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. 27, No. 10, October

Aiming for a Different Outcome
A new group aims to improve the field s data-gathering and -sharing systems, as well as improve care outcomesEveryone who works in healthcare knows stories of clients/consumers/patients who seemed to miss out on the benefit of care or who lacked access...
Aiming for a Different Outcome: A New Group Aims to Improve the Field's Data-Gathering and -Sharing Systems, as Well as Improve Care Outcomes
Everyone who works in healthcare knows stories of clients/consumers/patients who seemed to miss out on the benefit of care or who lacked access to it. Sometimes the consequences are tragic not only for the consumer but for others, as well. One of the...
A Plan for a National Consumer Memorial
It will rise on the grounds of Saint Elizabeths in Washington, D.C."Rows upon rows of numbered, small, rusted markers as far as you can see. No names, just numbers. It must be the most gruesome sight in Georgia. Unknown humans, shunned when living, deprived...
A Plan for a National Consumer Memorial: It Will Rise on the Grounds of Saint Elizabeths in Washington, D.C
"Rows upon rows of numbered, small, rusted markers as far as you can see. No names, just numbers. It must be the most gruesome sight in Georgia. Unknown humans, shunned when living, deprived of their very names in death--and known only to God." --the...
A Room in the Medical Home
Consumers deserve "first-floor" access to mental and substance use care in collaborative care systemsA house has different rooms but is still one home. Likewise, a medical home has different specialties but is still a single source of care. The primary...
A Room in the Medical Home: Consumers Deserve "First-Floor" Access to Mental and Substance Use Care in Collaborative Care Systems
A house has different rooms but is still one home. Likewise, a medical home has different specialties but is still a single source of care. The primary care disciplines developed the medical home concept as a simple way to communicate the idea and...
Empowerment
Mental healthcare consumers have become a strong constituency, advocating for their rights and prompting changes in behavioral healthcare services. But this wasn't always the case. When mental healthcare was delivered mostly in institutions, patients...
Engaging Recovery
Winner of a 2006 Lilly Reintegration AwardSafeHaven aims to make recovery a more enjoyable experience BY DOUGLAS METCALFESafeHaven is a consumer-operated social and vocational center for adults recovering from mental illness in Darke, Miami, and Shelby...
Engaging Recovery: SafeHaven Aims to Make Recovery a More Enjoyable Experience
SafeHaven is a consumer-operated social and vocational center for adults recovering from mental illness in Darke, Miami, and Shelby counties in Ohio. SafeHaven was recognized with a 2006 Lilly Reintegration Award for Social Support, and we believe...
Increasing Productivity
EHR software helps clinicians provide more effective and efficient careOn February 16, 1967 (Stardace 3142.8), Ricardo Montalban (playing Khan Noonien Singh) said in the Star Trek episode "Space Seed," "Improve a mechanical device and you may double...
Increasing Productivity: EHR Software Helps Clinicians Provide More Effective and Efficient Care
On February 16, 1967 (Stardate 3142.8), Ricardo Montalban (playing Khan Noonien Singh) said in the Star Trek episode "Space Seed," "Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity. But improve man, you gain a thousandfold." Khan was referring...
Learning from the 'Drama' of Police Encounters
Winner of a 2006 Lilly Reintegration AwardRole-playing activities help police prepare for helping mental health consumers in crisisDeinstitutionalization dramatically shifted the locus of mental healthcare from psychiatric hospitals to the community....
Learning from the 'Drama' of Police Encounters: Role-Playing Activities Help Police Prepare for Helping Mental Health Consumers in Crisis
Deinstitutionalization dramatically shifted the locus of mental healthcare from psychiatric hospitals to the community. Concurrently, law enforcement officers' role as frontline responders to mental health crises increased considerably. This development...
Letter
Author has wrong idea about medication assisted treatmentI was completely taken aback by Doug Tieman's comments regarding medication assisted treatment (MAT) in his article in the July issue. Mr. Tieman lists "three key elements of harm reduction" (he...
Managing Employees with Disabilities
Allegations of employment discrimination can lead to costly penaltiesIn a June 2007 press release, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that in its fiscal year 2006, it had received almost 17,000 complaints of employment...
Managing Employees with Disabilities: Allegations of Employment Discrimination Can Lead to Costly Penalties
In a June 2007 press release, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that in its fiscal year 2006, it had received almost 17,000 complaints of employment discrimination "on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin,...
Mindstorm: Simulating Psychosis
A new virtual reality experience depicts hallucinations in 3-DThe scene begins with sunshine, a steaming cup of coffee, and the morning paper. But as the psychotic episode triggers, the room darkens and voices begin to argue with each other. The telephone...
Mindstorm: Simulating Psychosis; A New Virtual Reality Experience Depicts Hallucinations in 3-D
The scene begins with sunshine, a steaming cup of coffee, and the morning paper. But as the psychotic episode triggers, the room darkens and voices begin to argue with each other. The telephone rings, but the caller cannot be heard clearly. The news...
Our Workforce's Biggest Secret
Here's a hint: It affects one in four of your professional staff membersAfter reading the head-line, you're probably wondering, "So what is the biggest secret about the behavioral health workforce?" Well, we're not sure this is the biggest secret in...
Our Workforce's Biggest Secret; Here's a Hint: It Affects One in Four of Your Professional Staff Members
After reading the headline, you're probably wondering, "So what is the biggest secret about the behavioral health workforce?" Well, we're not sure this is the biggest secret in behavioral healthcare and, in fact, it may not even be a secret at all....
Psychiatrists' Balancing Act
They must meet quality-of-care demands while recognizing their role in organizations' financial healthPsychiatrist productivity in public-sector behavioral healthcare is a provocative topic of great interest to both CEOs and psychiatrists. This article...
Psychiatrists' Balancing Act: They Must Meet Quality-of-Care Demands While Recognizing Their Role in Organizations' Financial Health
Psychiatrist productivity in public-sector behavioral healthcare is a provocative topic of great interest to both CEOs and psychiatrists. This article is an attempt to identify factors represented in this tension between quality of care and fiscal...
Reviewing EAPs' Clinical Outcomes
This rarely performed process can lead to better service deliveryBig Blue surprised me. Managers at IBM told my organization (Masi Research Consultants) that they were not as interested in cost-benefit studies of their employee assistance programs as...
Reviewing EAPs' Clinical Outcomes: This Rarely Performed Process Can Lead to Better Service Delivery
Big Blue surprised me. Managers at IBM told my organization (Masi Research Consultants) that they were not as interested in cost-benefit studies of their employee assistance programs as they were in clinical reviews of them. They believed that if employees...
Striving for the BEST
A managed care company helps develop a group therapy program for consumers with bipolar disorder BY MARY HAJNER, ALICIA NIX, AND ANN TERRILL-TORREZBehavioral HealthCare, Inc. (BHI) is a Medicaid managed care company that serves consumers in three metropolitan...
Striving for the BEST: A Managed Care Company Helps Develop a Group Therapy Program for Consumers with Bipolar Disorder
Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. (BHI) is a Medicaid managed care company that serves consumers in three metropolitan Colorado counties. In 2001, BHI coordinated an interdisciplinary think tank of community mental health (CMH) clinicians, community members,...
Taking the IOM Quality Challenge
Providers can do a lot to meet the Institute of Medicine's call for improving the quality of healthcareIn 1996, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) began to focus on assessing and improving the quality of the nation's Healthcare in several domains. Now in...
Taking the IOM Quality Challenge: Providers Can Do a Lot to Meet the Institute of Medicine's Call for Improving the Quality of Healthcare
In 1996, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) began to focus on assessing and improving the quality of the nation's healthcare in several domains. Now in its third phase, the IOM's Quality Chasm series includes a report on improving the quality of healthcare...
Treatment in a New Light
A New York City organization creates a life-affirming space for addiction detox and rehabilitationThe dawning of a new day was actually three years in the making for the design of Promesa, Inc.'s new addiction detoxification and rehabilitation space,...
Treatment in a New Light: A New York City Organization Creates a Life-Affirming Space for Addiction Detox and Rehabilitation
The dawning of a new day was actually three years in the making for the design of Promesa, Inc.'s new addiction detoxification and rehabilitation space, a program that the agency refers to with a name that means "dawn" in Spanish. A project team met...
Uniting Practice-Based Evidence with Evidence-Based Practice
Utah has brought all stakeholders together in a consumer-focused outcomes measurement systemAdministrators at Utah's Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have implemented a bold initiative: managing all statewide mental health services...
Uniting Practice-Based Evidence with Evidence-Based Practice: Utah Has Brought All Stakeholders Together in a Consumer-Focused Outcomes Measurement System
Administrators at Utah's Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have implemented a bold initiative: managing all statewide mental health services on the basis of real-time outcomes of services provided by approximately 1,500 clinicians....
Working toward True Parity
Addiction needs to be more broadly recognized as a chronic diseaseThe World Health Organization (WHO) defines chronic diseases as being "of long duration and generally slow progression. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic...
Working toward True Parity: Addiction Needs to Be More Broadly Recognized as a Chronic Disease
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines chronic diseases as being "of long duration and generally slow progression. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause...