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Behavioral Health Monitor

January 1, 2007
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New Atypical Antipsychotic


The FDA has approved INVEGA™ (paliperidone) Extended-Release Tablets, a new atypical antipsychotic, for the treatment of schizophrenia. The once-daily oral medication is specifically designed to deliver paliperidone—the active ingredient derived from risperidone—through the OROS® extended-release technology. INVEGA, the first oral extended-release medication to treat schizophrenia, is marketed by Janssen, LP, and is expected to be available this month. For more information, visit http://www.invega.com.

Children's Facility Design


Hillside Family of Agencies, a child and family services organization that administers behavioral health and other services in central and western New York, has developed the AdaptaCareTM Cottage, a flexible architectural design for residential treatment organizations serving children. The design, facilitating a friendly, home-like setting with capacity for group therapeutic activities, family visits, and private space, allows organizations to accommodate 6 to 10 youths and to adapt to new programming needs without having to conduct renovations.

The elements of the AdaptaCare Cottage design meet or exceed New York state regulatory requirements from a variety of agencies overseeing children's services. A private donation allowed Hillside Family of Agencies to develop the design. For more information, contact Jennifer Bacci at (585) 256-7544 or jbacci@hillside.com.

Book on Mental Health Policy


In the new book Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the United States Since 1950, Richard G. Frank of Harvard University and Sherry A. Glied of Columbia University examine the well-being of people with mental illness in the United States over the past fifty years, addressing issues such as economics, treatment, standards of living, rights, and stigma. The book includes a foreward by former first lady and mental health advocate Rosalynn Carter. For more information, visit http://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title_pages/8852.html.

Residential Treatment for Women

Timberline Knolls, a residential center for women with emotional disorders, has been accepted for participation in the ValueOptions network, and it also has appointed a financial advisor to assist and counsel families. Timberline Knolls recently expanded its treatment offerings through an agreement with Meier Clinics, a national group of 23 Christian-focused clinics offering outpatient and day program mental health services. Timberline Knolls also has earned the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with the organization's national standards for healthcare quality and safety. For more information, visit http://www.timberlineknolls.com.

Online Behavior Change Tools

HealthMedia, Inc., has acquired MySelfHelp.com. HealthMedia delivers individually tailored self-management interventions online for health and wellness, disease management, medication compliance, and behavioral health. MySelfHelp.com's family of products include online programs for depression, insomnia, binge eating, grief, self-esteem, guilt, and caregiver support programs and tools. For more information, visit http://www.health media.com.

Health System Directory

The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems' 2007 NAPHS Membership Directory offers a comprehensive referral resource on the nation's addiction and mental health treatment systems. Each NAPHS member hospital and health system in the directory is listed with name, address, phone and fax numbers, and officers. In addition, a list of the types of facilities and programs operated by each behavioral health system is included.

A geographical listing of facilities, including the name of the chief operating officer of each, serves as an easy-to-use resource for referral. For information on obtaining a copy of the directory, which costs $35, call (202) 393-6700, ext. 106 or visit http://www.naphs.org.

Book on Managed Care Organizations


Mental Health Provider's Guide to Managed Care: Industry Insiders Reveal How to Successfully Participate and Profit in Today's System offers clinicians a window into the inner workings of managed care organizations. Authors Leonard Reich and Andrew Kolbasovsky draw on their combined 37 years experience in the field to walk readers through all the major elements of how to successfully work within the system. By demystifying the complexities of managed care and offering an inside view, the book aims to mitigate the negative connotations associated with MCOs and expose their hidden benefits. For more information, visit http://www.2.wwnorton.com/npbcatalog/nppsych/070504.html.

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