Creating Value Through Electronic Health Records for Autism Therapy Services at Easterseals Southern California

The steady nationwide increase in autism prevalence has sparked greater demand for assessment and support services. Health IT plays a vital role in helping organizations establish efficient and consistent workflows, retain and train qualified staff and manage operations. Today, Netsmart technology is assisting Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) in their efforts to support central and southern California communities in need. Discover the unique value they’ve found in utilizing our EHR and what led them to select Netsmart as their health IT…

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Rethinking Your Routine In 2019

The new year offers a unique opportunity for us to reset. 361 days lie ahead for you to show up differently in pursuit of a more capable you. As we begin to refine and apply our 2019 resolutions and goals, ensure at least one is dedicated to supporting your mental health. Making positive changes through resolutions can encompass more than numbers on the scale, your attendance at the gym, performance at work and personal finances. Use the five resolutions below…

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Increasing Knowledge and Driving Action with Mental Health First Aid Training

Pause for a moment to consider the following NAMI statistic: one in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness in a given year. Now consider it in the context of the last time you were fifth in line at the grocery store, catching up with four of your closest friends or in a meeting among four colleagues. We are friends with, work alongside and are related to individuals who have or will encounter compromised mental health. As we…

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A Personal Journey to Recovery

For more than 40 years Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions has assisted individuals whose lives have been negatively impacted by substance use. Through an individualized treatment structure, Credo offers a variety of chemical use and dependence services. The organization also provides outpatient and inpatient substance use support, mental health services, individual and group counseling and residential programs. With more than 100 professionals contributing to their transformative programs, Credo is the leading substance use provider in Northern New…

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Enhancing Autism Services with Technology

The demand for autism-related services in the U.S. has increased 30 percent over the last decade. More community providers are expanding their services to individuals and their families by adding new lines of business to support autism services. Providing support and services for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically requires unique workflows and other considerations. With so many types of services to provide across a diverse community with various needs, it’s important for provider organizations to have the…

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How the Recent Opioid Legislation Impacts Community-Based Providers

Today President Trump signed into law legislation intended to help stem the opioid crisis. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act provides additional funding to combat addiction, improve access to treatment and authorizes a pilot financing program to incentivize providers to invest in technology to better coordinate care. We’ve all seen the stats when it comes to the opioid crisis: More than 72,000 people died in the U.S. in 2017 from an opioid overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and…

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How Stigma Stunts Mental Health Care

Last week featured multiple worthy mental health causes: Mental Illness Awareness Week, World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day. It was fantastic to see all the social media campaigns and support circulating to increase awareness and access to resources. While these initiatives are great short-term catalysts, we need to find a way to encourage individuals to extend discussion surrounding mental health year-round. The greatest barrier to achieving this is stigma. Stigma is a societal problem we must face…

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Congress Passes Major Opioid Bill: Includes Health IT Financial Incentives for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Treatment Providers

Behavioral health organizations, including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, addiction treatment and other key providers consistently lag behind acute care in the adoption of technology. Despite an increased demand for services and the fact they serve some of the nation’s most at-risk populations, these providers weren’t fully eligible for federal financial incentives on a par with acute care providers for purchase of electronic health record (EHR) platforms, key to enhancing care quality and efficiency in all healthcare settings. Significantly,…

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Living With Suicide

By Michele Jarchow When my son, Austin, said he wanted a semi-colon tattoo on his wrist, I said two things: 1) You have to be able to cover it up. Some of your clients are very conservative and don’t want to see any tattoos; and 2) If you put it where it’s visible, you have to be willing to talk about it. His response? “That’s the point.” Why a semi-colon? “A semicolon is used when an author could have chosen…

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Finding the Courage to Ask

We hear about suicide’s prevalence, but often don’t discuss it. It’s therefore reasonable for us to have uncertainty and discomfort around confronting the topic. Where this becomes incredibly problematic is when we believe someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide, and we don’t address it. While suicide is an incredibly sensitive topic, not intervening when you have concern is the worst thing you can do. We need to make it a priority to become more comfortable openly discussing suicide. Sometimes engaging…

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