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What might success in integrated care bring?

June 12, 2013    

I wonder what success in integrated care might bring. If we succeed in extending the average life span of people with Serious Mental Illness, how will that impact us as a system programmatically and financially...

Treatment providers face off against patient advocates over AOT: Part 2

April 22, 2014     Alison Knopf

Mass shootings have served as a catalyst for mental health initiatives that would provide support for more services, but AOT clauses cause deep divide. This Part 2 continues to delve into the divide between treatment professionals and patient advocates....

Integrity Recovery House for Men opens Wednesday

April 21, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

The 40-bed residential recovery house for men in New Jersey focuses on treatment, recovery and community reintegration.

BH FRAUD UPDATE: CRC agrees to resolve false claims act allegations for $9.25 million

April 21, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

CRC Health Group (CRC) has agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims by providing substandard treatment to adult and adolescent Medicaid patients suffering from alcohol and drug addiction at its facility in...

Treatment providers face off against patient advocates over AOT: Part 1

April 21, 2014     Alison Knopf

Tension in the mental health treatment community has been growing in the wake of mass shootings. Mental health bills aim to provide support for more services, but AOT clauses cause deep divide.

Albuquerque council member seeks excise tax for addiction, MH services

April 21, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor

Albuquerque, N.M., City Council member Klarissa Pena says new revenue is needed to offset cuts that the local behavioral health system has experienced in recent years. 

Assessments of patients' risk of suicide still not accordingly

April 19, 2014     James M. Hunt, AIA

There were 775 Root Cause Analyses of suicides studied by The Joint Commission from 2004 through 2013.  Of those, “Assessment” was a root cause in 624 (80%) of the cases and the “Physical Environment” was a root cause in 329 (42%)...

New jail proposal includes treatment services

April 18, 2014    

New jail proposal includes community treatment services for substance abuse disorders and the mentally ill

Price transparency in healthcare: A movement takes hold

April 17, 2014     Alison Knopf

Patients are still are a long way from being able to shop around for the best behavioral healthcare, but it’s on the horizon.

From recovery to resilience via health activation

April 13, 2014    

Very rapidly, we are entering the early stages of a very significant new social movement. In fact, it is so new that we do not yet have a very good way to describe it. Several concepts are competing, such as “self management”, “engagement...

Therapist calls for 'open, honest dialogues' between various players in behavioral health

April 11, 2014     Thomas A. Peltz, MEd, LMHC, LADC-1, CAS

After reading a recent article on Behavioral Healthcare, this therapist had some comments to share. 

HHS Secretary Sebelius resigns

April 11, 2014     Charlene Marietti

President Obama has accepted the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Despite a five-year term, she has been front and center to the disastrous rollout of sign-up for the Affordable Care Act.