Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities- Free training!

The Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF) is excited to announce the 2024 series of the Behavioral Health Action Network. This series of six-monthly virtual one-hour sessions will kick off in May 2024. We are inviting facilities across the United States to join us for these interactive sessions where participants will:
  • Learn from nationally recognized subject matter experts.
  • Network with their peers in an interactive learning environment. 
  • Learn about tools for sustainable implementation of best practices. 
  • Connect with COE-NF behavioral health specialists willing to provide ongoing support as facilities implement best practices.
The series is designed to meet the needs of leadership and interdisciplinary staff members and facilitate better resident outcomes.
  • Leadership – Facility assessment and staff education. 
  • Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants – Screening for behavioral health and substance use disorders, resident assessment, care planning, communication, and de-escalation skills.
  • Support Staff – Understanding of behavioral health and substance use disorders, communication, and de-escalation skills.
We recommend creating an interdisciplinary team to attend this seriesWe'll include information on which staff to prioritize for each session after you register for the series. 
Topics include:
  • Understanding behavioral health regulations
  • Mental health basics
  • Screening for behavioral health and substance use
  • Effective communication skills
  • Individualized assessment and resident-centered care planning
  • De-escalating aggressive behavior and crisis 
For more information and links to register, check out: Behavioral Health Action Network - COE-NF (
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