Iowa law students help mental health providers navigate Iowa health privacy laws

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act clearly dictates its federal ruling on patient privacy: Whether it’s a physical or electronic health record, patient health information is confidential and secured. But these lines can be more oblique when it comes to mental and behavioral health. Is it good case management to practice complete confidentiality with   …Continue Reading


Health IT can enhance mental healthcare through smartphone apps

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A lot has been written, said and reported about health information technology over the past few years, but more often than not its locus has been physical health, rather than mental or behavioral. However, as imperative as treating patients with chronic disease and streamlining the paperwork in doctors practices is, the ways that mental and   …Continue Reading


Student Mental Health: Confidentiality and legality with student mental health strikes chords at Northwestern University

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Student mental health is often overlooked until unfortunate events press the issue. On Nov. 21, 2012, Northwestern University student Alyssa Weaver committed suicide while studying abroad in London at the prestigious Goldsmith College. The news of Weaver’s death spread slowly, not reaching the NU campus population until that Friday evening. Weaver, who was studying visual   …Continue Reading


Prioritizing Safety in Discharge Planning

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All too often, our psychiatric inpatient facilities function in a disconnected fashion from the community based system. However, psychiatric hospitalization is not a destination point, but a stop along the road to recovery and an integral part of the behavioral healthcare continuum. In this healthcare environment, new clinical coordinated care management practices are emerging, along   …Continue Reading


DSM-5 Changes – A closer look at its implications

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DSM-5 Changes – A closer look at its implications The American Psychiatric Association’s fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was released this past May, but the long-term conversation around DSM-5 changes and its impact on diagnosis and care has yet to die down. The DSM-IV, the new manual’s predecessor, was   …Continue Reading


Nearly $4 million awarded in SAMHSA grants for system of care expansion planning

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Nearly $4 million awarded in SAMHSA grants for system of care expansion planning Recently, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded nearly $4 million in System of Care Expansion Planning grants to more than 10 different recipients. SAMHSA, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency, distributes the SAMHSA grants to help   …Continue Reading


Kendra’s Law reduces psych readmission rates and costs, says Duke study

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Mental health issues, from minor conditions to serious¬†can go undiagnosed in many patients.¬†When coordinated care between doctors, hospitals, social workers and other providers falls apart, too many individuals with mental illness are put at risk. And unfortunately, as a recent New York Times story on the landmark Kendra’s Law observed, their behavior isn’t only threatening   …Continue Reading