Behavioral Healthcare Executive

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. 4, April

Anticipating the Worst
Memories of the chaos caused by Hurricane Katrina, coupled with a post-9/11 awareness of the magnitude of emergencies that affect entire communities, have prompted behavioral Healthcare organizations to examine their emergency plans, including their...
Anticipating the Worst: A Little Planning Can Go a Long Way during an Emergency
Memories of the chaos caused by Hurricane Katrina, coupled with a post-9/11 awareness of the magnitude of emergencies that affect entire communities, have prompted behavioral healthcare organizations to examine their emergency plans, including their...
Clients' Role in Fire Prevention
Most behavioral health organizations have a fire safely protocol, and many have routine fire safety training for staff. But how many actually assess and involve clients in the fire education and prevention process?The Providence Center in Rhode Island...
Clients' Role in Fire Prevention: A Behavioral Health Organization Discovers a Missing Piece in Its Fire Prevention Plan
Most behavioral health organizations have a fire safety protocol, and many have routine fire safety training for staff. But how many actually assess and involve clients in the fire education and prevention process? The Providence Center in Rhode...
Connecting the Docs
Technology and its applications have become commonplace in all aspects of our society. Telecommuting, videoconferencing, and other resources have changed the way the world communicates. Much of the healthcare industry, including behavioral health providers,...
Connecting the Docs: Ohio Providers Turn to Videoconferencing to Increase Consumers' Access to Psychiatrists
Technology and its applications have become commonplace in all aspects of our society. Telecommuting, videoconferencing, and other resources have changed the way the world communicates. Much of the healthcare industry, including behavioral health providers,...
EASNA Update
The Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) is an association focused on advancing knowledge, research, and best practices toward achieving healthy and productive workplaces. Comprised of thought leaders and change agents, EASNA is focused...
EASNA Update: What's Happening at the Employee Assistance Society of North America
The Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) is an association focused on advancing knowledge, research, and best practices toward achieving healthy and productive workplaces. Comprised of thought leaders and change agents, EASNA is focused...
Emphasizing the Greater Good
Two characteristics have distinguished firstgeneration addiction treatment leaders from leaders in other areas of healthcare:* Many addiction treatment leaders have been diagnosed with the disease of chemical dependency. Thus, leaders have been more...
Emphasizing the Greater Good: Important Traits Need to Be Passed onto the Next Generation of Addiction Treatment Leaders
Two characteristics have distinguished first-generation addiction treatment leaders from leaders in other areas of healthcare: * Many addiction treatment leaders have been diagnosed with the disease of chemical dependency. Thus, leaders have been...
Flexible Design
Keeping facilities up-to-date with changing treatment trends and regulatory requirements has been a constant challenge for Hillside Family of Agencies, a family and children services organization that provides child welfare, mental health, youth development,...
Flexible Design: A Large New York Provider Designs a One-Size-Fits-All Residential Facility
Keeping facilities up-to-date with changing treatment trends and regulatory requirements has been a constant challenge for Hillside Family of Agencies, a family and children services organization that provides child welfare, mental health, youth development,...
Improving Aftercare Effectiveness
One of the most frequently reported behavioral health quality indicators is the HEDIS measure of percentage of outpatient appointments kept within 7 days of an inpatient psychiatric discharge. In its 2005 State of Health Care Quality report, the National...
Improving Aftercare Effectiveness: A Managed Care Organization Studies What Helps Patients Keep Outpatient Appointments after Inpatient Discharge
One of the most frequently reported behavioral health quality indicators is the HEDIS measure of percentage of outpatient appointments kept within 7 days of an inpatient psychiatric discharge. In its 2005 State of Health Care Quality report, the National...
Linking Research and Practice
The past 20 years have brought important advances in our science base regarding the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental health and substance abuse disorders, much of which was summarized in the 1999 Surgeon General's report on mental...
Linking Research and Practice: By Working Together, We Can Make Real Improvements in Treatment Delivery
The past 20 years have brought important advances in our science base regarding the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental health and substance abuse disorders, much of which was summarized in the 1999 Surgeon General's report on mental...
More Than Words
One of the first lessons new healthcare editors receive is how to describe people with disabilities, diseases, medical conditions, etc. "People with mental illness" is preferred over "the mentally ill," "a person with schizophrenia" should not be described...
Old Dominion Embraces Transformation
Since 1975, legislative study after study has encouraged the downsizing, if not closure, of at least some of Virginia's 13 state facilities (both psychiatric and five training centers) and the development of a strong, stable, well-maintained community-based...
Old Dominion Embraces Transformation: Virginia's Community-Based Service System Finds Opportunities during a Budget Crunch
Since 1975, legislative study after study has encouraged the downsizing, if not closure, of at least some of Virginia's 13 state facilities (both psychiatric and five training centers) and the development of a strong, stable, well-maintained community-based...
Pay Attention to Details
In behavioral Healthcare, the nuts and bolts really do matter-especially when you're talking about furniture."You really need to pay attention to everything about the furniture you buy," says Steven Lindquist, executive director of Avera Behavioral Health...
Pay Attention to Details: Many Factors Influence Furniture Selection for Behavioral Healthcare Environments
In behavioral healthcare, the nuts and bolts really do matter--especially when you're talking about furniture. "You really need to pay attention to everything about the furniture you buy," says Steven Lindquist, executive director of Avera Behavioral...
Responding during Tough Economic Times
The past couple of years have been an unending roller-coaster ride for the Big Three auto companies and their U.S. employees. Employees at GM, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler, as well as their parts suppliers, have faced plant closings, downsizing, early retirement...
Responding during Tough Economic Times: EAPs Can Be Valuable Resources When Companies Downsize, but They Shouldn't Underprice and Oversell Their Services
The past couple of years have been an unending roller-coaster ride for the Big Three auto companies and their U.S. employees. Employees at GM, Ford, and Daimler Chrysler, as well as their parts suppliers, have faced plant closings, downsizing, early...
Returning Vets Need a Network of Care
As large numbers of American military veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, facilitating their reintegration into families, communities, and jobs will be a growing challenge. Some veterans will find this to be an easy task. Many will experience...
Returning Vets Need a Network of Care: Where VA Services Are Hard to Reach, Local Behavioral Health Providers Could Fill in the Gaps
As large numbers of American military veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, facilitating their reintegration into families, communities, and jobs will be a growing challenge. Some veterans will find this to be an easy task. Many will experience...
Stranger in a Strange Land
At this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in New Orleans in February, two behavioral health organizations were honored with the prestigious Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for the implementation and...
Stranger in a Strange Land: Experience at the Recent HIMSS Conference Shows How Far the Field Has to Go to Be Accepted by the Medical Community
At this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in New Orleans in February, two behavioral health organizations were honored with the prestigious Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for the implementation...
The Importance of Compliance Planning
Acompliance plan is a set of documents that helps guide businesses/agencies in their efforts to operate in accordance with various governmental legal requirements. For the past several years, the cancept of compliance planning has taken hold across the...
The Importance of Compliance Planning: Compliance Planning for Behavioral Healthcare Providers Used to Be a Good Idea-Now It's Essential
A compliance plan is a set of documents that helps guide businesses/agencies in their efforts to operate in accordance with various governmental legal requirements. For the past several years, the concept of compliance planning has taken hold across...
The Importance of Early Treatment of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a devastating illness, taking a tremendous toll on patients, families, employers, and communities. Early and effective intervention is vital. In this article, Joseph P. McEvoy, MD, shares his thoughts on the importance of responding...
Turn Evaluations into Mentoring Sessions
In last month's column, we introduced the concept of using the employee performance evaluation process as a tool to reinforce recovery principles and shift an organization's culture toward recovery practices. You may be thinking, "Oh no! Do we have to...
Turn Evaluations into Mentoring Sessions: Performance Evaluations Don't Have to Be Dreadful-Try the Get-Give-Merge-Go Approach
In last month's column, we introduced the concept of using the employee performance evaluation process as a tool to reinforce recovery principles and shift an organization's culture toward recovery practices. You may be thinking, "Oh no! Do we have...
Workplace Drug Testing's Mixed Success
We recently passed a milestone in workplace drug testing. Just over 20 years ago, workplace drug testing became a nationwide reality when President Reagan issued an executive order requiring a drug-free federal workplace.1 In 1989 the federal Department...
Workplace Drug Testing's Mixed Success: Employers See the Benefit in Drug Testing-But Not Treatment
We recently passed a milestone in workplace drug testing. Just over 20 years ago, workplace drug testing became a nationwide reality when President Reagan issued an executive order requiring a drug-free federal workplace. (1) In 1989 the federal Department...
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