Human Services

#MHM2018: Mental Illness Warning Signs

It can be tricky to tell the difference between someone’s typical behavior or behavior caused by a mental illness. Not everyone is qualified to determine the presence of a mental illness, but if a loved one is exhibiting unusual or different behaviors, it could be a signal that they need help. While mental illnesses vary and not everyone experiences the same symptoms, it’s important to be aware of common signs. Check out the infographic below to become aware of some…

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Reduce Recidivism and Save Money by Coordinating Justice and Behavioral Health Services

Many county and local justice systems receive large numbers of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders revolving through their doors. Not only do these repeat visits lead to increased populations and costs for already cash-strapped systems, individuals pay a price, missing opportunities to receive treatment. Let’s take a look at the facts: Twelve million people cycle through local jails every year. Out of this group, 64 percent of jail inmates suffer from a mental illness. 63 percent of…

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Nurses Week 2018: Nurses Are Priceless When it Comes to Suicide Prevention

When it comes to suicide in the U.S.: Someone dies every 12 minutes – reaching nearly 45,000 deaths each year. 10 percent of individuals present in an emergency department shortly before the act; 25 percent of men and 50 percent of women are seen by a mental health professional. 64 percent of suicide victims see their primary care physician within a month prior – 38 percent within a week. During this Nurses Week, we are reminded of the impact that…

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Important EHR Questions for Child and Family Service Agencies to Consider

Agencies in the child and family services industry have many unique challenges when it comes to achieving success for both the individuals that they serve and for their organization from a business perspective. There are many guidelines and regulations to consider when it comes to providing clients with the care they need and it can be challenging to manage everything successfully. Child and family service agencies, who adopt the right type of technology, such as an electronic health record (EHR)…

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Dr. Dan Reidenberg Empowers Front Line Nurses with Mental Health and Suicide Facts

Suicide. It’s a scary word. It’s also a serious public health issue. As the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., it can affect anyone regardless of age, race, gender or background; it doesn’t discriminate. Every 30 seconds, an individual attempts to take his or her own life. Every 11 minutes, an individual dies of suicide. Mental health and suicide prevention expert Dr. Dan Reidenberg will be addressing attendees at the Nursing Council on April 8 as part of the…

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Connecting Whole-Families: The Bair Foundation

Successful child and family service organizations understand that adopting the right technology is essential to achieving positive outcomes for the families they serve. From storing and retrieving client data to executing service plans, providers need access to tools that help simplify and streamline workflows.  These powerful capabilities allow providers to focus on delivering the best care and service possible. Our longtime partners, The Bair Foundation, incorporated the Netsmart child and family platform seven years ago to meet their goal of…

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Tracing the Path to Whole-person Care

Whole-person care is the coordination of health, behavioral health and social services with the goals of improving outcomes and making more efficient use of resources. But how does it work in practice across the post-acute and human services communities? Let’s take a look at what’s driving whole-person care, similarities between post-acute care and human services providers and explore preliminary results from programs that are already in place. Healthcare Costs Are Rising at Unsustainable Rates And the biggest chunk of the…

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Focused on Recovery With a Whole-Person Approach

We’ve come a long way in how our culture and our healthcare community treat individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). In the 1840s, people suspected of having a SMI were placed in an institution that closely resembled a jail … without the option to leave. This was culturally accepted because the belief was if they were out of sight, they were out of mind. In the early 1900s, providers began experimenting with radical treatments, with the ultimate goal to eliminate…

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White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis July 2017 Report: Executive Summary

The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has presented its interim report to President Trump. Among the highlights, the Commission calls for better alignment of patient privacy laws to enable easier sharing of health information for patients with a history of substance use disorders (SUD). Netsmart has been engaged in ongoing legislative and regulatory advocacy on this issue. The current complicated consent processes make it difficult for people with opioid addiction or other SUDs to…

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Breaking Through the “Radio Silence”

Have you ever carried a secret that became an increasingly heavy burden? The irony is that secrecy often keeps those battling mental illness from finding the relief they so desperately need. Reporter Kevin Patrick discovered that truth when he began having panic attacks in the midst of an otherwise successful career. He would have never guessed that a highly respected colleague he was working alongside was living in a parallel existence that both would only learn about much later.

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