CMS Behavioral Health Director to Present at Correctional Mental Health Conferences

Mark C. Fleming, PhD., Director of Behavioral Health Services–Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (CMS), will present at both the Mental Health in Corrections Conference (MHCC) in Chicago and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Updates in Correctional Health Care conference in Phoenix. CMS is the nation’s leading provider of correctional healthcare services.

At the MHCC 2011 Conference, Fleming will conduct a workshop entitled “Behavioral Health Challenges and Solutions for Prisoner Reentry.” The presentation will increase participants’ abilities to comprehend and identify the prevalence of offenders discharged with severe mental illness, such as psychosis and Bipolar Disorder, as well as the co-morbidity of serious mental disorders with drug addiction. In addition, Fleming will explore barriers to successful renentry and best practice approaches for effective monitoring and follow up.

“Successful reentry into society for inmates with mental illnesses is fraught with challenges,” said Dr. Mark Fleming, PhD. “My presentation will enable correctional professional to better understand severe mental illness among inmates, to recognize barriers to reentry and to employ methods for establishing links in the community for successful follow up.”

Fleming will also present at the NCCHC Updates in Correctional Health Care conference in Phoenix. The presentation is entitled, “Infusing Multi-Cultural Awareness into Correctional Mental Health.” The workshop is designed to help correctional mental health staff integrate cultural markers such as race, gender identity and sexual identity into successful strategies for better delivery of mental health services.

“My presentation at the NCCHC Updates conference will help clinicians better understand how cultural context affects their patients as well as themselves,” noted Fleming. “The workshop will show clinicians how to begin the process of creating a multi-culturally aware mental health program.”

The MHCC 2011 Conference takes place April 19-20 in Chicago, Ill. The NCCHC Updates conference occurs May 21-24 in Phoenix, Ariz.

About Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (CMS)

Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (CMS), a national leader in correctional healthcare services, provides comprehensive, accountable, cost-effective services to correctional systems. CMS delivers a full suite of medical, denatl, pharmacy and mental health services to nearly 280,000 incarcerated individuals in 19 states. Learn more at cmsstl.com.

Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council

Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council











Washington DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2008

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing HR 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act.

“The House passage of parity marks a historic day in the lives of millions of individuals and families across the country affected by mental and addiction disorders” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council. “It is time to recognize that these illnesses must be treated on par with other health conditions.”

HR 1424 takes the necessary first step towards ending discriminatory health insurance policies that deny or restrict access to treatment for people who are suffering from mental illnesses and addiction disorders. If it becomes law, the bill will require health insurers to offer mental health benefits equal in cost and scope to medical and surgical benefits. It will prevent insurers from requiring larger co-payments or imposing lower reimbursement ceilings for mental health and addiction conditions.

Rosenberg added, “The National Council promotes a provider-focused public policy and legislative agenda that urges government leaders to improve and strengthen mental health and addictions treatment by acting to promote access to high-quality, cost-effective community-based treatment and supports while assuring adequate resources to meet mental health and addictions treatment needs through necessary increases in Medicaid and Medicare, SCHIP, and federal appropriations and grants.”

The bill passed by a vote of 268-148. This is the first time the parity bill has made it through the House, although the Senate has passed various versions for a decade now. The National Council looks forward to working with Congress towards final passage and enactment of this landmark bill into law.

To speak to national policy experts on the impact of parity, contact Meena Dayak at 301.984.6200, ext. 228 or MeenaD @ thenationalcouncil.org.

About The National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.

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2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening

2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will address concerns for child and adolescent mental health at the 2010 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C, July 1-3.

The 2010 NAMI Convention also will honor journalist Judith Warner with an award for the book, We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, which explores difficult decisions parents face in finding help for children who “suffer enormously” from mental illness.

Only one in five children who has a diagnosable mental illness receives treatment, yet children who receive earlier treatment interventions have better outcomes.

On June 1, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) mental health task force called for pediatricians to perform mental health screenings for children at each doctor visit. The AAP also underscored a need for more child psychiatrists and mental health professionals in communities—to overcome critical shortages.

NAMI maintains a Child & Adolescent Action Center that focuses on child and adolescent mental health..

The 2010 NAMI Convention full schedule offers many symposia and presentations, including:

Friday, July 2


Financing and Expanding Children’s Mental Health Services (10:45 a.m.)

Despite state budget crises, state governments and local communities can invest in a full array of mental health services, including home and community-based services for children.

Crisis Intervention in Schools (3:45 pm.)

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) can help schools, mental health providers, police and the juvenile justice system provide safer, more effective help to youth experiencing psychiatric crises.

Understanding and Treating Kids’ Behavior Challenges (7:30 p.m.)

Ross Greene, Ph.D., author of The Explosive Child, will discuss “why challenging kids are challenging,” child behavior as development delays and how caregivers improve relations and communications through collaborative problem-solving.

Saturday, July 3

StrengthofUs: A Social Networking Community for Young Adults (8:45 a.m.)

Learn about StrengthofUs.org, NAMI’s new online resource center and social networking website for young adults working to overcome mental health issues.

“Ask the Doctor Session” on Children and Adolescents (3:15 pm.) with Michael Houston, M.D.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

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Give an Hour? Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues

Give an Hour™ Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues












Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 12, 2011

April is Volunteer Month. Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is calling on mental health professionals to assist in the effort.

“No community is more needed to address the psychological and emotional issues faced by our military men and women and their families than the mental health community. We have the resources and, therefore, the power to save generations from potentially debilitating mental health problems,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™. “It is my hope that more mental health professionals will join our network. Furthermore, it is my hope that the work we are doing to reduce stigma and educate families and communities will result in even more of our providers being connected with clients through Give an Hour™.”

Give an Hour™, founded in 2005, has created a network of volunteer mental health professionals pledging an hour a week of their services, free of charge, to members of the military—including active duty, reserve, and guard—veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, their families, and their communities. Give an Hour™ is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents—in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts. Their services range from one-on-one counseling to substance abuse treatment, addressing the many needs of the individuals and families of the armed services.

The approximately 5,400 licensed mental health professionals working with Give an Hour™ have contributed over 37,000 hours as of March 2011 to support our troops and their families. These volunteers include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and other mental health professionals. Providers are located across the country—in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Give an Hour™ is helping to capitalize on the spirit of service that so many of our military men and women embody. Although it is not required, Give an Hour™ encourages those who have received help to give back in their own communities.

“We are proud of the opportunity to bring the military and mental health communities together as we strive to provide critical services to these deserving men, women, and families,” notes Dr. Van Dahlen.

Licensed mental health professionals agree to sign on for a minimum of one year, providing one hour of service per week. Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour™ can complete an easy online form at http://www.giveanhour.org.

Give an Hour™ also utilizes volunteers in non-mental health capacities such as marketing, outreach, fund development and administration. Interested volunteers can contact info(at)giveanhour(dot)org for more information.

Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has more than 5,400 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.

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Get Out Your Walking Shoes to Make Great Strides for Mental Health on April 21

Get Out Your Walking Shoes to Make Great Strides for Mental Health on April 21










SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) April 12, 2007

In 2007, thousands of concerned citizens in more than 60 communities across the nation will join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Campaign for the Mind of America. They will walk together to raise money and awareness about our country’s need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illnesses.

The NAMI San Diego 2/5K walk/run will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2007 in Balboa Park. In past years, this walk has proven almost magical, with over a thousand people coming together to learn more about mental illnesses, to develop stronger ties with one another, and to celebrate a beautiful day with friends and loved ones.

To put it in perspective, more than 244,000 people are living with mental illness in San Diego alone. In the state of California, 600,000 children, adults and elderly are in need of mental health services that aren’t readily available. In our nation, one in five people will suffer from a serious mental illness in their lifetime.

Your participation in the walk can help the many who are in desperate need of diagnosis and care. NAMI San Diego is our city’s own voice on mental illness. Your support of this organization shines a light on the stigma attached to mental illness — a stigma that comes from fear due to lack of knowledge. NAMI San Diego is at the center of education, support and advocacy regarding these brain disorders.

Mark Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 a.m. on your calendar — sign up for the NAMI San Diego Walk today. There will be music, entertainment, a health/resource fair and a chance to make a difference one step at a time.

For more information, go to http://www.namiwalksandiego.org or call (619) 584-5564 today.

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