Wellness and recovery book
Offering Wellness: A New Generation of Behavioral Health Services is a new book by Lori Ashcraft, executive director of the Recovery Opportunity Center, with stories by Emily the dog. The book focuses on the how and why of operating a wellness and recovery center. Offering Wellness helps mental health service providers better understand and implement a true wellness and recovery focus in their organization. Each chapter spells out the steps and processes needed in their programs and training initiatives to change from a stabilization/symptom management paradigm to one of recovery. The book points out an ongoing need for practitioners to become more real in their interactions with their patients/clients.
Enhancements to Echo’s Clinician’s Desktop
The Echo Group is introducing several new features to its Clinician’s Desktop software this year: • Structured progress notes allow users to develop note formats with specific data elements and user interfaces for enhanced standards compliance and greater efficiency.
• The Client Merge Utility provides functionality to combine two client records if a duplicate record is identified. • DrFirst Rcopia provides integrated e-prescribing functions for Echo’s electronic health record.
• The Medication Administration Record provides functionality to document the administration of medications based on clients’ prescription records.
Echo also is introducing the Visual Health Record (VHR), which takes a new approach from the traditional columns and rows format and presents the case record in a timeline.
Training CD on inpatient treatment demands
The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) has released a two-hour training CD titled,
Managing Today’s Challenging Behavioral Health Inpatient Treatment Demands. Two nationally recognized presenters speak about the areas of their clinical and advocacy expertise on the CD. Kathy Delaney, PhD, RN, PMH-NP, professor of nursing at Rush College of Nursing, presents strategies for calming and managing the inpatient psychiatric milieu with focus on the needs of both adults and children. Gayle Bluebird, coordinator of peer networking in the Office of Technical Assistance at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, presents a framework for the inclusion of peer specialists in the inpatient treatment setting. Along with the CD, resources are provided to help prepare for listening to the CD and also to use for further discussion.
Online courses for developmental disability service providers
Irwin Siegel Agency, Inc. (ISA) have partnered to provide e-learning solutions and specialized courses for organizations that provide services to people with developmental disabilities as well as other human service providers. Jointly developed courses will focus on how organizations can mitigate their risks and liabilities and improve services for their clients. Risk Management in Daily Living for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities was the first course released, with more coming later this year.