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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MONITOR

April 1, 2006
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Mobile Workstation

The Flo 1750 mobile workstation brings together reliability, value, mobility, and wireless capabilities in an ergonomic, lightweight design that enables clinicians to do more where it matters most—at the point of care. Access to real-time patient information allows the clinician to interact more with patients and significantly reduce the opportunity for error.

The Flo 1750 is designed to provide healthcare practitioners with the convenience of a true nurses’ workstation, without becoming heavy or cumbersome. With its small footprint, the Flo 1750 is designed for mobility, allowing easy access even in cramped quarters. A large work surface provides ample room for charting and convenient access to a full-size keyboard. The Flo 1750 also features a full-size monitor for better viewing, with height and tilt adjustments to reduce eyestrain and back fatigue. And all of the Flo 1750's wires and cables are enclosed within the body of the cart.

The Flo 1750 offers a variety of options, from wire baskets to cashboxes, allowing each facility to create its ideal configuration. The Flo workstations arrive fully assembled—simply roll out of the box, charge the battery, and start using. The Flo 1750 works with all standard wireless networks.

Online Seminars

Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide software for health and human services organizations, and OPEN MINDS, a behavioral health consulting firm, are partnering to create OPEN MINDS Live and On-line, a series of online management seminars. Each two-hour seminar will address management topics in behavioral health and will blend faculty-led presentation and participant dialogue.

OPEN MINDS Live and On-line is expected to launch this month through Netsmart University, powered by ContinuedLearning.

EAP Meeting

The 18th Annual Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) Institute is May 10-12 at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. This year's events include 2 Pre-Institutes, 20 workshops, 3 keynote presentations, receptions, and An Evening At Casa Loma, Toronto's magnificent castle. For more information, visit www.easna.org.

Consumer Reporting System

CARF has introduced uSPEQ (pronounced you speak), a confidential, anonymous, and scientifically tested consumer reporting system. uSPEQ gathers consumer opinions on experiences and satisfaction with programs, services, and providers via an online or paper questionnaire. It can be used by any health, human service, employment, aging services, or residential provider for quality improvement, outcomes management, performance measurement, strategic planning, and marketing. The reporting system provides data for future benchmarking and comparative analysis of the consumer experience.

The questionnaire is only one part of the uSPEQ system. A basic subscription also includes customization, training, consultation, and periodic reports. Additional services, such as advanced technical consultation and reporting, are also available. CARF accreditation is not necessary.

Addiction Treatment Conference

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers' 2006 Annual Conference is May 20-23 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida. Up to 9.5 CMEs are available. Attendees can take advantage of plenary presentations, networking opportunities, and several entertainment options. For more information, visit www.naatp.org.

Bulimia Information Web Site

ECRI, a nonprofit health services research agency, has launched the Bulimia Nervosa Research Guide Web site (www.bulimiaguide.org). The site's content was created in direct response to more than 150 questions posed by a panel of patients and families affected by the disorder and healthcare professionals treating bulimia nervosa. The site includes a comparison of bulimia treatments’ effectiveness based on the results of an in-depth scientific analysis.

Online Recovery Resource

SAMHSA has created a Web site dedicated to the advancement of prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. The Partners for Recovery Web site (www.pfr.samhsa.gov) facilitates communication and resource sharing for organizations and groups that help individuals and families achieve and maintain recovery. The site features news and documents on recovery, collaboration, stigma reduction, workforce development, and leadership development.

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