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Bargain price seals the deal on new mental health complex

August 23, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A former acute care facility in Missouri will be converted into a mental health, skilled nursing and intensive outpatient complex that will serve adults, children and seniors. The selling price was just $13.

Meridian eyes Highland Hospital after Acadia deal falls through

August 23, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Meridian Behavioral Health plans to purchase Highland Hospital Association, its first entry into West Virginia.

NCAD: Free screener measures risk across multiple domains

August 23, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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The final day of the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) featured a presentation on a free screening tool that reflects the multiple problems affecting most patients.

Medicaid coverage of MAT drugs varies

August 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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All states have Medicaid plans that are covering some drugs used in medication assisted treatment, according to a draft report from SAMHSA.

Complete coverage from NCAD in Baltimore

August 22, 2017  |  Behavioral Healthcare Executive staff
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Read our in-depth coverage and watch video commentary from top leaders in the field live from the National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

NCAD: The opioid crisis is a political football, and that’s not good

August 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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It’s important for leaders in the industry to advocate for the disease of addiction rather than for the opioid crisis because resources are still quite scarce.

NCAD: How to leverage a comprehensive treatment philosophy

August 21, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Many in the treatment field embrace the widely held philosophy that addiction has medical, psychological, social and spiritual symptoms that must be addressed with the respective modalities. It’s equally important to know where to leverage each treatment...

NCAD: Doctor attacks misconceptions about opioid addiction medications

August 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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The owner of Addiction Recovery Resources in Louisiana discussed why it makes sense to integrate 12-Step and medication approaches to opioid addiction treatment.

NCAD: No need to whisper, as attendees embrace talk about moderate drinking

August 19, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A discussion about the spectrum of alcohol use severity and how moderate drinking might work for some individuals earned a positive reception at NCAD.

NCAD: Create relationships to prevent NIMBY friction

August 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Actions to restrict recovery homes are often discriminatory, but operators must be cooperative and act as allies in the community.

Blogs

Don’t let burnout become a total eclipse of the wonders of our work

August 23, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

For the brief eclipse of the sun, the moon was the causative factor. For us at work, it is mainly the systems we work in that disempower us in our quest for healing and impede our light.

Positive health determinants as vaccination and remedy

August 23, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Positive health determinants include factors such as nurturing families for children, social inclusion for adults, job and pay equity, and clean living spaces, among others. In summary: Your zip code is predictive of your health status and your length of life.

Defeating the diseases of despair

August 10, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Although small in comparison within the overall U.S. death rate, deaths due to “diseases of despair” currently are growing, with opioid-related deaths  spiking considerably.

Trump, HHS believe we already have what we need to address opioid crisis

August 9, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Department of Health and Human Services basically told America that Trump is not planning to follow the urgent recommendation to declare a national state of emergency for the opioid crisis.