Last Chance to Register! Audio: CMS' ROP: New Behavioral Health: Identifying and Treating Residents Who Have Experienced Trauma

On October 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "CMS' ROP: New Behavioral Health: Identifying and Treating Residents Who Have Experienced Trauma"

CMS requirements of participation related to behavioral health services (483.40) emphasize the need for accurate identification and responses to individuals who present with a history of trauma. The main component of the regulation requires facilities implement a trauma informed approach to care. The introduction of this regulation raises the very basic question of, “What is trauma?”. This session will help foster a better understanding of how a trauma reaction develops and persists, as well as differentiating it from other mental health issues. It will also focus on ways of helping a resident who has experienced trauma through increasing the awareness of staff so they can make the appropriate attributions for the emotional and behavioral difficulties encountered. Since trauma reactions have multiple causal factors, so do helpful clinical responses. Our approach should not only be based on medical management, but also include psychological, interpersonal, and environmental efforts that are well integrated into the daily care routine, and actively promoted by facility leadership and the interdisciplinary team. One thing that is made clear is the importance of early identification of both acute and chronic traumatic events and establishing an environment where the individual’s trauma reactions are not exacerbated, or the person is not re-traumatized.

 

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