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Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research

Giovanni Viganò, Marja Kaunonen, Peter Ryan, Wendy Simpson, Ian Dawson, Izabela Tabak, Norbert Scherbaum, Stefano Zanone Poma
A training package (pre-tested in a pilot phase) about supporting children who have parents with a mental illness and/or with substance misuse (COPMI) was developed and delivered to 131 different professionals from six different European Countries. A questionnaire about importance, awareness and competence on the issue (8 items on knowledge and 15 items on skills) was developed and completed by participants before and after the training. The training was evaluated by participants as generally very successful in terms of improving the importance, awareness and competence of their knowledge and skills, with a statistically significant difference in the pre-/post-analyses (no decreases occurred)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Karen Chan Osilla, Eric R Pedersen, Anagha Tolpadi, Stefanie Stern Howard, Jessica L Phillips, Kristie L Gore
Concerned partners (CPs) of military service members and veterans with alcohol misuse face significant help-seeking barriers. We adapted the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention into a 4-session web-based intervention (WBI) called Partners Connect. The program aims to help the CP increase their own well-being, teach the CP how to manage his/her behavior (e.g., communication) toward their partner, and identify ways the CP can help their partner reduce drinking and seek treatment. We recruited CPs through social media, and then tested the feasibility and acceptance of the WBI by conducting qualitative interviews and post-WBI session surveys after their WBI sessions...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Linda Rosenberg
A new Congress and a new President-elect mean changes are in store for 2017. But one topic that remains bipartisan is addiction. The Surgeon General's first-ever report on substance misuse and related disorders, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, reminds us of the inequities in treatment of addictions and opens new opportunities for change.
December 29, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Elizabeth H Flanagan, Astrea Greig, Sue Tharnish, Ellen Boynton, Maria-Cristina Cruza-Guet, Larry Davidson, Miriam E Delphin-Rittmon
This study analyzed racial-ethnic differences previously documented in the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services mental health inpatient system across two time periods (2002-2005 and 2010-2011). Comparisons of logistic regression analyses from the two time periods showed that, at time 1, significant racial-ethnic differences were found for referral by other sources (e.g., outpatient), length of stay, discharge against medical advice, and some diagnostic differences (e.g., schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders, cluster B discharge diagnosis), but these differences were not significant at time 2...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Ninive Sanchez
The National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention, has described polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as a major public health problem for women in the USA. This study examines the suitability of the National Health Care Surveys, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to understand patient demographics and behavioral health services associated with PCOS-related medical visits. Data were from the 2005-2010 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Madeline Y Lee
This study is the first to explore national accreditation rates and the relationship between accreditation status and organizational characteristics and quality indicators in children's mental health. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) National Survey of Mental Health Treatment Facilities (NSMHTF) were used from 8,247 facilities that serve children and/or adolescents. Nearly 60% (n=4,925) of the facilities were accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), or The Joint Commission (TJC)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Guadalupe A Bacio, Tracey A Garcia, Kristen G Anderson, Sandra A Brown, Mark G Myers
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November 7, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Mir M Ali, Judith L Teich, Ryan Mutter
A large number of adults with substance use disorder (SUD) do not receive treatment for their condition. Using data from the 2008-2013 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), this study analyzes why individuals with SUD report not receiving treatment even when they perceived a need for it. It further examines the variations in reported reasons for not receiving treatment by health insurance status and type. The results suggest that barriers such as stigma, lack of readiness to stop using substances, and not making treatment a priority are more common among the insured population, especially among those with private insurance...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Jason M Lang, Christian M Connell
Healthcare reform has led to an increase in dissemination of evidence-based practices. Cost is frequently cited as a significant yet rarely studied barrier to dissemination of evidence-based practices and the associated improvements in quality of care. This study describes an approach to measuring the incremental, unreimbursed costs in staff time and direct costs to community-based clinics implementing an evidence-based practice through participating in a learning collaborative. Initial implementation costs exceeding those for providing "treatment as usual" were collected for ten clinics implementing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy through participation in 10-month learning collaboratives...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Linda Rosenberg
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October 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
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October 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Jemima A Frimpong, Erick G Guerrero, Yinfei Kong, Tina Kim
Abstinence at successful discharge in substance use disorder treatment is important to reducing relapse rates and increasing long-term recovery from substance use disorders. However, few studies have examined abstinence as an essential component of successful discharge. This study examined rates and correlates of reported abstinence (nonuse of drugs 30 days prior to successful discharge) among clients attending publicly funded treatment in Los Angeles County, California. Finding show that only 36% of clients who were successfully discharged reported abstinence...
October 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Debra A Murphy, Lauren Harrell, Rachel Fintzy, Thomas R Belin, Alexis Gutierrez, Steven J Vitero, Vivek Shetty
Dental problems are among the most frequently reported health issues of drug users. This study describes, among the largest population of methamphetamine (MA) users to date (N = 459, including both HIV-negative and HIV-positive participants) oral hygiene practice, dental care access, and dental quality of life. A matched control group from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was utilized. Findings conclusively establish that MA users have severe oral health deficits compared to the general population: they are 3...
October 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Thomas Byrne, Benjamin F Henwood, Brynn Scriber
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September 22, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Mario Hernandez, Mary Armstrong, Amy L Green, Melissa H Johnson
State agencies play a critical role in addressing the mental health needs of children and youth. Significant changes underway throughout the nation at the federal and state levels have led to questions about the role of state children's mental health (CMH) agencies and the effects of these changes on children's services. The purpose of this study was to examine the current status of state offices for CMH with regard to structure and responsibilities and to identify what state CMH directors express as opportunities and challenges for CMH at the state level...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Gilbert Gonzales, Ezra Golberstein, Steven C Hill, Samuel H Zuvekas
Adults with poor mental health may want and need insurance to obtain care, but symptoms may impede enrollment into public health insurance. This study compares Medicaid enrollment responses to eligibility expansions by mental health status using a sample of non-elderly adults in both the 2000-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the National Health Interview Survey (N = 27,494). The impact of Medicaid income eligibility thresholds (defined as the maximum family income level allowed in each state to be considered eligible for Medicaid) on Medicaid enrollment was estimated from linear regression models allowing for differential enrollment responses by mental and physical health status...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Akiko Kamimura, Noel Gardner, Fattima Ahmed, Maziar M Nourian, Kyl Myers, Lenora M Olson
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September 9, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Eric R Pedersen, Grant N Marshall, Jeremy Kurz
Young adult veterans are at risk for behavioral health problems such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance misuse. Despite this, studies of veterans within the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VA) indicate that about half of those warranting treatment receive it in any form, with few receiving an adequate dose of care. For this study, the behavioral health screening status and behavioral health usage (including care outside of VA settings) among a community sample of 812 young adult veterans recruited from the Internet is described...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Laura J Chavez, Chuan-Fen Liu, Nathan Tefft, Paul L Hebert, Beth Devine, Katharine A Bradley
Hospital readmissions and emergency department (ED) visits within 30 days of discharge are costly. Heavy alcohol use could predict increased risk for post-discharge acute care. This study assessed 30-day acute care utilization and expenditures for different categories of alcohol use. Veterans Affairs (VA) patients age ≥65 years with past-year alcohol screening, hospitalized for a medical condition, were included. VA and Medicare health care utilization data were used. Two-part models adjusted for patient demographics...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Sam Hubley, Lisa A Uebelacker, Justin Nash, Charles B Eaton
Within primary care settings, patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are common, often present with comorbid psychopathology, and have high rates of healthcare utilization. Despite increased healthcare utilization, these patients often have poor outcomes that frustrate patients and providers alike. A behavioral consultation intervention for primary care patients with MUS (n = 10) was developed and assessed. All participants completed all intervention and assessment sessions and rated the intervention favorably...
August 16, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
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