SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation uses its Virtual Learning Community (VLC) model to deeply explore topics of interest to the field centered around a common theme. VLCs are composed of a series of webinars, small discussion groups, and webinar supporting materials. These communities are open to the field at no cost to the participant.

Each webinar provides an opportunity to hear from national experts and state representatives. The presenters offer guidance on best and promising practices as well as practical lessons learned from on-the-ground experience.

Selected webinars are followed by a small-group discussion, where audience members can engage directly with the presenters to learn more about the topics of discussion.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 VLCs

Developing a Crisis Response System for Criminal Justice-Involved Individuals with Behavioral Health Disorders

In this series, attendees will learn innovative ways to ensure community crisis services are robust and effective. Webinar topics for this series include:

  • A Framework for Performance Measurement in Mental Health Crisis Services
  • Designing a Law Enforcement-Friendly Crisis Service
  • Integrated Mental Health and Physical Health Mobile Crisis Response
  • Law Enforcement Responses to People with Opioid Use Disorders
  • Peer Respites as a Voluntary Alternative to the Emergency Department and Other Crisis Services

Data and Information-Sharing Across Behavioral Health, Health, and Criminal Justice

In this series, attendees will learn practical ways to use data to improve the outcomes of people with mental and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system. Webinar topics for this series include:

  • Getting Started: Essential Measures for Data & Information Sharing Across the SIM
  • Data Sharing among Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Partners: Addressing Data Sharing Agreements & Confidentiality Concerns
  • Data Sharing among Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Partners: Mechanisms and Platforms for Efficient Data and Information Sharing

Using Technology to Increase Service Engagement and Optimization

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FY 2019 VLCs

Advancing Early Diversion

This series highlighted data and information sharing in the early intercepts of the Sequential Intercept Model, follow-up strategies to improve treatment engagement, models of engaging emergency medical services in an early diversion initiative, and effective joint responses between law enforcement and mental health professionals.

Supported Employment

This series explored how supported employment could be used to enhance an individual’s recovery process. The webinar series explored the importance of employment in the recovery process, real-life success stories of individuals using a supported employment model, financing strategies to support a SE program, and overcoming common barriers to employment.