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NH secures ARPA funds for psych services expansion

By Christina P. O'Neill

The federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has approved $15 million for a $55-$60 million, at least 120-bed standalone hospital project in South Central New Hampshire. SolutionHealth is partnering with the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under a 10-year agreement. Planned opening date is late 2024. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital also won $1 million in ARPA funding, to add five additional psych beds for involuntary emergency admissions (IEA) under a six-year agreement. Completion is expected by August/September 2024. New… Read more »

Practical Practice

Pay it forward

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

Why is it that no one ever calls me back? This is a statement that I hear nearly every day from people searching for mental health services. I’m in agreement. It is mystifying that phone calls from people searching for clinicians go unanswered. If psychologists could do one thing to improve public perception, it should be to assist people who ask us how to access a therapist. Full disclosure, there have been times when I have not returned phone calls… Read more »

Health Information Exchange: What does it mean for psychologists?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

Are you aware that mental health treatment might be included as part of your state’s health information exchange (HIE)? All New England states have an HIE as part of the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. The goals of the HITECH Act are to improve quality, safety, and efficiency of health care; engage patients in their own care; increase coordination of care; improve population health; as well as ensure privacy and security. Each… Read more »

Do psychologists reject board certification?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

Warren Buffet has been quoted as saying, “Everyone has a circle of competence. The important thing is not how big the circle is. The important thing is staying inside the circle.” All health care professionals are legally and ethically obligated to practice within the scope of their knowledge, skill and experience. Given this obligation, is there a need for board certification to establish a psychologist’s expertise in a specialty area(s)? If board certification is desirable, why are fewer than five… Read more »

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