The Independent Budget Office reported that mental problems accounted for 13 percent of all admissions to NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in 2014, the last year for which complete data was available. As is often the case, the public hospitals are becoming the main medical provider of first and last resort for mentally ill New Read more
Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville will close its 37-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility effective Aug. 20, according to a statement from the Health System. Valley Baptist Director of Marketing Teri Retana said that the system remains committed to delivering mental health services to residents of the community, however, and that the Outpatient Intensive Program at VBMC Brownsville Read more
Mental health wards for children and young people in England are struggling to recruit the staff they need, according to a new report published by the Education Policy Institute today. We found that workforce shortages were a particular problem, with one in nine units not meeting the minimum standard for staff to patient ratios.
I wish people could see the kind of good that can be done for patients on psychiatric units. Will we ever see psychiatric units not as places of shadows and terror but as places of beauty and strength?
Barbara Reed says she has reached out to 20 assisted living centers and nursing homes in the past week since being told that Westchester Plaza, the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients, will close next month. Reed suffers from anxiety, a congestive heart condition, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure.
The struggle to properly treat all San Antonians suffering from mental illness is a crisis not many people know about.
Critics condemn ‘Victorian approach’ to treatment after NHS watchdog reveals 3,500 patients are kept locked in.
At 6:30 p.m., he still wore his hospital wristbands from the night before — one on each arm. The patient, we’ll call him John, had been ping-ponged from hospital to hospital in the middle of a psychotic episode. At midnight, he took an ambulance ride strapped to a gurney from Columbus to Jackson, to the closest facility Read more
After the ravages of withdrawal, some will rely on willpower and a 12-step program to help them stay away from heroin. Others will move on to a residential or outpatient program where they’ll get counseling and medication to help curb cravings. When there are gaps between any of these stages, patients often relapse.
Recognizing changing patient demands, Palomar Health, a multiple campus medical center and healthcare system in northern San Diego County, California, switched to a psychiatry hospitalist model in 2011, hoping to improve the delivery of high-quality care to its mental health inpatient population.
A noisy hospital — not to mention interruptions by doctors and nurses and light exposure — can make it difficult to rest when people need it most, according to researchers. And the result of a noisy hospital isn’t just a groggy patient; it can also negatively affect your health, experts warn.
A little-discussed provision in the Senate health care bill is designed to boost the number of hospital beds for psychiatric care, providing a long-sought victory for mental health advocates.
Washington DC’s St. Elizabeths Hospital is the subject of an exhibition at the National Building Museum; Architecture of an Asylum explores the links between architecture and mental health.
My work at a safety net hospital in Chicago has shown me the various paths patients with mental illness face. The path health insurance can provide is both healthier and cheaper.
“With physical beds missing, others not in use due to flooding of wards caused by the non-repair of damaged roofs post a storm in 2015, and no water or food at some hospitals such as Umzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal as found at so many others across the country, the most fundamental basic human rights of patients Read more
When I started in the ER, it was conventional wisdom that mental health patients stayed calmer and were less prone to violence if permitted to step outside of the hospital to have a cigarette – accompanied by a security guard to make sure they didn’t try to leave.
It was a story that stunned the nation, a trial that captured headlines, an overturned conviction and second trial that changed the dialogue of mental health.
Dell Children’s – Opening the 24-bed Grace Grego Mental Health Unit, which is anticipated to happen in spring 2018, will also be the first step toward better integration of mental health treatment and other services offered by Dell Children’s, said Deb Brown, the hospital’s vice president of patient care services and chief operating officer.
The researchers found that patients with depression were less likely to take their medications and keep all recommended appointments after leaving the hospital, potentially leading to longer hospital stays and an increased risk of readmission, lead author Waguih William IsHak, MD.
A psychiatrist first evaluated the pregnant girl as depressed and suicidal before sending her to Dublin, according to the project, which examines and reports on child care proceedings in Irish courts. The girl and her mother believed they were traveling to the Irish capital for an abortion, according to the report.
Research on clubhouses around the country shows that, for a relatively small investment, members are better able to stay out of the hospital, reducing the cost burden to municipalities and states.
Colorado’s 449-bed mental health hospital in Pueblo has a staffing shortage so severe it poses an “immediate and serious threat to the health and safety” of its patients.
“We know that depression is a serious factor in any patient’s recovery,” said lead author Dr. Waguih William IsHak. “Adding a screening for depression seizes a golden opportunity to initiate and maintain treatment.”
gun violence research – Prohibiting individuals with a history of psychiatric hospitalization from purchasing firearms alone appears unlikely to significantly reduce the number of victims of gun violence, according to a study in Psychiatric Services in Advance.
One of Nagpur’s oldest mental hospitals was started in 1884 but was then functioning under a pejorative name of ‘lunatic asylum’. The hospital slowly transformed with time as an out-patient’s department was introduced in 1959 and was subsequently renamed Nagpur Regional Mental Hospital.
Groups representing insurance plans and behavioral health service providers scrapped Monday over a bill that would give clinicians a greater say in determining medical necessity for mental health services.
mental health funding – Nonprofit mental health providers in Fort Bend County have seen their budgets increase in recent years, yet Texas continues to rank near the bottom of the national list in mental health spending per capita. County providers have said more needs to be done to meet the needs of residents, particularly in light Read more
For the past decade, Eric has been in and out of hospitals, treatment centers and jails. Incarceration, his mother Patty says, made him distrust law enforcement.
Texas A&M study – According to a new report released by the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, many small Texas communities are facing decisions about how best to provide their citizens with the most effective and sustainable care. Regional administrator of rural hospitals for CHI St. Joseph Health Marybeth Murphy said she believes Read more
A report published today in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that suicide risk is markedly elevated in all patients after psychiatric hospital discharge, even those with no reported history of suicidal thoughts.