Recently I testified to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy committee’s certification and adoption workgroup regarding voluntary certification of electronic health records for behavioral health. Many groups were represented in the discussion including consumer advocates, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, SATVA, behavioral health providers, and methadone clinics. There were those Continue reading Kevin Scalia Addresses ONC BH Committee
July 1, 2013
Southern California in general and the campus of USC in particular are beautiful this time of year. The temperature and humidity are such that registration for conferences happens outside on a green lawn under a tent. Such were the circumstances surrounding my recent visit to Los Angeles to present at the 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health on the USC campus http://www.pathways2013.com. I have done a lot of presentations and Continue reading The New World of Accountable Care: A visit to the University of Southern California
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)
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)
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
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
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