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MHLP Assistant Professor Nominated to Serve on Behavioral Health Technical Expert Panel

MHLP Assistant Professor Nominated to Serve on Behavioral Health Technical Expert Panel

Dr. Kyaien Conner was recently nominated by the Council on Social Work Education to be their representative expert to serve on the Behavioral Health Technical Expert Panel (TEP) over the next 3 years. The TEP is part of a 30 million dollar project funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded to the American Psychiatric Association to evaluate and measure the quality of patient reported outcome measures and other clinical assessment tools in measure-based psychiatric care and to develop evidence-based treatment evaluation processes for three high risk populations: suicide risk, early psychosis and opioid misuse. Dr. Conner is one of 20 experts from around the country serving on this panel which will be reporting directly to CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Dr. Conner was nominated and offered a seat on this panel to bring to bear her expertise in the area of health disparities generally and specifically to evaluate the cultural sensitivity and limitations of current quality of care measures and metrics.