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SAMHSA Webinar Improving Access to Care through Medicaid 1115 Waivers

A SAMHSA sponsored webinar presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Council for Behavioral Health, will take place Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time called Improving Access to Care through Medicaid 1115 Waivers.”

Webinar Link: https://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/waivers_reg/event/event_info.html

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Description: Millions of people in the U.S. each year are affected by mental illness, substance use disorders, and other chronic conditions, yet too many are unable to get both their mental and physical health needs met, leading to higher costs and worse outcomes.

The rate of co-occurring illness is high. People with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population. People with serious mental illness are nearly twice as likely to develop these conditions. With the demand for mental health and addiction services higher than ever before, coordinating care is important as we face a new health care landscape.

As the nation’s largest payer of mental health and substance use disorder services, Medicaid is uniquely situated to help states support the health of their communities. Through the use of federal waivers – called section 1115 waivers – states can improve access to care by testing new ideas like integrating mental health and substance use disorder services in primary care settings that help people receive the right care at the right time.

Join speakers from NAMI and CNS Healthcare on this webinar as they talk about the case for using Medicaid 1115 waivers to support integrated care, reduce costs, and improve outcomes from both the individual and provider perspective.  


  • Jodi Kwarciany – Manager of Mental Health Policy at NAMI
  • Amy Stern, LMSW – Program Manager, CNS Healthcare
  • Michele Reid, MD – Chief Medical Officer, CNS Healthcare
  • Jenny Shumaker, LMSW – Clinical Program Director, CNS Healthcare

When in the seminar room, the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select “Enter as a Guest,” enter the name and state of the participant in the “Name” field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on “Enter Room.”  For attendees, this is a “listen only” webinar.  Should they need to dial in, the instructions are on the note pad in the seminar room. 

If you dial in, please ensure that your computer speakers are turned off so that there is no audio feedback.

Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation.

We highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. You may need to work with your state’s IT Department to resolve any firewall issues. To test your connection, please go to: http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Connect add-ins. If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or logging into the webinar, please contact Technical Support by calling 1-800-459-5680.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kelle Masten via email at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org.

Thank you!

**We do not offer CEU credits however letters of attendance are offered upon request. 

***Closed-captioning is available for this webinar.