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How important is social connectivity to health?

December 22, 2016 | Integration | Comments

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Staff

Social connectivity – spending time with friends and family, taking part in group activities or having a sense of community – may be among the most important predictors of health. Study upon study shows the myriad ways human connection plays a valuable role in positively supporting a person’s physical and mental health. Having strong social […]

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Addressing Alcohol Use in Health Care

Karel Homrig

Executive Director, Prevention First

Alcohol is the most widely used and abused substance in the United States. We are used to having wine at the dinner table, toasting special occasions with champagne, relaxing with a beer and bringing out the hard liquor for parties. Many people are able to consume alcohol in ways that pose little risk to themselves […]

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Can We Prevent Disability from Serious Mental Illnesses?

Adam Swanson

Senior Policy Associate

Recently published clinical outcomes from the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode raises the question: can we prevent disability from serious mental illnesses?

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Passion and Sensitivity: The Cornerstones of Responding to Trauma in the LGBT Community

December 3, 2015 | Diversity | Integration | Trauma | Treatment | Comments

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Back in 1978 Chase Brexton Health Care was a small volunteer operation serving gay men affected by the just emerging AIDS epidemic. Now, it’s a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides integrated health care to all Baltimore’s underserved populations — and their working hard to provide trauma-informed care to all, including the LGBT community.

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Deep-Rooted Issues Require Deep Provider Investment

Heather Cobb

Senior Strategic Advisor for Marketing and Creative

Trauma coexists with the companions of homelessness — addiction, mental illness and early-onset chronic and acute illness. The damage trauma inflicts breeds distrust, making it difficult for people to form the relationships they need to heal.

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On the Road with Case to Care

Joan Kenerson King

Senior Integrated Health Consultant

  High caseloads. Shifting roles. New expectations. How do behavioral health staff providing direct care and their supervisors manage constant change and stressful environments? As the behavioral health field dramatically shifts, case management staff face real people with real needs while criteria for services get tighter and community resources are fewer and farther between. As […]

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GLIDING TOWARD CHANGE WITH MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING

Pam Pietruszewski

Integrated Health Consultant

As a figure skater, my two single blades gliding across the ice had to work together. Movement involves a series of coordinated footwork, choreographed to counterbalance each jump, spin and curve along the way. A perfect routine requires practice, precision and the right conditions. No matter how much you practice, the ice isn’t always smooth […]

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Care through Integration: How primary care physicians may be the next step in expanding mental health care in under served communities

September 15, 2015 | Integration | Trauma | Comments

Cynthia Ann Telles, Ph.D.

UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

It’s an unfortunate statistic, but more than half of all U.S. residents have experienced a traumatic event, including domestic abuse, sexual assault, neglect, or a natural disaster.  For families and individuals who live in communities that are racially and ethnically diverse, or that are low-income or under served, these events are more familiar than they […]

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Integrating Primary and Behavioral Healthcare: Risky Business?

August 5, 2015 | Integration | Comments

Nicholas L. Bozzo

President, Mental Health Risk and Retention Group

If you and I could talk, I would tell you that as behavioral healthcare organizations increasingly integrate primary care into the services they provide, they are taking on tremendous additional risk – risks that vary according to various methods of integration:  directly providing primary care services, contracting with an independent organization to provide services, renting […]

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Support Whole Health through Medical Monitoring

July 7, 2015 | Integration | Treatment | Workforce | Comments

Ali Siemianowski

Communications Specialist

We know that individuals with mental health and substance use conditions are at greater risk for chronic medical conditions – such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and COPD – than the general population. And adding primary care and wellness services designed to reduce the impact of chronic medical conditions among this population is quickly becoming a […]

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