Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders (DA2390)

Author(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CCAPP, CE Broker Provider, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Specific , NAADAC, RNs

Credit Hours: 6

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This report was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to disseminate information on telehealth evidence-based practices and service delivery models to prevent substance misuse and help with substance use disorders (SUDs), serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbances (SEDs). This guide reviews literature and research findings related to telehealth modalities, examines emerging and best practices, discusses gaps in knowledge, and identifies challenges and strategies for implementation.

Course Objectives

  1. Examine the literature on the effectiveness of telehealth services and its potential to address treatment gaps, making treatment services more accessible and improving health outcomes.

  2. Distill the research into recommendations for best practices to discuss with other agencies or organizations for a stronger, collaborative approach to the prevention of substance use and improving mental health outcomes.

  3. Identify person-centered considerations and strategies across the interpersonal client-provider relationship, the organization, and the policy/regulatory landscape for successful implementations of telehealth services.

  4. Educate healthcare professionals to be comfortable and knowledgeable about the technology used and provide additional training to increase digital literacy.

  5. Build therapeutic client-provider relationships to develop special considerations for people with hearing impairments, and disabilities, requiring language translations or training to use telehealth services.

  6. Monitor implemented systems to evaluate individual progress, address digital system issues, and make necessary adjustments for better client health outcomes.

Course Outline

  1. Foreword

  2. Content of the Guide

  3. Chapter One: Issue Brief

  4. Chapter Two: What Research Tells Us

  5. Chapter Three: Guidance for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

  6. Chapter Four: Examples of Telehealth Implementation in Treatment Programs

  7. Chapter Five: Resources for Evaluation and Quality Improvement

  8. Appendix One: Acknowledgements

  9. Appendix Two: Evidence Review Methodology

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