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Government grant eases transition for Sheppard Pratt’s adolescents’ return to the community

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:00

The Jefferson School and Mann Residential Treatment Center help youth and families find their voices through new grant funded program .

For youth with severe behavioral problems who are part of Sheppard Pratt Health System’s residential programs, The Jefferson School and Mann Residential Treatment Center, integration back into the community at the completion of their individualized program is often times found to be difficult and draining for both yout

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Schema Therapy for personality disorders proven more effective than other major treatments

Wed, 2014-02-26 14:31

A large scale randomized control trial, released in the American Journal of Psychiatry (the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association) shows Schema Therapy to be significantly more effective than two major alternative approaches to the treatment of a broad range of personality disorders (avoidant, obsessive compulsive, dependent, paranoid, histrionic, and narcissistic).

Read the source article at Medical News Today

Marijuana use: We need a “higher” age limit

Wed, 2014-02-26 14:31

Cliffside Malibu CEO asks for higher age limit for marijuana use

People under the age of 25 do not have the capacity to make sound decisions about substance use or abuse. Their brains are still developing. With regard to marijuana, the logical conclusion to this argument is that the legal age for marijuana use, if a legal use age is to be established, is 25 years old, after the brain has completed its development.

Read the source article at Psychology Today

Limits to One’s “Pursuit of Happiness”

Tue, 2014-02-25 22:28

Recently, a question has been raised whether one person’s right to the “pursuit of happiness” is unlimited, and whether this right takes precedence over the American Government’s obligation to promote the “right to life” of other people who cannot do this for themselves. In other words, does one person’s right trump the American Government’s obligation to help assure the rights of many persons? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a primary example of how the American Government can promote the “right to life” in the broadest possible way for American citizens. Should one citizen be expected to forego some “pursuit of happiness” by being required to pay taxes so that the American Government can provide health insurance for other citizens?

The American Declaration of Independence asserts that all people should have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.  One can infer from this that the Founders expected that the American Government would pass legislation, develop policy, and implement programs that promote the broadest possible attainment of these rights by all people.

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Insights into defusing violence, resolving crises

Tue, 2014-02-25 10:52

Forensic psychologist Joel Dvoskin offers hopeful advice to crisis responders.

In an address to policymakers and law-enforcement personnel at the Crisis Intervention Team International Conference, forensic and clinical psychologist Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP suggested that in order for society to deal effectively with a threat of violence, society must understand the path that led to it.

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Night eating syndrome

Mon, 2014-02-24 15:55

The study's senior author recognized that many students may eat late at night because of hectic schedules, but said that other characteristics signal night eating syndrome such as "...feeling that you can't eat in the morning, and feeling like you have to eat in order to go back to sleep"

Eating Disorders Awareness Week  2014 began today and strives to reduce stigma, improve access to care, and to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues. 

Most clinicians and treatment professionals have heard of and worked with individuals who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating disorder, but there are other eating disorders to be aware of as well.

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Third Rogers Memorial Hospital location in the works

Mon, 2014-02-24 12:19

Recent property acquisitions will allow the Wisconsin-based behavioral health system to open a third hospital location in 2015. 

Oconomowoc, Wis.-based Rogers Behavioral Health System has announced plans to open a third Rogers Memorial Hospital location and to expand outpatient services in Brown Deer, Wis.

Rogers has purchased a building at which it has leased space in recent years for a child and adolescent day treatment program. The addiction and mental health organization will establish a 56-bed inpatient facility for youths and adults at the location, with a planned summer 2015 opening.

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Fundraising: Share with the community, and they will share with you

Thu, 2014-02-20 15:22

Your organization may know the community, but don’t assume that they know you.

In the nonprofit behavioral healthcare world, government funding is never certain. This means that organizations, programs, staff and leaders are often forced to operate on the barest of financial margins. To create more stable and sustainable programs, many organizations have begun to emphasize fundraising and community contributions.

Typically when organizations think about raising funds or improving their funding, they think of several things:

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Mercy Maricopa gets OK to start serving Arizona's biggest RBHA contract

Wed, 2014-02-19 16:38

Magellan continues to protest bid loss, but to no avail

An Arizona Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care to provide behavioral health services to Maricopa County residents who are seriously mentally ill beginning April 1.  The judge is allowing Mercy Maricopa to proceed despite the fact that Magellan, which lost Maricopa County's Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RHBA) contract in a competitive bid process last fall, has filed a series of legal challenges asking the state to reconsider its decision.

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Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation launches new resources, offers free screening of 'The Anonymous People'

Wed, 2014-02-19 16:11

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation launched two enhanced features of its online resource center earlier this week -- Hazelden's Social Community and a newly redesigned Hazelden Bookstore. 

 

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation launched two enhanced features of its online resource center earlier this week -- Hazelden's Social Community and a newly redesigned Hazelden Bookstore

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One on one with Governor Brewer

Tue, 2013-12-31 11:00

Severe cuts were made to behavioral health services in 2010 and 2011 by the state of Arizona. Recently, Governor Brewer and legislators were able to restore this funding in fiscal year 2013. This seemed like a good time to talk with the Governor again and ask her some questions about next steps in areas related to behavioral health.

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Arizona's evolution toward recovery

Tue, 2013-12-31 10:45

When Arizonans first started hearing about recovery from mental illness, they were skeptical, as were nearly all Americans. Even those familiar with mental health services and their delivery had no way of knowing how much this concept would change their thinking.

Arizonans first started hearing about recovery from mental illness in 1999. They were skeptical, as were nearly all Americans. Even those familiar with mental health services and their delivery had no way of knowing how much this concept would change their thinking. At the time, state regulations had recently been put into effect in an attempt to resolve the long standing Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit.

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BH blogger buzz: Meet Terry Axelrod

Mon, 2013-12-23 13:56

Terry Axelrod, founder and CEO of Benevon, has expertise in fundraising and commonly writes about how organizations can better work with donors.

Among the researched and reported articles and news items throughout the pages of Behavioral Healthcare magazine and Behavioral.net, behavioral health professionals have an opportunity to share their thoughts, opinions and expert advice through blogs. Each of our bloggers has a niche of the field that they tend to center their topics around – fundraising, facility design, leadership, technology, etc.

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Rogers Memorial Hospital opens a new OCD treatment facility

Fri, 2013-12-20 14:53

Due to growing demand, the hospital recently moved its OCD Center. The newly renovated residential facility will offer treatment to 28 adult patients at a time, a 16 percent increase from its previous facility.

Each year, Rogers Memorial Hospital (Oconomowoc, Wis.) treats people from throughout the United States, Canada and even China for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Due to growing demand, the hospital moved its OCD Center on December 16. The new location is nestled on a 23-acre peninsula between Lower Nashotah and Upper Nemahbin lakes in the Village of Summit.

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A year in review: Top 10 articles of 2013

Thu, 2013-12-19 15:24

In the behavioral healthcare field, changes are constant and controversies are common. As 2013 comes to a close, we're recognizing the 10 articles that our readers found the most important/interesting.

In the behavioral healthcare field, changes are constant and controversies are common. The editors at Behavioral Healthcare work diligently to provide our readers with the most updated news, articles, interviews, podcasts and conference coverage possible. 2013 was a big year for the field as Behavioral Healthcare’s articles covered:

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NY social services group focuses on healing children, families, and organizations

Wed, 2013-12-18 12:47

Andrus blends Sanctuary model with ACE research to build “safe” and trauma-informed school environment

Andrus, a New York-based social services organization, has developed a concept based on the Sanctuary Model that delivers treatment to children and families with trauma histories, training to staff and organizations, and a healing approach that focuses on positives rather than negatives. Reimbursed mainly by Medicaid, school districts, and state contracts, Andrus is many things: a treatment provider, child-care provider, corporate trainer, and partner with schools.

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BryLin Hospitals chooses Sigmund's Enterprise Behavioral Health System

Tue, 2013-12-17 09:56

Longtime, growing behavioral health hospital network serves western New York and Ontario

Sigmund Software LLC has signed an agreement to implement its Enterprise Behavioral Health Information System with BryLin Hospitals (Buffalo, NY), a provider of psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and adults and of outpatient substance abuse services for adolescents and adults, in the regions of western New York and southern Ontario since 1955.  

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New Rosecrance IOP to serve teens in Northbrook

Mon, 2013-12-16 17:08

The new program will help teenagers fight drug and alcohol addiction and learn recovery skills.

The Rosecrance location in Northbrook, Ill. will provide teens in the North Shore with more resources and opportunities for recovery with a new intensive outpatient program (IOP) beginning on Jan. 6, 2014. The program allows teens struggling with substance abuse issues to focus on recovery while staying in their home environment.

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BH blogger buzz: Meet Terry Stawar

Mon, 2013-12-16 14:56

Terry L. Stawar, EdD, President and CEO of LifeSpring, Inc., shares the most important lesson that he has learned over the 40 years he's worked in community mental health.

Among the researched and reported articles and news items throughout the pages of Behavioral Healthcare magazine and Behavioral.net, behavioral health professionals have an opportunity to share their thoughts, opinions and expert advice through blogs. Each of our bloggers has a niche of the field that they tend to center their topics around – fundraising, facility design, leadership, technology, etc.

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Genetic test to predict risk of suicide emerging from use of antidepressant drugs

Mon, 2013-12-16 11:26

Since 2005 all antidepressant drugs in the U.S., Canada and a number of European countries have carried the highest level warning for risk of suicide, but doctors have not been able to determine which patients may be at risk - sometimes with tragic results.

Sundance Diagnostics, an organization that develops genetic tests to predict personal risk of medication side effects, recently announced that the organization has entered into an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany. This agreement sets out to expand the Institute's initial clinical validation of genetic markers and to commercialize a genetic test that predicts risk of suicide emerging from use of antidepressant drugs. 

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