Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF) is Now Available!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

If you read my blog last week introducing this valuable resource, I’m happy to report that it’s now “open for business”.   I encourage you, your team and colleagues to check it out. This resource will definitely benefit nursing facilities!

Bookmark this landing page to access information you can use:

  • The COE-NF specializes in four behavioral health topics that affect the quality of life for nursing facility residents.  COE-NF offers easily accessible resources that can help to guide care and improve outcomes. 
  • Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
  • Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
  • Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)
  • Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
  • COE-NF resources support skilled nursing facilities at every level, from the nursing staff who provide direct care to residents, to the clinical and administrative staff who interact with them.
  • From administrators to day-to-day caregivers, COE-NF provide resources that can be used throughout your skilled nursing facility. Now, nursing facilities can access the technical assistance, evidence-based trainings and educational materials they need, right when they need it.
  • The Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities provides tailored technical assistance, training, and educational resources at no cost to you. Please submit your request for assistance and a member of our staff will reach out to you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Click on the Resources link to find information on:

  • COE-NF Fact Sheet
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder
  • Understanding Schizophrenia
  • Psychological Services in Long Term Care Resource Guide
  • Substance Use Treatment for People with Co-occurring Disorders
  • Opioid Use in Long-Term Care Settings
  • The Care of Residents with Opioid and Stimulant Use Disorders in Long-Term Care Settings
  • The Cycle of Alcohol Addiction
  • Medications for Opioid Overdose, Withdrawal and Addiction (also available in Spanish)
  • Benzodiazepines DEA Drug Sheet
  • Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health in Older Adults
  • SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
  • Tips to Manage Challenging Situations
  • Comfort Menu
  • State Operations Manual Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyor for Long Term Care Facilities (currently displays the 11/22/2017 version of Appendix PP – I’ve written to them regarding the most recent version – 3/3/2023)

The News & Events link provides press releases and newsletters with the current newsletter focusing on schizophrenia.

At the bottom of several landing pages, you’ll find a QR code that you can scan to join the COE-NF text list.

“Better mental well-being for nursing home residents starts here!”