Treat Trauma with the 7 Domains of Trauma-Informed Care {Infographic}

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. 70% of adults in the United States have experienced trauma in their life. Trauma affects an individual’s life long after the event has passed. This is why it is necessary to adopt a trauma-informed care approach when working with a patient who has experienced trauma. The National Council published […]

4 Issues with Patient Brokering | Digging Deeper in the Opioid Crisis

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition, we will be publishing a series of articles about the status of mental health in the United States. Substance abuse and mental health are often intertwined. The opioid crisis is prevalent in the substance abuse treatment world, and patient brokering is a large part of that. I […]

Wait…why didn’t you like my post? | Social Media Affects Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition, we will be publishing a series of articles about the status of mental health in the United States. As we become more and more reliant on social media, our mental health is being negatively affected. Lately, I’ve read a lot of articles – on social media ironically […]

Where’s the Cry Closet? | Assessing Mental Health in College Students

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition, we will be publishing a series of articles about the status of mental health in the United States. Mental health diagnoses are rising and many colleges are trying to react in the best way they can to protect mental health in college students. The University of Utah […]

Incarcerated Mental Health | 1.2 Million in Prison with Mental Illness {Infographic}

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition, we will be publishing a series of articles about the status of mental health in the United States. Mental health is an issue that can be forgotten when discussing our incarcerated population. 1.2 million individuals in prisons have mental illnesses. The nation’s jails and prisons have replaced […]

Tristan’s NATCON Journal | Behavioral Health Insights

NATCON is the biggest event for behavioral health professionals, and is organized by the National Council for Behavioral Health – the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addiction treatment organizations. Conference attendees mingle and learn from one another; attend sessions about issues plaguing behavioral health; participate in documentary screenings; and are inspired by expert […]

Mental Health of the Incarcerated | Beyond the Jail Cell

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 55th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner for Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME).  After leaving work for the weekend, I took care of a few things at home and made it downtown to the Buffalo Convention Center just in time to meet my wife for HOME’s annual awards celebration.  It […]

How do I fix late progress notes? | Progress Note Float

We’ve all been late before – and inevitably caused more problems by rushing and forgetting things and becoming even later. It’s times like that when I truly identify with the Mad Hatter rabbit from Alice in Wonderland who ran around the forest singing, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. No time to […]

What’s the DLA-20? | So Much Room for Daily Living Activities

“There’s so much room for activities!” The 2008 film Step Brothers follows new step-brothers, middle-aged Dale and Brennan, as they attempt to handle living in their parents’ house together. They become friends, and try to convert their twin beds into bunk beds so they have more room for activities. It quickly collapses and after minor first aid, […]

Reports Don’t Improve Outcomes | Navigating Outcomes Data & Measures

“If” is a tiny word that has big implications and infinite possibilities. If you run every day, you’ll be able to run a 5K. If you read one book a week, you’ll be smarter. If you nail your work presentation, your boss will be impressed and give you a promotion. And the behavioral health version […]