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March 2016
Global Waiver insights shared at ACH Quarterly Meeting
Representatives from the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance (CPAA) Council, along with backbone staff members, joined leaders from all of Washington's Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) and the Health Care Authority for a quarterly ACH meeting on March 8th and 9th. The first day's afternoon discussion centered around ACH structure, especially in regards to the potential role as a coordinating entity for global Medicaid Transformation waiver activities. The Health Care Authority is currently reviewing recommendations from Health Management Associates, which include suggesting a structure with a single point of accountability for ACHs to serve as coordinating entities. The CPAA will continue to discuss these recommendations, and other global waiver considerations, at its April 14th Council Meeting.
Local efforts inform Healthier Washington work
In the fall of 2015, Pacific County applied for and received a Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant in order to address the issues of mental illness and co-occuring substance use disorders in the local jail system. Read more >>>

Thurston Thrives efforts continue with ten action teams leading various efforts to collaborate on community improvement. Thurston County is hosting a community summit on April 25th and 26th at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey Campus: The Science of Hope with Dr. Chan Hellman.

After five months of convening a broad-based statewide task force, the Foundation for Healthy Generations has released their Community Health Worker Task Force Recommendations Report. The purpose of the task force was to develop policy and systems change recommendations regarding how community health workers align with the work of the Healthier Washington initiative.
Training Opportunities
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a webcast series on Tele-Behavioral Health, specifically designed for provider organizations who would like to develop or expand tele-behavioral health services for underserved populations. The series runs for three Wednesdays, 10am–11am PT.

Join the webcasts and view the presentations online by clicking below:
April 14, 2016: An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health
April 28, 2016: Finger Lakes Community Health Center Model 
May 19, 2016: Implementing Technology Assisted Care into Behavioral Health Settings

Seattle & King County Public Health is hosting a training about How to Identify Key Data Sources for Accountable Communities of Health on Wednesday, April 6th, and has invited all ACH partners to join. Follow this link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/2396220086 or call 206.263.8114 and use meeting ID 136562.

Upcoming Meetings


Training: How to Identify Key Data Sources for ACHs
April 6, 2016
1:00PM – 2:00PM

CPAA Council Meeting
April 14, 2016
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center,
Elma, WA

The Science of Hope
April 25-26, 2016
SPSCC, Lacey, WA

Previous Meetings

Health Care Authority Updates

 
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