Articles, Leading Stories

August 22nd, 2014

Name change highlights linked network

By Rivkela Brodsky

Fletcher Allen Partners will soon be named The University of Vermont Health Network and the four hospitals in Vermont and northern New York that are part of that network will soon look more like they belong together. The hospitals – two in Vermont and two in New York – currently have different names and logos although they are all part of Fletcher Allen Partners, which is in alliance with the University of Vermont forming Vermont’s academic medical center. Hospital names, logos and signage will start changing this fall as part of planned branding strategy approved in June by the boards [More]

August 22nd, 2014

Child abuse increases in Maine

By Catherine Robertson Souter

Some disheartening news recently has come out of Maine with reports that physical abuse of children has risen 58 percent in two years. In its “Child Protective Services Annual Report, 2013,” Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services shows the number of physical abuse cases found during child protective assessments rising from 563 in 2011 to 807 the next year and 891 in 2013. The report shows that it is the youngest who bear the brunt of the abuse, with a 75 percent increase in reported cases over the two years (from 241 to 424). In contrast, the numbers of [More]

August 22nd, 2014

Task force offers recommendations to improve services

By Pamela Berard

A Connecticut task force created by legislation following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings released its final report featuring 47 recommendations designed to improve behavioral health services for young adults. The Task Force to Study the Provision of Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults was created under An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety to analyze and make recommendations for behavioral health services for people ages 16-25. It was one of several initiatives created after the Sandy Hook shootings. Task force member Marcy Kane, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, vice president of child services at Wellmore Behavioral Health and [More]

August 22nd, 2014

Public lacks awareness about mental health rights

By Phyllis Hanlon

According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 27 percent of Americans have received treatment from a mental health professional. And yet, a mere four percent are aware of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which mandates insurance coverage for these conditions. Doug Walter, J.D., associate executive director of government relations, was heavily involved in the passage of the parity bill, but notes that scant media efforts during the process did not draw attention to the issue. “You get laws passed through advocacy and grassroots efforts,” he explains, “although there was quite a bit of media splash [More]

August 22nd, 2014

Program encourages play to boost overall health

By Pamela Berard

A dozen New England cities and towns were among those recognized by a program that encourages play to help increase the physical, mental and emotional health of children. Playful City USA was launched by the non-profit group KaBOOM!, which helps build playgrounds through partnerships across America and is sponsored by the Humana Foundation. Playful City USA honors cities and towns that make play part of a city-wide agenda through creative solutions, coalition building, investment and data to address inequity through infrastructure, policy changes and programs. Among the 212 cities in 43 states recognized as 2014 Playful City USA Communities were [More]

August 22nd, 2014

High-pressure sports: how much is too much?

By Catherine Robertson Souter

In today’s world of high-pressure sports programs, parents can have a difficult time evaluating what is in their child’s best interest. The possibility of a college scholarship and the lure of ever-higher levels of competition can draw families into programs that demand incredible time and financial commitments. But, how much is too much? What are the risks of this culture of intensity for the individual child and for the future of youth sports? And, most importantly, what can be done about any of it? Richard Ginsburg, Ph.D., co-director of PACES Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, director of psychological services for [More]

July 1st, 2014

Treating perpetrators is a challenge

By Phyllis Hanlon

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year; boys who witness the violence are twice as likely to abuse their partners when they become adults. Although significant research has been done, no clear answer to resolving the problem of domestic violence has emerged. During 30 years of studying male behavior, William S. Pollack, Ph.D., ABPP, associate clinical professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and senior clinical consultant on the mental health of men, adolescent males and boys at [More]

July 1st, 2014

Health Connector woes impact coverage

By Catherine Robertson Souter

A temporary solution to the state’s healthcare signup woes has caused more issues for some Massachusetts psychologists and their clients. This spring, the state began putting a short-term fix in place for residents who were having difficulty in signing up for subsidized health insurance through the state’s online health insurance exchange Web site, called the Massachusetts Health Connector. Approximately 31,000 people who applied for coverage but were not enrolled because of glitches in the system were placed on temporary coverage. But the fix left at least one serious hole, some psychologists in the state are finding. The temporary coverage does [More]

July 1st, 2014

Crisis Intervention Teams: Partnering police and practitioners

By Phyllis Hanlon

Fourteen years ago, Louise C. Pyers, M.S., B.C.E.T.S., founder and executive director of CABLE, Inc. (Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement), published an article on suicide by cop. It attracted the attention of Captain Kenneth Edwards, Jr., a police captain in New London involved with a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a program founded in 1988 in Memphis. He invited her to ride along and observe firsthand how CIT worked; she was so impressed that her organization began delivering CIT training to police officers across Connecticut in 2003. Police officers who undergo the training are taught to evaluate a person in [More]

July 1st, 2014

Maine leads region in continuing care planning; Mass. at bottom

By Janine Weisman

New federal quality measures data show 41 percent of psychiatric patients hospitalized in Massachusetts were discharged without a plan summarizing their diagnosis, treatment, medications and recommended follow-up care. When patients did have such a plan, hospitals often failed to communicate the information to their outpatient providers. That puts Massachusetts second to last in the country after Nebraska (at 35 percent) for follow-up care planning and in last place at 31 percent for transmitting treatment information to the next level of care provider, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site shows. Nationally, 74 percent of patients [More]

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