International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

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International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) 

April 12, 2013

As I mentioned, I have attended two noteworthy events recently. Last week, I shared with you about attending the MHCA event. This week, I will be talking about how I recently attended the seventh meeting of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) www.iimhl.com in Auckland New Zealand. IIMHL was created in 2003 primarily through the efforts of MHCA. Several of the members of Continue reading International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA)

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Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA)

April 5, 2013
was recently involved in two somewhat related events that were noteworthy in their own ways. This week I will be blogging about Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA) and next week will follow up with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) event in Auckland New Zealand.
First was the retirement of Don Hevey, CEO of MHCA. In case you don’t know, MHCA is an invitation only trade Association for CEOs of nonprofit community behavioral health organizations. Don has been Continue reading Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA)

Benchmarking, Analytics and the Quest for Enlightenment

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Benchmarking, Analytics and the Quest for Enlightenment

March 4, 2013

In the movie Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. frequently reminded Tom Cruise to “show me the money“. While the physical similarities between Tom Cruise and myself are no doubt apparent, the reason for mentioning this in my blog is to paraphrase Mr. Gooding and say “show me the data“. Continue reading Benchmarking, Analytics and the Quest for Enlightenment

Sandy Hook, Violence and Mental Illness

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Sandy Hook, Violence and Mental Illness

Jan. 22, 2013

n my last blog, I agreed to further discuss the topic of risk management. However that was before the tragic events in Sandy Hook. While discussing this event is still addressing the issue of risk, I’d really like to focus on the current debate regarding guns and the role of mental illness and violence. Continue reading Sandy Hook, Violence and Mental Illness

Risk Management – Part 1

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Risk Management – Part 1

October 2, 2012

“Life is a probability statement.” – Jim Treloar, Ph.D.

Dr. Treloar was my statistics and research methods professor when I was working on my doctorate at Ball State University. His quote above has stuck with me my entire career. It summarizes the human condition in one, pithy sentence. We can’t predict events exactly, but we can say (sometimes with high confidence) when they are more or less likely to happen. For some of us, this is as good as it gets and that’s ok. Knowing things “just happen” is not a cause for alarm; it’s recognition of what is. Continue reading Risk Management – Part 1

Checklists In Complex Systems

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Checklists In Complex Systems

July 31, 2012

In his book The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Atul Gawande made a compelling case for the value of checklists in complex systems. Dr. Gawande correctly observed that checklists are routinely used in aviation to mitigate risk and improve safety. Pilots use checklists extensively for a reason. Flying an airplane is a complex endeavor and things can get missed if one relies on memory – especially when things get stressful. There is a phenomenon called “task loading” that means Continue reading Checklists In Complex Systems

Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

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Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

July 13, 2012

In the acute medical world an outcomes-driven model of delivering care has been very successful. I believe the same will hold true for the behavioral healthcare world. In a behavioral health setting a diagnosis is likely more of a categorization of groups, and outcomes will be generally measured along one or more of three dimensions: symptomology, functionality and satisfaction. So outcomes reporting might look like, “For depressed patients, 87% showed improved mood when seen by Dr. Jones” or “ at one year post treatment, 67% of people with a serious mental illness who attended program Y were still employed”. Continue reading Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

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