Next Friday, the National Council will be hosting a webinar addressing service considerations for older adults with behavioral health needs during the Covid-19 emergency. We will be joined by our Vice President, Practice Improvement, Joe Parks, who brings his medical and behavioral healthcare expertise to the conversation. We will discuss the challenges organizations are having and the shift to telehealth services.
This webinar is scheduled for April 10th at 1:00pm ET. It will be recorded and slides will be distributed afterwards. Please register for the webinar below:
Topic: Older Adults with Behavioral Health Needs and The Covid-19 Emergency Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S3OejbSKRK-rmnCB8goA0g
With all the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the State of Georgia is trying to help ease the minds of residents. Georgia officials have created a new hotline that is available to all residents. Georgians can call 1-844-442-2681 with questions or concerns about the coronavirus.
Greetings Community Partners:
The pandemic of COVID-19 has impacted our members, providers, and communities. WellCare Health Plans, Inc., a Centene Corporation, would like to inform you about our recent release of our 2020 Community Connections Resource Grant in the Georgia Market. The goal is to identify organizations who have creative, innovative, local solutions that address social service barriers impacting vulnerable populations due to COVID-19. The grant application period is April 1- April 15, 2020. Non- profits and community based organizations who can address the below health topics are strongly encouraged to apply. Grants will be given out in denominations from $500 – $1500.
Georgia market applicants must address a COVID-19 health topic with a program focus of:
- Financial Assistance-Infant Formula
- Rent Assistance
- Social Isolation
- Transportation- delivery of diapers(children and adults)
- Transportation- delivery of food
- Utility Assistance
Please complete and email the attached application to GA_CommunityConnections@wellcare.com. The application period will close on April 15th at 11:59pm.
https://thegivingkitchen.org/covid19/#anchor-covidresources Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.
Emergency Resources List as of March 26, 2020
this Excel file has much more information/details.
The data available at this link provides the confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health:
To ensure that the numbers being provided through the COVID-19 data tool are the most current numbers available, the updates will be done at NOON every day.
USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19
Collaboration will provide nearly 1,000,000 meals to rural children. FIND INFO HERE: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFNS/bulletins/281a35c?reqfrom=share
Two upcoming webinars related to behavioral health and older adults:
- Safe Use of Opioids by Older Adults – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorder and Special Considerations for Older Adults – Tuesday, April 28, 2020
This webinar series is brought to you by the Southern Gerontological Society and the Georgia Gerontology Society.
These webinars are free for SGS & GGS Members *** Cost for Non-Members: $15.00
These activities are pending approval for CEUs from the National Association of Social Workers – Georgia Chapter.
Safe Use of Opioids by Older Adults
March 31, 2020 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
As the ‘Opioid Crisis’ in America has gained increasing attention among clinicians and the public we have seen both prudent limitation on opioid prescribing practices as well as unnecessary, even harmful, restrictions of patient access to safe and necessary pain management. While older adults may be more prone to some enhanced risk with the use of opioids, they are also less likely to be candidates for alternative treatments. Health outcomes data show they are not among the demographics at highest risk for opioid-related harm or death. Recent guidelines and recommendations promote cautious use of opioids but have been shown to be misapplied as blanket-restrictions on new prescribing, forced dose reductions or shifting pain patients away primary care without continuity of treatment by an available specialist.
Dr. Michael Crooks, PharmD., Medication Safety Technical Advisor for Georgia’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, will address the concerns for the safe use of opioids in older adults – both real risks for harm and exaggerated fears that can prevent adequate pain treatment.
Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorder and Special Considerations for Older Adults
April 28, 2020 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
As recognition of problematic opioid use has risen, the need for evidence-based treatment also has increased. Over the past decade, the average age of clients in substance use treatment also is increasing, which can create unique challenges for treatment providers. Until recently, issues related to substance use and treatment have primarily focused on younger people and the needs of older adults have received little attention. Research has shown there are differences in treatment outcomes depending on timing of onset (early v. late) of use, age, and gender. The use of medication for opioid use disorder (e.g., methadone, suboxone) has high efficacy and is the gold standard for treatment, yet barriers exist to accessing and remaining in treatment.
Dr. Alexis A. Bender, PhD, Assistant Professor Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, will discuss diagnosis of opioid dependence and addiction, treatment modalities for opioid treatment, and barriers to treatment with a focus on medication- assisted treatment.
FYI. . . We want everyone to be aware of some trainings happening statewide. The June 9th QPR training is in Region 4 (at Southwestern State Campus). Please note the registration links for these trainings are live and that spaces will fill quickly. Please also note there are suicide prevention and train-the-trainer courses available which have a pre-requisite to be approved (see the registration site link for details). Training confirmation are on a first come, first approved basis and free of charge. We are once again excited that we have the opportunity to expand mental health awareness trainings in Georgia. Please share within your networks. Thank you.
Through this project, Georgia DBHDD will be offering a total of 26 evidence-based suicide prevention and mental health trainings for gatekeepers and professional helpers across every region of Georgia in 2020. In 2020, we will continue to offer the following classes:
- AMSR (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
- Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
In addition, we have added the following NEW classes to our course offerings:
- QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
- AMSR New Leader Training
- MHFA Train the Trainer
- QPR Trainer Certification
To learn more or to register now, visit http://bit.ly/ga-mhat20
Benchmark and Region 4 DBHDD Community Collaborative–Janua
ry 30, 2020
Topic: Understanding Trauma and Effective Trauma Treatments Presenter: Laura Mullis
Our Valdosta area quarterly Community Collaborative meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 11am-1pm at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, GA, and you are cordially invited! The meeting will be a working lunch and lunch will be provided. Please arrive 10-20 minutes early in order to sign in.
TO REGISTER, Click the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-trauma-and-effective-trauma-treatments-tickets-87483981945
Use this vaping toolkit provided by Hearts for Families to address adolescent vaping issues.
WHO TO CALL? –this website is the access point for ALL things related to DFCS services, which ranges from infant care to burial assistance and everything in between.Whether its a question about your Food Stamps application or you need to resolve an issue with a child support order you have many ways to get in touch with us. There are three ways to get help, you can choose your preferred form of communication below. START HERE:
Did you know that if you text “Home” to 741741 when you are feeling depressed, sad, or going through any kind of emotional crisis, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger ones, prefer text to talking on the phone. It’s a free service to anyone– teens, adults, etc.– who lives in the US. Depression is real, you are not alone.
#youAREloved #youAREenough #youareNOTalone 💛
Living Bridges Ministry has a new address:
111 E Adair St, Valdosta, GA 31601
They are a relatively new non-profit. They have clothing and furniture.
September is National Food Safety Education Month, a great time to highlight knowledge from the food safety community and explore ways to promote safe food handling and prevent foodborn illnesses. While it’s important to practice safe food handling habits all year, this observance provides an opportunity to spend time reviewing, and emphasizing with your participants, the importance of food safety principles, such as:
- How to keep “bag” lunches safe – important for kids going back to or starting school, as well as moms who are going to school or work, or just on-the-go.
- General food safety – important when handling, storing, and preparing food, including fruits and vegetables
- Food Safety for Children and Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women – important for these at-risk populations
For those with a digital presence (websites, apps, and social media), you can further promote National Food Safety Education Month, and safe food handling throughout the year, with these digital tools:
- Free images and graphics from the Partnership for Food Safety Education
- Colorful graphics and social media messaging from the CDC
- Follow Foodsafety.gov on Twitter and Facebook
Free presentations, webinars and videos, several offering CEU credits, are available from the Partnership for Food Safety and Education. In addition, visit the CDC’s Food Safety Videos page to watch short, engaging videos, some available in Spanish, on topics such as Who is more at risk for food poisoning? and Maribel’s Story: How eating Queso Fresco harmed her unborn baby.
On the WIC Breastfeeding Support site, moms can find articles on how to sterilize and warm baby bottles safely and storing and thawing breast milk.
FCC moves forward with ‘988’ line for suicide prevention
(NY Post) The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that it is green-lighting a three-digit emergency number for suicide prevention.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s said he is following a staff recommendation for establishing a 911-style code, suggesting 988, to reach the network of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).
The Lifeline program, funded through the US Health and Human Services Department, consists of a network of 163 crisis centers routing calls from anywhere in the US to the closest certified center. In 2018, trained counselors answered more than 2.2 million calls and 100,000-plus online chats. The 988 proposal seals one of the final legislative goals of long-serving lawmaker Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Read more: https://nypost.com/2019/08/16/federal-communications-commission-moves-forward-with-988-line-for-suicide-prevention/
If you need CPR?First Aid Training, classes are offered at the South Georgia Red Cross Operations Office located at 509 N Patterson St. on the first Thursday and third Saturday of every month. Reach out to Dineen for more information or go to www.redcross.org/takeaclass