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Shatterproof launches SUD treatment task force

April 27, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Not-for-profit advocacy group Shatterproof, led by CEO Gary Mendell, has created the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Task Force with the hope of putting an influential surgeon general’s report into action.

Payers prefer objective data on mental health medications

April 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

Many mental health advocacy groups push for greater input from patients in clinical trials, but new research shows payers are more interested in objective data that measures new medications’ effectiveness.

How to promote the value of human service programs

April 12, 2017  |  Sara M. Howe and Randy Wells
Perspectives

We who work in the field of human services often do a poor job of promoting what we bring to the table in terms of contributing to the state and our communities beyond services delivered to our clients.

New standards aim to improve housing-first models

April 11, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos
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The Joint Commission recently issued a report that offers an overview of accreditation standards for housing support services programs, applying to providers that use a “housing first” model.

Fixing the psychiatrist shortage requires multifaceted solution

March 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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It’s ironic that as demand grows for psychiatry services, the supply of providers is at a critical low, according to a new report from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Solutions include enhanced reimbursement and more use of telehealth.

IABHC Fund awards two micro-grants

March 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

La Frontera Center and Allegheny Health Network are the latest recipients of micro-grants from the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare Fund.

Prescription drug misuse impacting workplaces

March 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

More than seven out of 10 employers surveyed say their workplaces have been impacted by the misuse of prescription drugs, according to the National Safety Council.

NAATP considers marijuana in policy statement

March 9, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has relayed its stance on a range of issues, including marijuana. It’s an especially timely topic considering the growing number of states that have adopted legalization policies.

Simple Recovery sees in-network status as sustainability strategy

March 8, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

The national conversation about addiction is changing, and as more people seek treatment, managed care organizations will likely give providers a closer look—especially the out-of-network providers that are submitting high-priced claims.

Constellations adds Hanbleceya Recovery Network to portfolio

March 7, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Constellations Behavioral Health has announced the addition of Hanbleceya Recovery Network to its portfolio of behavioral healthcare programs, joining Alta Mira in Sausalito, Calif., and Bridges to Recovery in Los Angeles.

Network adequacy echoes parity laws

March 6, 2017  |  Jill Sederstrom
article

One of the reasons for network inadequacy is that many mental health providers feel the reimbursement rates being offered by insurers are too low, and they’d rather not accept insurance.

Ethics Survey: Behavioral health leaders examine industry conduct

March 1, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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It’s difficult to quantify the prevalence of unethical practices in behavioral health, but most agree it's more a case of criminal enterprise than treatment centers gone bad. See the survey results with expert analysis.

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