Summit Brings Adverse Childhood Experiences to Forefront

In September, AFMC hosted the 2019 ACEs and Resilience Summit, a three-day conference aimed at educating health care providers and community members on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). More than two dozen experts spoke on the way ACEs impact lives well into adulthood and how to foster the resilience that keeps ACEs from defining a child’s life. We’ve captured much of this information at afmc.org/aces. You can also sign up there to join the Arkansas ACEs and Resilience Coalition, a group of providers and stakeholders around Arkansas that supports efforts to curb the negative effects of ACEs.

Together Arkansas: Opioid Response Initiative

AFMC has joined forces with Arkansas Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the State Chamber of Commerce to provide Arkansas employers with a toolkit of resources they can use – free of charge – to help them prepare, prevent and respond to the opioid crisis. Opioid-use disorder affects every business, creates challenges for employers and clouds employees’ lives – at work and at home. Employers are challenged to find a drug-free workforce and help existing employees who are dealing with drug-related issues. The Together Arkansas toolkit includes an online course of five, 13-16-minute modules that provide an overview of the legal and operational issues employers must consider when dealing with an employee’s substance misuse.

Save the Date for Two Health Conferences

AFMC’s annual Arkansas Medicaid Educational Conference 2019 is Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Embassy Suites Little Rock, 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. This free conference will feature a variety of workshops and keynote speakers who will provide updates on Medicaid programs and initiatives.  Physician, hospitals and staff working with Medicaid patients are welcome to attend.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Provider Services and Quality Assurance (DPSQA) Conference is Wednesday, Dec. 18, also at Embassy Suites Little Rock. In its first year, this free conference is designed for home and community-based services providers, outpatient behavioral health providers as well as additional providers certified through DPSQA and its staff.

Online registration for both conferences will be available in November.

AFMC Awarded DOJ Opioid Grant

The youngest victims of the opioid crisis are the children of adult misusers. A three-year grant from the U. S. Department of Justice will provide services to these children In Hempstead and Howard counties. AFMC will lead a consortium of organizations with the common goal of coordinating services that increase well-being, safety, and successful outcomes for children at risk of being removed from the home as a result of a parent’s substance abuse. Community resources will be identified, and services coordinated via AFMC’s call center. Consortium partners include the State Drug Director and Arkansas Department of Health. Children will be referred by medical facilities, health care providers, law enforcement, courts and schools.