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How to choose the right psychotherapy apps

November 30, 2016  |  Marlene M. Maheu, PhD
blog

Mobile apps are a useful for resource, but clinicians should weigh their benefits and limitations before implementing their use to enhance the level of care they provide.

Shorter stays linked to rapid rehospitalization

November 17, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

A study by the Treatment Advocacy Center finds that patients at state hospitals with the shortest length of stay are three times more likely to be readmitted than those with the longest initial stay.

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.

Tackling behavioral and public health joint endeavors

November 4, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

 Ever since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, behavioral healthcare has been warming to the notion that our field must learn and adopt the strategies and techniques of public health.

 

Americans still lack access to mental healthcare

October 27, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

More than half of U.S. adults with mental illness did not receive access to treatment in 2014, and there is a serious mental health workforce shortage, according to a Mental Health America study.

Fentanyl, carfentanil prompt higher naloxone dosage

October 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Two expert panels have voted to recommend that the FDA increase the minimum dosage of naloxone in the wake of climbing overdose rates involving fentanyl and carfentanil.

Substance use, mental health issues higher for lesbian, gay or bisexual adults

October 14, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

Adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual were found to have a higher prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders than those in the sexual majority, but were also more likely to receive treatment, according to SAMHSA.

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.

Prepare for dramatic growth in the elderly population

October 3, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Between 2010 and 2030, unprecedented growth will occur in the elderly, age 65 and over population of the United States. About 5.3 million elderly persons will have a substance use condition, compared with 3 million elderly persons today. We must prepare now....

Quality group rates top health insurers

September 27, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced its annual health plan ratings this week, identifying the top 10 states with high marks.

Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

Number of young adults who have contemplated suicide rises

September 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

In 2015, 8.3% of U.S. adults between the ages of 18 and 25 had serious thoughts of suicide, a significantly higher percentage than any other age group, according to a study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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