Behavioral Health Action Network


Launched in September 2023, the Behavioral Health Action Network is a six (6) month series that includes six (6) one-hour monthly cohort sessions. Join us for the opportunity to learn industry best practices from other nursing facilities and behavioral health subject matter experts. With the support of COE-NF behavioral health specialists, you will be able to implement the learnings in your facility.

The format for each session includes a self-care acknowledgement, a twenty-minute didactic presentation, group discussion of a reality-based scenario and a quality improvement tip. The sessions are designed to be interactive and facilitate learning from peers and subject matter experts.


Nurses, CNAs, social workers, direct care staff and leadership who work in nursing facilities across the United States.

Due to high demand, the current series that started in September 2023 is closed to new registrants. Our next series will start in May 2024 and facilities can submit a request to join now.

Key Objectives

As a result of this series, participants will be able to:
Develop an effective resident assessment, communication and care planning process in their facility.
Design an implementation plan for each element of the best practices presented during the session.
Implement and assess the effectiveness of best practices for assessing, communicating, and care planning with residents with behavioral health and substance use disorders.


Each cohort covers a multi-state region. Click on your state to learn more and register for the cohort in your area.

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Cohort 4
Cohort 5

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the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.