Continuing Education Event – How has COVID-19 impacted Overdose death rates and the physical and mental health of our providers and our patients? – WEBINAR – 9/30/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven unprecedented changes around the world, in our industry, and with all of us personally. Overdose death rates have risen, drug and alcohol use has increased, treatment programs have seen a change in admissions and in the moral of their staff and patients. Additionally, as the result of the national emergency declaration activating the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, telehealth benefits we greatly increased and treatment programs quickly expanded the use of technology and adopted telehealth options. This has provided many new challenges as well as opportunities – from care delivery to helping staff, individuals in treatment, and those in recovery cope with this “new normal”. It also brings with it both a myriad of new questions and tremendous opportunities. How will we know if telehealth options work at least as well as traditional service delivery? Will people who would have not gotten help otherwise be interested in treatment? Will we still be able to provide these options when the National emergency declaration ends? This session will provide data from various industry surveys completed between March and September 2020 on issues related to these changes in our field – from how staff, programs and people in recovery are coping, to increased “deaths of despair”, to the benefits, effects, and value of the skyrocketing adoption of technology-based services, to the escalating need to provide outcomes to measure this care.
• Identify increases in depression, anxiety and “deaths of despair” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Understand how services delivery has changed in our field secondary to the Covid-19 pandemic, including how those changes might not be sustainable after the ending of the National Emergency Declaration.
• Understand how broader adoption of technology can enable more people to get care and those in care to get more specialized services.
• Describe the importance of quality benchmarks or outcomes measurement when utilizing virtual or telehealth delivered care.
Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 1 credit hour.
Deni Carise, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Recovery Centers of America
Deni Carise, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and part of the recovery community for over 30 years. She is currently Chief Scientific Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania. RCA is dedicated to creating neighborhood-based treatment and recovery campuses that include detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient, and family services, all available on one campus. Beginning in March 2016, they opened 6 such campuses, 2 in MA and MD, and 1 each in PA and NJ, multiple outpatient programs and one opioid treatment program. Their goal is to get 1 million Americans into meaningful recovery.
Deni has held similar positions at CRC Health Group, providing behavioral health services to more than 42,000 men, women and teens every day at more than140 programs in 33 states and Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform. Dr Carise was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.