Archive for the ‘Fall 2013 Issue’ Category

An Experienced Social Worker’s First Natural Disaster

The call went out, “Are you ready to roll?” This was the question that my director at the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services (the Office) asked me the day before Hurricane Sandy hit Nassau County as we prepared to make our rounds...

From Isolation and Despair to Engagement and Activation: The Peer Support Specialist’s Role in the Behavioral Health Care System

Peer coaches are individuals in recovery from a behavioral health condition who are trained to use their lived experience to help others on their journey to recovery. They do this by offering support, promoting engagement and facilitating activation. Optum’s Whole Health Peer coaching program is...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety

Are you living with anxiety? Do you know someone who always views the glass half empty? Given recent events such as natural disasters, shootings, bombings and the recession, it’s not surprising that many of our friends, family members and our patients have experienced various levels of anxiety....

Focus on Integrated Treatment (FIT)

Person-centered recovery and treatment includes understanding a person’s individual strengths and challenges. For many, the path to recovery includes addressing both mental health and substance use disorders; however, historically, treatment settings offering help with both have been difficult to...

Behavioral Health Transformation: ASAP Provides Vision and Leadership

The New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. (ASAP) is committed to influencing public policy so that substance use disorders and problem gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery services providers and the people they serve have the best opportunity to succeed....

“Behavioral” Health: What a Difference a Word Makes!

Mental Health News is now Behavioral Health News. It will now be reaching out to the fields of alcohol and substance abuse services and planning to expand its subject matter to include information about these fields in addition to the field of mental health. This is an exciting development that, I...

Beacon Partners with NAMI-NYC to Educate Plan Members

  • By: NAMI-NYC
  • October 1st, 2013
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Beacon Health Strategies (Beacon) is undertaking a groundbreaking public/private partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC) on a pilot project that will promote and engage NAMI services for Beacon plan members in the New York City metro area. To promote...

The NYSPA Report: A Salute to Behavioral Health News

The New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA), the state affiliate of the American Psychiatric Association, applauds and congratulates the Board of Mental Health News Education, Inc. for its decision to broaden their publication’s mission to address issues related to alcohol and substance...

The Recovery Movement in New York State

What an exciting time to work in behavioral health! Practitioners are in a new frontier of best practices based upon significant research that provides a growing understanding about brain disease and appropriate interventions in behavioral health and recovery. The growing strength and influence of...

The Three A’s of a Successful Agency

In a time of diminishing resources and ever-changing regulations, today’s providers are entering a new era of care characterized by increased oversight activity and a shift in service delivery from volume-based to value-based, among other changes. Success in the new environment will require more...