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. 32, No. 1, January-February

Accept No Substitutes: New 'Marker' System Targets Third Method of Drug Test Manipulation
Those struggling with substance abuse can be remarkably creative when it comes to cheating on a drug test. They attempt the unthinkable--ingesting dangerous substances to mask the presence of drugs, or even using prosthetics filled with clean or synthetic...
A Fitness Movement: An Innovative Model Pairing CMHC Clients with Personal Trainers Gains Momentum
The CEO of Genesee County Community Mental Health in Flint, Mich., knew he was going against the grain in 2009 when he vowed to devote agency resources to pairing seriously mentally ill clients with personal trainers. Dan Russell would hear staffmembers...
Lessons Learned in Peer Workforce Development: While Peer Employees Can Make a Powerful Contribution, Adding Them Can Pose Unique Challenges
"When we first began adding peers to our workforce 12 years ago, other behavioral health agencies thought we had lost our minds. Today, if an organization doesn't have any peer employees, they are seen as being behind the times." This is a quote from...
Low-Profile Psychiatric Hospitals in High-Profile Neighborhoods: Bridges to Recovery Opens Bel Air Home, Expands Residential Psychiatric Treatment Options in LA Area
In the summer of 2011, Bridges to Recovery, which already operates mental health treatment residences in Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, Calif, opened a new facility in nearby Bel Air. Though indistinguishable from neighboring residences, this...
More Than "Just a Pharmacy" Agencies Partner with Onsite Service Providers to Increase Medication Compliance and Improve Overall Workflow
The idea of partnering with an onsite pharmacy service provider sounds like it should have some merit. Why wouldn't clients love the convenience of getting their prescriptions filled at a window down the hall? But if you're being pragmatic, there should...
New Technology Old Questions: Any Effort to "Carve In" Behavioral Health Records Faces Big Hurdles
As former chief information officer of a Maryland hospital system, Douglas Abel remembers the relatively brief consideration of behavioral health data in fledgling attempts to build a comprehensive information sharing network in the mid-2000s. Brief,...
Our Website: See What's Familiar, Then See What's New
Just before the holidays, my son Sam came home from college. When he saw me across the room, he said, "Dad, have you lost weight? You look kinda skinny ..." Because I had been eating right and getting a little exercise, I took this as a compliment....
Patient Bathrooms Can Look More 'Normal' and Still Be Safe: New Options for Providing Attractive Bathrooms That Maintain an Acceptable Level of Patient Safety
Patient bathrooms present significant challenges in regard to design and patient safety. The Joint Commission and other authorities have identified patient bathrooms as being one of the highest risk locations for inpatient suicides in behavioral health...