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What Works: Centers of excellence

November 28, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
article

The not-for-profit Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. is one of 50 centers of excellence funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to increase integrated behavioral health and primary care.

Midlevel practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine

November 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

How to add MAT services to your organization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
article

Deciding to add a medical dimension like MAT to an existing program is one thing; actually making the transition is another. The process involves overcoming a number of hurdles that could potentially derail the program.

Higher caps may not increase buprenorphine utilization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
article

Research from the RAND Corporation indicates that few physicians currently prescribing buprenorphine have approached the 100-patient treatment cap, and many of those might be underutilizing the drug.

Anxiety remains in election aftermath

November 11, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

An unexpected shift can leave people feeling unsafe and unanchored. How we re-establish our sense of safety or comfort will be an individual process for each person.

TBI and PTSD appear similar but treatments must differ

November 7, 2016  |  Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD
article

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have much in common. Both have symptoms that appear similar, and both are often considered untreatable. However, both conditions vary greatly, and treatments that go off course, do more...

Half of America has election anxiety, but we can offer help

October 26, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

I decided to do a little of my own research and also ask colleagues for their opinions on the profound anxiety surrounding election season. Putting that all together, here is what I found out.

Take a population health approach to violence

October 24, 2016  |  Patrick Gauthier
blog

As police officers continue to respond to people experiencing mental health crises, it is imperative that service providers work with law enforcement officials in a population health approach to crime. 

Market realities keep psych patients waiting for care

October 17, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

New data from the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that psychiatric patients are waiting in emergency rooms every single day with no immediate care available.

Kratom research sorely needed for clinical, policy decisions

October 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

In response to advocacy groups and congressional leaders, the Drug Enforcement Administration halted its attempt to place kratom on the list of Schedule I drugs, however, experts recommend more research on its pharmacology moving forward.

Overdose cases fuel new organ donations

October 6, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

A Behavioral Healthcare analysis of public data confirms that organ donation is on the rise, and people who die from drug overdose are a rapidly growing donor category.

Prescribers sign on for new buprenorphine caps

October 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

Since SAMHSA issued new rules around the number of patients that physicians can treat with buprenorphine, 1,665 practitioners have applied for and been granted waivers to prescribe at the increased limit of 275 patients, according to the federal agency.

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