Role of the Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (MHCPS)

Description

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been working to strengthen suicide prevention efforts; enhancing access to mental health care by building partnerships between VA and community providers; increasing the number of VA mental health providers serving our Veterans; and promoting mental health research and development of more effective treatment methodologies. One solution to increasing the number of mental health providers was to create mental health clinical pharmacy specialist positions to bridge the care gap by expanding access to care, conducting medication assessments and evaluations, and by assisting in complex medication titrations. This session focuses on the Department of Veteran’s Affairs mental health clinical pharmacy specialist and the clinical support services provided by pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

1.Identify key factors in mental health care coverage that are increasing opportunities for MH CPS as mental health providers.
2.Discuss the expanding role of MH CPS as providers of mental health care.
3.Describe best practices for MH CPS in various clinical settings.
4.Explain the impact that pharmacy clinical specialists have on mental health access.
5.Recognize the encounter modalities and type and quality of pharmacy interventions made during patient encounters.
6.State how to develop a clinical pharmacy specialist position.

Technician Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. List potential roles for pharmacy technicians in mental health care delivery.
2.Explain the impact that pharmacy clinical specialists have on mental health access.
3.Recognize the encounter modalities and type and quality of pharmacy interventions made during patient encounters.

 
 
 
Speakers:
Troy
Troy Moore,
 
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Pharmacy Business Operations, Management, and Professional Leadership
Session Time Slot(s): 
Date: 
Wednesday, September 13
Time: 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: 
Rosen Shingle Creek - Wekiwa 9/10
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-17-181-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .1
ACPE Pharmacy Technician: 0202-0000-17-181-L04-T
CEUs Pharmacy Technician: .1
Activity Type:
Knowledge-based