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Annual cost of opioid crisis as high as $504 billion

November 21, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Two recent research studies have placed dollar amounts on the staggering costs of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. One federal report puts the cost at $504 billion.

Cardinal Health announces four-part opioid initiative

November 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

The drug distributor will help four states by purchasing naloxone for law enforcement, increasing support for take back programs and prevention efforts, and partnering with Brown University to share relevant medical school curricula.

Operation UNITE, Kentucky officials launching SUD help line

November 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

Specialists at the KY HELP Call Center will provide information on treatment options and resources to Kentucky residents struggling with substance use disorder or have a family member...

How to prioritize behavioral health during disaster recovery

November 20, 2017  |  Barry M. Smith
Perspectives

It serves as a reminder that while disaster recovery efforts must first focus on physical health and safety, it’s also imperative to prioritize behavioral health as a part of disaster recovery.

Coalition forms to drive parity compliance in 10 states

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

The Parity@10 Campaign aims to shift the burden onto insurers to demonstrate their plans comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act before they can be sold to consumers.

The 2017 Information Technology Vendor Survey

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

An increasing number of information technology vendors are partnering with residential care providers, a trend that is projected to continue heading into 2018.

 

Healing environments advance addiction treatment

November 16, 2017  |  Susan Romano
article

As healthcare institutions grapple with the opioid crisis, one increasingly important focus of their efforts to improve addiction treatment is applying innovative design concepts to both new and renovated treatment facilities.

Centerstone announces Uspiritus merger

November 15, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Centerstone Kentucky has announced plans to merge with Uspiritus, which offers two residential centers as well as community-based services for children and youth.

Websites can be valuable assets

November 14, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

While websites can be valuable assets that bring patients into your treatment center, experts specify that some websites hold more financial potential than others.

Accreditors support patient complaint processes

November 14, 2017  |  Alison Knopf
article

The four accrediting organizations in the behavioral health space have a complaint process for patients/clients/consumers and staff. Most offer a toll-free number that is posted prominently in the facility.

Blogs

Should we be thankful for digital Abilify?

November 21, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Knowing that the patient is taking the medication may help to determine potential problematic side effects. Of course, this Abilify product with its sensor system could fail at times, misleading all those involved.

Urgent care centers for behavioral health outreach and care activation now emerging

November 19, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Incarceration of those with mental health, substance use, and, more recently, ID/DD conditions has grown dramatically during the past decade. Tonight, just a few days before Thanksgiving, our city and county jails will house about 731,000 persons.

The least you need to know about HHS nominee Azar

November 13, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Donald Trump is nominating Alex Azar as his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is the least you need to know about the nominee.

Opioid crisis update from the field

November 9, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

This week’s 2017 National Meeting of the American Public Health Association featured almost a dozen sessions on today’s opioid crisis. My commentary today seeks to provide an overview of where we currently stand in our national efforts to address this profound tragedy.