Welcome to Our Community Broadcasting Network. Having been involved in public affairs broadcasting and community activism in the greater Denver area since 1999, I became aware of the many issues impacting the families that make up the metro Denver community. In 2019, I decided to use my broadcasting experience to create OCBN, an online broadcasting network, to present issues important to these various, diverse communities. Past programs covered important topics such as healthy lifestyle living, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion), brain health, education, family caregiving, and more. Some of the most recent programs can be viewed on the Archived Programs page.
Due to a growing mental health crisis impacting the many diverse communities throughout Colorado, I am focusing on getting information to the public featuring innovative best practices in delivering services and patient/family support involved in Behavioral Health (BH). As defined by the American Medical Association (AMA),"Behavioral Health generally refers to mental health and substance use disorders, life stressors and crises, and stress-related physical symptoms. Behavioral healthcare refers to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of those conditions.” As a member of the Behavioral Health Planning & Advisory Council for Colorado, I serve as Membership Co-Chair and on the Prevention and Steering Committees to recommend the best uses of the Behavioral Health funding in the form of a grant from the federal government. BHPAC was established in accordance with federal law as directed by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U S Department of Health & Human Services. The mandated function of BHPAC is to advise/recommend on how to best implement the Behavioral Health Federal Block Grant every two years, and address key statewide policy issues related to Behavioral Health (visit the Newsroom for more about BHPAC).
Through collaborations with key behavioral health professionals, government officials, and community stakeholders, I am creating an online video series that will feature Behavioral Health issues and highlight educational institutions, non-profits, healthcare providers, community activists, and government agencies that are utilizing best practices in creating and maintaining Behavioral Health programs and initiatives that support the community. I hope to launch the series with an initial video podcast in March of this year. Our editorial consultants and program contributors include mental health professionals, Dr Jules Rosen, MD, Psychiatrist and Michelle Hoy, MS, LPC, CAS. They co-authored Introduction to Phase-Based Care, an overview of their groundbreaking research on innovative changes in delivering mental health services. In the areas of patient/family advocacy and support, our expert is Marjorie Grimsley, who works tirelessly to help families in crisis get support services for loved ones living with mental health disorders.
Dr Rosen, Ms Hoy and Ms Grimsley, along with other behavioral health advocates, will help identify topics, provide content, and recommend others with BH expertise, to add to the discussion by featuring best practices in their specific fields through interviews, presentations, and panel discussions. The online video series will be available to embed on websites and e-newsletters. We are inviting interested Behavioral Health experts and advocates, to join the initiative to contribute content as guest presenters and to offer resource information as well. A database of email addresses is being created to alert when a new video podcast is posted, along with information about the topic and presenter(s). To be added to the database, please fill out the Contact Form. Note that any information on the contact form will be treated as confidential and will not be shared with any outside source. Thank you for your interest in the Behavioral Health Best Practices Podcast initiative!