Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes for African American Nursing Facility Residents

February 15, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST


Are you a nursing facility staff member seeking to enhance your understanding of effectively addressing the behavioral health needs of the African American resident? Join us for an informative training focused on evidence-based strategies designed to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, behavioral health disparities among African American nursing facility residents. By attending the training, you will gain valuable insights into the social-cultural factors affecting behavioral health among African Americans, participate in an engaging discussion regarding challenges in providing optimal behavioral health care, and gain culturally informed strategies to serve the African American population effectively. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define behavioral health equity and why it’s important
  2. Understand social-cultural factors affecting behavioral health among African Americans
  3. Identify social-ecological barriers to behavioral health care among African Americans
  4. Inform their interdisciplinary nursing facility staff about evidence-based strategies to improve behavioral health outcomes for African American residents.

Speaker: Niasha A. Fray MA, MSPH

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.