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A Quartet of Topics

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 2017 PASRR Webinar

Topic: A Quartet of PASRR Topics

Speakers: Andrea Womack, Betty Ferdinand and Richard Sanderson, consultants for PTAC

Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Time: 1 - 2:30PM Eastern



A PDF copy of the slides and recording of the presentation will be made available at the conclusion of the webinar. 



This webinar will offer information and discussion about four separate topics - related conditions; interstate agreements; substance abuse as a marker of possible serious mental illness (SMI); and use of telehealth (e.g., video chat) in Level II evaluations.



Andrea Womack

Andrea Womack, M.A, is Director of Quality and Independent Contractor Services for Ascend Management Innovations. In this role, she oversees quality monitoring and reporting for Ascend’s PASRR and Utilization Review services as well as technical and quality support services for over 400 PASRR and specialty assessment independent contractors. Ms. Womack has designed and implemented quality protocols for multiple states to ensure compliance with state and federal PASRR requirements, clinical integrity, and person-centered assessments. Ms. Womack has also developed and delivered PASRR training for assessors, providers, clinical and quality reviewers. During her tenure at Ascend she has also overseen implementation and operations for multiple PASRR state projects. Previously, Ms. Womack worked in community mental health case management for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Ms. Womack holds a master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago. Ms. Womack also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of PASRR Professionals.

Betty Ferdinand

Betty Ferdinand has nearly forty years of management experience and has worked in various capacities throughout the continuum of human service delivery from community-based services to long-term care in both nursing facility and assisted living settings. Ms. Ferdinand was also instrumental in successfully developing implementing and managing all aspects of the PASRR process for the State of Nebraska. 

Richard Sanderson

Richard Sanderson has served as a staff psychologist in a community-based mental health service system where he was responsible for conducting psychological and intellectual assessments for persons being considered for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)  benefits. Mr. Sanderson has also provided on-site mental health services in a primary care setting that included helping physicians integrate BH screenings in the course of patient evaluations and when BH conditions were suspected. Currently, as an independent consultant, Mr. Sanderson provides consultation services to primary care physicians, accountability care and managed service organizations, and employer groups to identify undetected or unmanaged mental health conditions through the use of validated screening tools;  implement interventional protocols intended to improve treatment outcomes; and effectively identify and address gaps in the delivery of healthcare services. Mr. Sanderson has served as executive director of a counseling center focused on the needs of persons and families struggling with the impact of life threatening disease. He has also served as director of quality improvement for a comprehensive mental health system and on numerous community-based committees focused on the protection of the human rights of persons with mental and physical disabilities. 


Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

There was no commercial support received for this CME activity.

Bibliographic Sources: Please see presentation slides

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