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High risk pools could include behavioral health patients

March 21, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Proposed health reform legislation allows states to form high risk pools for high cost populations. Such models could be used to help those with mental health and addiction disorders obtain insurance coverage.

NAATP considers marijuana in policy statement

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

Nurturing self-management

March 3, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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First, we came to understand the key role played by personal health literacy. Then, we added health activation. Now, we are opening chapter three of this trinity—self-management. This often is referred to as self-direction in behavioral health.
 

Sovereign Health adds telehealth option

February 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Sovereign Health is rolling out its new eTherapy telehealth option to outpatient clients with future plans to expand the service.

Facing pressure, insurance plans loosen rules for covering addiction treatment

February 23, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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Aetna will stop requiring prior authorization for prescribing medications to treat opioid addiction, following similar moves from Anthem and Cigna.

Treatment that includes marijuana use ignites debate

February 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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High Sobriety in West Los Angeles is the latest example of treatment centers using marijuana as part of treatment for addiction to alcohol and other drugs, a highly polarizing practice.

Physicians less comfortable discussing mental health than weight

February 3, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A recent study published by SERMO, a social network for doctors, shows more physicians are comfortable discussing weight concerns with patients than mental health issues.

Seattle to open first SIFs in the United States

January 30, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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As heroin overdose-related deaths in the area climb, the mayor of Seattle and the executive of King County, Wash., on Friday announced plans to establish the United States’ first two supervised injection facilities.

It’s the clinical model

January 4, 2017  |  Ed Jones, PhD
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There is no entity promoting the value of psychosocial solutions like psychotherapy, let alone one with the power and wealth of the pharmaceutical industry.

‘Psychotherapy’ apps: Be mindful of usability, clinical orientation

December 7, 2016  |  Marlene M. Maheu, PhD
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Before implementing the use of mobile apps, caregivers should ensure the software is properly designed and appropriate for the type of treatment being delivered.

Building Courage: Facility helps child sex trafficking victims reclaim lives

December 5, 2016  |  By Caren Cupp
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Courage House, a campus in Northern California, offers sex trafficking victims ranging in age from 11 through 17 an environment that fosters feelings of safety and comfort as they rebuild their lives.

How to choose the right psychotherapy apps

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

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