Those of us in long-term care have undoubtedly witnessed incidents where residents become agitated and staff members don't have the tools to prevent or manage their distress. Unfortunately, psychologists — who could offer such tools — are largely limited in the current reimbursement model to providing individual services to cognitively intact residents.
President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act 50 years ago today. Half a century later, the landmark measure's legacy is both troubled and troubling.
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The federal government is asking how changes for HIPAA rules might impact states reporting information about patients' mental health conditions, and whether they should be allowed to purchase a gun.
Back when I worked in psych, one of our most effective tools to improve mental health was maintaining a healing emotional environment, or therapeutic milieu. That's why I was shocked when I first entered long-term care.
I don't believe there is one person who can hear about the tragedy at Sandy Hook and not be moved. I think many people are moved to a "call for action" in some way.
Many Americans age 65 and older who suffer from mental health disorder do not receive treatments that meet acknowledged standards, according to results of a new survey. Conducted by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the study showed that many seniors do not know depression can significantly increase other health risks.
The good news is that the Affordable Care Act has much to offer people with mental illnesses. The bad news is that even with the law's policies, the U.S. health system is still woefully unprepared to meet the oncoming wave of mental health needs of baby boomers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is launching two new initiatives that may improve mental health services for seniors and nursing home residents.
Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would require direct care workers in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.
Newly introduced legislation in the Senate would lift a lifetime cap on Medicare benefits for inpatient mental health services.