Measuring Recovery -- new tools and new directions
MHA Village, an integrated service program in Long Beach, Cal., created a tool to guide treatment services along a path of the recovery of clients. David Pilon and Mark Ragins explain how they use Measures of Recovery (MORS) to help clients attain self-defined goals on the way to recovery. []
Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research and Therapy, by Aaron T. Beck, Neil A. Rector, Neal Stolar, and Paul Grant
Thirty years of research and clinical know-how frame the techniques and theories of cognitive behavioral therapy. In a review of Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research and Therapy, Dr. Richard Evans explains how reading this book can be applied to treating people with schizophrenia. []
For-profit Chicago nursing home threat to mentally ill
Physical abuse, over-medication, inappropriate patient population, and neglectful care to 300 mentally ill patients led the federal government to halt Medicaid funding from a for-profit nursing home. The courts, and the Department of Health and Human Services agree that the residents of Somerset Place in Chicago have been ill served by the partially family-owned company. . . []
Interim parity regulations hailed
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Friday's announcement about the partial interim federal regulations ending discrimination for mental health and addiction disorders earned praise from advocates. Words like "applaud,"commendable" and "victories for fairness" peppered press releases from organizations working to end insurance discrimination. . . []
Mental health advocate is Aussie "man of year"
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"A campaigner for better treatment for mentally ill young people is this year's Australian of the Year," writes the News. Patrick McGorry, a psychiatrist . . . []
Brain scans detect PTSD
A highly technical study with remarkably optimistic rates of accuracy for confirming a diagnosis of PTSD was explained in Scientific American. Magnetoencephelography (MEG),. . . []
From community mental health to substance abuse treatment: bridging treatment cultures
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Dr. David Moltz describes how his work with opiod dependent clients incorporated approaches from his successful career in community psychiatry. Read more about the practical solutions he introduced to substance abuse treatment. []
Early intervention for psychosis gaining attention
When compared to countries with national health care, the U.S. delays early intervention in first-episode psychotic disorders. Several articles in the November issue of Psychiatric Services discuss strategic differences in responses, as well as model programs for doing so. []
Care I receive in Canada
by Lou Ross-Johns I have always lived in a separate room. I look in the window and the rest of the world is in some strange and mysterious party which I cannot understand or participate in, only watch through the window. This has always been with me and will ever be. I was a child who stayed on the edges of the playground, and who sat silently in her mind in the schoolroom. My experience with the health care system... []
Three out of 10 people have a mental health crisis and two-thirds of them receive no treatment.
To read more from The Lancet series about global mental health services, download Barriers to Reform (pdf).... []
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most frequently taught evidence-based therapy during clinical training.
Read more about the lack of training clinicians in evidence-based therapies in "National Survey of Psychotherapy Training in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work," by Myrna M. Weissman, et. al, in the Archives of General Psychiatry.... []
Four in ten people with schizophrenia say they have gotten no treatment in the previous 6 - 12 months.
Read more about this in Schizophrenia Bulletin... []
Schizophrenia under treated
People with schizophrenia suffer inconsistent services, deficient treatments, and a shortage of them. . . []
Telepsychiatry in prisons
About 70 percent of Georgia's monthly teleconferencing between inmates and doctors concern psychiatric issues, notes Stateline. The use of telepsychiatry has grown for its ability to connect people living in remote areas or for making treatment choices available in otherwise under served areas.... []
Threats to rehab in Kansas City, Mo., jails
Anne Lesser, Interim Director of the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City, writes: Like every city, Kansas City, Missouri, is suffering from budget short falls. Among the solutions the Kansas City City Council is considering to save $1 million is regionalizing the municipal jail (MCI), known for its innovative programs for mentally ill inmates. The City Council's previous plan was privatization which was squelched almost a year ago. The threat is if regionalization fails, privatization returns. As someone who... []
Calif. budget crisis
Proposals to close a $41 billion gap in the Calif. budget include revisiting Prop 63. Prop 63, known as the millionaires' tax because it is levied on those earning millions, creates new mental health programs and services. It is one of five that would appear on a ballot for a special election in May. Voters would be asked to divert $460 million into existing programs for two years. All this depends on lawmakers passing a budget and as of last... []
Plans to privatize clinics controversial
The Washington Post reports that six clinics in the district are to be privatized by March 2010 at a savings of $14 million. The District of Columbia has already transferred about 8,000 patients into private care. Cost-savings aside, some clients worry about disrupting relationships with their doctors. Florida and North Carolina have turned to private service providers and the results have been mixed.... []
Preventing child abuse in residential treatment
Abuses in wilderness camps, therapeutic communities, and other residential treatment programs have fallen between the law and regulation. For lack of success in other treatment setting, parents of out-of-control adolescents with mental health, addiction, or behavior problems have turned to unlicensed programs. After hearings and law-suits detailed abuses such as the withholding of food, sex abuse, unlicensed treatment providers, and, in some instances, death, Rep. George Miller (D-Cal) re-introduced a bill (H.R. 911) to establish enforceable standards. Update (23 Feb.... []
School-based settings accounted for treatment for emotional or behavioral problems for roughly 3 million adolescents.
Read the report from the Office of Applied Studies.... []
Maryland counties return treatment funds
Counties in Maryland regularly return money to the state and leave a treatment gap instead of expanding programs for substance and alcohol addiction, reports the Washington Post.... []
Global mental health challenges
photo:iStock World Mental Health Day was the occasion for reports calling attention to the global marginalization of psychiatric conditions. A general assessment from the editors of The Lancet notes: "mental ill-health is likely to have been underestimated because the connection with other health conditions is often ignored. Worse still, the availability, accessibility, and quality of health services is poor and inequitable." Plans are underway for an international mental health summit next year in Athens. Ghana Officials in Ghana are joyful... []
Protecting children
Following the death of a youngster in a residential treatment program, Maryland passed a licensing law requiring minimal educational and training requirements for child care workers in residential programs. ... []
Protecting children
Following the death of a youngster in a residential treatment program, Maryland passed a licensing law requiring minimal educational and training requirements for child care workers in residential programs. ... []
Protecting children
Following the death of a youngster in a residential treatment program, Maryland passed a licensing law requiring minimal educational and training requirements for child care workers in residential programs. ... []
Protecting children
Following the death of a youngster in a residential treatment program, Maryland passed a licensing law requiring minimal educational and training requirements for child care workers in residential programs. ... []

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