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. 4, May-June

Camillus House Turns Setbacks into Success: Financial Barriers Drive Key Design Improvements for Miami Treatment Center's New Campus
Two years ago, the management team of Camillus House (which operates 15 facilities throughout Miami-Dade County) was ready to break ground on the New Camillus House Center, a seven-building campus designed to hold 340 beds for short-term housing, residential...
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Can Medications Prevent PTSD after Trauma? Research Provides Hope for Understanding the Underlying Mechanisms and Reducing Occurrence
Recently I read press reports from the 69th annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society describing a study from Kent State University that found that the immediate use of hydrocortisone in persons who had just experienced a traumatic event...
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Can You Afford to Ignore Generational Differences? Adult Consumers Span Four Generations. Does Your Staff Have the Understanding to Connect with All of Them?
Atany given moment, a member of any of four distinct generations of adult consumers--The Matures/Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and the Millennial (or Gen Yers)--may knock on the door of your facility. And, at any moment thereafter,...
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Design for Health and Human Services Showcase
For the third year, Behavioral Healthcare invited design firms and provider organizations to submit innovative building projects for review in our annual Design for Health and Human Services Showcase. Four highly regarded experts comprised our jury...
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Elegant Design
Some years back, I took a course in architecture, taught by a supremely talented man whose abilities defy description using words like "artist" or "architect." Because for all his dexterity and precision in rendering images using chalk, charcoal, ink...
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For North Carolina, Replacement Beats Renovation: State Builds New State-of-the-Art Treatment Facilities to Take Place of Aging Psychiatric Hospitals
During the late 1990s, in the midst of planning a single project to replace one of four psychiatric hospitals operated by the State of North Carolina, an ambitious idea emerged. Rather than address obsolescence one facility at a time, why not design...
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How Different Cultures Approach Mental Health: Aurora Mental Health Center Partners with Costa Rican Government for 'Cultural Immersion' Exchange Program
For the last couple of decades, Latinos have made up the fastest growing population segment in the United States, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. This growth includes families of existing residents, as well as an influx of immigrants,...
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Keeping Your Assets Covered: Good Risk Management Strategies Can Drive Better Decisions and Prevent Unforeseen Problems
Just like any organization, behavioral healthcare providers have assets they need to protect. When approaching risk management and liability coverage, common sense prevails. But it's also important to consult with your legal and insurance representatives...
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Meaningful Use: 'Yes You Can!' More Providers See, Some Now Prove, That MU Is Achievable
Some 18 months ago, industry groups and providers far and wide were quick to point out the challenges they saw in the requirements to which they'd have to attest to earn the EHR "meaningful use" incentive funds provided in the HITECH section of ARRA,...
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New Perspectives on Suicide Prevention: Growing Public Concern, Advancing Theory, and Better Training Motivate Screening and Prevention Efforts
Some 12 years ago, on July 28, 1999, Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, joined Tipper Gore in releasing "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Suicide," a document (1) that called for a national suicide-prevention strategy and announced...
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What Can Happen When Change Is Embraced? Harmony Center Reinvents Its Mission and Takes a Renewed Approach to Recovery
Most of us don't like change, so embracing it is difficult. But we can overcome this difficulty by, in effect, "changing the way we change." We have a shining example of this to share--about a program, a county, and a group of people who together went...
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