Ask any group of behavioral health leaders about their recent personal experiences with Emergency Departments (EDs), and you will invariably hear complaints about waiting. I have queried audiences a number of times and the common word uniting their complaints is always “hours.” We can all empathize. Over the years my wife and/or I have been in the ED on numerous occasions with one of our two boys, and an hours-long wait in a waiting room with a sick child is painful. Several hours can seem like an eternity.
Nelson Mandela believed the catalyst for a better future was learning. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Equipped with the right tools, the disenfranchised and disabled become engaged and empowered. Hope is ignited.
In behavioral health, recovery education opens an individual’s eyes to recognize potential beyond the despair of a limited life; giving courage and creating possibilities. Read more
It’s been said that frameworks are a dime a dozen… but you have to have one. Prior to 1990, many businesses focused their measurement on finance alone, which tended to discourage continuous improvement and innovation. These companies lacked a systemic model.
In 1992, the Harvard Business School devised the four quadrant Balanced Scorecard, “a fast but comprehensive view.” Instead of isolating a single issue to the potential detriment of other important factors, the Balanced Scorecard sought to integrate four key perspectives: Read more
In the last few years, nearly a dozen US states have determined it was time to end the “Not Top Ten.” This decision is leading to an investment of hundreds of millions with a new level of expectation for psychiatric crisis services; crisis stabilization facilities, crisis respite, mobile crisis and high-tech crisis call centers.
What is the “Not Top Ten?” On Super Bowl Sunday, it’s easy to think about the plays that made SportsCenter for the wrong reasons. Read more
Think back to this time last year. A little story was lurking somewhere behind Kim Kardashian breaking the internet. We simply weren’t paying it much attention.
In fact, the “little story” was only the largest Ebola epidemic in human history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. More than 25,000 individuals were diagnosed with the disease, and more than 10,000 succumbed to the scourge, including many healthcare workers. Read more
In order to catch a glimpse of the future of suicide prevention, perhaps it would be helpful to visit the past, a time when our nation was first complacent, then went to war.
So many deaths of people in the prime of life… and yet “America simply shrugs.” This was last week’s hard-hitting USA Today article on suicide, but it sounds a lot like something that could have been written about cancer…back in 1943. Read more
In “Silver Linings Playbook,” Pat Solitano talks about his friend Tiffany with his psychiatrist. He questions whether he, like Tiffany, can like “that [‘shameful’] part” of himself along with all the other parts.
“Can you?” Dr. Jones asks.
“You’re really asking me that question? What, with all my crazy sad[ness]… Are you [completely] nuts?” Pat says. Read more
In 2013, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds told CNN that he was alive for just one reason: to work for change in mental health. Just a week earlier, his son “Gus” stabbed him 10 times and then ended his own life by suicide. This happened only hours after a mental health evaluation determined that Guss needed more intensive services, but unfortunately, he had to be released from custody before the appropriate services could be found. Read more
I just returned from the National Council for Behavioral Health Board of Directors annual retreat, which was held this year in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is always invigorating to network with colleagues from across the country, receive an update on the innovations of the National Council team, and plan together on how best to advance the cause of behavioral health in the coming year. I travelled 3,008 miles from Phoenix, Arizona to participate. Read more