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Lifespan Impact Of Racism-Related Stress

Research findings have suggested that early life stressful experiences-like racial discrimination have a lasting impact on biological risk for disease and premature mortality due to chronic diseases of aging.1 In… Read More

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

Mental Wellness Across The Lifespan Series: Older Adult Infographic

In the United States, millions of Americans are affected by mental illness. The month of May has been designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month. PsychU joins the national movement to raise awareness by hosting a series on Mental Wellness Across the Lifespan. It… Read More

Psychotherapies For Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia

In the last decades, psychotherapy has gained increasing acceptance as a major treatment option for mood disorders and schizophrenia. This presentation will review the American Psychiatric Association (APA) clinical practice… Read More

Will Investing In Social Determinants Pay Off?

We’ve heard the stats many times in the past decade—health care services account for only 20% of health outcomes, while health-related behaviors and socioeconomic factors—housing, food, environment, employment—can drive 80% of… 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

Maternal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

This podcast features Dr. Lisa Weinstock, a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist, discussing mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. As many as 15% of women experience… Read More

American Addiction Centers Files For Bankruptcy

AAC Holdings Inc., the publicly traded parent of American Addiction Centers (AAC), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Brentwood, Tennessee-based company listed debt of $517.4 million and assets of… Read More

Getting To Whole Person Addiction Treatment

Our coverage of primary care physicians’ views of addiction treatment and medication assisted treatment (MAT) brought quite a few comments. A recent study found that even though two thirds of… 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

Coronavirus: Mental Health Coping Strategies

The coronavirus can significantly affect mental health for everyone, but especially for those with mental illness. Both the anxiety of contracting the disease as well as the increase in loneliness… 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

Mental Health In The COVID-19 Era

The news about COVID-19 is relentless: an ever-escalating number of confirmed cases, portents of economic meltdown, ominous images of barren public spaces. Most people find it stressful to be surrounded… 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

Major Depressive Disorder In Chronic Kidney Disease

Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 260 million people worldwide1. The reported prevalence of depression in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) ranges from 20-65%2. This webinar provides an overview… 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

Resilience: How Nature & Nurture Shape Us

Why any given experience should induce one person to adapt, while another is edged toward a maladaptive stress response that could ultimately lead to psychiatric illness, is not clearly understood.… Read More

VA To Expand Veterans Treatment Courts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists to expand the reach of Veteran Treatment Courts and other services… 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

Weight Management & ‘Whole Person’ Health

When health care executives discuss the overlap between behavioral health care, physical health care, and social services, the conversation is often to identify some condition that is equally important to… Read More

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10)

The Kessler Psychological Distress 10-Item Scale (K10) is the full version of the scale, designed to measure anxiety and depression. The self-administered scale includes 10 items to measure an individual’s… Read More

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6)

The Kessler Psychological Distress 6-Item Scale (K6) is an abbreviated version of the Kessler 10, which was designed as a brief, simple, and reliable instrument to measure anxiety and depression.… 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

‘Bad Debt’ Will Really Be ‘Bad Debt’

There are an estimated 102,460 tax-exempt non-profit organizations providing health care services – including organizations providing services for addiction and substance abuse (8,578); diseases and disease research (18,667), health care… 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

Does Peer Support Pay?

Recent research shows the value of peers for individuals with mental illnesses and addictive disorders—that peer support “pays.” Participation in peer support groups for addiction recovery promoted higher satisfaction in… Read More

The Trauma Quandary

Last week, my colleague Tressell Carter took a look at how the court system is evolving to consider trauma and other behavioral health issues through the use of “trauma- informed”… Read More

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) is a self-administered scale for assessing five of the most common types of mental disorders presenting in medical populations: depressive, anxiety, somatoform, alcohol use, and… Read More

Opioid Risk Tool© (ORT)

The Opioid Risk Tool© (ORT) is a five-question, self-administered assessment that can be completed within 5 minutes and should be utilized on a patient’s initial visit. It assesses the patient… Read More

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C)

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) is a brief alcohol screen that reliably identifies patients who are hazardous drinkers or who have active alcohol use disorders. The AUDIT-C contains… 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

Lifestyle Changes Are Effective For Preventing Dementia

Healthier lifestyles are associated with declining prevalence of cognitive impairment and dementia. Furthermore, specific lifestyle changes are effective for preventing dementia, including increasing education in early life, increasing physical activity… Read More

Looking Beyond Mood & Psychosis: A Focus On Neurocognition

Historically, cognitive impairment was considered an artifact of patients’ symptoms, attention, or motivation problems, and as such, was an underappreciated feature of schizophrenia. However, recent research has shown cognitive impairment… Read More

PTSD & Trauma In Bipolar Disorder

What role can trauma or PTSD play in bipolar disorder diagnosis? The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients with bipolar disorder is higher than in the general population.1… 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

Social Services Paid By Health Plans?

It’s funny what eliminating silos in health care spending will do. The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) ushered in an era of health care spending that prohibited preexisting… 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

Getting Ready For The Era Of Genetic Code

“The world’s last trillion-dollar industry was made out of computer code. The world’s next trillion-dollar industry is going to be created out of genetic code.” – Alec Ross, author of The… 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

The Importance Of Norepinephrine In Depression

Key Messages The hypothesis that impaired serotonin (5-HT) and/or norepinephrine (NE) neurotransmission underlies depressive disorders continues to be central to treatment approaches. Several lines of evidence support a role for… Read More