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Inaugural Cape Cod Healthcare Behavioral Health Summit


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Press Release – For Immediate Release

Hyannis, September 19, 2013
The inaugural Cape Cod Healthcare Behavioral Health Summit will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Hyannis. The event was organized by the Cape Cod Healthcare Behavioral Health Steering Committee, a group initiated by CCHC and further developed by many behavioral health providers in the community.

The CCHC Behavioral Health Steering Committee was formed in February of this year to address the fragmentation of care in the community. Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Center Nurse Manager Elizabeth Kelley and Emergency Center Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Diane Wolsieffer started the committee in response to the need they saw developing in the community and in the hospital's Emergency Center.

The Summit will bring providers to the table to build a better system of care for individuals and families that deal with behavioral health issues.

"We must work as a community to make sure our neighbors who struggle with behavioral health issues get the care they need and deserve," said Michael Lauf, President and CEO, CCHC, who will give the opening remarks at the Oct. 4 Summit. "It is heartbreaking to see so many patients coming to the Emergency Departments at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital, some of whom often wait days and even weeks to get the help they need. This Summit will kick off a community-wide plan to educate patients about the services and programs that are available, and to improve the lines of communication among those in the behavioral health field on Cape Cod."

The Summit will include a series of workshops and panel discussions by experts in the behavioral health field. Several individuals and families will also share their personal experience around accessing care for behavioral health issues.

Registration will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and the Summit will close at 4 p.m. with remarks by Ron Holmes, Executive Director of NAMI – Cape Cod and Islands. Among the speakers at the Summit will be A. Kathryn Power, M.ED, Regional Administrator of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Katie Volk, M.A., Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation; Kappy Madenwald, LISW-S, independent consultant; Jean Calvert, LICSW, Director of the Mobile Crisis Team Cape Cod and Islands; and Patricia Durgin, OTR/L, Human Rights Officer, Cape Cod Hospital.

"There are many valuable services, programs and providers on Cape Cod, and it is often hard for patients and providers to successfully navigate them and access the care they need," said Wolsieffer. "The committee, in collaboration with community providers, is attempting to bridge the gaps in care and knowledge, and the Summit is part of that effort."

The registration fee of $50 includes lunch and continuing education credits. The Summit brochure and registration form can be downloaded from the Barnstable County Human Services website: http://bchumanservices.net/. To register for the Summit, please send the registration form along with a check for $50 to the Cape Cod Healthcare Registrar, P.O. Box 640, 60 Park Street, Hyannis 02601. Please make checks payable to Cape Cod Healthcare. Seating is limited. For more information, please contact Diane Wolsieffer, NP, at dmwolsieffer@capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare – one of America's Top 15 healthcare systems – is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,500 employees and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the Cape's leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, the Cape's only local laboratory service (C-Lab) and numerous health programs.

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