Anticontraband furniture and beds
Furniture Concepts has created anticontraband beds and storage units to further enhance the functionality of the TOUGH STUFF collection of furniture and mattresses. By eliminating the typical open spaces and ledges that allow contraband to be stored and secluded, inspections are easier and faster, less maintenance is needed and the safety of staff and consumers is enhanced.
The TOUGH STUFF anitcontraband bed is made of solid wood with a protective, pre-catalyzed lacquer finish. The bed has full enclosure with a solid wood apron and end panels that extend to the floor. Side rails are attached with steel lag bolts that are countersunk and capped to prevent storage of small items of contraband. The sealed mattress foundation creates a flush surface that is easily inspected and the bed is easily bolted to the floor or wall.
The TOUGH STUFF anticontraband nightstand, desk, and dresser are made with shelves instead of drawers, and feature a protective pre-catalyzed finish, plus the choice of a solid wood or high-pressure laminate top. All shelves are dowelled, glued, and angle-bored for a tight fit and strong union. Storage units are easily lifted for inspection, or may be attached to a wall.
Partial hospitalization guidelines
Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare (AABH) has released the fourth edition of Standards and Guidelines for Partial Hospitalization Programs. The latest document includes appendices that discuss the partial hospitalization challenges for subpopulations, including children and adolescents, aging adults, and those with chemical dependency and/or co-occurring disorders. “Standards and Guidelines for Intensive Outpatient Programs and the Continuum of Behavioral Healthcare” are also considered.
This publication combines the insight and expertise of contemporary clinicians and leaders in partial hospitalization treatment. The standards and guidelines provide a practical framework for an organization to assure quality programming from clinical and administrative perspectives.
NAPHS annual survey
The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) has published the results of its 2008 annual survey, which provides two views of behavioral healthcare service delivery. One chapter provides a trend analysis that examines changes from year to year in hospitals and residential treatment centers reporting over a two-year period. Another chapter provides national averages to give a snapshot of members’ experiences in the reporting year. The chapter also presents selected data by set-up-and-staffed bed categories to help organizations compare their own experiences to those of a similar size.
The Mental Health Risk Retention Group (MHRRG) has released a new loss-prevention tool: Comprehensive Decision Making – Treatment and Interventions for High Risk Mental Health Patients. MHRRG’s Loss Prevention Series is a proactive program designed to help providers manage risk and improve patient care. The videos and accompanying resource guides are free to organizations insured by MHRRG and also available for purchase. Comprehensive Decision Making includes a DVD and accompanying information booklet created by MHRRG Counsel Ronald P. Zimmet. The tool is designed to assist mental health professionals responsible for risk assessments and treatment in making decisions about appropriate interventions and treatment.