Services and Treatment

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There is no one-size-fits-all solution to mental illness, and no uniform path to mental wellness and recovery. Effective treatments for mental health conditions run the gamut from intensive professional interventions to self-help. In these articles you’ll read about people’s struggles to obtain adequate services, you’ll hear from both service providers and consumers about what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll find thoughtful perspectives on the challenges of psychotherapy.

Mental health service to close; Valley Baptist cites reimbursements, costs among reasons

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

Study finds mental health court curbs recidivism

A new study has found that criminal defendants who graduated from mental health court demonstrated substantially reduced re-arrest rates a full three years following their release, the longest period of post-program behavior examined in a published study involving mental health courts and the clearest indicator yet of the potential for diversionary programs to ease the Read more

Diabetes can be addressed holistically, emphasizing diet, exercise, medications, mental health

“We are realizing that there is a very big part of the diabetes that is also mental health. So there may be anxiety and depression associated with the diagnosis. We have a behavioral specialist who can address that and talk about how a patient is coping with the diagnosis, how their families are coping with Read more

Inside a prison, inmates deal with mental health

All 11 are members of the facility’s mental health peer support network, who serve at the front line of the prison system’s mental illness problem. “These individuals self-disclose as having a mental illness and are in recovery,” said Lynn Patrone, a mental health advocate for the state Department of Corrections. “So they have opened themselves Read more

Old, sick and scrambling to find a new home: ‘We are all nervous wrecks’

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.

Nonprofit First In US To Pilot Preventative Mental Health Program

The evidence-based program screens adolescents for personality traits, which can indicate higher risk for substance abuse or a mental disorder. University of Montreal PhD Candidate Jean-Francois G. Morin, who is working to train Overdose Lifeline, says kids are then placed into five categories and invited to participate in discussion groups.

During a psychotic episode, two hospital visits couldn’t help; Community services did

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

Latest Idea In The Battle Against Opioid Addiction: A ‘Soup To Nuts’ Recovery Campus

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.

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