African Americans Less Likely to Receive Follow-Up Care After Psychiatric Admission, Study Finds

Poor integration of follow-up treatment into the continuum of psychiatric care leaves many individuals, particularly blacks, with poor-quality treatment. ….Rates of follow-up were generally low, particularly rates of adequate treatment, which were on average less than 26%. Outpatient treatment prior to inpatient care was a strong predictor of follow-up. After adjustment for need and socioeconomicRead More

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SARDAA Executive, Linda Stalters, Will be Interviewed on Small Business Today Internet Radio April 16th 4 – 5 PM Central Time

Access radio live (or listen to archive afterwards): www.mjwjtalkradio.com Call-in with questions and comments: 281-809-4856 or 800-970-8716   Print PDF

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Growing Evidence That A Party Drug Can Help Severe Depression

Teens call it “Special K,” a club drug that produces hallucinatory, out-of-body effects. But evidence is mounting that it’s also a fast-acting treatment for patients with severe depression. The latest study shows that ketamine, an FDA-approved anesthetic, can act in a matter of days for some people who don’t respond to traditional antidepressants. Those drugsRead More

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Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

With the Army’s disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood. Experts in mental health say (even as more facts about Lopez emerge) that it’s highly unlikelyRead More

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KU Wichita Clinical Trial Seeking Adults with Schizophrenia

Researchers at the KU School of Medicine–Wichita are seeking adults, age 18-40, with schizophrenia to participate in a study of cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia (CIAS). The study is aimed at testing the theory that a virus is the cause of CIAS and is testing an anti-infective agent for this component of the disease. ParticipantsRead More

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Schizophrenics and Home Care

Home treatment for schizophrenics overseen by local health workers is more effective than institutionalization, a recent large study in India has found. The study — a clinical trial involving 282 patients at three sites in India — found that supervised home treatment, with limited hospitalization available, was somewhat better at reducing patients’ disability and much betterRead More

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Value-Based Financially Sustainable Behavioral Health Components in Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Because a high percentage of primary care patients have behavioral problems, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) that wish to attain true comprehensive whole-person care will find ways to integrate behavioral health services into their structure. Yet in today’s health care environment, the incorporation of behavioral services into primary care is exceptional rather than usual practice. In this article,Read More

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Video — Integrating Mental and Physical Healthcare: Roger Kathol

How would your healthcare experience be different if you could obtain best-practices mental healthcare and physical healthcare in one place? This topic has been pretty buzzworthy in recent mental health advocacy. For example, Mary Palafox’s essay from IMHRO’s 2013 Brainstorm Essay Contest, Reclassify All Organic Brain Diseases Under Medicine, explores some of the reasons why integratingRead More

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Inclusion of Excellence Act in Medicare “Doc Fix” — $900 Million Dedicated to Mental Health Services

Washington, DC (March 26, 2014) — Congressional negotiators released a final Medicare SGR Repeal bill today that includes $900 million to fund the bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health Act. The Excellence Act, sponsored by Senators Stabenow (D-MI) and Blunt (R-MO) along with Representatives Matsui (D-CA) and Lance (R-NJ), would improve quality and expand access toRead More

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May 4th Mental Health and Dignity Day: Organizing Events in Communities Near You

Mental Health and Dignity Day

Every year communities across the country recognize mental health awareness in the month of May. This year a group of advocates are organizing to proclaim May 4th as Mental Health and Dignity Day. They are using the power of social media and grass roots organizing as a way of encouraging others to organize events in theirRead More

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