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Caring for ME Webinar: Broadening Behavioral Health Integration around Substance Use Disorder
Discuss the importance of addressing trauma in SUD treatment.
Discuss how to broaden the concept of BH integration in primary care to include SUD screening and treatment
Highlight ways that Acadia is expanding behavioral health integration around substance use disorder.
Jesse Higgins, RN, MSN, PMHN Director of Integrated Behavioral Health
Jesse Higgins is the Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. An Acadia provider since early 2010, Ms. Higgins has practiced consultative psychiatry in a family medicine practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center since 2011. She developed and directs a program of integration that leverages licensed clinical social workers and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners on-site and via telehealth in outpatient medical practices across the state of Maine to maintain high standards of quality for all patients.
Jesse has served as lead provider in Maine Quality Counts’ Patient-Provider Partnership: Medication Decisions in Behavioral Health pilot and co-led a transformative Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative pilot. She is a national speaker on topics that include integrated behavioral health, shared decision making, and underlying causes of opioid use disorder. Jesse continues to pursue excellence in integrated care as an active member of several hospital and community committees, in which she advocates for policies that embody and promote compassionate, collaborative, whole patient care.
Jesse holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a graduate certificate in Health Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Primary Care and Integrated Behavioral Health from the U Mass Medical School. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Southern Maine. In her spare time, Jesse enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, and playing with her husband, three daughters, and new puppy.
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