A Webinar with Dr. Michael Cummings, M.D. and Dr. Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D
CEUs: 2 (Type 2) CEUs in Ethics for Board Certified Behavior Analysts
About the Presenters:
Dr. Michael Cummings, grew up in Upstate New York and attended South Glens Falls High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and his medical degree and residencies in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Cummings has over 15 year’s experience treating children, adolescents, and adults for all major psychiatric conditions and developmental challenges in a wide array of community and institutional settings. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Community Affairs and Outreach for the Department of Psychiatry of the University at Buffalo and Associate Medical Director of Erie County Medical Center. In these capacities, he has clinical and administrative oversight of the majority of hospital and forensic based psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment in Buffalo and its surrounding communities. This includes the busiest psychiatric emergency department in New York State.
In addition to his clinical and administrative work, his major focus is on developing and integrating systems of care for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities who are at high risk of avoidable hospitalization or incarceration. To this end, Dr. Cummings, along with his clinical partner Janell Van Cleve, has created a project entitled "APIC: Access to Psychiatry Through Intermediate Care". It is a 1.8-million-dollar grant-funded pilot program sponsored for five years by the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower, John R. Oishei, Patrick P. Lee, and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundations that provides mobile psychiatric interventions and case management for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities whose needs are not being met by the current system of care.
Its primary goal is to reduce avoidable emergency room visits, hospitalizations, arrests, out of home placements, and exposure to unnecessary poly-pharmacy. In its first two and a half years, APIC has served 550 individuals and their families, made over 750 “house calls” and has reduced emergency room visits and family distress by over 50%. APIC currently serves the 17 western counties of New York State and has performed consultations in Maryland, New Jersey, Colorado, and California. Dr. Cummings and his team are actively working to be able to provide this unique and innovative program to families in need across the entire State of New York.
Michael J. Cameron Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the Chief Scientific Officer for The Cedar Group (Eagle Rock, California). He received his doctorate in experimental psychology at Northeastern University. He was the Founding Chair of the Department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons College, an all-women’s college in Boston, Massachusetts. His research and publications are in the areas of behavior analysis, the antecedent control of aberrant behavior, behavioral medicine, and behavioral interventions