As a mother of two small children and close relation to people who might be in denial that they fit into a higher risk category, I’ve been watching the news just like everyone else, wondering what’s to come. Though some may disagree with me, we are likely facing a national
Last week, Sue Ann Atkerson, LPC, MBA, CEO of Behavioral Health Link, testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee. The hearing, called “Strengthening Communications Networks to Help Americans in Crisis,” included six witnesses who spoke on eight separate bills. Atkerson
Dr. Barbara DiPietro, senior director of policy for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, says homelessness increases people's crisis risk and that without housing, the services communities try to deliver are less effective.
Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at SAMHSA, says that the report “finally offers our communities true National Guidelines for Crisis Care within a user-friendly Best Practice Toolkit.”
Christine Vestal, a staff writer for Stateline, takes a deep dive comparing what people in behavioral health crises in Maricopa County, Arizona, experience compared to the rest of the United States. With Arizona pioneering a different way, what states are also noticing is that fostering a robust crisis continuum is
Erica Chestnut-Ramirez says mobile crisis is person-centered and therapeutic and has a high stabilization rate. “That means we can keep people in the community, and they don’t have to go to higher level, higher-cost services.”
Weaving connections of support for her clients has been a primary driver for Alejandra Salinas. Not only because she feels it’s the right approach, but also because growing up, she experienced and witnessed the consequences of a fractured, siloed care system.
Nationwide, the emergency department has become the default crisis service provider for mental health crises. A new study reveals that there's an increased risk of suicide afterward.
On June 27, 2019, the state of New Jersey launched a Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) Registry, giving anytime access to people in the state who want to participate. Project Manager Lynne Alexander shares how it developed.
Dr. Ira Katz says VA study shows patients at high risk for premature mortality after discharge from psychiatric hospitalization, especially in the first one to three months after release. A disproportionate number of deaths were from external causes not categorized as suicide.