Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF

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Informing policy and practice in mental health and substance abuse services through data.

Each issue brings to light state hospital, community mental health, and/or substance abuse data highlights at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Regular features include a report on how data is used by DSHS staff to assist clients, a positive performer to highlight the positive results achieved by DSHS-funded community mental health and substance abuse service providers, summaries of topical articles from the research literature, a listing of upcoming events, and relevant project updates.  

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Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 7 Issue 3 - May 25, 2012

State Psychiatric Hospital Recidivism Decreases as Community Mental Health Alternatives Increase • Mental Health Month Creativity Contests • The Mental Health & Substance Abuse Division: Moving with the Times • Positive Performer: Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Tanya Guthrie, Ph.D. (Research Specialist, Office of Decision Support) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: The Combined Positive Effects of Alcoholics Anonymous and Oxford House on Abstinence • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 7 Issue 2 - February 29, 2012
Purpose of this Issue • Results of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Division Communications Survey for Funded Providers • Client Satisfaction Surveys Help to Evaluate Performance of Mental Health System • Alcohol and Tobacco Use among Adolescents Reach Record Lows according to Texas School Survey of Substance Use • Positive Performer: Denton County MHMR Center • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Lisa Fallon, RN (Program Specialist, Adult Mental Health Services) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: What Prevents or Pushes Young People to Seek Mental Health Treatment ◊ Key Elements of Effective Youth Substance Abuse Treatment Programs: Lessons Learned from a National Survey • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 7 Issue 1 - November 28, 2011

North Texas State Hospital Wins 2011 David Pharis Award for Excellence in Hospital Quality Improvement • The Mental Health & Substance Abuse Division: Recovery Via Hope • Positive Performer: Unlimited Visions Aftercare, Inc. • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Mary Sowder (Program Specialist, Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Peer Mentoring Can Reduce Psychiatric Hospital Readmissions • Peer Mentoring Can Increase Outpatient Treatment Attendance • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 6 Issue 4 - August 26, 2011
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Division: Meeting the Division Goals • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 82nd Texas Legislative Bill Roundup • Positive Performer: Anderson Cherokee Community Enrichment ServiceS (ACCESS) • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Tina Hosaka (Program Specialist, Substance Abuse Services Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Are All Psychotherapies Equally Effective for Treating Major Depressive Disorder? ◊ Obtaining Follow-Up Interviews with Clients Discharged from Substance Abuse Treatment • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 6 Issue 3 - May 25, 2011
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Division: Hope, Resilience, and Recovery for Everyone •  May is Mental Health Awareness Month •  Working Well: The Texas Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment •  Positive Performer: Alice Counseling Center •  Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Laura Vanoni (Program Specialist, Adult Mental Health Services Unit) •  What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Consumer-Led Mental Health Services •  Brief Alcohol Intervention in Primary Care •  Upcoming Events •  Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 6 Issue 2 - February 25, 2011
Big Spring State Hospital Winner of David Pharis Award for Excellence in Hospital Quality Improvement • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 82nd Texas Legislative Bill Roundup • Positive Performer: Helen Farabee Regional MHMR Centers • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Valerie Shown (Team Lead, Quality Management and Compliance Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Long-Term Recovery from Schizophrenia • Individual-Level Interventions Effective for Reducing College Student Drinking • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 6 Issue 1 – November 19, 2010
Behavioral Health Data Highlights: New Adult Substance Use Disorder Medicaid Benefit Launched in September • Positive Performer: Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Duane Sullivant (Contract Manager, Substance Abuse Contracts Management Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Medicaid Coverage, Methadone Treatment, and Criminal Activity • Psychiatric Treatment Adherence among Persons with Schizophrenia and Major Depression • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 5 Issue 4 – August 27, 2010
Behavioral Health Data Highlights • Results of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division Communications Survey for Funded Providers • Supported Employment and the Role of Learning Communities • Positive Performer: Central Plains Center • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Christopher Dickinson, M.A. (Contract Manager, Mental Health Contracts Management Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Meta-Analysis Shows Social Skills Training Effective for Schizophrenia • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Effective with Substance Users According to Meta-Analysis • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 5 Issue 3 – May 28, 2010
State Hospital Data Highlights Addressing the State Mental Health Hospital Capacity Issue • Community Mental Health Data Highlights Progress on Rider 65: Intensive Ongoing Services and Engagement and Transitional Services • Substance Abuse Data Highlights National Outcome Measures for Substance Abuse Treatment in Texas Compared to U.S. • Positive Performer: Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Kerby Stewart, M.D. (Clinical Coordinator, Substance Abuse Services Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: The Sustainability of Evidence-Based Practices at Routine Mental Health Sites • Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, and Alcohol Use Initiation in Children • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 5 Issue 2 – February 26, 2010
Behavioral Health Data Highlights The Texas Outpatient Competency Restoration Pilot Program: A Promising Alternative to State Psychiatric Hospitalization • The Texas Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Pilot: Encouraging Results • Positive Performer: MHMR of Tarrant County • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Tina Hosaka (Program Specialist, Substance Abuse Services Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Greater Availability of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Specialty Services Needed for Veterans • Lessons Learned from the Deadly Sisters: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Disruption, and Consequences from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 5 Issue 1 – November 13, 2009
State Hospital Data Highlights State of Texas Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion Working at San Antonio State Hospital • Community Mental Health Data Highlights Texas Youth Suicide Prevention Project Helping to Make a Difference • Substance Abuse Data Highlights Synar Survey Shows Texas Illegal Sales of Tobacco Products to Minors Decreasing • Positive Performer: Central Plains Center • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Amy Lee (Program Specialist, Adult Mental Health Services Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Positive Outcomes among Long-Stay Patients Settled in the Community Four Years after Closure of Italy’s Psychiatric Hospitals • Washington State Access to Recovery Fosters Medicaid Cost Savings for Working Age Disabled Clients • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 4 Issue 4 – August 25, 2009
State Hospital and Community Mental Health Data Highlights: Rate of Adult Admissions to State Psychiatric Hospitals Lower since Resiliency and Disease Management Implemented • Substance Abuse Data Highlights: Tobacco Prevention and Control Media Outreach Campaign Leads to Increased Quitline Calls • Positive Performer: Community Healthcore • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Natalie Furdek (Program Specialist, Program Implementation Unit) • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Frequent Household Moves Linked to Higher Risk for Attempted Suicide in Youth • A National Action Plan for Workforce Development in Behavioral Health • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 4 Issue 3 - Special Issue: Mental Health Month – May 29, 2009
Purpose of this Special Issue • Recovery: A Journey of Hope • Women and Depression • Integrated Service Delivery • Transforming the Mental Health of Veterans • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 4 Issue 2 – February 27, 2009
Behavioral Health Data Highlights: Texas Adolescent Alcohol and Tobacco Use, and Driving While Drunk or High from Drugs Continue to Decrease • Positive Performer: Freeman Center • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: College Students at Higher Risk for Developing Alcohol Use Disorders; Social Disadvantage Associated with Problem Drinking • Upcoming Events • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: What have you done for clients today using data? Answer: Esther Betts (Team Lead, Behavioral Health Prevention, Program Implementation Unit) • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update • In Memoriam: Linda D. Brown

Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 4 Issue 1 – Special Issue: Crisis Redesign - November 28, 2008
Purpose of this Special Issue • Data Highlights: Crisis Redesign Making Positive Progress • Positive Performer: Tri-County Mental Health and Mental Retardation • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Mobile Crisis Outreach Team at Center for Health Care Services Provides Needed Jail Diversion; Residential Crisis Care Cost-Effective for People with Serious Mental Illness • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: What have you done for clients today using data? Answer: Robyn Strickland (Program Specialist, Program Implementation Unit, and Co-Lead, Crisis Redesign Implementation) • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

Please note: The NEWS BRIEF issues below are not fully ADA compliant, and may therefore pose problems for some of our readers. We are working toward compliance in our archive. In the interim, should you have any accessibility-related problems with issues prior to Volume 4 Issue 1, please contact Karen Ruggiero for assistance.

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 3 Issue 4 - August 1, 2008 (MS Word, 1.41 MB)
    Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Jesse Duarte (Program Specialist, Quality Management Unit) • Positive Performer: Helen Farabee MHMR Centers • Hospital Data Highlights Special Needs Program Reduces Use of Restraint among Clients Dually Diagnosed with Mental Illness and Mental Retardation • Community Mental Health Data Highlights Consumer Satisfaction Surveys Help to Evaluate Performance of Mental Health System • Substance Abuse Data Highlights Youth Substance Abuse Indicated Prevention and Treatment Making a Difference • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Effects of Enhanced Foster Care on the Long-Term Physical and Mental Health of Foster Care Alumni • Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Interest in Prescribing Buprenorphine • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 3 Issue 3 - March 5, 2008 (MS Word, 3.14 MB)
    Data-Driven Doctors: Emilie Becker, M.D. • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Julie Strickland (Intern, Mental Health Contracts Management Unit) • Positive Performer: Camino Real Community MHMR Center • Behavioral Health Data Highlights Texas Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Consumer Satisfaction with Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Linked to Staff Teaching; More Severe Drug Use and Criminal Behavior in Heroin Dependent Adults Not Seeking vs. Seeking Treatment • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update • Remembering Dan Rawlins, 1948-2008

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 3 Issue 2 - January 18, 2008 (MS Word, 1.97 MB)
    Data-Driven Doctors: Bill Race, M.D., Vincent Fonseca, M.D., M.P.H. • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” Answer: Jennifer Edwards (Program Specialist, Program Implementation Unit) • Positive Performer: Azleway, Inc. • Community Mental Health Data Highlights Telemedicine Pilot Associated with Positive Clinical Outcomes • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Cognitive Improvement from Second- Generation Antipsychotic Medications in First-Episode Schizophrenia Partly Practice Effects • Personality-Targeted Interventions Delay Growth of Binge Drinking in Adolescence • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 3 Issue 1 - October 19, 2007 (MS Word, 4.02 MB)
    New Feature on Positive Performers • Access to Recovery II • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” • Positive Performer: Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation Center • Hospital Data Highlights Reduction of Long-Term Patients Offset by Increase in Forensic Population • Community Mental Health Data Highlights Psychiatric Inpatient Days per Client Dramatically Reduced One Year after Admission to ACT • Substance Abuse Data Highlights More Women Admitted to Substance Abuse Treatment • What the Research Literature Teaches Us: Rates of Bipolar Diagnosis in Youth Rapidly Climbing, Medications Similar to Adults • Quality of Life for Heroin-Dependent Clients on Buprenorphine vs. Methadone Maintenance • Upcoming Events • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 2 Issue 4 - August 24, 2007 (MS Word, 2.81 MB)
    Staff Safety Appears to Be Improving Over Time • Texas Mental Health Transformation Progress Update • National Outcome Measures Show Much Can Be Gained from Substance Abuse Treatment • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” • Effects of Client, Clinician, and Context on Judging Mental Disorder in Youth • Specialized Substance Abuse Treatment for Women Promotes Continuity of Care • Upcoming Events • CMBHS Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 2 Issue 3 - April 23, 2007 (MS Word, 3.37 MB)
    Measuring Crisis Redesign Success • The Money Follows the Person Project in Texas • Question from the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “What have you done for clients today using data?” • Perceived Barriers to Treatment Attendance among Children and Families at Community Mental Health Centers • Predictors of Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes among Men and Women • Upcoming Events • CMBHS Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 2 Issue 2 - February 19, 2007 (MS Word, 1.42 MB)
    Texas State Mental Health Hospitals Compare Favorably to National Norms on Clients’ Perceptions of Care • The Demonstration tO Maintain Independence and Employment in Texas • Texas Pilot Leads to Substantial Increase in Utilization of Telemedicine After Only 90 Days • Methadone Maintenance Treatment Shows Positive Results • Physically Abused and Neglected Children at Greater Risk for Major Depressive Disorder as Adults • Childhood Maltreatment Associated with Greater Severity of Substance Use in Cocaine Dependent Adult Females • Upcoming Events • CMBHS Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 2 Issue 1 - December 3, 2006 (PDF, 140 KB)
    Texas State Mental Health Hospitals Reduce Seclusion Use • Behavioral Health Issues and Juvenile Justice Involvement in Texas: A Vicious Cycle? • Obesity Linked to Mood and Anxiety Disorders • Abstinence from Alcohol Saves Lives • CMBHS Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 1 Issue 4 - August 21, 2006 (PDF, 102 KB)
    DSHS State Hospitals Section Implements Forensic Plan • Assessment Driving Treatment with DSHS Resiliency and Disease Management • DSHS Substance Abuse Treatment Helps Reduce Days Sick Due to Health Problems • Lifetime Risk of Suicide in People with Schizophrenia Lower than Commonly Reported • Alcohol and Risk for Injury • CMBHS Project Update

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 1 Issue 3 - June 19, 2006 (PDF, 78 KB)
    DSHS Community Mental Health Treatment Helps Reduce Emergency Room Costs • DSHS Substance Abuse Treatment Helps Reduce Emergency Room Costs • Assessing Service Linkages of Substance Abuse Agencies with Primary Care and Mental Health Organizations • Longer Duration of Untreated Psychosis Associated with Worse Outcomes in People with First Episode Psychosis

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Special Issue - Texas Mental Health Transformation - May 16, 2006 (PDF, 86 KB)
    About Guest Editor Vijay Ganju, PhD • Transforming Mental Health Care in Texas • Mental Health Transformation Initiatives in Other States

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Special Issue - Texas Mental Health Crisis Services - May 1, 2006 (PDF, 87 KB)
    About Guest Editor Cindy Hopkins • Commissioner Names Crisis Redesign Committee • DSHS Quality Management Team Conducts Focused Review of Mental Health Crisis Services • Testimony at Regional Hearings on Crisis Mental Health Services Identifies Critical Local Needs • Texas Review of Mental Health Crisis Services in the News

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 1 Issue 2 - April 17, 2006 (PDF, 84 KB)
    More Individuals with Multiple State Mental Health Hospital Admissions Benefiting from Community-Based Services • More Clients Experience Positive Outcomes with Greater Service Intensity • New Client Placement Criteria Associated with Positive Employment Outcome • Outpatient Mental Health Service Use by Elderly after Acute Psychiatric Hospitalization • Retention in Publicly Funded Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Two Western States

  • Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF Vol. 1 Issue 1 - February 17, 2006 (PDF, 233 KB)
    Purpose of This News Brief • Seclusion Rate Remains Low • More Adults and Children Are Receiving Recommended Service Hours • More Clients in Outpatient and Fewer in Residential Treatment Services • Effects of Income and Race on Psychiatric Care in Community Mental Health Centers • Alcohol-Related Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Preferences of Adolescents

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Last updated June 08, 2012