March 1st, 2010

Integrated services: a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare

By Phyllis Hanlon

Since 2001, cooperation and collaboration among Rhode Island’s insurers, physicians and behavioral health specialists has spawned practices that marry medical and psychological services. The coming year holds significant promise for more co-located and fully integrated practices. Nine years ago, Providence-based Psychological Centers, Inc. began co-locating psychologists and other behavioral specialists at select primary care practices across the state. Currently, 15 sites feature both primary care physicians and behavioral specialists. Jeffrey Migneault, Ph.D., director of the Center for Integrated Care (CIC) at Psychological Centers, reports that Paul Block, Ph.D., co-director of Psychological Centers and two physicians have been collaborating for the [More]

March 1st, 2010

N.H. outlines legislative priorities

By Catherine Robertson Souter

In New Hampshire, with its 424-person legislative body (the fourth largest in the world behind the British and Indian Parliaments and the U.S. Congress), there are always a number of bills introduced each year that would affect the delivery of mental health care in the state. Bills are introduced for any number of reasons by legislators – from responses to angry constituents to bills they feel would smooth the way for first-responders to do their jobs – and each must be looked at closely by those who would be affected. Currently, the New Hampshire legislature is looking at a number [More]

March 1st, 2010

Parent training, medication help curb dangerous behavior

By Jennifer E Chase

Early parent training on how to best teach and communicate with their child – when combined with medication – may be the key to reducing the destructive behavior that often afflicts children with autism spectrum disorders, according to a multi-site study coordinated by a Yale University professor. Even more promising is the treatment combination’s potential as more cost- and time-effective alternative to applied behavior analysis (ABA) or similar psychological treatments. The study was published in the Dec. 2009 issue of Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and chronicled the work of Larry Scahill Ph.D., and his [More]

March 1st, 2010

CPA backs mental health-related legislation

By Phyllis Hanlon

Every year, states across the country focus legislative efforts on health care, safety, children’s issues, economic matters and dozens of other concerns. This year in Connecticut, the state’s psychological association is backing a number of legislative proposals relevant to mental health issues. According to Christine H. Farber, Ph.D., private practitioner in South Windsor, Conn. and one of two legislative chairs for the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA), her organization has cited support for funding for the Dept. of Children and Families, the Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Office of the Child Advocate and Office of the Healthcare Advocate [More]

March 1st, 2010

HealthNet contracts with Beacon Health

By Nan Shnitzler

Reimbursement could suffer Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan has contracted with Beacon Health Strategies to administer behavioral health programs for its MassHealth and Commonwealth Care members effective March 1. Beacon is inviting providers to join its network, but some providers are dismayed by the lower reimbursement rates being offered. A licensed psychologist in western Mass., who asked not to be identified, says that compared with what he had been receiving from HealthNet, Beacon’s rate for an initial diagnostic interview was 26 percent less; for a family or couples session, 12 percent less; for an individual session, 10 percent less. “The [More]

March 1st, 2010

Geriatric program meets community need

By Ami Albernaz

An inpatient geriatric psychiatry program at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass., launched last Sept. is filling a void in care for older adults in southeastern Mass. facing acute emotional or cognitive problems and highlighting the value of providing specialized, integrated care for these adults. The 16-bed unit serves patients, most ages 65 and older, who show signs of dementia with behavioral disturbance, significant depression or anxiety or other marked changes in behavior. The patients are assessed and treated by a team including a psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, clinical social workers, nurses and an occupational therapist, with the goal of helping [More]

March 1st, 2010

Report documents sexual victimization of youths in custody

By Elinor Nelson

It was 24 years ago at age 12 that Troy Erik Isaac of Los Angeles was first gang raped by other youths while in California state custody. “I was a troubled youth,” he says now. “No counselors pulled me to the side and said that because of the way you look and sound you may get hurt,” and over the years, the abuse from other youths continued. Isaac describes a system where “often there was no oversight,” and where many juvenile workers would break up fights or riots but didn’t seem to consider rape to be all that important. And [More]

March 1st, 2010

Increased data connects food and cognitive behavior

By Jennifer E Chase

“Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.” When epicurean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote that statement in 1826, he didn’t mean he could literally divine who you were based on what you cooked, but he did imply that what we consume bears on our well being. His inference became the de facto maxim for anyone believing good health requires good food. Today, research is making his “you are what you eat” mantra as much about eating’s effects on our mental health as on our bodies, linking the potential for altering our moods by altering our foods. “I have [More]

March 1st, 2010

Homeless assistance programs are funded again

By Pamela Berard

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) renewed millions in grant funding for homeless assistance programs throughout New England. The funding, announced at the end of December, was part of nearly $1.4 billion to support 6,400 existing programs nationwide through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs. HUD provided the renewal grants to local programs to prevent any interruption in federal assistance. This was the first time HUD announced the renewal and new grants separately, so as not to delay funding to the existing programs. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively and provide permanent and transitional housing to [More]

March 1st, 2010

APA president outlines priorities for 2010

By Ami Albernaz

Like most assuming a leadership post, Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D., the relatively new president of the American Psychological Association, has a big agenda. In 2010, she hopes to help devise a useful framework for evaluating psychological service outcomes and to bring awareness to and develop resources for family caregivers. She is testing out a Wiki platform that will help psychologists more easily locate useful resources and even plans to add a few friendly touches to this year’s APA convention, including a “bring-the-family” event and collaborative workshops. A former nurse and longtime health psychologist who lives and practices in Princeton, N.J., [More]

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