New MN DHS benefit, Behavioral Health Homes: Resources for people with severe and complex conditions

New MN DHS benefit, Behavioral Health Homes: Resources for people with severe and complex conditions

Psychologists and other mental health professionals who serve people with more complex and challenging problems may want to refer them to a new DHS service, Behavioral Health Homes. (BHH).  BHH services can increase support and treatment resources for the person, and can help the mental health professional better respond to the person’s needs.

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Addiction and Mental Illness: The Connection, and Coping Resources

Addiction and Mental Illness: The Connection, and Coping Resources

This article was written by a guest contributor to the mhconcierge.com psychology healthcare newsletter, Jennifer McGregor.  Jennifer is a medial student and contributor to publichealthlibrary.org, a new website that provides resources for medical students and the public interested in progressive healthcare resources. 

People who struggle with mental illness are much more likely to experience an addiction than those without mental illness. Similarly, people with an addiction are more likely to develop either the symptoms of a mental illness or a fully established mental illness. Coping when you are handling both a mental illness and addiction is never easy and can make your situation worse. If this describes your situation, there are some things to know about the connection between these conditions and how you can start recovering.

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Survey of MN Psychologists and other professionals about technology in clinical practice

Survey of MN Psychologists and other professionals about technology in clinical practice

Thanks to the 122 colleagues who generously took the time to complete this survey. Three reported that they do not provide clinical mental health services in Minnesota. This means that 119 should have continued with the rest of the questions, but 120 colleagues took the rest of the survey – I guess that two non-clinical participants still wanted to contribute, which leaves us with perhaps a little less pure data, but I appreciate their participation.

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Digital Secure Messaging:  The Solution for Confidentiality Concerns For MH Coordination of Care

Digital Secure Messaging: The Solution for Confidentiality Concerns For MH Coordination of Care

By Richard Sethre, Psy.D., L.P., with generous research support provided by Procentive

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or “Obamacare”) includes many major changes in the delivery of healthcare, including increased communication between medical providers to coordinate care. This has created significant challenges for Mental Health Professionals (MHPs).  The PPACA mandates eventual use of Electronic Heath Records (EHRs) that have capabilities that raise concerns for MHPs about patient confidentiality, including the capability of exchanging Protected Health Information (PHI) among the patient’s medical professionals.

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Survey of Minnesota Mental Health Professionals about billing practices

Survey of Minnesota Mental Health Professionals about billing practices

Thanks to the Mental Health Professional (MHP) colleagues who completed the MHConcierge survey about billing practices.  We had 167 responses.  149 of the participants are psychologists, and we also had 3 social workers and 9 participants licensed by the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.  We aspire to have more responses, and more non-psychologist participants, for future surveys.

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Book Review:  Financial Management for Your Mental Health Practice: Key Concepts Made Simple

Book Review: Financial Management for Your Mental Health Practice: Key Concepts Made Simple

Book review: Financial Management for Your Mental Health Practice: Key Concepts Made Simple, by Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D. and Diane Libby, CPA. (2015) TPI Press, softcover, 88 pp., $24.99.

This book packs a lot of helpful information into 88 pages.  The information that this book provides is valuable – maybe even crucial – for mental health professionals (MHPs), whether they are early in their career or have an established practice.  It also provides information that is crucial for those in independent practice, but even if you are employed the information will still be helpful.

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