Cardinal Innovations Seeks Subject Matter Experts for Training
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is seeking a group of preferred subject matter experts to present Continuing Education training in our Piedmont service region, which includes Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.
Presenters will be consulted when a specific training need arises. Serving as a presenter provides the opportunity to build a professional speaking portfolio while networking and collaborating with other providers, staff and community partners.
Cardinal Innovations is dedicated to providing National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) approved continuing education credits to network providers, stakeholders and employees. All presenters will be expected to make unbiased, content-validated and evidence-based presentations. Presentations must be reviewed and approved by the Cardinal Innovations Continuing Education Committee (CEC).
Click here to fill out the application. For more information, contact Program Manager Frederick Murphy at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704.939.7724.
Cardinal Innovations Offers Training to Educate and Raise Awareness of IDD
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Community and Member Engagement teams offer training to the community, as well as members and families to help educate and raise awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). You can schedule the following trainings by emailing
Guardianship and Alternative for IDD and MHThis is a one-hour, free training that teaches participants how to pursue help for individuals who do not meet the criteria of incompetency but need assistance to live safely in their communities. Guardianship should be obtained when it will afford the individual fuller capacity for exercising individual rights. Topics to be explored are:
• Guardianship• When it may be appropriate• Alternatives
Innovations Waiver OverviewThis is a one and a-half hour, free training which provides an overview of the Innovations Waiver. Participants will receive an overview of intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), including information about how to access community resources, and types of services and funding streams that might be available in the community. Discussion covers the myths and realities of individuals with IDD to better equip families and stakeholders who are assisting these individuals.
Person Centered ThinkingThis is a two-day, free training that provides participants with skills and tools to support individuals with mental health, intellectual and developmental disability or substance use disorder needs. Person Centered Thinking is designed to educate attendees about how the individual served views health, safety and risk issues in his or her life. The information is used to develop a plan to help those who work with the individual to understand his or her wants, desires and needs. StigmaThis a one and one-half hour, free training that explores issues of stigma and ways to overcome it. People with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities or substance use disorder often exhibit behaviors which others may not understand. Instead of receiving compassion and acceptance, people with disabilities may experience hostility, discrimination and stigma. The people experiencing the issues often label and stigmatize themselves by putting up barriers, which prevents proper attention and treatment.
Online Preference Assessment Training and Resources for IDD Providers
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare offers online training on when and how to use the Preference Assessment in developing a person-centered plan for members with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD).
The online training, "Applying Preferences (Assessments, Goals and Services)," the Preference Assessment Form and the Preference Assessment Guide, are designed for IDD providers to:
It is recommended that providers view the online training and use the form along with the guide to gather and assess pertinent preference information on a regular basis for the members they support. If questions remain after viewing the training and practicing with the tools, contact your Network Specialist.
Click here for the Instructional Presentations, and then scroll to "Applying Preferences" under "Introduction to Provider Basic Training."
Click here for the Preference Assessment Form.
For the Preference Assessment Guide,
Transitions to Community Living Training
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is offering
Transitions to Community Living (TCL) training for providers throughout its service regions to help provide more information about the program.
TCL helps people with mental illness who are living in adult care homes find and choose housing in their communities. Cardinal Innovations has helped over 250 individuals find homes.
Click here to listen to their stories.
TCL is an initiative that began after the state of North Carolina entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012. The purpose of the agreement was to ensure that individuals with mental illness are able to live in their communities in the least restrictive settings of their choice.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is implementing the agreement through the Transitions to Community Living Initiative (TCLI). Cardinal Innovations’ TCL unit is part of the Care Coordination Department.
This TCL training highlights the TCL process, roles and expectations of Cardinal Innovations and provider staff within the direction of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
If you are interested in having a Cardinal Innovations TCL staff member present a training to your team, contact TCL Care Coordination Supervisor Diane Lowder at 704.785.0190 or
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
Darkness to Light, a non-profit organization committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse, will present Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training the second Tuesday of every month Turning Point's Tree House Children's Advocacy Center in Monroe, N.C.
Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed child sexual abuse prevention, recognition and intervention training available nationally. The two-hour training is led by a facilitator who has completed Darkness to Light’s facilitator training, and incorporates a documentary-style video featuring adult survivors, parents and professionals, along with discussion and a workbook.
The training defines child sexual abuse and the prevalence, consequences and circumstances surrounding it. It also covers why isolated one-on-one situations create a high risk for child sexual abuse, describes critical elements of a child protection policy and explains why these are important, lists several reasons why children may not disclose sexual abuse, and names three behavioral and/or emotional signs that may be indicators of child sexual abuse. The training also describes examples of appropriate responses to suspicions of child sexual abuse, disclosure or discovery, including mandated reporting.
Cardinal Innovations Overview and Guardianship Training
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will off training that will over an overview of Cardinal Innovations, guardianship and alternatives available for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or mental health disorders on September 19 in Monroe, N.C.
Participants will receive an introductory presentation about services that are available through Cardinal Innovations. They also will receive an introduction to guardianship and will discuss when it may be appropriate as well as alternatives.
Recovery Messaging Training
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will host Recovery Messaging Training Perry at the Memorial Library in Henderson, N.C., on September 19 to provide tips about how to discuss substance use disorder and recovery with family, employers, friends, service providers, the general public and the media.
Social stigma has kept recovery voices silent for decades. Research has shown that messaging shifts can open attitudes toward substance use disorder and recovery. This course, developed by Faces and Voices of Recovery will define recovery messaging, recognizing that, depending on the type of messaging, it can support or harm people in recovery. The training also covers removing barriers to recovery through effective messaging and improving the quality of life of those still suffering or recovering from substance use issue.
The trainer will be James Cioe, the program coordinator of Recovery Initiatives at the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse in Raleigh, N.C. He has been licensed or certified in various states including New Mexico, Minnesota, Texas and North Carolina.
Child and Family Teams from the Family's Perspective: Part One
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer the training called Child and Family Teams from the Family’s Perspective: Part One on September 19 and 20 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The training is open to agency providers, community stakeholders, social workers, families and anyone involved in Child and Family Team meetings.
This is a two-day experiential training developed in partnership with families in North Carolina to provide an overview of Child and Family Team meetings from the family’s perspective. Families, through focus groups and direct involvement in curriculum writing, provided essential guidance in the development of the training.
Participants should come ready to be actively engaged in the training for two full days. The majority of the training will be presented through role-plays of mock Child and Family Team meetings. Participants will serve both as members and observers of the meeting process. Trainers will provide opportunities for connection, introspection, conversation, and exploration about how to best bring families to the table.
Trainers are: Kim Morgan, System of Care Clinician with Cardinal Innovations’ Triad Community Office and Jessica Elliott, a community representative.
Now That I Am 18 Training
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer Now That I Am 18 training in its Triad Region on several dates now through April 26, 2017.
Now That I Am 18 training covers many topics including explanations of guardianship, recovery and how to get help from Cardinal Innovations. The training also covers which people who are supports or mentors and have your best interest in mind.
Understanding these questions and your rights as an 18 year old will help you make informed decisions, advocate for yourself and be a responsible member of society.
System of Care 2017 Conference
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Triad and Piedmont regions will host the free System of Care 2017 Conference “Building a Stronger Community” on September 26 in the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center at Davidson Community College in Thomasville, N.C.
System of Care is a comprehensive network of community-based services and supports organized to meet the needs of families who are involved with multiple child service agencies, such as child welfare, mental health, schools, juvenile justice and health care. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations, ensuring supports are effective and built on the individual's strengths and needs.
Conference keynote speaker Adrienne Michelle will speak about LGBTQ Community Sensitivity. Conference participants will be eligible for National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Continuing Education Credits (CECs). There is no general registration link for the conference. Instead, participants must register separately for each session they plan to attend to ensure that they receive the NBCC credits.
Disclaimer: Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6753. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Guardianship in North Carolina
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer several opportunities for individuals in the Triad Region to participate in a Guardianship in North Carolina training.
This is an introduction to guardianship and will cover basic facts about guardianship, assessment and a guardian's rights and responsibilities. The training will cover what guardianship is, why it is needed, when it is appropriate and how to start the process of guardianship.
Cardinal Innovations Overview
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer several opportunities for individuals to receive an overview of the organization.
This presentation will provide information on how to access services, the Provider Network, and what to do if you or someone you know experiences a behavioral health crisis. Participants will gain a better understanding of Cardinal Innovations and the people its members.
2017 Annual Conference on Aging
The Centralina Area Agency on Aging will host its 2017 Annual Conference “Aging Better Together” on September 28 in Charlotte, N.C., providing a training opportunity for people with an interest in aging.
Annually, this event draws community service providers, long-term care providers, academics, advocates, older adults, caregivers and others. The conference offers an opportunity for continuing education units, networking and exhibiting opportunities.
Community Navigator Training Series
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare continues to offer a series of online trainings for Community Navigator provider agencies on the Individual and Family Directed Supports (IFDS) Option.
The next training will be Module 7 on September 28 and will focus on: the termination process, roles of the team, how Cardinal Innovations can help you, and making referrals.
Training modules and updated forms will be posted here. Submit questions you have about these topics when you register and Cardinal Innovations employees will attempt to answer them during the training.
Upward Financial Stability Training
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer free training regarding Upward Financial Stability on October 4 in Kannapolis, N.C., and on October 23 in Lexington, N.C.
This training covers financial literacy for individuals and families to raise expectations for people with intellectual and other disabilities to develop financial assets. The training will explore topics such as credit, banking, housing, taxes and employment awareness.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Training
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer Wellness Recovery Action Plan Training (WRAP) on October 10-12 in Charlotte, N.C.
WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and create the life they want. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome mental health issues and fulfill their life dreams and goals.
The training in August will cover: identifying upsetting events and early warning signs using wellness tools; developing action plans; developing a list of daily wellness maintenance tools; developing a crisis plan or Advance Directive; post-crisis planning.
Cardinal Innovations Offers NCI Initial/Recertification Classes
To assist providers in the transition from NC Interventions to other training programs, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer NCI initial and recertification classes in August, September and October. These classes have limited seating, and are for providers currently using NCI who have staff that require initial certification or whose certification will expire before December 31, 2017:
In order to register for one of the classes, providers currently using NCI must notify Cardinal Innovations which new DMA/DD/SAS-approved curriculum they plan to use for training after December 31.
If you have questions about the class or registration, contact Cindy Wickline at email@example.com.
ABLE Act Training for the Triad Region
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer several opportunities for individuals in the Triad Region to learn more about the ABLE Act.
The ABLE Act amends Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. These tax-advantaged savings accounts can be used to cover qualified disability expenses such as, but not limited to, education, housing and transportation.
Group Home Employee Skills Training
The Behavioral Health Springboard offers free online Group Home Employee Skills Training (GHEST) for group home employees.
The training is a cost-effective way for group homes to improve staff members' knowledge about mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorder so group homes can serve residents better.
The first online training module is called “About Long-term Mental Illnesses and How They are Treated,” and provides group home employees with basic information about long-term mental illnesses and basic skills for working with people who have a mental health diagnosis.
It explains long-term mental illness, the causes, the different types of mental illness, how mental illness is treated, barriers to treatment, necessities to help an individual with mental illness live his or her best life, and how to help an individual stick with treatment.
The training was created for non-licensed direct care workers in group homes, but also is appropriate for Peer Support Specialists, people with long-term mental illness and their loved ones, and for the general public.
GHEST was created in 2009 by NAMI Wake, the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, Alberta Professional Services, behavioral healthcare management entities in the Research Triangle Area and the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare and the N.C. Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services has supported further development of the module.
Free Online Military Cultural Competence Training
The Center for Deployment Psychology is offering an online course in military cultural competence to help civilian mental health providers communicate and interact more effectively with service members and their families.
This interactive online training provides an overview of military culture, including organizational structure, rank, branches of service, core values and demographics, as well as similarities and differences between the Active and Reserve components.
The course can be taken for 1.25 Continuing Education credit hours for an associated fee and may also be taken free of charge. The free version does not include the final test or certificate.
Click here for more information or to register.
DirectCourse training curricula aligns with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Direct Service Worker Core Competency standards for DSPs. The updated standards were implemented in North Carolina in November 2016 when the NC Innovations Waiver amendment went into effect. The standards focus on improving the quality of services for individuals with IDD.
Click here for an informational packet with a course listing, helpful information, and cross-walks to both the HCBS Final Rule Requirements and CMS Core Competencies.
A DSP assists individuals with disabilities, providing assistance with daily living activities if needed and supporting behaviors that enhance community inclusion. Through DirectCourse, Cardinal Innovations network providers have access to expert training resources and evidence-based curricula for DSPs.
Click here to read more about the DirectCourse initiative or
click here for frequently asked questions.
For more information or to access available training modules, Cardinal Innovations network providers should contact DirectCourse System Administrator Kimberly Knotts at 704.986.7291 or at
Traumatic Brain Injury Training Resources >
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (MH/DD/SAS) has released new educational materials related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use, domestic violence, and the criminal justice system.
A TBI survivor wallet card to show police, emergency personnel and others, explaining TBI also is included.
Click here to download the materials.
Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury Identification Method Training
The N.C. General Assembly has requested statewide data as it reviews the prevalence of traumatic brain injury and gauges need. To gather that data, the state is using the Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury Identification Method (OSU TBI-ID), a standardized procedure for eliciting a person's lifetime history of TBI. Training on how to use the OSU TBI-ID is available on line at anytime by
Person-Centered Thinking >
Typically a two-day training, Person-Centered Thinking teaches you the skills necessary to provide person-centered supports to individuals with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities or substance use disorder.
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