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Journal Cover Behavioral Healthcare
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     ISSN (Print) 1931-7093
     Published by Vendome Group Homepage  [4 journals]   [SJR: 0.105]   [H-I: 4]
  • Mental Health and You MHU: An Important New Mobile App for Crisis Response
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: All of us can recount situations in which mental illness was recognized, but no one knew what action to take. This could be by a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, or by the person in distress. Now, that impediment has been removed. Help is just one click away on MHU. Yesterday, October 29, will be remembered as a watershed day for all of us in the mental health field. Persons with mental health conditions, their family members, friends and peers, providers, and others in the community have an important new tool. Now, help will be available simply through one click on a smart phone app. This click will connect one with a 24-hour crisis hotline. Another click will connect one to the local 911 emergency response number, if additional help is needed. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:38:44 +000
  • BREAKING: Acadia announces huge CRC acquisition
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: The deal would be valued at more that $1 billion and would make Acadia a huge organization, touching just about every angle of behavioral healthcare except private practice Acadia Healthcare, a publicly traded organization, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CRC Health Group, Inc.  The acquisition of CRC Health Group will add 140 programs to Acadia?s current network of 76 behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 5,800 licensed beds in 24 states, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:27:46 +000
  • FACT FILE: Recreational marijuana ballot issues
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., each have recreational marijuana measures on the November 2014 ballot   Alaska—Measure 2 Alaska legalized medical marijuana—not recreational—in 1998. The proposed measure up for a vote November 4 would allow any adult age 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and up to six plants. It would also tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana. The tax revenue is the attractive pro, while the uncertainty of long-term social, safety and public-health effects remains the con. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:20:10 +000
  • 7 ways to break up with paper
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Electronic health records aren?t the only avenue for reducing the piles of paper in your organization. Here are 7 more tips to drive your digital strategy. Jim Dougherty, vice president of Marworth Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Treatment Center  in Waverly, Pa., remembers the mountains of paper his organization used to deal with. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:22:25 +000
  • Centerstone facility integrates behavioral, primary care
    • Authors: Julia Brown
      Abstract: A new facility for Centerstone of Tennessee ties primary and behavioral healthcare to create a unified space and continuum of care for patients of all ages. Note: This article originally ran on sister site Healthcare Design. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:22:52 +000
  • Stop expecting policymakers to prevent tragic events like Marysville
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: The behavioral health community might be better off seeking home-grown innovation rather than fragile political policy Another school shooting has left a community in anguish. Residents of Marysville, Wash., will no doubt grieve for a long time, not just for the victims but for the loss of their previous sense of security. Moms, dads, teachers and students will be on high alert, their fear at the forefront of their daily lives. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:46:43 +000
  • MBHOs set the bar on complex case management
    • Authors: Julia Brown
      Abstract: The environmental shift of individuals with serious mental illness into managed care programs took part in influencing the accreditation additions. The industry is changing the way it measurers complex case management. As of this year, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has added complex case management to its Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organization (MBHO) accreditation standards. The newly added standards were modeled from similar accreditation standards for health plans created in 2007. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:25:38 +000
  • Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital rebuilds after hurricane
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: The primary challenge was not the design itself, but completing a functional, welcoming facility on a fast-track schedule with input from dozens of stakeholders  Hurricane Irene slammed into Vermont in 2011 and caused millions of dollars of damage to private and public buildings, including the aging Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury.  In the aftermath, the damage to the hospital made it unusable, and a new facility needed to be opened quickly. Reopening also presented an opportunity, however. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:50:13 +000
  • NIH funds study of social media’s impact on substance abuse
    • Authors: Charlene Marietti
      Abstract: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced more than $11 million over three years to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced more than $11 million over three years to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:51:11 +000
  • Quality group disappointed by plans’ behavioral health performance
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: NCQA?s 2014 quality report notes declines in behavioral health quality measures among health plans. The group will track additional data in the future. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) reports that quality within behavioral health care delivery still has a long way to go. The committee’s annual report, released today, encapsulates data on physical and behavioral health gathered from more than half of the health plans in the country. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:50:21 +000
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