Mental Health

Psychologists 'outraged' over federal plan they say omits seniors

Psychologists 'outraged' over federal plan they say omits seniors

By

Mental healthcare providers for the elderly expressed anger Thursday over an apparent snub of seniors mental health services in a proposed new federal behavioral health plan.

Deadline for mental health plan comments midnight Monday

By

Advocates for better mental health services for adults will be pressing until at least midnight Monday to have comments submitted to include seniors in a new federal behavioral health plan,

The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes

The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes

By

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.

Mental healthcare often shifts from one dangerous institution to another

Mental healthcare often shifts from one dangerous institution to another

By

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.

An LTC shrink's mind

An LTC shrink's mind

By

These are the initial posts of the popular new McKnights.com blog "The World According to Dr. El." See more from her at McKnights.com.

Feds ask for mental health clarifications in light of HIPAA rules

By

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.

Secrets to making your environment 'emotionally healing'

Secrets to making your environment 'emotionally healing'

By

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.

When tragedy moves us

When tragedy moves us

By

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.

Survey: Poor mental health care keeping seniors at risk

Survey: Poor mental health care keeping seniors at risk

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.

Caregivers are going to need a sturdy surfboard

Caregivers are going to need a sturdy surfboard

By

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.

CMS announces expansion of psychiatric services for seniors

CMS announces expansion of psychiatric services for seniors

By

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is launching two new initiatives that may improve mental health services for seniors and nursing home residents.

Lawmakers want all direct caregivers to be licensed

By

Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would require direct care workers in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.

Senators propose lifting cap on Medicare mental health benefits

Newly introduced legislation in the Senate would lift a lifetime cap on Medicare benefits for inpatient mental health services.

Don't miss any McKnight's news

Featured Articles