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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MONITOR

June 1, 2006
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LGBT Psychiatrists Organization

The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) is a community of psychiatrists that educates and advocates on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) mental health issues. AGLP's goals are to: (1) foster a fuller understanding of LGBT mental health issues; (2) research and advocate for the best mental healthcare for the LGBT community; (3) develop resources to promote LGBT mental health; (4) create a welcoming, safe, nurturing, and accepting environment for members; and (5) provide valuable and accessible services to members. AGLP strives to be a community for the personal and professional growth of all LGBT psychiatrists and to be the recognized expert on LGBT mental health issues. For more information, including about joining AGLP, visit www.aglp.org.

Integrated Software

Knight Software, Inc., has been providing the industry with software solutions for almost 20 years. All of the modules in its Knight Integrated Software are linked, eliminating the need to reenter data, and the software ties in hundreds of state edits to make state and Medicaid reporting easier. The Business Suite includes accounts payable, payroll, checking account reconciliation, general ledger, purchase orders, and human resources functionalities. The Clinical Records Suite includes an electronic health record and Clinician's Assistant Page (CAP) to track clinician caseload, outstanding tasks, treatment plan review reminders, QA ability for supervisors, and other information.

NCCBH Publications



The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is offering three new publications, which can be ordered at

www.nccbh.org (click on Services/Publications).

Raising the Bar: Moving Toward the Integration of Health Care is a guide to integrating behavioral health and primary care services to help consumers access and navigate services more easily. Raising the Bar includes survey samples, work plan tools, and model agreements to support the launch of integration initiatives.

Consumers in the Mental Health Workforce: A Handbook for Community Providers offers direction on how to effectively recruit, manage, integrate, and retain consumers as staff in behavioral healthcare agencies. It includes sample job descriptions, evaluations, and policies from providers that have successfully hired consumers.

Clinical Documentation and Operational Issues in Behavioral Health is a comprehensive guide to clinical documentation (specific to behavioral healthcare), coding, billing, and operational practices for compliance with relevant federal, state, and local regulations. This resource includes a CD-ROM with customized state Medicaid information, CMS regional information, and Medicare local coverage determinations. Free quarterly updates on the latest state, federal, and CMS regional developments are also available.

Smoking-Cessation Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer's antismoking drug Chantix (varenicline). Chantix is designed to reduce the severity of a smoker's craving and the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine. Moreover, if a person smokes a cigarette while receiving treatment, Chantix has the potential to diminish the sense of satisfaction associated with smoking.

Because smokers need considerable support to successfully quit, Chantix will be available to patients with a free support program designed to help address behavioral components of smoking dependence.

In trials, Chantix was generally well tolerated, with overall discontinuation rates similar to placebo. The most common side effects included nausea, changes in dreaming, constipation, gas, and vomiting.

For more information, visit www.chantix.com.

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