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Use of Pooled State Administrative Data for Mental Health Services Research

The article, Use of Pooled State Administrative Data for Mental Health Services Research, focuses on the impact of state policy changes on access, cost, quality and outcomes of care for individuals with mental disorders.  In an effort to bridge the gap between research and policy through research that used state administrative data across states, and to address significant state-defined health policy [...]

2015-01-16T16:34:28+00:00January 16th, 2015|

Differences between Boys and Girls in Use of Nonmedication Mental Health Services

The CDC has recently released  a report titled Use of Selected Nonmedication Mental Health Services by Adolescent Boys and Girls With Serious Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: United States, 2010–2012.   This August 2014 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) brief describes the differences between boys and girls in the use of non-medication mental health services in various [...]

2014-09-08T17:20:47+00:00September 8th, 2014|

The Impact of the ACA Dependent Coverage Provision on Behavioral Health Care for Young Adults

An August 2014 Health Affairs article titled: An ACA Provision Increased Treatment For Young Adults With Possible Mental Illnesses Relative To Comparison Group, describes a study of the impact of the ACA dependent coverage provision on people ages 18–25 with possible mental health or substance use disorders.   The authors found that for young adults, with possible mental [...]

2014-08-06T17:24:10+00:00August 6th, 2014|

Serious Mental Health Challenges among Older Adolescents and Young Adults

A recent report from the SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) indicates that older adolescents and young adults with emotional and behavioral health conditions are much more likely to have significant problems with school performance, employment, and housing stability.  In brief: Combined 2010 to 2012 NSDUH data indicate that 1 in 10 older [...]

2014-05-14T17:15:22+00:00May 14th, 2014|

New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research

The recently published National Council on Research (NRC) report on child abuse and neglect updates 1993 NRC report and provides new recommendations for research and service delivery. This book is available to read online or to download for free.  While the entire report is valuable, chapters that will be of special interest to providers are: Introduction: for [...]

2014-04-03T13:20:13+00:00April 3rd, 2014|

Study Identifies Most Common, Costly Reasons for Mental Health Hospitalizations for Kids

A recent study, led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, is the first to examine frequency and costs associated with specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children, and is a step towards creating meaningful measures of the quality of pediatric hospital care. The findings show that mental health hospitalizations among children and adolescents have increased by 24 percent [...]

2014-03-19T18:39:09+00:00March 19th, 2014|

Infographic – Faces of Medicaid: Children’s Behavioral Health Care

Earlier this year, the Center for Health Care Strategies published the results of an analysis of behavioral health care use and expense for children in Medicaid in all 50 states  (see our post dated 1/13/14).  They have recently created an infographic to accompany this report. Click here to see the CHCS Infographic, and access the report/webinar [...]

2014-03-12T14:06:13+00:00March 12th, 2014|

Study Reveals Senses of Sight, Sound Separated in Children With Autism

According to a recent Vanderbilt study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears.   The study, led by Mark Wallace, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, is the first to illustrate the link and strongly suggests that deficits in the [...]

2014-01-24T15:31:36+00:00January 24th, 2014|

Creating Opportunities: A Plan for Advancing Community-Focused Services in Virginia

In 2010, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) partnered with stakeholders across the services system to identify the most pressing priorities and plan targeted efforts that strive to meet these critical needs. The result was a strategic planning process to promote service and system improvements entitled, Creating Opportunities: A Plan for [...]

2014-01-20T21:48:52+00:00January 20th, 2014|

Faces of Medicaid: Examining Children’s Behavioral Health Services Utilization and Expenditures

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has recently released a report to help states identify opportunities to improve care for children with behavioral health conditions. Faces of Medicaid: Examining Children's Behavioral Health Service Utilization and Expenditures provides the results of analysis of behavioral health care use and expense for children in Medicaid in all 50 [...]

2014-01-20T21:03:07+00:00January 13th, 2014|