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. 26, No. 8, August

Aiming to Stimulate Better Outcomes
New electrical and magnetic therapies aim to help people with treatment-resistant depression reclaim their lives BY MARK HAGLANDBehavioral Healthcare professionals have been trying to help patients withtreatment-resistant depression (TRD) since the dawn...
Aiming to Stimulate Better Outcomes: New Electrical and Magnetic Therapies Aim to Help People with Treatment-Resistant Depression Reclaim Their Lives
Behavioral healthcare professionals have been trying to help patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) since the dawn of modern psychotherapy. Antidepressant medications and modern electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in conjunction with psychotherapy,...
A New Player on the Scene
Haven Behavioral Healthcare aims to grow a specialty inpatient business; Remuda Ranch is its first acquisition BY DOUGLAS J. EDWARDS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEFLast month, well-known eating disorder treatment provider Remuda Ranch Co. was acquired by Haven Behavioral...
A New Player on the Scene: Haven Behavioral Healthcare Aims to Grow a Specialty Inpatient Business; Remuda Ranch Is Its First Acquisition
Last month, well-known eating disorder treatment provider Remuda Ranch Co. was acquired by Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. The transaction represents the beginning of Haven's plan to build a specialty inpatient behavioral health business. Aggressive--but...
A New Way to Deliver Psychiatric Meds
Drugs for ADHD and major depression now can be delivered with skin patches BY MICHAEL LEVIN-EPSTEINPsychiatric pharmacotherapy traditionally has involved pills, liquids, and shots. Prescribers now can add skin patches to that list.Earlier this year the...
A New Way to Deliver Psychiatric Meds: Drugs for ADHD and Major Depression Now Can Be Delivered with Skin Patches
Psychiatric pharmacotherapy traditionally has involved pills, liquids, and shots. Prescribers now can add skin patches to that list. Earlier this year the FDA approved the transdermal delivery (i.e., through the skin) of two psychiatric drugs: ...
Behavioral Health Monitor
Mental Health Family History ToolA Web site (www.mental healthfamilytree.org) launched by the nonprofit organization Families for Depression Awareness enables people to track their family's mental health history. The site's Mental Health Family Tree...
Calling for Help
A Kentucky program makes mental health consultants available to jails 24/7 BY CONNIE MILLIGAN, LCSW, AND RAY SABBATINE, MAIt has become axiomatic that local jails are the front line in many communities for the assessment of acute mental illness. According...
Calling for Help: A Kentucky Program Makes Mental Health Consultants Available to Jails 24/7
It has become axiomatic that local jails are the front line in many communities for the assessment of acute mental illness. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, serious mental illness affects up to 16% of the incarcerated population. (1) Jails...
Early Plan Redesigns Raise Concerns
Benefit changes in 2 states signal what is likely to come in the other 48 BY CHARLES INGOGLIA, MSW, AND LINDA ROSENBERG, MSWIn February, the President signed the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), which includes many substantial changes to Medicaid. At the...
Early Plan Redesigns Raise Concerns: Benefit Changes in 2 States Signal What Is Likely to Come in the Other 48
In February, the President signed the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), which includes many substantial changes to Medicaid. At the request of the National Governors Association, federal lawmakers provided states with some flexibility in customizing Medicaid...
Facility Design Showcase
In August 2004, the Family Service & Guidance Center (FSGC) opened a new Youth Development Center in response to a huge influx of clients that followed the closure of several other mental health facilities and a state mental health hospital in our...
Factoring in Structure
Recovery needs a solid foundation to take rootSome of the best minds in the behavioral health field have registered concerns lately about "pretend recovery." They have noticed that many programs simply are putting a "recovery" sign on their front door...
Factoring in Structure: Recovery Needs a Solid Foundation to Take Root
Some of the best minds in the behavioral health field have registered concerns lately about "pretend recovery." They have noticed that many programs simply are putting a "recovery" sign on their front door yet continuing to do the same things they...
Family Service & Guidance Center, Youth Development Center: Topeka, Kansas
In August 2004, the Family Service & Guidance Center (FSGC) opened a new Youth Development Center in response to a huge influx of clients that followed the closure of several other mental health facilities and a state mental health hospital in...
Important Messages for State Leaders
Recent changes to Medicaid could have dramatic effects on children BY JOY MIDMAN AND MARK COVALLAs Medicaid reform advances on states' agendas, it is more critical than ever that the needs at children and adolescents with emotional and substance use...
Important Messages for State Leaders: Recent Changes to Medicaid Could Have Dramatic Effects on Children
As Medicaid reform advances on states' agendas, it is more critical than ever that the needs of children and adolescents with emotional and substance use disorders move to and remain in the forefront of policy. Advocates for children's behavioral health...
In a Crisis, First Stop, Look, and Listen
An effective crisis response doesn't necessarily entail immediate clinical interventions BY TONYA TEAL SLAWINSKI, PHDWe all have been conditioned to believe that when someone is hurt we need to take action. A scraped knee, a broken arm, or chest pain...
In a Crisis, First Stop, Look, and Listen: An Effective Crisis Response Doesn't Necessarily Entail Immediate Clinical Interventions
We all have been conditioned to believe that when someone is hurt we need to take action. A scraped knee, a broken arm, or chest pain all warrant attention along a continuum of care. Hot chocolate, a hug, and gentle cleaning generally will soothe a...
Letters
Article on mental health policy appreciatedDear Dr. Stoil,Thank you very much for the wonderful article in the April issue ("Seven Governing Realities of Mental Health Policy," p. 20). I truly enjoyed reading it. Your points are well taken, and it is...
Ohio's New Tool for Data Analysis
The Buckeye State provides consumer data in an easy-to-use, Web-based interfaceThe measurement of outcomes of behavioral health services is an important function that provides evidence of effective services at client and aggregate levels, and gives planners...
Ohio's New Tool for Data Analysis: The Buckeye State Provides Consumer Data in an Easy-to-Use, Web-Based Interface
The measurement of outcomes of behavioral health services is an important function that provides evidence of effective services at client and aggregate levels, and gives planners key data about what is working. Outcomes measurement is coming to all...
Optimizing Adherence to Treatment in Patients with Schizophrenia
Medication AdherenceBased on an interview with Jonathan Lacro, PharmDAntipsychotic medications have been shown to be effective in treating patients with schizophrenia.1 But if these patients do not follow their prescribed medication regimens, their chances...
Optimizing Adherence to Treatment in Patients with Schizophrenia: Based on an Interview with Jonathan Lacro, PharmD
Antipsychotic medications have been shown to be effective in treating patients with schizophrenia. (1) But if these patients do not follow their prescribed medication regimens, their chances of successful treatment are severely diminished. (2,3) The...
Out of Jail and into Treatment
Stakeholders in a Texas county work to improve the lives of offenders with serious mental illnessPaul Eisenhaucr trains police officers on how to handle offenders with schizophrenia. Once, an officercame up to him and said, "A lot of people are scared...
Out of Jail and into Treatment: Stakeholders in a Texas County Work to Improve the Lives of Offenders with Serious Mental Illness
Paul Eisenhauer trains police officers on how to handle offenders with schizophrenia. Once, an officer came up to him and said, "A lot of people are scared of schizophrenics." Eisenhauer responded, "A lot of people are scared of cops." Eisenhauer...
Samhsa at the End of the Curie Years
Charles Curie has stabilized SAMHSA and quieted calls for the agency's demiseBuilt from the former Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was formed in 1992 when ADAMHAs...
Samhsa at the End of the Curie Years: Charles Curie Has Stabilized SAMHSA and Quieted Calls for the Agency's Demise
Built from the former Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was formed in 1992 when ADAMHA's research institutes (the National Institutes on Mental Health, on Alcohol...
The Realities of the Ehr Revolution
The evolution of electronic health records presents the field with many possibilities-and challengesWhen someone receives mental health or substance use care, documentation most frequently is recorded in a paper record. At more advanced sites, an electronic...
The Realities of the EHR Revolution: The Evolution of Electronic Health Records Presents the Field with Many Possibilities-And Challenges
When someone receives mental health or substance use care, documentation most frequently is recorded in a paper record. At more advanced sites, an electronic registry is used to collect summary information on each encounter. But all too often, billing...
We Are Different
Behavioral healthcare has unique needs for EHRs BY SHARON HICKS, MSW, MBAThe Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHlT) has just begun the process of reviewing electronic health record (EHR) software products for ambulatory...
We Are Different: Behavioral Healthcare Has Unique Needs for EHRs
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has just begun the process of reviewing electronic health record (EHR) software products for ambulatory healthcare to determine if they meet preset standards that include content,...
We Need a 'GRA'
The federal government might seem to have an endless supply of money to fight wars, but when it comes to healthcare--especially behavioral healthcare--Congress has been inclined as of late to look for ways to reduce and control spending. Take, for...
Working toward a Better Future
How one agency is using empty printer cartridges to empower consumers and strengthen its financials BY JOHN MAISTO, BAEmploying consumers in meaningful jobs can be challenging, as opportunities sometimes arc lacking. My agency was determined to provide...
Working toward a Better Future: How One Agency Is Using Empty Printer Cartridges to Empower Consumers and Strengthen Its Financials
Employing consumers in meaningful jobs can be challenging, as opportunities sometimes are lacking. My agency was determined to provide additional work opportunities to consumers who could function at a higher level than what the traditional sheltered...
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