Behavioral Healthcare

Behavioral Healthcare is a monthly newsletter published by the Vendome Group L.L.C. in New York, N.Y. Its subject is the business aspect of behavioral healthcare and its audience is comprised of professionals working in the healthcare field.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 8, August

Blazing a New Trail for Mental Health Consumers
Community leaders in a rapidly growing Texas county work together to promote better care for people with mental illnessesOne afternoon each month, the conference room at Bluebonnet Trails Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center in Williamson...
Blazing a New Trail for Mental Health Consumers: Community Leaders in a Rapidly Growing Texas County Work Together to Promote Better Care for People with Mental Illnesses
One afternoon each month, the conference room at Bluebonnet Trails Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center in Williamson County, Texas, slowly fills with a diverse group of community leaders and decision makers from a wide array of agencies...
Building a Stronger Workforce in Rural America
Mental health stakeholders in rural Missouri develop education and training opportunities to attract and retain staffProviding behavioral healthcare services in today's ever-changing environment can be challenging lor any organization, especially those...
Building a Stronger Workforce in Rural America: Mental Health Stakeholders in Rural Missouri Develop Education and Training Opportunities to Attract and Retain Staff
Providing behavioral healthcare services in today's ever-changing environment can be challenging for any organization, especially those located in rural areas. The recruitment and retention of qualified professional staff in rural areas are daunting...
Considering a Public Health Approach
The public health framework might work well in addressing mental health and substance use problemsThe term "public health" is mentioned infrequently in mental health and substance use service circles. Hence, I took special notice when Terry Cline, PhD,...
Considering a Public Health Approach: The Public Health Framework Might Work Well in Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Problems
The term "public health" is mentioned infrequently in mental health and substance use service circles. Hence, I took special notice when Terry Cline, PhD, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), used...
E-Learning's Impact on Consumer Employees
Its flexible approach makes it a valuable training tool for these staff membersUsing e-learning and employing consumers are effective strategies that have taken their place in the behavioral healthcare industry. We have seen how, separately, consumer...
E-Learning's Impact on Consumer Employees: Its Flexible Approach Makes It a Valuable Training Tool for These Staff Members
Using e-learning and employing consumers are effective strategies that have taken their place in the behavioral healthcare industry. We have seen how, separately, consumer employees and e-learning have transformed practice and staff training. Let's...
Four Pillars That Support Change
Washtenaw County, Michigan, built better services based on four guiding principlesCommunity mental health centers across the nation have faced numerous challenges in the past decade: an unstable and shifting revenue base for public services, increased...
Four Pillars That Support Change: Washtenaw County, Michigan, Built Better Services Based on Four Guiding Principles
Community mental health centers across the nation have faced numerous challenges in the past decade: an unstable and shifting revenue base for public services, increased demand for public services, increased reliance on Medicaid, and higher expectations...
Good Intentions, but Few Results
Part one in a two-part series about improving the quality of behavioral health servicesThe President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health declared in 2003 that the U.S. mental health system was "fragmented and in disarray."1 The Institute of Medicine's...
Good Intentions, but Few Results: Part One in a Two-Part Series about Improving the Quality of Behavioral Health Services
The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health declared in 2003 that the U.S. mental health system was "fragmented and in disarray." (1) The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Crossing the Quality Chasm report in 2001 raised serious concerns about...
Increase Consumers' Role in System Reform
Although consumers have a larger role than ever before, their role is still relatively limitedThe immediate response by the media and the public to the tragedy at Virginia Tech, predictably, reinforced the stereotv pe equating mental illness with violent...
Increase Consumers' Role in System Reform: Although Consumers Have a Larger Role Than Ever before, Their Role Is Still Relatively Limited
The immediate response by the media and the public to the tragedy at Virginia Tech, predictably, reinforced the stereotype equating mental illness with violent behavior, producing the usual calls for increased legal intervention in the lives of people...
Keeping Youths Close to Home
Stakeholders create a residential center for youths in a rural area of ColoradoProwers County Youth Center (PCYC), located in a frontier region of southeastern Colorado, meets the needs ol youths .11 risk of oui of-homc placement. PCYC is both an alternative...
Keeping Youths Close to Home: Stakeholders Create a Residential Center for Youths in a Rural Area of Colorado
Prowers County Youth Center (PCYC), located in a frontier region of southeastern Colorado, meets the needs of youths at risk of out-of-home placement. PCYC is both an alternative to incarceration and a one-stop evaluation and treatment facility to...
Opportunity Born from Tragedy
The Virginia Tech tragedy should motivate changes in Virginia's mental healthcare systemThe Virginia Tech tragedy has placed the nation's mental healthcare system under the microscope-with Virginia's public system being examined under high magnification....
Opportunity Born from Tragedy: The Virginia Tech Tragedy Should Motivate Changes in Virginia's Mental Healthcare System
The Virginia Tech tragedy has placed the nation's mental healthcare system under the microscope--with Virginia's public system being examined under high magnification. After the shootings, the American public was justifiably upset. People who normally...
Raising Our Umbrella
It's time for our many associations to unite under an umbrella organizationIn the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the fourth definition of umbrella is "something which covers or embraces a broad range ol elements or factors <decided to expand. ..by building...
Raising Our Umbrella: It's Time for Our Many Associations to Unite under an Umbrella Organization
In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the fourth definition of umbrella is "something which covers or embraces a broad range of elements or factors <decided to expand ... by building new colleges under a federation umbrella ...>." An umbrella organization,...
Recovery Blows in on the Winds of Change
Recovery reinforcement training promotes a healthier environment for people receiving services and staffIn our column in the February issue, we mentioned a training program used at Recovery Innovations, Inc. (formerly META Services) called Keeping the...
Recovery Blows in on the Winds of Change: Recovery Reinforcement Training Promotes a Healthier Environment for People Receiving Services and Staff
In our column in the February issue, we mentioned a training program used at Recovery Innovations, Inc. (formerly META Services) called Keeping the Recovery Skills Alive (KRSA). Because we had so many responses to that article, we thought you might...
Restarting a Provider Organization
IT is an important part of a West Virginia provider's turnaroundThe story of Northwood Health Systems, a behavioral healthcare provider serving three counties in northern West Virginia, could have ended in failure a decade ago.The organization was a...
Restarting a Provider Organization: IT Is an Important Part of a West Virginia Provider's Turnaround
The story of Northwood Health Systems, a behavioral healthcare provider serving three counties in northern West Virginia, could have ended in failure a decade ago. The organization was a mess. Patient care had become substandard with serious regulatory...
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research
Ottawa, OntarioThe new Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research opened on October 27, 2006. The new facility is dynamic, modern, and innovative, designed to inspire new ideas and treatments for...
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research: Ottawa, Ontario
The new Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research opened on October 27, 2006. The new facility is dynamic, modern, and innovative, designed to inspire new ideas and treatments for people with...
Virginia Tech's Larger Lessons
The shootings raise many questions about current state laws and practicesThe April 16 Virginia Tech incident focuses challenges and opportunities for Virginia and most states within their mental health treatment systems. Our nation has the opportunity...
Virginia Tech's Larger Lessons: The Shootings Raise Many Questions about Current State Laws and Practices
The April 16 Virginia Tech incident focuses challenges and opportunities for Virginia and most states within their mental health treatment systems. Our nation has the opportunity to publicly recognize the prevalence of mental illness, which affects...
Work in Progress
Late last year, I began to pay particular attention to efforts in Virginia to reform its mental healthcare system and laws/policies related to people with mental illness. In October 2006, the state Supreme Court organized the Commission on Mental Health...