Lindsay Barba's blog

Technology lets clinicians walk a mile in consumers' shoes

October 19, 2010     Lindsay Barba

This past weekend, the Council on Social Work Education conference was held in Portland, Ore. And while social workers gathered to share innovations and experiences in the industry to enhance their clinical practices, attendees were in for a “real” treat from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work—a treat so real, in fact, it would look much like reality.

Always a bridesmaid, never the bride

October 11, 2010     Lindsay Barba

During a discussion on funding, a classmate of mine said something that caught my attention: When it comes to grant funding, behavioral healthcare is always a bridesmaid, but never the bride.

National Depression Screening Day needed more now than ever

October 7, 2010     Lindsay Barba

Today marks National Depression Screening Day and, according to Screening for Mental Health, Inc., Americans are more in need of this service now than ever before.

Hyde, Sebelius: No health without behavioral health

September 23, 2010     Lindsay Barba

In anticipation of the six-month anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sat down to discuss the Act’s effects on behavioral healthcare.

A striking idea: Treat staff as well as you treat consumers

September 17, 2010     Lindsay Barba

Did you know that there’s a simple (and cheap) way to improve staff morale at your facility? It's true—even in these tough economic times—and I’ve seen it firsthand at the new Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Counting down to the first-ever NCAD conference

September 2, 2010     Lindsay Barba

Vendome Group, publisher of Behavioral Healthcare and its sister publication Addiction Professional, bring you the inaugural National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD).

Are your efforts to prevent wrongful termination worth a couple grand?

August 25, 2010     Lindsay Barba

It’s almost that time of the year again. Every fall, the Mental Risk Retention Group (MHRRG) releases its annual application for the Negley Awards—an honor bestowed to three community or nonprofit mental health centers excelling in risk management.

Is BP's offer for mental health support enough for the Gulf states?

August 20, 2010     Lindsay Barba

For the past month, Behavioral Healthcare has been following the mental health crisis developing in the Gulf. We reported on the effects felt by CMHCs in the area in our exclusive, BP negotiates mental health support in the Gulf, and have waited along with the industry to hear the negotiation’s results.

Readers divided over e-prescribing's greatest challenge

August 5, 2010     Lindsay Barba

Last month, Behavioral Healthcare explored the benefits and challenges of implementing an e-prescribing system in E-prescribing: Coming your way soon. Our online poll found that readers were divided over which aspect of e-prescribing has proven to be most challenging.

Readers want change in confidentiality laws

June 17, 2010     Lindsay Barba

Prompted by an April 2010 article written by expert Renee Popovits, JD, (www.behavioral.net/popovits1004) we asked readers how they felt about the current confidentiality law for substance use treatment information (42 CFR, Part 2). The results are in.

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