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Being Thankful for the Road to Recovery

The prevalence of opioid addiction and overdose has skyrocketed since the early 1990s. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths from any opioid have increased sevenfold, and overdose dusts relating to commonly prescribed opioids, including natural and semi-synthetic opioids and methadone, have more than...

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Disaster Preparedness Guide to Ensuring Continuity of Care Among Those With IDD

From the devastation of 2017’s major hurricanes to the mass evacuations following fires of the Midwest, disasters disrupt continuity of care among people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). While the event may last mere hours, the effects stretch for weeks, if not months, afterward. In care settings, the ability for direct care professionals, behavioral therapists and...

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6 Things to Know About National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the theme for 2017 is “Inclusion Drives Innovation,” reports the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The annual month of recognition helps raise awareness about issues affecting employees and employers of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) and celebrates the many and varied contributions of...

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Seniors, SAD and Opioid Dependency

At least 91 Americans will lose their lives to opioids today.

Some will be young, but others may be seniors too.

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How the Opioid Crisis Stretches Into Post-Acute Care

Post-acute care (PAC) includes individuals receiving long-term care, home health care, outpatient treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation for both physical and mental health concerns. Technically, all health organizations have branches or roots in post-acute care, but persons-served in this space are starting to become part of the opioid narrative.

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First Glance: Commission to Reduce Opioid Abuse, Barriers to Care, and Suicide

The risk of opioid overdose has reached an all-time high, killing approximately 91 people daily, asserts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In keeping with his campaign promises, President Trump established the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis via executive order on March 29, 2017, reports the Office of the Press Secretary. But, what has the...

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Telehealth and Telepsychiatry Best Practices

What do you think standard mental health care or general health care will look like within the next five years?

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Considerations in Telehealth and "Telemental Health"

The benefits of telehealth are obvious. Your organization can provide greater access to health care and mental health services without necessarily expanding your physical facilities. Given the inherent risk of missed, late or inadequate appointments when caring for individuals with mental health issues, telehealth holds great promise. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association coined the...

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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault happens far too often in modernity. Everyone has the unwavering right to say “no,” but when that refusal still leads to unwanted physical or verbal contact, it is unacceptable. The arrival of spring signals more than a change in nature, and April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For 2017, the theme is “Engaging New Voices,” reports the National Sexual Violence...

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How to Improve Board Engagement

The scene is almost an archetype — a board of directors with extensive financial stakes in a company oversees its operations. However, among health and human services (HHS) organizations, the role of the board represents something entirely different. The governance structure plays a vital role in managing the safety of an organization’s persons served and represents the people it serves as...

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