Altarum's Center for Behavioral Health helps to improve the lives of people with mental health and substance use disorders through prevention, access to appropriate care, and integration with other health services. We help states, communities and health systems build the capacity to treat people with behavioral health needs, from building peer recovery support services to providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification programs to clinicians for responsible opioid prescribing and depression screening.

Responsible Opioid Prescribing for Clinicians (with CME credit)

Altarum provides training for clinicians on responsible opioid prescribing in joint-providership with Michigan Medicine, the medical school at the University of Michigan and one of the largest health care complexes in the world. The training is available nationwide, and provides clinicians 20-25 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV and 30-50 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Learn more about the training and how it is essential to addressing the opioid crisis. Our CME also includes training on how to effectively use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.

Building Community Capacity to Stop the Opioid Crisis

Altarum offers a field-tested, evidence-based approach that improves outcomes and builds community capacity to stop the opioid crisis. Our approach draws on best practices as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s framework for identifying effective public health interventions. Learn how we helped an Ohio county develop a comprehensive roadmap for behavioral health system transformation to address the opioid crisis.

Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services and Supports

The demand for substance abuse services far exceeds the supply. Altarum helps states and communities increase access through training and technical assistance for peer recovery support services, particularly through criminal justice and child welfare programs. Recent work we have done in this area includes:

  • Providing training and technical assistance in clinics to integrate screening and referral services for postpartum women using opiates and other drugs;
  • Joining forces with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority to distribute naloxone and connecting prescribing providers to training on medication assisted treatment; and
  • Providing peer recovery support training and technical assistance for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opiate Addiction Program.

Identifying and Treating Depression

Depression is the most common mood disorder, affecting nearly 7 percent of U.S. adults, yet patients often fail to receive optimal care for this condition. Altarum's Center for Behavioral Health helps clinicians improve care to those suffering with mood disorders through measurement-based care tools and quality improvement programs.

We’ve partnered with the National Network of Depression Centers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research consortium comprised of leading depression centers around the country, to design and develop the NNDC Patient Registry to support their Mood Outcomes Program. The web-based system allows patients to directly input four brief self-rated assessments before each visit. Clinicians then review these self-assessments during regular visits to monitor patient progress as part of standard clinical care. The de-identified NNDC Virtual Learning Health System integrates clinical care and collaborative research, and supports dissemination of evidence-based care practices to improve the care of individuals with mood disorders. The program is predicted to exceed 10,000 patients under care by the end of 2018, and is expected to reach 25,000 patients or more within the next several years. Learn more about our work with the National Network of Depression Centers.

Center Contact:
Emily Ehrlich
Deputy Director
(734) 302-4644