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Mental Health Information
August 2016 - Vol. 20 Issue 10
Published by athealth.com
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- How Should Clinicians Treat Patients Who Might Be Undocumented?
- Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services
- Routine Screening for Depression, Alcohol Problems, and Domestic Violence
- Practice Guidelines for Video-Based Online Mental Health Services
- Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?
- Before You Hit 'Send': Will An E-mail to Your Patient Put You at Legal Risk?
- Suicide Prevention: An Emerging Priority For Health Care
- Patient- and Family-Centered Care: It’s Not Just for Pediatrics Anymore
- Evaluating Cloud-Based Practice Management Systems
- Integrating a Behavioral Health Specialist into Your Practice
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1. How Should Clinicians Treat Patients Who Might Be Undocumented?
Whatever moral obligations may attach when encountering someone who needs care the clinician is
generally under no legal obligation to provide it.
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2. Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services (large large file)
By recognizing that traumatic experiences and their sequelae tie closely into behavioral health problems,
front-line professionals and community-based programs can begin to build a traumainformed
environment across the continuum of care.
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3. Routine Screening for Depression, Alcohol Problems, and Domestic Violence
Brief effective screening for depression, alcohol use disorders, and domestic violence.
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4. Practice Guidelines for Video-Based Online Mental Health Services
Mental health professionals are using inexpensive technologies available through the proliferation of
personal computers, the Internet, mobile devices and videoconferencing software to provide mental
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5. Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?
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6. Before You Hit 'Send': Will An E-mail to Your Patient Put You at Legal Risk?
Patients want to communicate with providers via electronic mail, but concerns about security,
confidentiality, and liability stop many providers from using e-mail in their practice.
Clinicians who plan to use e-mail in their practice should get patients’ explicit consent.
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7. Suicide Prevention: An Emerging Priority For Health Care
Zero Suicide, a model for better identification and treatment of patients at risk for suicide, incorporates
new tools for screening, treatment, and support; it has been deployed with promising results in
behavioral health programs and primary care settings.
8. Patient- and Family-Centered Care: It’s Not Just for Pediatrics Anymore
Patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) is increasing staff satisfaction, decreasing costs, and
improving patient outcomes.
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9. Evaluating Cloud-Based Practice Management Systems
Cloud-based software is installed on an Internet server owned by the vendor. These solutions require
only an Internet connection and a web browser for access.
10. Integrating a Behavioral Health Specialist into Your Practice
Increasingly, family physicians are finding that the best answer to the above situations is to collaborate
closely with a behavioral health specialist or integrate one into their practice.
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