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. 31, No. 2, March

Accreditation Standards Offer Stability amid Storm of Change
As financial pressures mount, states and payers place greater trust in accredited service providers"Scary" times prompt closer scrutiny"There is Tremendous pressure on organizations due to cutbacks in reimbursement rates, significant delays in making...
Accreditation Standards Offer Stability amid Storm of Change: As Financial Pressures Mount, States and Payers Place Greater Trust in Accredited Service Providers
"Scary" times prompt closer scrutiny "There is tremendous pressure on organizations due to cutbacks in reimbursement rates, significant delays in making reimbursements even when they're not reduced, and a great deal of uncertainty about how healthcare...
"All Ahead Full"
Amid waves of change, National Council CEO Linda Rosenberg sets a dear course-and a brisk paceA fter six years as CEO of the National Council, few would fault Linda Rosenberg for pausing long enough to look back on an already accompl ished and eventful...
"All Ahead Full": Amid Waves of Change, National Council CEO Linda Rosenberg Sets a Clear Course-And a Brisk Pace
After six years as CEO of the National Council, few would fault Linda Rosenberg for pausing long enough to look back on an already accomplished and eventful tenure. But that's not her style. Setting the tone for her staff and 1,800-strong organizational...
Arizona's Mental Health System Did Not Fail
State's mental health director answers critics, details response to Tucson tragedyWe've seen and heard it all before: An awful tragedy, a spike in national interest, and an onrush of interpretations - some quite convincing, others quite emotional, others...
Arizona's Mental Health System Did Not Fail: State's Mental Health Director Answers Critics, Details Response to Tucson Tragedy
Lately, Arizona has taken more than its share of criticism from around the country on a range of issues--its stance on immigration, its rough political discourse, its relaxed attitude about handguns. So it wasn't surprising, in the wake of the shootings,...
Form, Function and Furniture
Manufacturers balance aesthetic appeal, safety and durabilityPhysical environment has long been tied to mental health. In fact, industry guidelines advise behavioral health organizations to strive for decor that appears "comfortable, attractive, and...
Form, Function and Furniture: Manufacturers Balance Aesthetic Appeal, Safety and Durability
Physical environment has long been tied to mental health. In fact, industry guidelines advise behavioral health organizations to strive for decor that appears "comfortable, attractive, and as residential in character as possible." As facilities...
From "Bad Shape" to "Ship Shape"
With a timely assist from technology, Akxander Youth Network (AYN) navigates tricky reforms and steers toward growth BY DENNIS GRANTHAM, EDITOR-IN-CHIEFWith roots that extend back to 1888 when it opened as a rescue mission for impoverished women and...
From "Bad Shape" to "Ship Shape": With a Timely Assist from Technology, Alexander Youth Network (AYN) Navigates Tricky Reforms and Steers toward Growth
With roots that extend back to 1888 when it opened as a rescue mission for impoverished women and orphaned children in the Reconstruction-era, Alexander Youth Network (AYN) of Charlotte, N.C., has seen its share of historic changes. From a single...
Mental Health First Aid: A Step in the Right Direction
Within a month or so, I look forward to meeting many of you at the National Council's National Mental Health and Addictions Conference and Expo in San Diego and getting to know more about the people and organizations you represent, as well as the ideas,...
Misunderstanding Slows Behavioral Health Intervention on Campus
Confidentiality laws allow room for "common sense" information sharing in "the best interests of the student"In the wake of shooting tragedies involving college students - Virginia Tech and Tucson, and continued concern about student suicides or suicide...
Misunderstanding Slows Behavioral Health Intervention on Campus: Confidentiality Laws Allow Room for "Common Sense" Information Sharing in "The Best Interests of the Student"
In the wake of shooting tragedies involving college students--Virginia Tech and Tucson, and continued concern about student suicides or suicide attempts, colleges and universities nationwide grapple with knotty questions: What can we learn, what can...
Practical Steps toward Integration
Behavioral healthcare providers should start small and retain their recovery focus throughout integration with primary care BY LINDSAY BARBAThis fall, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided 53 behavioral healthcare...
Practical Steps toward Integration: Behavioral Healthcare Providers Should Start Small and Retain Their Recovery Focus throughout Integration with Primary Care
This fall, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided 53 behavioral healthcare organizations with $20.9 million in grants to encourage one of healthcare's fastest-emerging trends: the integration of primary and...
Professionals Nationwide Reflect on Lessons from the Tragedy
Industry leaders focus on awareness, education, and bringing a national dialogue to fruitionPamela HydeIt would be easy to make this [just] a mental health issue, but it's not. It's more complex than that.[This tragedy] occurred in a [number of] contexts...
Professionals Nationwide Reflect on Lessons from the Tragedy: Industry Leaders Focus on Awareness, Education, and Bringing a National Dialogue to Fruition
Pamela Hyde It would be easy to make this [just] a mental health issue, but it's not. It's more complex than that. [This tragedy] occurred in a [number of] contexts and a lot of people have been talking about those contexts--whether gun control...
Providers Brace for Fee-for-Service Conversion
Staffing, reporting, clinical, and claims management challenges await as grants give way to third-party payersHistorically, grant funding played an important role in building and sustaining the service capacity of community mental health and addiction...
Providers Brace for Fee-for-Service Conversion: Staffing, Reporting, Clinical, and Claims Management Challenges Await as Grants Give Way to Third-Party Payers
Historically, grant funding played an important role in building and sustaining the service capacity of community mental health and addiction treatment services, particularly for under-served or marginalized populations. But, amid the backdrop of historic...
Samhsa Director Pamela Hyde, Jd: A "Person First" Interview
Seeing the mentally ill as "people just like me" launched her national careerAll of us can name the people who are leading or directing our nation's behavioral healthcare programs, but what do we know about them as people, beyond a name ? So often, die...
SAMHSA Director Pamela Hyde, JD: A "Person First" Interview: Seeing the Mentally Ill as "People Just like Me" Launched Her National Career
All of us can name the people who are leading or directing our nation's behavioral healthcare programs, but what do we know about them as people, beyond a name ? So often, the persons within remain anonymous to us. Since "person first" is a key...