Behavioral Health Action Network


Beginning May 2024, the Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF) will host six monthly one-hour cohort sessions.

These sessions are FREE to attend! This series is intended to improve the behavioral health knowledge and skill set of all staff working in CMS-certified nursing facilities across the United States. Each session builds upon the information shared in previous sessions. This is a full series, and it is intended for participants to join every session in the six-month series.


Facility Leadership, Social Workers, Nursing Staff, Non-Clinical Support Staff

Due to high demand, the current series that started in May 2024 is closed to new registrations. Our next series will start in early 2025.

Facilities can submit a request to be contacted once registration is open.

Benefits of Attending

As a result of this series, participants will be able to:

Learn best practices from behavioral health subject matter experts and other nursing facilities in your region.

Learn how to create a more effective resident assessment, communication, and care planning process for mental health and substance use disorders.

Gain a better understanding of mental health basics and the diagnoses affecting your nursing facility residents.

Collaborate with your regional behavioral specialist to implement this learning in your facility.

*NEW* Access to national monthly office hours, during which you will interact with nursing facilities across the country and participate in a live Q&A session about the monthly training topics.

Receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.


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

Cohort 1
Cohort 2
Cohort 3
Cohort 4

*NEW* National Monthly Office Hours

After you attend your cohort’s monthly session, join the Behavioral Health Action Network team and the subject matter expert for a live office hour session. You can use this opportunity to ask any questions about the SME presentation, discuss the implementation of best practices, review tools from each session, learn from your peers, and hear how other nursing facilities are implementing changes in their behavioral health programs.

Comagine Health is accredited by the New Mexico Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Comagine Health designates this [Live-Recurring Scheduled Series] for a maximum of [1.0] per session attended AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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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.