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VCPI Presented on Co-op Model at National Council Conference

The Co-Op was invited to present at the National Council Conference in March 2016. The NATCON conference represents the largest gathering of mental health and addiction staff treatment providers in our industry. Our session,  Innovative Collaboration: Creating a Statewide Practice Improvement Cooperative highlighted the Co-op's development, the innovative work that is happening in Vermont, and the commitment and critical role of our statewide partners.

A big thank you to Ralph Provenza, Bob Thorn, and Vic Martini, members of our Leadership Team who were there in support of VCPI, as well as to Nick Nichols and Ken Minkoff who were co-presenters.


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Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in conjunction with subject matter experts, conducted research to identify core competencies for peer workers in behavioral health and later posted the draft competencies developed with these stakeholders online for comment. This document represents the final product of that process. As our understanding of peer support grows and the contexts in which peer recovery support services are provided evolve, the core competencies must evolve over time. Therefore, updates to these competencies may occur periodically in the future.

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Integrated Scope of Practice Resource

The Integrated Scope of Practice for Singly Trained Clinicians Working with People with Co-Occurring Issues sheet provides tips and information surrounding screening, trauma-informed approach, treatment planning and support- including stage-matched treatment, interventions, skills training, education and collaboration.

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Changing the World: Informing Hope, Health & Recovery

This PowerPoint presentation is oriented around transforming systems at every level to be about the needs, hopes and dreams of the people and families with complex needs who come to our door.

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12 Steps of Complexity Competency for Child/Family Staff

This sheet provides tips for welcoming child/family clients, identifying stages of change, improving communication, providing stage-matched interventions, linking clients/families with recovery services and resources, as well as enhancing collaboration and engagement (with clients, families and other staff).

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12 Steps of Complexity Competency for Adult Staff

This sheet provides tips for welcoming clients, identifying stages of change, improving communication, providing stage-matched interventions as well as enhancing collaboration and engagement (with clients, families and other staff).

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Stages of Change Descriptors

These descriptors of the five Stages of Change, from Prochaska and DiClemente’s model, are great tools for identifying readiness for change and designing treatment/ recovery plans.

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Integrated Recovery Plan

The Integrated Recovery Plan is a useful tool for working with individuals experiencing co-occurring mental health and addiction conditions.

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Breaking News Regarding Schizophrenia Treatment

A landmark schizophrenia study recommends lowering drug dosages and increasing therapy

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:03 AM EDT

More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors.
Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call that approach into question. The findings, from by far the most rigorous trial to date conducted in the United States, concluded that schizophrenia patients who received smaller doses of antipsychotic medication and a bigger emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy and family support made greater strides in recovery over the first two years of treatment than patients who got the usual drug-focused care.
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The Key Elements of Dialogic Practice in Open Dialogue: Fidelity Criteria

The intent of this document is to support the development of an Open Dialogue practice for whole teams participating in Open Dialogue meetings, for supervision and training purposes, and for helping in systematic research. These teams can also be used for “self-reflection” by an individual practitioner.

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Reduction of Incidence of Hospitalizations for Psychotic Episodes Through Early Identification and Intervention

This study examined whether the incidence of hospitalization for psychosis was reduced by a communitywide system of early identification and intervention to prevent onset of psychosis.  Dr. McFarlane, Ms. Verdi, Ms. Lynch, and Ms. Williams are with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Portland

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Preventing a First Episode Psychosis: Meta-Analysis Article

Preventing a first episode of psychosis: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled prevention trials of 12 month and longer-term follow-ups

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2011 NAMI Survey: First Episode Psychosis

First Episode Psychosis: NAMI Survey

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NIMH White Paper: Evidence Based Treatments for First Episode Psychosis

NIMH White Paper: Evidence Based Treatments for First Episode Psychosis: Components of Coordinated Specialty Care

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