno (UNR) are facilitating a FREE, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and videoconferencing methods in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. https://telehealthlearning.org/telehealth The series featured:
o Live, one-hour sessions every week for at least 5 weeks via Zoom video conferencing. Each session included 45 minutes of peer-to-peer conversation and information exchange and “Top Five” tips and lessons learned
o Access to experienced providers and others with expertise in providing services using videoconferencing (telehealth) and telephone for SUD treatment and recovery support
o Access to professionals with expertise in protected health information and 42CFR Part 2
o Training tools, checklists, and other relevant resources

Learning Collaboratives

Learning Collaboratives
Mid-America ATTC hosts virtual learning collaboratives to help professionals throughout our region implement various evidence-based practices related to substance use disorder treatment and recovery. Using Zoom videoconferencing technology, participants are able to connect with subject matter experts and other professionals to learn from each other as a community. See below for more information on our current learning collaboratives and how to join. https://attcnetwork.org/centers/mid-america-attc/learning-collaboratives

Ask the Experts: innovaTEL Telepsychiatry Shares Telemental Health Best Practices Webinar
As telemental health expands across the country in response to COVID-19, behavioral health providers are having to rapidly train up and transition staff with limited or little experience in delivering services remotely. We’ve partnered with innovaTEL Telepsychiatry on the previously recorded webinar, Ask the Experts: innovaTEL Telepsychiatry Shares Telemental Health Best Practices, to give you: Best practices for offering telemental health services at your organization/practice; Tips to prepare you and your staff as you move to telemental health; and Ways to engage new and established clients when meeting virtually. Also visit, telemental health resource page for free training courses on telehealth. Click for link.

Resources for policy makers and elected officials who will be needed to develop and strengthen the statewide statutory, regulatory, and financial infrastructure needed to foster the sound use of telehealth approaches (a set of resources that parallel those being provided to practitioners and provider organizations):

• Information on national trends in the use of telehealth
• Sample statutes, regulations, and policies, from across the country that support telehealth
Post-COVID Telehealth Priorities FIN
• From MHTTC network on how to respond to COVID-19
https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/mhttc-network-coordinating-office/responding-covid-19-telehealth
• Telehealth Resource Centers funded by HRSA. They are set up regionally, just a little different than the ATTC/MHTTCs. https://www.telehealthresourcecenter.org/umtrc/?Center=UMTRC
• COVID-19 Resource Page from MTMServices https://www.mtmservices.org/covid

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