Indian Health Care Providers Webinar Series

Indian Health Care Providers series

Organizing Partners include the Behavioral Health Training, Workforce and Policy Innovation Center of the University of Washington's Behavioral Health Institute in partnership with the WA State Health Care Authority (HCA).  Key Tribal Partners include the Indian Health Service's Telebehavioral Health Center of Excellence (TBHCE), the American Indian Health Commission (AIHC) of Washington State and others.


Session 1

11:00am - September 17, 2020 -- Addressing Barriers and Highlighting Innovations in Telebehavioral Health

Session Description:

  • An open engagement/discussion among participants focused on addressing barriers and highlighting innovations in telebehavioral health, e.g., identify barriers with the delivery of telehealth such as access to technology, privacy, issues with physical location and comfort for providers and clients; highlight innovations being explored and discuss the positive outcomes rising to the surface during this rapid onset of telehealth.
View Recording of Session 1 here


Session 2

11:00am - September 24, 2020 -- Introduction to Telebehavioral Health

Session Description:

  • Features Dr. Chris Fore, Director, IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence at Indian Health Service. Dr. Fore will present “Introduction to Telebehavioral Health for IHCPs”, covering topics such as defining telehealth, workflow considerations, configuring the space and privacy issues, billing and reimbursement and special considerations and more. The focus will be informed by the previous session’s discussion. Lucilla Mendoza, tribal behavioral health administrator with the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), will attend as the HCA billing/IHCP expert to attend and help field questions.
View Recording of Session 2 here

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Partners & Presenters

Chris Fore, Ph.D, Director, IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence at Indian Health Service

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Melody McKee, MS, SUDP, Program Director for the Behavioral Health Training, Workforce and Policy Innovation Center through Harborview Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Institute

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Cara Towle, MSN, RN, MA, Associate Director for Telepsychiatry at the University of Washington

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Kathryn Akeah and Jen Olson, American Indian Health Commission
Mike Longnecker, Tribal Operations and Compliance Manager, WA HCA
Kristi Woodard, LICSW, Behavioral Health Consultant, Portland Area Indian Health Service (IHS)
Lucilla Mendoza, MSW, CPP Tribal Behavioral Health Administrator, Office of Tribal Affairs, WA HCA


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