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From the Publisher: A Personal Journey From a Survivor of Suicide: “From the Depths of Despair to a Mission of Advocacy”

I was drifting in and out of consciousness in the emergency room. “You have to drink this,” someone was saying as they held a tall plastic cup to my lips, filled with a tasteless ink-black liquid. I later learned that the charcoal drink was given to me to absorb the toxic soup that was in my...

Mental Health News Education, Publisher of Behavioral Health News, Welcomes David Minot as New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Mental Health News Education (MHNE), the nonprofit organization that publishes Autism Spectrum News and Behavioral Health News, announces important changes in Executive leadership and launches a planning initiative with an eye toward future development. In a move designed...

Leaders of the Autism and Behavioral Health Community to Be Honored at May 12, 2021 Virtual Leadership Awards Reception

Mental Health News Education, Inc. (MHNE), the nonprofit organization that publishes Autism Spectrum News and Behavioral Health News, will be honoring five outstanding champions of the autism and behavioral health communities at its Virtual Leadership Awards Reception on May 12, 2021 from 5:00 pm...

10 Tips to Ease COVID “Re-Entry Anxiety”​

As our communities move forward with re-openings and opportunities to return to the workplace, send kids back to school or socialize with friends and family, you may find yourself experiencing fear and anxiety - especially if you’ve been self-isolating or in quarantine for a long period of time....

Mental Health Advocacy With and Without Advanced Technology

I just switched from E-mail to Microsoft Word to write this article about mental health and technology. I left 250 E-mails unanswered to make the move. Oy vey! I feel like I’m guilty of E-mail neglect. Who will I offend today by not responding to them? It wasn’t always like this. 45...

Technology Helps OMH Increase Access and Continuity of Healthcare

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and intensified last year, the NYS Office of Mental Health and behavioral healthcare workers across the nation faced two great challenges: First, ensuring our patients could access the treatment and services they needed without increasing the risk of exposure; and...

AsOne LEADS: Lessons Learned in Building a Behavioral Health and Family-Centered Healthcare IT and Data Solution

AsOne Healthcare IPA launched the LEADS platform in February of this year, a first-of-its-kind IT and data solution to facilitate population health management and improve patient outcomes. LEADS was a collaborative effort: conceived by AsOne, developed by Netsmart Technologies, Inc. (Netsmart), and...

Technology Revives the Forgotten “Secret Weapon” Addiction Treatment Needs Now

What if I told you that one of the most powerful and evidence-based clinical interventions for substance use disorder was nearly abandoned and forgotten? It’s true. With the opioid epidemic raging, the stimulant epidemic on the rise, and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating behavioral health...

Intelligent Automation in Mental Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Clinician Burnout

New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC) has been providing quality mental health services to the most underserved communities of New York City for almost five decades. NYPCC currently has a network of locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens where we serve more than 25,000 clients a...

Analyzing Behavioral and Health Data Together Holds the Potential for Improved Behavioral Treatment

The recording and analysis of behavioral data is a cornerstone of evidence-based behavioral health treatment. Over the past several years, data across a spectrum of health metrics collectively known as Health Informatics, has taken hold in the provider community. Health Informatics data can include...

Telehealth: Short and Long-Term Implications for Behavioral Health

Since the pandemic took hold just over a year ago, behavioral health entities had to adjust almost overnight to virtual care to ensure that services were not interrupted, especially for our most vulnerable populations. For many of these clients, in addition to the help they receive for their mental...

A Safe Space: Digital Tools Supporting Mental Health

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe last year, collectively, mental health challenges were intensified. With the pandemic, a series of lockdowns, restrictions, and preventative measures were put in place, forcing many of us into isolation, primarily interacting in digital spaces. We’ve also...

Putting Tech to Work: Adapting and Enhancing our Services

Putting advanced technology to work at Odyssey House was underway before COVID-19 disrupted our work and personal lives forcing us to change how we interact with each other. We have consistently invested in ways to make our administrative and program management tasks more efficient with remote...

The NYSPA Report: The Future of Telehealth in New York State

For many years, the New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA) has been advocating for mental health parity – equivalent coverage and reimbursement for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. In addition to Timothy’s Law, New York’s mental health mandate, and the...

Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Reluctance

The past year has been a time of great concern and anxiety acutely felt by our behavioral health workforce. Recently we have been overwhelmed by an influx of information about COVID-19 from its risks, testing procedures, and prevention and treatment as well. New and sometimes confusing information...

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