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Advanced Practice Nurse-Mental Health Provider Partnership Enhances Access and Improves Health Outcomes for Those With Severe Mental Illness 4/9/2014
Advanced practice nurses provide primary, preventive, and mental health care to individuals with severe mental illness, leading to improvements in health outcomes.
Mental Health Clinic Proactively Identifies and Treats Those at High Risk of Schizophrenia, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Outcomes 4/9/2014
A research clinic proactively identifies those with early warning signs of schizophrenia, leading to more effective treatment.
Multiagency Collaboration Improves Access to Culturally Sensitive Care and Support Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Seniors 4/9/2014
A community-based collaboration enhanced access to a safe and caring network of health, legal, and social services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors in San Diego County, leading to better mental health and an increased willingness to disclose sexual orientation to providers and others.
Enhancements to Interpreter Program Lead to Better Productivity for Interpreters, More Depression Screening, and Potential Reduction in Readmissions for Non–English-Speaking Patients 3/26/2014
Cambridge Health Alliance enhanced its round-the-clock interpreter services by tracking key indicators that gauge the quality of these services; analyses of these data led to significant improvements in the program's telephone-based services and staff efficiency and the decision to implement depression screening in patients with limited English proficiency.
Computerized, Previsit Self-Assessment Improves Care of Patients With Mental Illness 3/12/2014
A computer-assisted patient assessment system allows patients who have severe mental illness to document important clinical information before their scheduled appointment with a clinician. A printout of answers to the assessment system is given to the clinician to use during the session.
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Guide To Developing and Managing Overdose Prevention and Take-Home Naloxone Projects 3/12/2014
This manual is designed to outline the process of developing and managing an overdose prevention and education program, with or without a take-home naloxone component.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution 3/12/2014
This guide describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event.
Getting Started. . .and Moving On. . . Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families, Implications for Systems of Care 12/18/2013
This four-page checklist is part of a series to assist organizations and systems of care in developing policies, structures, and practices that support cultural and linguistic competence. It focuses on delivery of services and supports to children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders and to their families.
Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor: A Treatment Improvement Protocol 5/15/2013
The Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series provide best practices guidance to clinicians, program administrators, and payors to help improve the treatment of substance use disorders. This TIP focuses primarily on the teaching, coaching, consulting, and mentoring functions of clinical supervisors.
Mental Health Services Locator 12/19/2012
The Mental Health Services Locator is a searchable database of mental health services and resources around the country.
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