Identify, Understand, Respond
Gateway Health is pleased to offer our provider partners, information supporting care coordination efforts with Gateway Health members through a menu of Behavior Health trainings, tools and resources.
Zero Suicide is an Aspirational Answer to a Complex Challenge
Studies have shown the vast majority of people who died by suicide saw a health care provider in the year prior to their deaths. Adopting a “Zero-based” mindset happens by routinely and consistently embedding evidence-based practices focused on patient safety and offer hope and recovery for people at risk for suicide.
There are seven essential elements, identified as the core components of safe care for individuals with suicidal thoughts and urges. They represent a holistic approach to suicide prevention within health and behavior health care systems.
To learn more about the seven elements, and suicide prevention, as a healthcare provider, please visit https://zerosuicide.edc.org/ for more information.
Trauma-Informed Care, from “What’s wrong with you”, to “What happened to you”
A trauma-informed approach must include the complete picture of a patient’s life situation, past and present, in order to provide effective health care services with a healing orientation.
Learn more on how to support care coordination efforts with Gateway Health members who have been exposed to an incident or series of events that were emotionally disturbing or life-threatening, by visiting the Trauma-Informed Care website at https://www.traumainformedcare.chcs.org/.
Motivational Interviewing: Advancing the Practice
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, counseling approach to behavior change. It is a useful framework for interacting with those who are experiencing homelessness and struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders or trauma.
In collaboration with the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), The Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is now offering Motivational Interviewing trainings, by requests. This training is designed to increase the skills necessary to actively engage individuals in a recovery process.
The 2-day Motivational Interviewing course, through DDAP, can be requested through DDAP’s online Training Management System.
To learn more about MINT along with the services and trainings they offer, please visit
For additional trainings related to Motivational Interviewing via Allegheny Health Choices, Inc. at https://www.ahci.org/html/training/trainings_v2.php .
Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addiction (IRETA), Helping people respond effectively to substance use and related problems
IRETA strives to provide accurate and credible information about substance use disorders that can help professionals, community members, and larger systems gain a better understanding of how to prevent and treat it.
IRETA offers three types of services:
- Education – training and curriculum design
- Evaluation – using data to measure effectiveness
- Guidance – customized technical assistance
IRETA offers training on effective responses to substance use through webinars, online courses, treatment guidelines and much more. For additional information on services provided by IRETA, please visit https://ireta.org/
Overcoming Stigma Ending Discrimination
Mental health and substance use disorders are prevalent and among the most highly stigmatized health conditions in the United States. Utilizing person-centered language to discuss mental health and substance use disorders, and to refer to people with these disorders, is an effective approach to combat stigma. “Stereotyping” is the prejudicial characterization of an entire group, which blinds us to the differences among the people in that group. People with mental and substance use disorders are not a homogeneous group, yet they are often referred to as such. Efforts toward the integration of behavioral health and primary (and other physical) care in the nation's health care system offer possibilities for breaking down the walls that separate physical health from mental health, both in treatment and in the educational preparation of the health care professional.
To learn more about reducing stigma and changing the culture in your practice, please visit the SAMHSA website for available education, tools, and trainings at https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/02._webcast_1_resources-508.pdf or the Catalyst for Change website at https://moodle9.camhx.ca/moodle/?lang=en.
Allegheny Health-Choices, Inc. (AHCI) is also working diligently to end stigma and discrimination. The recovery coordinators at AHCI perform a variety of tasks, but are primarily responsible for teaching the principles of recovery to different agencies and groups. They disseminate knowledge to break down the stigma attached to mental and substance use disorders. To learn more information or to schedule a training, please visit https://www.ahci.org/training/recovery-initiatives/ .
Cultural Competency: Respecting Every Population’s Unique Needs
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. Due to the serious, life-and-death implications of opioid addiction and misuse, it is even more critical to use a culturally specific and relevant framework for developing education that can effectively address these issues. Education must pay more than lip service to the social determinants of health and the many daunting disparities evident in low-income, rural, and urban communities. Education and training must embrace trauma-informed strategies and information that reflects the daily realities of the most vulnerable populations.
To learn more about how to support care coordination efforts with Gateway Health members and to better serve each population you work with daily, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Cultural Health website at: https://thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/education/behavioral-health?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
To access online trainings focused on the integration of opioid use disorder treatment in healthcare systems please visit IRETA at https://ireta.org/resources/medication-first-integration-of-opioid-use-disorder-treatment-across-the-healthcare-system/.
If you would like to schedule a personal training focused on tools you can use to fight the opioid epidemic for your office, please visit IRETA at https://ireta.org/training/evidence-based-prescribing-tools-you-can-use-to-help-fight-the-opioid-epidemic/.