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. 29, No. 5, May

Celebrating Collaboration
The theme of last month's National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare conference was "Together we will," and attendees were invited to imagine all they could accomplish through their collective efforts. I always am amazed by stories of organizations...
Committed to Helping Others
Shannon Harvey has served as a teacher, project manager and, now, CEOThe new CEO of River Edge Behavioral Health Center in Macon, Georgia, took a somewhat circuitous route through the behavioral healthcare field on her way to her new position."I'm a...
Committed to Helping Others: Shannon Harvey Has Served as a Teacher, Project Manager and, Now, CEO
The new CEO of River Edge Behavioral Health Center in Macon, Georgia, took a somewhat circuitous route through the behavioral healthcare field on her way to her new position. "I'm a teacher by training," says Shannon Harvey, LCSW, who succeeded...
If You Build It, They Will Come
Creating a new clubhouse was an inclusive process"If you build it, he will come."This line from Field of Dreams certainly has proven true for Independence Center, a distinguished clubhouse-model mental health program in St. Louis experiencing unprecedented...
If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating a New Clubhouse Was an Inclusive Process
"If you build it, he will come." This line from Field of Dreams certainly has proven true for Independence Center, a distinguished clubhouse-model mental health program in St. Louis experiencing unprecedented program growth since occupying its new...
Increasing Inpatient Beds: A TEAM EFFORT
Multiple stakeholders work together to add beds in Northwest ArkansasMany communities struggle with an inadequate number of inpatient psychiatric beds. This problem was particularly acute in Northwest Arkansas, a growing area of the state. To address...
Increasing Inpatient Beds a Team Effort: Multiple Stakeholders Work Together to Add Beds in Northwest Arkansas
Many communities struggle with an inadequate number of inpatient psychiatric beds. This problem was particularly acute in Northwest Arkansas, a growing area of the state. To address this situation, multiple stakeholders came together to open a new...
Keep Up to Date on Arra Funding
Some dollars are available to behavioral healthcare providers, but lobbying will be needed to secure moreThere has been a great deal of excitement in the healthcare and information technology communities since mid-February. The American Recovery and...
Keep Up to Date on ARRA Funding: Some Dollars Are Available to Behavioral Healthcare Providers, but Lobbying Will Be Needed to Secure More
There has been a great deal of excitement in the healthcare and information technology communities since mid-February. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) contains provisions for spending more than $19 billion for healthcare information...
Managed Care: Key to a Transformed System
It has an important role in parity's implementation and upcoming reformsOur industry has not yet absorbed the tremendous changes signed into law last year in the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the phased-in...
Managed Care: Key to a Transformed System: It Has an Important Role in Parity's Implementation and Upcoming Reforms
Our industry has not yet absorbed the tremendous changes signed into law last year in the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the phased-in reforms to Medicare reimbursement, both of which essentially...
On the Threshold of Hope
The design of alcohol and drug treatment facilities can support patients' recoveryWhen a person makes the courageous decision to enter a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he/she is literally crossing a threshold from shame to hope. Architecture, landscaping,...
On the Threshold of Hope: The Design of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities Can Support Patients' Recovery
When a person makes the courageous decision to enter a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he/she is literally crossing a threshold from shame to hope. Architecture, landscaping, and interior design have the power to support a treatment program's...
Providing an Exit from Case Management
Programs need to promote self-sufficiencyHave you ever noticed, that most case management programs don't provide a way for people to leave or graduate because they have become so much better as a result of the services they received? Once a person is...
Providing an Exit from Case Management: Programs Need to Promote Self-Sufficiency
Have you ever noticed that most case management programs don't provide a way for people to leave or graduate because they have become so much better as a result of the services they received? Once a person is in case management there seems to be no...
Reorganizing to Provide Integrated Care
Three agencies aim for better coordinated care in Northeast ColoradoBy nature of how they were created, mental health and substance use treatment organizations often serve specific populations in specific locations. But over time agencies have realized...
Reorganizing to Provide Integrated Care: Three Agencies Aim for Better Coordinated Care in Northeast Colorado
By nature of how they were created, mental health and substance use treatment organizations often serve specific populations in specific locations. But over time agencies have realized that these service separations are artificial barriers to effective...
Short-Term Solutions with Long-Term Benefits
Providing frequent users of emergency departments with multidisciplinary services has dramatic payoffs BY SHARON L. RAPPORT AND LISA MANGIANTEEvery month Bob sought treatment at Highland Hospital's (Oakland, California) emergency department (ED) for...
Short-Term Solutions with Long-Term Benefits: Providing Frequent Users of Emergency Departments with Multidisciplinary Services Has Dramatic Payoffs
Every month Bob sought treatment at Highland Hospital's (Oakland, California) emergency department (ED) for cellulitis. Bob was homeless, so he was unable to shower or perform necessary hygiene. Years before, Bob experienced a difficult divorce and...
Time to Stop Being One-Dimensional
We're focused on disease while neglecting healthFor the past three- score years, we in the mental health and substance use care fields have been "one-dimensional" people: We have focused only on disease and its remediation. Our efforts have produced...
Time to Stop Being One-Dimensional: We're Focused on Disease While Neglecting Health
For the past three score years, we in the mental health and substance use care fields have been "one-dimensional" people: We have focused only on disease and its remediation. Our efforts have produced exquisite classification systems for disease and...
Working to Reunite Families Torn Apart by Mental Illness
A program helps parents with psychiatric disabilities regain custody of their childrenParents with psychiatric disabilities face many challenges, especially if their children are placed in foster care - the cards are stacked against them regaining custody....
Working to Reunite Families Torn Apart by Mental Illness: A Program Helps Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities Regain Custody of Their Children
Parents with psychiatric disabilities face many challenges, especially if their children are placed in foster care--the cards are stacked against them regaining custody. To help reunite families, the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project (MHP)...
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