In late October, Dominika Breedlove, Psy.D., a WSPA Board Trustee represented WSPA during the Seattle’s 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference organized by the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA). Dr. Breedlove was invited to speak on two diverse panels hosted by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)’s Office of Regional Operations in Region X. Region X covers the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
The first panel addressed Health and Human Services (HHS) Priority on Mental Health. Dr. Breedlove’s contributions to this panel centered on behavioral health services integration, a whole-person approach to care in which the physical and mental health needs are addressed in one, well-coordinated system, and patients can seamlessly access the services they need to stay healthy. There a lot of exciting, forward-looking initiatives happening across our state regarding behavioral health services integration with primary care. One important growing initiative involves the advocacy efforts being undertaken by WSPA that would allow pre-doctoral interns in psychology to provide integrated behavioral health services to underserved Medicaid populations in our state. Stay tuned for future updates on this important issue!
Dr. Breedlove was also a guest speaker on the final panel for that conference day, the HHS Priority on Opioid Abuse Prevention. The speakers on this panel presented a wide range of regional and organizational strategies and approaches to curb the devastating opioid epidemic which has ravaged our country. Earlier in October the President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. In 2016 alone, as many as 64,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses, the majority of which were linked to opioids. Dr. Breedlove is eager to continue this important conversation and participate in new and evolving efforts to combat the opioid epidemic as a member of North Central Accountable Community of Health (ACH) Regional Opioid Stakeholder group.
Fall 2017, Volume 73, Issue 2.