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ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 2

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 1

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

Managing The 5%

There is a lot of investment money going into the mental health field—in fact, $14.7 billion in the first half of this year. Much of that investment is focused on… Read More

Webinar Summary – Mental Health Journey: Voices From Individuals With Lived Experience On Self-Disclosure, Recovery, & Hope

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/mental-health-journey-voices-from-individuals-with-lived-experience-on-self-disclosure-recovery-hope/?collection_id=27536. Talking about mental illness… Read More

Stigma In Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder

This webinar archive centers around discussion surrounding stigma as is relates to mental health and substance use disorder. During this roundtable conversation, Otsuka Senior MSL, Dr. Jason Carter sits down… Read More

Telemedicine & Medication Adherence

Nonadherence to psychotropic medication is one of the major obstacles when treating mental illnesses. Approximately 60% of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia discontinue their medication within 90 days of prescription. For… Read More

Mindfulness Meditation In Mental Health

Over the last few decades, mindfulness meditation has increased in popularity. In this presentation, Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, will provide a brief overview of mindfulness meditation, including the… Read More

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health

Provided with permission from Mental Health America, a PsychU Supporting Organization. To learn more about MHA, please visit their website at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net. Read More

Substance Use Disorder Amid Pandemic

“Ninety meetings in 90 days”: This is one mantra repeated to and by many individuals early in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Regular attendance at peer-run meetings offered by… Read More

A Picture Of Opioid Use & Dependence Worldwide

Millions of people around the world are dependent on opioids, with significant costs to society and deadly consequences for some individuals. According to the “Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and… Read More

Opioid Use & Suicidal Behaviors

Connections between opioid misuse and suicidal behaviors have been explored, but a team of researchers, led by Hillary Samples of the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of… Read More

Resident’s Corner Challenge, Dr. Caitlin Wise

Dr. Caitlin Wise relays her pharmacy residency experience. As an avid dancer, Dr. Wise shares similar challenges between conducting research and performing on-stage. Caitlin Wise, PharmD, is a PGY1 Managed… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

What Is The Future Of The CCBHC?

Over the years, we’ve written about the federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) initiative (see CCBHCs Are Moving Forward – What This Means If Your State Isn’t Moving Forward,… Read More

Addiction By The Numbers

How should addiction treatment programs be evaluated? That was the focus of the session, Quality Measurement In Addiction Treatment: Advancing Adoption Of Best Practices, at The 2019 OPEN MINDS Management… Read More

Is ‘Harm Reduction’ On Your Radar?

In 2016, when Donald Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, it unexpectedly brought harm reduction to the forefront of the news. In 2014, the state of… Read More

Do You Have A SDH Screening Tool?

Depression, alcohol dependency, risk of suicide, childhood trauma — clinical professionals and provider organizations employ a variety of assessment tools and standardized questions to screen consumers for the drivers of… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Endocannabinoids

Hear from Chloe Liu, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as she examines the historical research discoveries and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of the endocannabinoid… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Opioids

Hear from Chip Meyer, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as he examines the historic medical utilization and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of opioids. Explore… Read More

Introduction To Opioid Use Disorder

Dr. Elizabeth DiNapoli provides a brief overview of opioid use disorder (OUD). Key points discussed include: what symptoms may be present if a person is struggling with OUD; how common… Read More

Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ)

The Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ) is a 26-item instrument designed to identify patients on a continuum from low to high risk for opioid misuse. The original study which validated the… Read More

Opioid Clarity?

The number of deaths due to opioids has shown no signs of diminishing—drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioids rose from 3,442 in 1999 to 17,029 in 2017 (see National Rate… Read More

Brief Risk Interview© (BRI)

The Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) was developed as a protocol to determine potential patient risk of violating a treatment agreement related to prescription opioids and risk of future opioid misuse.… Read More

Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE)

The Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE) was designed to screen patient risk for alcohol abuse and dependence in the clinical setting. This version of the tool is a brief… Read More

Brief Risk Questionnaire© (BRQ)

The Brief Risk Questionnaire© (BRQ) is an opioid risk screening tool found to offer a good alternative to doing a clinical interview (see Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) https://psychu.org/brief-risk-interview-bri/). The tool… Read More

Webinar Summary – Psychiatric Illness Identification & Treatment For Mass Casualty Event Survivors & First Responders (Emergency Relief Series Part 2)

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/psychiatric-illness-identification-treatment-mass-casualty-event-survivors-first-responders-emergency-relief-series-part-2/. This presentation was the… Read More

The Stigma Of Addiction Treatment Medication

When I read last Sunday’s edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, I was surprised that perceptions of addiction treatment hadn’t progressed further. The article, “People Taking Medication To Treat Opioid Addiction… Read More

Opioid Addiction By The Numbers

Last week, we covered the recent $3.3 billion in Congressional appropriations to address opioid addiction in the United States (see How Far Does $3.3 Billion Go?). The figure $3.3 billion… Read More

How Far Does $3.3 Billion Go?

The omnibus spending bill, approved by Congress in March, included an allocation of $3.3 billion to address the opioid and mental health crisis in fiscal year 2018. This appropriation builds… Read More

Be Ethical Or Be Regulated

While everyone complains about regulation, many times the purpose of regulation makes perfect sense. I think this is the case with new regulations in Florida focused on addiction treatment providers.… Read More

A Mosaic Solution To The Opioid Challenge

When Mario San Bartolomé, M.D., MBA the Corporate Medical Director, Substance Use Disorders for Molina Healthcare, Inc. wrapped up his opening keynote remarks earlier this month at a conference I… Read More

Health Plan Strategy Meets The Opioid Crisis

You can’t look at the news without seeing something about the opioid crisis. The data supports the headlines. Across the country, deaths are up 200%, opioid-related inpatient stays are up… Read More

The Providence Center Appoints New President

Effective April 1, 2017, former Providence Center (Providence) Vice President Deb O’Brien, B.S., R.N., M.P.A. will assume the company’s position of President. Ms. O’Brien will replace Dale K. Klatzker, Ph.D.,… Read More

CleanSlate Welcomes Two East Division Executives

CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Centers (CleanSlate) announced the addition of two leaders to their East Division executive team: Adam McPhee as president of East Division Operations, and Wendy Welch as East… Read More

Behavioral Health Group Acquires Two Programs

Behavioral Health Group, LLC (BHG) has announced the acquisition of two addiction treatment programs in Spartanburg and Aiken, S.C. Chief Development Officer Dwight Mussleman added that a fundamental component of… Read More

Catasys Signs National Agreement With Humana

Catasys, Inc., a provider of proprietary big-data based analytics and predictive modeling driven health management services for health plans, announced that it has signed a national agreement with Humana Behavioral… Read More

Enterhealth Expands Addiction Treatment Facility

Dallas-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment company Enterhealth is expanding its medical rehab operation at its residential treatment facility in Van Alstyne. The $1 million expansion and upgrades to the… Read More

Hawaii Launches Autism Insurance Mandate

On January 1, 2016, Hawaii launched a new autism insurance mandate. The law applies to individual and group insurance plans issued or renewed after January 1, 2016. Coverage for autism… Read More

NYS Commits To Funding Addiction Hotline

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has agreed to provide funding for an emergency response team in Western New York. The team would respond to… Read More

American Addiction Centers President Resigns

In response to a California Department of Justice investigation and resulting charges involving a 2010 incident in which a patient died at an American Addiction Centers (AAC) facility, Jerrod Menz… Read More

Centerstone Merges With WellSpring Resources

Centerstone and WellSpring Resources have finalized a merger that combines their operations to advance the delivery of mental health and substance abuse treatment in Illinois and nationwide. The organizations announced… Read More