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PASRR: The Door to Mental Health Continuity of Care and Engagement in Care

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 2019 PASRR Webinar

Topic: The Door to Mental Health Continuity of Care and Engagement in Care

Date: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Time: 1 - 2:30 PM Eastern


Slides are available to download at the bottom of the page.

This webinar will help attendees understand PASRR’s role in providing mental health care services and the role of participants’ engagement in their care. Attendees will learn about 1) the PASRR Technical Assistance Center’s prior work and materials regarding mental health issues, 2) the federal requirements, 3) PASRR’s role for individuals with mental health conditions, including the development of person-centered plans, 4) PASRR’s connection to current state initiatives, and 4) specialized services add-ons for mental health.



  • Understand regulatory requirements for identifying and providing or securing mental health services for individuals with qualifying Mental Health PASRR conditions
  • PASRR’s role in developing person-centered plans of care in nursing facilities
  • PASRR’s Specialized Services connection to state initiatives for individuals with serious mental illness and options to expand Specialized Services options 

Speaker bio

Richard Sanderson 

Richard Sanderson is a healthcare consultant and practicing psychotherapist in Colorado. He has 35 years of healthcare experience as a clinician, organizational leader and consultant. He began his career as a staff psychologist in a Virginia community-based mental health center. He subsequently served as quality improvement director of a large mental health organization that provided comprehensive mental health services. In 2000, he became executive director of Pathways-Life After Cancer, a NC non-profit counseling center serving the mental health needs of persons and families impacted by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Since 2011, he has served as a consultant to organizations interested in the integration of behavioral health services into primary care and emergency care settings. In collaboration with large physician groups and accountability care organizations (ACOs), Richard has designed and implemented programs that focus on detection and management of cognitive and mental health disorders in medically fragile and elderly populations. These initiatives promote models of care that emphasize care coordination, transitional care management and patient engagement regarding healthcare decisions.

Richard joined the PASRR Technical Assistance Center team as a consultant in 2014. He regularly facilitates PTAC bi-monthly meetings for ten states, provides on-site training, and is the lead consultant for the technical assistance needs of several midwestern states focused on reducing unnecessary nursing home admissions. Richard has conducted national webinars on the value and use of evidence-based, validated screening tools when conducting required healthcare evaluations for nursing home placements and promotes focused consideration of a person’s service needs to preserve a person’s desire to age in his or her community.

There was no commercial support received for this CME activity.

Bibliographic Sources: Please see presentation slides

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