The Voice of San Diego reported that the county, like many communities, is facing a behavioral health care crisis with patients sometimes waiting days in the emergency department for psychiatric care. Once stabilized, people are discharged where they wait yet again for continued care.
Katrina Brees talks about stigma and access to lethal means. On June 26th, 2018, her mother left home and didn’t come back. Brees says her mother had an infectious personality; she also struggled with Bipolar Disorder.
Doris Fuller says the Queuing Model illustrates that little changes can have a big impact, getting stakeholders to examine problems from a mathematically-based perspective and ask, ‘If we divert and cut forensic bed waits, how much money does that save the state? The savings are staggering, and these changes would
Judge Leifman chats about diversion programs and how judges are well-positioned to bring about critical change in mental health. Nineteen years ago, Judge Steven Leifman had an experience that forever altered his perception.
In Transforming Care, Martha Hostetter and Sarah Klein dive into how technology is becoming leveraged to expand people’s access to behavioral healthcare, specifically for Medicaid beneficiaries.
Stuart Gordon, J.D. says it’s time that mental health move upstream, allowing people to get the services they need far earlier. “What we are experiencing in mental health is like the parable of babies in the river. We focus on pulling babies out of the river, but no one is
‘The Forgotten Survivors’ Author, Shannon Jaccard, says it was only after her brother, Jeff, was killed during inpatient hospitalization that she realized when staff mentioned he was having a bad day, it meant they had put him in seclusion and restraints. She says siblings need to be part of the
Shelby Rowe says the mental health community needs to work together to alter the perception of mental illness not only in the general population but also within the very community designed to treat it.
In the mid-90s, brewing was a tug-of-war between clinicians and managed care over who got to determine what was best for clients. Dr. Wesley Sowers’ answer was to design LOCUS, a comprehensive system that focused on seven assessment dimensions. Dr. Sowers never anticipated it would work so well and has
Regardless of religion, says Dr. Moore, faith leaders must understand that their role is to provide comfort during adversity and not discriminate between people with a physical illness, such as cancer or heart disease, versus an emotional one.