New Book by E. Fuller Torrey
In his new book,
The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens, E. Fuller Torrey, MD, says changes in state commitment laws have made it almost impossible to treat many patients discharged from state hospitals. Dr. Torrey uses statistics and individuals’ stories to argue for policy changes. “The
Insanity Offense accurately addresses the sad truth that in many parts of the country there is no mental health system,” says Michael Fitzpatrick, executive director of
NAMI. “Dr. Torrey’s book is a powerful call to action that challenges and offers concrete solutions to both policymakers and the mental health community.” The book’s royalties will be donated to the
Treatment Advocacy Center, which Dr. Torrey founded.
DocSite is a provider of Web-based patient registries and point-of-care decision-support software. The DocSite Patient Registry with Decision Support is a health information system that can organize clinical information from a patient’s record for use in clinical care at both the patient and population levels, showing care elements that are due or out of range based on evidence-based medical guidelines. The software stores and tracks quality and care improvement information on patients with chronic diseases, provides point-of-care decision support, and reports sentinel information.
Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc., has introduced the SCRAM II (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor), a smaller version of the original continuous alcohol monitoring system using noninvasive transdermal analysis to monitor alcohol consumption. The system, worn around the ankle, has been most often used for 24/7 long-term monitoring of DUI offenders, particularly repeat drunk drivers as it samples a client’s sweat every 30 minutes. By automating the alcohol testing and reporting process, it provides courts and community corrections agencies the ability to monitor alcohol offenders, increase accountability, and assess compliance with sentencing requirements and treatment guidelines. The company says SCRAM II deters high-risk alcohol clients from drinking at a cost lower than incarceration.
Christian Treatment Handbook for Eating Disorders
Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders, an inpatient treatment center for women and girls, has published
Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Christian Treatment. Authors Edward Cumella, Marian Eberly, and David Wall explore the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of eating disorders. The handbook is a guide to the integration of nondenominational Christianity with scientific knowledge of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
Online Master’s Program in Applied Behavioral Analysis
Sage Graduate School has been authorized by the
New York State Board of Regents to offer an online master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). The degree program will focus on the procedures and strategies for dealing with language development, abnormal behavioral patterns, and socialization issues. The second component concentrates on an in-depth understanding of autism, its cause, and strategies for assessment. The program will be delivered via distance learning. Clinical supervision will be delivered by local adjunct supervisors or through alternative supervision (e.g., Webcam observation). Skill application will be evaluated in clinical settings where Sage students will work with persons with autism and other autism spectrum disorders. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the national examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Classes begin this fall.
Written History of NAATP As part of the commemoration of its 30th anniversary, the
National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) has published a written history of the association. “If we do not know our history, it will be very difficult for us to chart our future!” the association states in its invitation to purchase the $15 publication. The theme of the publication is “A Tradition of Leadership.” Discounts of 5% are available for orders of 10 or more copies.
In addition, NAATP has made available some details of its history through a free 18-month calendar (July 2008 through December 2009). For more information about the publication and the calendar, contact NAATP’s Sherry Anderson at