Greetings and welcome to the March issue of RESILIENT HEALTH.
We’d like to thank all the readers who responded so enthusiastically to the inaugural February issue. We’re heartened to know that this resource is relevant and useful for so many readers. This month’s offering is packed with informative and, we hope, enlightening content that will expand your knowledge and help guide your treatment decisions.
This month’s At a Glance provides breaking news in behavioral health care, including an article on what the elimination of the Obamacare individual mandate means for addiction treatment (not good). The Fast Facts this month focus on 10 drug-use factoids—do you know what percent of crimes are associated with drug use, and what this scourge costs the country annually (hint: it’s in the billions)? Read on to find out. To round out our shorter pieces, the Quiz Corner features 10 quick questions to ask patients when you suspect depression is in the mix.
Our full-length articles this month are both thought-provoking and informative. The article on finding the best behavioral health rehab center provides a thorough “how to” in selecting the best care for patients who may need outpatient or inpatient residential care. It includes what services should be offered and where to find unbiased directories of high-quality licensed facilities, among other tips.
We’ve also provided an overview explaining the new 2018 Joint Commission (JC) guidelines and the outcomes measurement standards required for all behavioral health treatment centers that seek to obtain or maintain their JC accreditation. We applaud the JC; our assessment is that implementing these new guidelines will help standardize and improve treatment across the industry and – most importantly – greatly improve the care of the patients we strive to heal. We’ve also provided an accompanying article on the value of measurement-based care that nicely complements the JC update.
Our Professional Perspectives offering this time around provides five dynamic tips for providers that help patients to recover. You might find some surprises, such as the importance of humor in clinical practice – yes, really! And our piece about the war on behavioral health care is a heartfelt account of the role stigma played in the demise and tragic death of one of HBO’s brightest True Blood stars, the talented Nelsan Ellis.
Let us close this month with the Joint Commission’s mission statement: “To continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”
We hope this issue of RESILIENT HEALTH brings the behavioral health care community and the people it serves closer to this goal.