Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the NAPHS (National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., along with Kendra Stea, CPI’s director of client services.
The NAPHS is an advocate of high-quality mental health and substance abuse care. Each year, they host this meeting to bring behavioral health care leaders together to advocate for mental health care policies and to promote high-quality care for treatment. Meeting attendees have the chance to meet with decision-makers in behavioral health legislation.
This year’s meeting revolved around two major issues: health care reform and mental health parity implementation. House representatives, leaders from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, other government officials, and health care professionals provided updates and perspectives on the issues.
The conference provided us with an excellent networking opportunity, as well as time to meet with other attendees to share best practices. We also had designated meeting time that was set aside for us to meet with the leaders in attendance.
As a sponsor of the meeting, CPI had a booth at the event. We enjoyed talking with some of our existing customers and meeting some new ones. We also took the meeting as an opportunity to communicate information about our new advanced program, Trauma-Informed Care: Implications for CPI’s Crisis Development ModelSM. This program, which will premiere at the 2011 CPI International Instructors’ Conference in Orlando, FL (which is taking place from July 18–22), was developed to help Instructors and organizations who work with people who have been impacted by psychological trauma. It applies concepts of the CPI Crisis Development ModelSM to the impact of trauma and related best practices.
Meeting attendees were excited to hear about how CPI is working to integrate trauma-informed care practices with CPI training concepts to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion in their facilities.
As you know, we at CPI take our advocacy role seriously, and are honored to assist all of our customers in their efforts to improve their respective industries. I’d like to thank all the members of NAPHS for their tireless work with their patients and for meeting the challenges that the current legislative and economic environments are exhibiting.
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