Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinar: "Using Text and Email with Clients – Guidance and Resources for Providers"

Time: 2pm – 3pm PT / 5pm – 6pm ET

Co-hosted by Pathways Research and Training Center at Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University / Portland State University School of Public Health, and the EASA Center for Excellence, this webinar will explain the technical and administrative requirements for the ethical, HIPAA-compliant use of text and email.

The use of electronic communication is ubiquitous today. For young adults especially, texting is a primary communication tool. It is imperative for mental/behavioral health clinicians, agency administrators and legal-counsel to understand how to meet the clients' communication preferences, while also upholding standards of patient privacy required by ethics and HIPAA rules.

The presenter, Roy Huggins, will give an overview of the different forms of email and texting and describe how each measures up to the standards of HIPAA's Security Rule and the professional ethics codes of mental health professional organizations. He will also provide guidance and resources to help providers decide how texting and email can or cannot fit into their practice. Participants will learn how to develop a communications policy for clients and families that upholds ethical standards.

CE Available:

Webinar participants will be eligible for 1 CE unit through Portland State University. Participants must email EASA Center for Excellence at easa@ohsu.edu to request the credit certificate. The CE unit costs $25 for non-EASA attendees (no charge for EASA team members).

This webinar is made possible through funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the CMHS, SAMHSA, HHS or NIDILRR.