OKLAHOMA CITY – Every student at EPIC Charter Schools will now have access to mental health counseling thanks to a partnership between EPIC and YouthCare of Oklahoma and YCO Alliance.
The initiative, which includes free counseling for EPIC students, was announced in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Additionally, EPIC faculty and staff will continue to have access to free counseling sessions from Chance to Change, an Oklahoma City-based mental health and substance abuse counseling nonprofit with 40 years of experience. Services can be utilized in person but are guaranteed via phone or video conferencing. Employees also have access to online courses pertaining to self-care and mental health awareness.
EPIC Superintendent Bart Banfield said the time has come to end the stigma surrounding the discussion of mental health issues, especially in the state’s school systems.
According to the most recent data (2017) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide ranked as the eighth-leading cause of death in Oklahoma. The state has the 15th highest suicide rate among the 50 states. Nationally, in the same year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 7.4 percent of youth in grades 9-12 reported at least one suicide attempt in the last 12 months.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
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How do we, as a community, interact to expand local efforts addressing mental health and substance use disorders for our youth and our families? The North Fork Coalition for Behavioral Health is in its second year of existence and strives to respond to local behavioral health needs as we grapple with the complex day-to-day issues our youth and families experience.
Join us for our first Town Hall for Behavioral Health on Oct. 3, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Southold Town Recreation Center and help us answer this critical question. Be a part of the conversation that will help shape an inclusive and accepting response to behavioral health needs. The current initiative was designed in collaboration with the Riverhead, Mattituck-Cutchogue, New Suffolk, Southold, Greenport, Oysterponds and Shelter Island school districts, Family Service League, Eastern Long Island Hospital, Peconic Medical Center Northwell Health, Stony Brook University Hospital and the towns of Riverhead and Southold with support from state senators Ken LaValle and Monica Martinez, and assemblymen Fred Thiele and Anthony Palumbo.
The coalition is part of the larger efforts in our region supporting education and advocacy for behavioral health services. We must continue to create a range of structures for prevention, early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment in a compassionate, efficient and local manner. The North Fork Coalition for Behavioral Health is building a foundation so we can learn from our youth about the root causes of issues that often lead to a lifetime of battling mental health disorders and/or substance use disorders. The collaboration with schools, towns, state and county efforts working closely with the experts at Family Service League and our hospitals is making a difference.
At the town hall on Oct. 3, you will learn how we — as a community based effort — can ensure our community leaders have resources at the ready to guide families as we witness and respond to increasing anxiety, suicidal thoughts and self-harm behaviors, including substance use, in an effort to stop emotional pain in our youth. The North Fork Initiative, in partnership with Family Service League and the Long Island Addiction Resource Center, have agreed that our purpose is to articulate a sustainable vision and plan for crisis response, treatment and prevention on the North Fork from Riverhead to Orient Point.
We are asking local leaders and anyone working with our youth, families and individuals seeking resources to attend the North Fork Coalition for Behavioral Health town hall. The event will inform participants about local services and provide time for input and conversation on what services our community feels are needed. Participants will leave with a comprehensive list of service providers and resources. Our local legislative partners will be there to listen and learn from us.
If we stand together as a community we can destigmatize what it means to ask for help. If we stand together we can send a message to our community that behavioral health needs are the same as any physical needs we experience in life. Everyone deserves the same compassionate response. Join the effort.
Ms. Smith is chair of the North Fork Coalition for Behavioral Health and the former superintendent of the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District.
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Grant award to Central Virginia Health Services to add behavioral health services in Petersburg, Brunswick and Charlotte Counties
RICHMOND — The Virginia Health Care Foundation, VHCF, has awarded Central Virginia Health Services, CVHS, $176,250 to add behavioral health services to the primary medical care currently provided at its Petersburg Health Care Alliance, Southside Community Health Center, and Charlotte Primary Care sites.
“Making Brighter Days Possible: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services” is a special 18-month VHCF initiative intended to increase access to behavioral health services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. This initiative is made possible by a generous $1 million grant from Sentara Healthcare / Optima Health.
While the need for behavioral health services exists throughout Virginia, it is most acute in Virginia‘s mental health professional shortage areas which have too few behavioral health professionals to serve the number of people who live there. The Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has designated 75% of Virginia localities as mental health professional shortage areas; 40% of all Virginians live in these areas.
VHCF’s grants will be used to hire behavioral health professionals in some of these shortage areas to provide mental health services and incorporate telemedicine.
“We are proud to invest in bringing more mental health services to these medical practices that are part of the Central Virginia Health Services system,” said Deborah Oswalt, VHCF’s Executive Director. “VHCF is dedicated to addressing the shortage of mental health services in Virginia. With the capacity to provide additional treatment, CVHS patients will have access to the mental health care they need.”
Founded in 1970, Central Virginia Health Services is a non-profit system of community health center with 17 sites throughout Central Virginia. CVHS serves over 40,000 patients annually and offers integrated behavioral health care at 11 of its locations.
The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership with a mission to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992. Since its inception, it has funded 421 community-based projects across the Commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 700,000 uninsured Virginians.
For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit www.vhcf.org or call 804-828-5804.
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The British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT) have said that ‘dental therapists are qualified, capable and committed to the NHS but are unable to work to the fullest of their capabilities’
This was the key message from the BADT in its submission to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee which has initiated an inquiry into dentistry services.
The inquiry asks a number of questions including how access to NHS dentistry could be improved.
Help more patients
The BADT’s clear and unequivocal answer is that if dental therapists were able to open a course of NHS dental treatment we could help a greater number of patients.
Currently, the GDC allows patients to have ‘direct access’ to a therapist or hygienist without seeing a dentist but NHS regulations do not allow them to open a course of treatment.
Therefore, a dental therapist can provide diagnosis and treatment to private patients for the most common dental conditions but NHS patients must always see a dentist first.
Dental therapists can carry out 80% of NHS Band 2 treatments for both children and adults.
That means: routine restorations in both deciduous and permanent teeth, extractions of deciduous teeth, administration of local anaesthetic injections (inferior dental block and infiltration analgesia), emergency replacement of crowns and fillings, placement of stainless steel crowns, pulp therapy and periodontal treatment.
If the NHS regulations were changed, therapists would also be able to:
- Staff mobile clinics in areas of high deprivation
- Identify patients who may need safeguarding
- Provide domiciliary care in residential homes – or provide training to care home staff so they can check residents’ mouths
- Carry out supervised tooth brushing programmes in schools and nurseries (or train others to do so)
A study carried out in 2015 suggested that dental therapists and hygienists should be used to screen for dental caries and periodontal disease in a bid to improve the delivery of primary dental health care.
‘Improved use of the dental team’
Debbie McGovern, president of BADT, said: ‘Research around the use of dental therapists in dentistry shows that we have the skills to both diagnose common conditions and provide treatment or refer on to a dentist when more complex treatment might be required.’
‘We could also be providing prevention and oral hygiene advice to patients and take on a training role for both.
‘We very much hope that the Health and Social Care Committee will take on board our commitment to the NHS and to our patients and this inquiry will lead to an improved use of the dental team in the delivery of dentistry services.’
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Fern Aefsky is the president of the Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership, and director of graduate studies in education at Saint Leo University. This essay is adapted from the 2019 book she edited, Can We Ensure Safe Schools? A Collaborative Guide on Focused Strategies for School Safety, published by Rowman & Littlefield. (Courtesyt)
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Construction workers from a national company work to rebuild the destroyed portions of the Avera Behavioral Health Center on Monday, September 16, in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader)
Mental health care providers in Sioux Falls wasted no time when the tornado struck Avera Behavioral Health.
The hospital in southwestern Sioux Falls is a hub for mental health treatment in the region, serving as the city’s only provider of emergency inpatient care and also offering a range of other outpatient services.
With much of the building destroyed by a Sept. 10 tornado, Avera Health is already running services out of the facility and has an aggressive timeline for restoring it to full capacity. Avera re-opened two psychiatric clinics Monday, and representatives for the health care system say the first of the inpatient units could re-open as early as Friday.
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Contractors were on-site almost immediately to assess the damage and begin repairs, said Thomas Otten, head of behavioral health for Avera.
“They went in, inspected every area and made sure everything was structurally sound,” he said.
While it may take several months to restore all of the inpatient units at the storm-damaged behavioral health building, Avera is continuing to provide care as staff work to get the facility up and running, Otten said.
SOME SERVICES RE-OPENED MONDAY
Patients can still find certain levels of care at the Avera Behavioral Health building. Even in spite of the wreckage caused by the tornado, Avera has been able to continue offering mental health support to the community
Two clinics re-opened there Monday, along with urgent care services and psychiatrist appointments. As construction crews from Journey Group continue to rebuild, Avera is now offering a range of services from the facility, including specialized therapy treatments and its intensive Partial Hospital Program, a day-long program that can be used as an alternative to hospitalization in some cases, Otten said.
Avera leadership has increased the capacity of the program from 10 to 20 patients as of this week, he said.
Drone footage released by the city of Sioux Falls show areas of the city substantially impacted by a tornado.
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INPATIENT TEMPORARILY MOVED TO OTHER FACILITIES
Avera is handling some inpatient services at its main hospital campus in central Sioux Falls and has partnered with state officials to treat teens and adults at the Human Services Center in Yankton.
Avera had two adult inpatient units set up at HSC right away last week, with each capable of handling 15 patients. This week, Avera also opened a third unit for adolescents, able to serve up to 20 teens, Otten said.
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“It’s been a very coordinated effort to open a hospital in a matter of hours,” Otten said.
Avera cleared space for up to eight pediatric beds at its main hospital, and also made room for 10 adult patients at its Prince of Peace facility in Sioux Falls.
For those going to Yankton, the health care system is offering limo bus transportation services to and from the hospital as new emergency holds come in and treated patients are discharged. The transport limo bus makes one trip in each direction per day, Otten said.
COUNSELING SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE
Outpatient counseling services continued, business as usual, from Avera’s location at the intersection of 33rd Street and Cliff Avenue. Some offices were temporarily moved to the site so providers could continue offering their services during the recovery period last week, but those have since been moved back, Otten said.
EMERGENCY ASSESSMENTS NEVER STOPPED
Avera staff worked with local and state officials to coordinate the continued influx of emergency mental health calls from the Sioux Falls community.
The health care systems service line for mental health emergencies never stopped taking calls, Otten said.
Family members or friends who notice warning signs of someone in need of mental health help should call Avera’s behavioral health assessment line at 1-800-691-4336.
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Pat Walker Health Center’s Counseling and Psychological Services has partnered with ThrivingCampus to help increase access to community-based mental health services for the campus community.
ThrivingCampus offers a robust, online database that makes it easier for students, faculty and staff to connect with off-campus mental health providers who are a good fit for them.
The database can be accessed at www.uark.thrivingcampus.com from your computer or mobile device.
“We are excited to announce this new resource to help promote mental health care in our campus community,” said Josette Cline, Ph.D., CAPS director. “CAPS provides a range of mental health services for students including time-limited individual counseling services, so this resource offers students an easier way to find and continue with longer-term or specialized treatment. It also provides a convenient and accessible resource for faculty and staff on our campus to help identify community-based resources for mental health treatment.”
The software service streamlines the process of locating and contacting a community mental health provider, as well as offers the benefit of searching based on a variety of criteria including insurances accepted, gender, languages spoken and type of treatment.
Through ThrivingCampus, local mental health clinicians can create a free profile and list their practices. Providers are solely responsible for the content of their listing and for keeping their profiles up-to-date. Learn more about finding off-campus mental health services.
“We have been very fortunate to continue to grow CAPS’ impact and increase access to crucial mental health services both on and off campus,” said Cline. “We’ve created a lot of new programs and resources that are making a huge difference in keeping students on the road to graduation.”
For more information about available mental health services, go to health.uark.edu or call 479-575-5276.
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – A clubhouse in Bangor for people with mental health issues is raising awareness about help in the area and raising money at the same time.
Melodies for the Mind, a musical event to benefit Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center (PAC). The inaugural fundraiser will be held on World Mental Health Day, a day that aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world, while mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. This musical event is designed for the public to learn more about mental illness while enjoying live music.
Melodies for the Mind is a concert to benefit Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse, a psychosocial rehabilitation program offering those with mental illness opportunities for employment, education and wellness. The evening will include the stylings of Maine Street R&B Revue and the Retro Rockerz, as well as a special performance by Unlimited Solutions Colleagues. Tickets are $20 each and available at the door, with family pricing also available. For details on family pricing or the event itself, e-mail MelodiesForTheMind@pchc.com.
Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse is a service of Penobscot Community Healthcare. Find more details online at https://pchc.com/locations/unlimited-solutions-clubhouse/
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A woman accused of setting fire to her apartment in December 2016 received her first report from the Department of Corrections this week.
Cheryl D. Freiberg, 55, was ordered to conditional release on Feb. 25 for the alleged crime after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. The order included an indeterminate period of community supervision and a report by the DOC to the court at least every six months.
Freiberg’s first report on Monday indicated she was compliant with DOC officers, needed no mental health services or chemical-dependency treatment and wasn’t required to work because she was disabled. It also stated she had “ample time to pursue other activities,” including volunteering and taking classes, and she exhibited “no sign of danger to the community.”
Freiberg was charged with first-degree arson and told friends two weeks before the fire that her house would burn down, according to the investigation documents. After the fire, she made statements to several people indicating that “God told her to start the fire,” according to a police statement.
She reportedly told friends while she was in the hospital with injuries from the fire that she ignited paper and dropped it on the floor and couch before leaving the room.
The building Freiberg lived in was a house converted into four apartments with five people living in them, according to court documents. Four of the five people were home at the time of the fire. Three financial reports totaled losses of up to $15,750.
Freiberg underwent mental health treatment for 10 days at a Yakima facility after the fire.
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“This particular clinic celebrates whole health. There is a systems of care that we use here that allows our clients not only to receive mental health care here at this premise, but also allows us to utilize case management, home and community base services, and make sure that folks are linked with housing and primary care,” said United Helpers Director of Behavioral health Services Angela Doe.
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