The Maryland Integration Learning Community
MADC has launched a year-long Learning Community to expand the integration of substance use disorder, mental health and primary care services in local communities throughout the state. This priority initiative is based on the premise that health homes and integration are evidence-based and effective components of treatment and can support and facilitate recovery for people with multiple chronic conditions.
MADC and the National Council for Community Behavioral Health are working with eleven health teams to expand their capacity to provide integrated behavioral health and primary care services. Participants will receive technical assistance through in-person meetings, webinars, onsite consultations, individual coaching calls and group technical assistance and training. Teams will develop action plans that present the goals, objectives, methods and benchmarks for advancing integration, and will implement these plans over the course of the project and beyond.
Each of the components of the Learning Community will be tailored to members' specific needs, but general content areas to be provided include:
- Developing the Business Case for Integration
- Choosing your Model: An Overview of Integration Strategies
- Partnership Development Strategies: Building on Members' Strengths
- Workforce Development Strategies
- The Role of Substance Use Disorder Professionals, Medication-Assisted Treatment and ROSC in the Health Home
Facilitators Kathleen Reynolds and Joan King of the National Council are experienced with promoting integration across these systems.
The Learning Community Model
Learning Communities provide group learning and leverage expertise in a given area, increase cost savings for participants, provide sustained consultation time and help members learn from one another. Modeled on Learning Collaboratives but modified to specifically fit behavioral health organizations, the Learning Community is based on the following steps:
(1) the Problem Statement, (2) the Mission Statement, (3) Target Populations,
(4) Long-Term and Agency-Based Goals, (5) Expectations of Conveners and Participants, and (6) Topic Areas for Discussions.
These are developed in the initial meetings.
The program kicked off with a successful meeting on February 5, 2013.
The Learning Community's midpoint meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt.