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The November 2013 issue of the journal Health Affairs has a major article, titled "Mental Health And Addiction Workforce Development: Federal Leadership Is Needed To Address The Growing Crisis," which will be available for a year free of charge.
If you are wondering how you and your agency are going to keep up with the rapidly-changing world of healthcare, check out the Health Reform Readiness Index. The HRRI, developed by NIATx leaders Tom Molfenter and Victor Capoccia, is an online tool that behavioral health organizations can use to gauge their level of preparedness for the changes accompanying parity and reform legislation, changes to state budgets, and the increasing emphasis on performance accountability.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine, ASAM, has released a new edition of ASAM treatment placement criteria - the last edition was released 12 years ago.
Despite the situation in Washington, October is here and providers need to be up to speed on the latest changes to health care in MA and across the country. Below are some resources that will help you help your clients and your agencies navigate and best respond to these new health care systems and structures.
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.
Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
In light of the press surrounding a recently-published BMJ study, it is important for people working in our field to help our clients and others know that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are real and very serious.
Expansion was made in response to an internal 2012 survey, which showed that high numbers of medical residents felt their training in addiction and other substance use disorders had left them unprepared to diagnose or treat the conditions. Read the summary published online in the journal Substance Abuse.
Wikipedia defines Workforce Development as "an American economic development approach that attempts to enhance a region's [or sector's] economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people rather than businesses."