BHbusiness Plus is a virtual program of training, technical assistance and resources designed to help behavioral health executives – and their team members – identify and implement necessary business changes to survive and thrive in the new healthcare marketplace. Participating individuals within an organization are committed to moving their organizations to the next level of business success. Participant organizations are placed in a BHbusiness Plus learning network – focused on one topic – where they receive customized technical assistance and training to learn about the surround healthcare environment, identify need areas within their business, and implement change projects during a three-month timeframe.
BHbusiness Plus is for executives, middle-managers, and other organizational leaders suited to make significant transformative decisions. Eligible participants should represent behavioral health organizations with a focus in substance use, mental health, and/or a related specialty focus. Depending on your topic, you may select one or more key leaders or managers to participate who have responsibility and authority to make changes in systems that support organizational success in that area. Examples might include C-suite executives, clinical supervisors or key members of accounting, billing, registration, and IT. All project material will be publicly available so as you implement change efforts across your organization, you can educate all of your staff on these important business competencies.
BHbusiness Plus is funded by SAMSHA. Your only investment is your time and efforts; there is no financial cost to participate.
A learning network is a group of peer provider organizations working with a coach in a virtual environment. Each learning network has a dedicated coach who leads and facilitates live sessions periodically through the learning network. Network members may also participate in live peer networking sessions and communicate with each other through the BHbusiness Plus online learning platform.
People often learn best from their peers—other people who have similar experiences, challenges, and goals. Convening peers so that they can share best practices and lessons learned—a learning community or learning network—is an effective way to ensure that technical assistance “sticks” and to promote successful implementation of best practices.
Peer-based learning networks are especially effective when individuals seek to implement new practices, since they often face unanticipated issues, obstacles, and questions in the process. Through participation in learning networks focused on critical business operations, providers will expand the skills needed to thrive in a healthcare environment driven by changes in funding and regulations.
You can only take one BHbusiness Plus topic (be in one learning network) at a time. Now that courses have been shortened to a three-month period, it is possible for an agency to take more than one topic in an one year.
There will be several orientation webinars after applications/letters of intent (LOIs) are submitted. You will receive a link to these webinars after submitting your application/LOI. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled webinars, a recording will be posted on www.bhbusiness.org.
Learning networks are hosted on a password-protected Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS contains the tools and resources for each topic area as well functioning as a communication platform that facilitates peer-to-peer learning. The BHbusiness Plus website is a public website that houses a Resource Library containing additional resources related to your learning networks, behavioral health, and healthcare reform.
Yes, you can share the information with your staff. Several participating agencies have reported conducting staff in-service training where they share the videos and presentations with all staff. Because the material cannot be downloaded, saved and shared, it will be necessary to bring everyone together to view the presentations via a projector or on one computer.
All learning network documents can be downloaded and saved. You will need to download the worksheets and assignments in order to complete them. We had not intended to post slides as they are really only adjunctive to the presentations, not good substitutes for the presentations, but as we have had many requests, they have been posted as PDF files.
We recommend that you complete the readings and view the presentations individually. However, when submitting change projects that require an analysis of your agency or environment (mission and value statement, market research, environmental scan, or SWOT analysis assignments), you should work together as a group with your staff to submit a single response.
Not through the learning network administrators. However, if an agency has a video conferencing capability and would like to host network calls, that is ok and encouraged if possible. Face-to-face dialogue strengthens the network’s sense of team.
These are agreed upon by members of the network with the assistance of the coach. There are certain weeks when conference calls/webinars correspond to topics discussed in the readings and learning network material, but the exact days and times are up to the networks.
You will not be able to access other group sites on the LMS, unless you are registered for that learning network. Many resources are available in the Resource Library.
You will receive:
Your assigned network/network number
The name and contact information of your coach
Information to access the web-based tools we will be using to enhance your learning experience. The dates of orientation webinars – there will be several scheduled to accommodate our busy schedules