Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Presentations in the Emergency Department: How to Get Better at Community-Based Treatments

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Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Presentations in the
Emergency Department:


How to Get Better at Community-Based Treatments
Time: On Demand
Duration:  1 hour
The mental health and substance use crisis in the United States has had a major impact on emergency departments, which often act as a safety net for people experiencing a mental health or substance use concern. 

This webinar will focus on how mental health and substance use professionals can get better at identifying risk for mental health and substance use crises and avoid unnecessary emergency department presentations through best practice community-based care. 

The presenters will explore the top reasons for emergency room presentation by persons experiencing mental health or substance use concerns, simple tips for detecting and addressing risks to avoid demise, and also outline tips for ED personnel if the crisis is not avoided. 

  • Identify the top risk factors for ED presentations by those with mental health or substance use disorders
  • Provide tips for mitigating these risks
  • Provide a simple guide for First Episode Psychosis
  • Offer simple techniques for rapid differential diagnosis and triage for ED personnel once the presentation occurs
  • Identify the key learning lessons for preventing ED presentations for MH/SUD persons
Please note: this webinar is a free event, and no CEUs or certificates of participation are provided. All registrants will receive a copy of the recorded webinar and slides if you cannot attend the live event.



Presented By:


Don Fowls, M.D.
Don Fowls & Associates


Don Fowls, M.D., is a nationally known psychiatrist and health care consultant who provides consulting services for managed care, provider-based, and IT organizations. He is President of Don Fowls & Associates based in Scottsdale AZ. After completing his residency in psychiatry at UCLA, Dr. Fowls practiced psychiatry in Southern California for 10 years. He developed a large, behavioral health group practice and a provider-sponsored managed behavioral health organization that managed over 500,000 members. He was Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development at Value Options and its parent company FHC Health Systems for eleven years. He then joined Schaller Anderson Inc. as Executive Vice President, business development, and President and CEO of its behavioral health subsidiary. In addition to his consulting services, Dr. Fowls has helped develop FasPsych, a telepsychiatry company, and is a board member and advisor for community based behavioral health organizations.



Carol Clayton, Ph.D.
Translational Neuroscientist


Dr. Clayton is a licensed, practicing psychologist with 30 years of healthcare experience in the public and private sector, including non-profit and private practice work. She currently works as the Translational Neuroscientist for Relias. Prior to its acquisition by Relias, Dr. Clayton served as the CEO of Care Management Technologies, a health IT data analytics company. Previously, she served as the Executive Director for the North Carolina Council of Community MH/DD/SA Programs, a nonprofit corporation representing public MH/DD/SA service organizations. She began her career as a psychologist at a local NC state psychiatric facility followed by leading regional public community health child and family services under a capitated Medicaid waiver in NC. Dr. Clayton also served as the Executive Director of Magellan Health Services for the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. She has broad public and private sector management and leadership experience.



Thomas Friedman
Group Product Manager in Payer


Thomas Friedman is the Group Product Manager in Payer at Relias. In addition, Thomas serves on the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Advisory Board and co-chairs their data use workgroup. He brings executive experience working in healthcare payer strategic planning, finance, government affairs, and analytics having most recently served as the director of policy, planning, and analysis for the State Health Plan of North Carolina.
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