Basics of an Effective Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician as a Partner in the Medical Home Model

Activity description

Pediatric primary care has become an important venue for providing mental health services to children and adolescents. Integrated interventions with primary care providers as partners in the Medical Home Model designed to address mental health problems in pediatric health care can create optimal productivity and functionality for clinicians in joint patient care. This activity will discuss the role of effective integrated behavioral health care to aid in maximizing effectiveness and efficiency in joint visits.

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Rocky Mountain Health Plans, UnitedHealthcare Colorado Community & State.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, case managers, counselors, family therapists and other HCPs who have an interest in learning about practical approaches when treating children diagnosed with mental health conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize integrated behavioral health (IBH) as a subspecialty for clinical mental health providers and identify the most effective kind of IBH clinician for your practice.
  • Determine steps to train or enhance the model for integrated behavioral health for existing IBH clinicians to aid in maximizing effectiveness and efficiency in joint visits.
  • Analyze and adjust the current model of IBH to create more optimal productivity and functionality for clinicians in joint care.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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Rickelle Hicks, LMFT
Clinical Coordinator
Integrated Behavioral Health

About the presenter
Rickelle Hicks is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the valley since 2007 when she graduated from Bethel Seminary in San Diego, CA. Her undergraduate was spent at Colorado State University where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Circles of Security, among many other modalities. Rickelle started our Integrated Behavioral Health program in March of 2022 with 8 years prior experience in embedded practice. She is passionate about helping patients within a medical home and collaborating care with providers to treat the mind and body in tandem. She sees children across developmental stages and has years of experience treating a wide variety of diagnoses. Her passion is to make individuals and families feel heard and safe exploring their mental health challenges. Rickelle was born and raised in Monument, CO but has found her home in Palisade with her three sons and husband. When not working she can be found at home or on the river.

Activity planners
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Alex Hulst, PhD, LMFT
Clinical Program Manager – Integrated Behavioral Health 
Rocky Mountain Health Plans
UnitedHealthcare Colorado Community & State

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Rocky Mountain Health Plans, UnitedHealthcare Colorado Community & State. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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