Timberline Knolls’ equine therapy
Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center for women, has added equine-assisted psychotherapy to its recovery program under the banner of “TK Ranch.” Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), TK Ranch helps residents develop nonverbal communication skills, assertiveness, confidence, creative thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills, as well as teamwork and relationships. With the shared support of a licensed therapist and an equine professional, the residents are given a chance to work with and care for horses as a way to practice skills and address issues necessary for their recovery. Timberline Knolls offers an encouraging environment of recovery for women struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.
OptumHealth/Brain Resource partnership
OptumHealth has announced a three-year agreement to solely license Brain Resource Ltd.’s behavioral health technology in the US managed care market. Brain Resource offers a Web-based assessment of a client’s “brain health” that can be used by health professionals to help with treatment decisions. Based on well-known tests of memory, attention, executive function, response speed, and emotional resilience, the 40-minute assessment provides clinicians with measures of general and social cognition. The completed assessment is compared with thousands of profiles in the Brain Resource International Database and based on these scores; a set of “decision rules” recommends the most appropriate treatment of the client. Participation in the assessment is voluntary and results of the test will be kept private in accordance with applicable laws.
Nonprofit employee benefits report
A report released by Abbott Langer Association Surveys, 2008 Benefits in Nonprofit Organizations, 8th Edition, reviews medical and dental plans covering close to 30,000 nonprofit employers throughout the United States who offer medical and dental benefits to their employees. With this survey information, nonprofits can find the type and level of benefits provided by comparable organizations to help evaluate their current and future benefit changes and strategies. The new edition has extra data that include the costs of benefits for both the employer and the employee. The survey also includes details on medical, vision, dental, disability, life insurance, and retirement plans, as well as paid leave and executive prerequisites. Copies of the report are available on the Web site as well as an additional report on medical benefit trends in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors.
Care Guidelines Series
Milliman Care Guidelines, LLC’s, annually updated, seven-product care guidelines series is used by managed Medicaid plans, state Medicaid agencies, and quality improvement organizations. The care guidelines deal with issues commonly faced in the management of healthcare for Medicaid populations. Topics also include behavioral health and management of chronic conditions. The series defines treatments and procedures proven to be the most effective in medical care from general outpatient treatments, through hospitalization, recovery and rehabilitation. These guidelines are based on evidence from published scientific studies, including randomized controlled trials, systemic reviews, and meta-analyses. Data is also gathered from other published sources such as outcome reports from large practices, database analyses, and expert practitioner reports. The care guidelines are developed, produced, and supported by healthcare professionals with extensive Medicaid experience.
Co-occurring disorders program
Hazelden’s co-occurring disorders program, available for purchase this fall, will offer a broad, integrated treatment program for people suffering from nonsevere mental illness and substance abuse. Developed by the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School and built on the principles of the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model, the program will contain a family component, which gets the patients’ families involved in their treatment and ongoing recovery.
Homelessness resource Web site
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has introduced its homelessness resource center Web site designed to support professionals who work with homeless people suffering from mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and histories of trauma. The Web site is a place for healthcare providers, consumers, policy makers, researchers, and public officials at federal, state, and local levels to network on how to help those struggling with and transition from homelessness. Other features include downloadable resources and practical tools, the ability to rate and comment on content, as well as post helpful information, and alerts about upcoming events. The site also includes topics on how to reach out to the homeless, healthcare, self-care, and housing to help promote consumer-focused and recovery-based services.