Forum of Experts Envisions Mental Health System Transformation

Forum of Experts Envisions Mental Health System Transformation










Hudson, OH (PRWEB) May 27, 2006

Experts from throughout Northeast Ohio gathered Wednesday, May 3rd to create a roadmap for a transformed regional mental health system. The forum brought together over 60 leaders of state, regional, local and community mental health organizations to discuss the direction of mental health services in Northeast Ohio. The forum concluded with next steps to improve the region’s mental health systems.

“We’ve gathered experts to help identify the first steps in transforming the mental health system in Northeast Ohio,” said Suzanne Morgan, Chairman of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. “Professionals in the mental health field have a real passion for the work they’re doing and we want to tap into that passion.”

The featured speakers were Dr. Michael Hogan, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and Justice Evelyn Stratton of the Ohio Supreme Court. Dr. Hogan served as the chairman of President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He gave a presentation on the “A New Day” initiative for mental health in Ohio. The New Day initiative is a system of integrated services and collaboration across medical, social and mental health care disciplines, designed to make recovery and resiliency possible for those suffering from mental illness.

“We’ve come so far in the last 25 years in providing treatment, motivation, and support to consumers,” said Dr. Hogan. “Recovery and resiliency are now expected outcomes, but the system is still highly decentralized. We need to build bridges to cooperate and collaborate.”

Justice Stratton described her experiences with the intersecting mental health and criminal justice systems. She has assembled a grassroots organization of over 50 community members, working together to make a difference in the mental health system. She challenged participants to collaborate and cooperate, set aside territory distinctions, assign tasks and deadlines at every meeting, and keep the goal in mind.    

“I’ve been working in the criminal justice system for years, and unfortunately I see the same scenario time after time,” said Justice Stratton. “Someone with an undiagnosed mental illness is sentenced to jail for committing a crime. While serving the sentence, the inmate is diagnosed as schizophrenic. Then years later, they’re released with $ 75 and two weeks’ worth of medication. My group is working to improve the resources they have access to so they won’t end up back in the criminal justice system.”

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation hosted the forum as the first step to mental health system transformation. The Foundation was founded in 2001 in Hudson, Ohio as a private, grant-making foundation serving mental health, education, and arts causes in Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit http://www.mcmorganfoundation.org.

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Mental Health Experts Available To Discuss University Shooting

Mental Health Experts Available To Discuss University Shooting











Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 20, 2008

Mental health experts from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) are available to comment on the student shootings at Northern Illinois University.

“Tragedies like the Illinois campus shooting emphasize the need for all of us to work together to make our communities healthier and safer,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. “As those charged with serving broad populations and helping communities solve problems, National Council members are providers of education and community support in addition to treatment. Perhaps more than ever before, we must now focus on building the mental health literacy of Americans. We need to ensure that every citizen understands the signs of mental illness and knows how to help when an individual’s mental health deteriorates–before a crisis happens,” she added.

National Council experts focus on educating communities on issues such as:

What kind of mental health issues may people who commit these kinds of crimes be suffering from?
Are there warning signs to look for in people with mental illness?
Who can community members who may be struggling in the aftermath of the tragedy turn to for help?
What kind of mental health counseling for students and community members may be needed?
What sort of long-term challenges may students and community members face in the weeks, months and years after this tragedy?

Rosenberg also commented, “As the single largest association representing community behavioral healthcare, we offer news and information about common mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We want our public to know that we will help provide insight into the challenges to recognizing, understanding, and treating these mental and health conditions.”

Experts are currently available to answer community questions. For more information visit the National Council at 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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Canada’s Top Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle Experts Come Together On Brand-New Website

Canada’s Top Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle Experts Come Together On Brand-New Website











Primacy Life – Your Health First


Burlington, Ont. (PRWEB) February 8, 2010

Well-known Canadian television personalities Christine Cushing, Paul Plakas, Gail Vaz-Oxlade and Alison Griffiths are among the experts offering advice to Canadians on Primacy Life, part of http://www.primacy.ca, Canada’s premier online destination for health, nutrition and wellness information.

Launching this month, Primacy Life offers Canadians a reliable resource to help them put their health first. Featuring timely, informative articles by journalists and health professionals, the site offers a number of features and tools designed to help Canadians take control of their overall health, from preventing and treating illnesses to nutrition, fitness and financial health.

“We’re giving Canadians a place to get up-to-date, accurate information on the health issues we face today, whether that’s physical, mental or emotional health,” says Alison Dunn, editor of Primacy Life. “Our goal is to be Canada’s premier source of accurate health, nutrition and lifestyle information.”

Among the top Canadian experts contributing to the site are Christine Cushing, chef and star of Fearless in the Kitchen, Paul Plakas, fitness specialist and star of X-Weighted, financial expert and star of „Til Debt Do Us Part, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, and Alison Griffiths, star of W Network’s Dollars and Sense.

In addition to articles, expert Q&As and engaging videos, the site also offers a comprehensive Health Services Directory with listings of chiropractors, dentists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, orthodontists, eye care specialists and a host of other health service professionals. The online directory allows visitors to enter their postal code and choose the type of health care professional they need. The directory gives them a list of providers in their area, along with addresses, maps, telephone numbers, websites and service descriptions.

The site also offers a comprehensive directory of Primacy Medical clinic locations across Canada. Conveniently located in Canada’s leading food and lifestyle retail locations, Primacy Medical Clinics are committed to providing high quality, medical care in a clean and friendly environment with added convenience.

About Primacy:

Primacy is Canada’s largest medical management company, dedicated to providing Canadians with a current, relevant and trustworthy online health experience through innovative technologies and patient-friendly tools and services. The company has more than 75 Primacy Medical Clinic locations across Canada, and is now Canada’s premier online destination for health, nutrition and wellness information.

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Third Brigade, Provider of Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Adds Security and Healthcare Experts to Advisory Board

Third Brigade, Provider of Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Adds Security and Healthcare Experts to Advisory Board










Ottawa, Ontario; Reston, Virginia (PRWEB) July 6, 2006

Third Brigade, Inc. (http://www.thirdbrigade.com), a provider of intrusion prevention systems (IPS), today announced the addition of Ira Winkler and Dr. Robert Mandel to its Advisory Board.

Ira Winkler, CISSP, is President of the Internet Security Advisors Group. Mr. Winkler is recognized as one of the world’s experts in Internet security, information warfare, information-related crime investigation, and industrial espionage, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. He is a specialist in penetration testing, where he infiltrates companies, both technically and physically, to find and repair an organization’s weaknesses. He began his career at the National Security Agency (NSA), where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. He moved on to support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, he served as President of the Internet Security Advisors Group and Director of Technology of the National Computer Security Association, and Chief Security Strategist for Hewlett-Packard Consulting. He has authored Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the bestselling Through the Eyes of the Enemy.

“Hackers increasingly exploit vulnerabilities in commercial and custom software applications to gain access to critical systems and data,” said Ira Winkler, President of the Internet Security Advisors Group. “Host-based intrusion prevention systems that use proven, practical approaches are central to a defense-in-depth strategy, and help protect organizations from malicious attacks. I look forward to working closely with Third Brigade as they help businesses and governments address the growing security threats.”

Dr. Robert Mandel, MD, MBA and Vice President of Healthcare Services, recently returned to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), where he served as COO for a year. Prior to this, he was Vice President of eHealth at BCBSMA managing the eHealth Program with a significant focus on the eRx Collaborative and piloting medical decision support applications and other technologies that offer the potential of improving the quality and efficiency of care delivery. In addition, Dr. Mandel spent three years as Vice President of Provider Enrollment and Services where he led many of the organization’s administration simplification initiatives.

”With the growing reliance on EHR/EMR and other eHealth systems, it is critical that every effort be made to better ensure the integrity, confidentiality and accessibility of these applications and data” said Dr. Robert Mandel, Vice President of Healthcare Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “Host-based intrusion prevention systems can help providers and payors alike stop attacks that could otherwise reduce quality of care, disrupt services, expose confidential data and increase operating costs.”

“We’re pleased that Ira and Robert have joined our extended team,” noted Brian O’Higgins, CTO of Third Brigade. “Their addition comes at a time when enterprises, particularly those in healthcare, are becoming increasingly concerned with protecting critical servers from attack. Our advisors have tremendous expertise, insights and influence, and we look forward to working closely with them.”

The Third Brigade Advisory Board also includes Dr. Paul Van Oorshcot, Professor in Computer Science, Carleton University, and Sandra Lambert, Managing Partner and Senior Consultant, Lambert & Associates, LLC, and former Chairperson of the Board, Founder and Founding President of ISSA.

About Third Brigade

Third Brigade specializes in providing intrusion prevention systems (IPS) to health care, government, telecommunications, financial services and other organizations that need to prevent attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in commercial and custom software, including web applications. It enables you to create and enforce comprehensive security policies that proactively protect critical applications, sensitive data, and hosts, ensure regulatory compliance, and maximize the performance of your people, processes and hosts. Unlike other intrusion prevention systems, Third Brigade’s is not intrusive. It has been architected from the ground-up for intrusion prevention, and is smaller, faster and simpler. Third Brigade. That’s control.

For media and analyst inquiries only, contact:

Kathryn Schwab

Media and Analyst Relations

Third Brigade, Inc.

(T) 613-599-4505 x2238 (NEW)

(M) 613-858-4407

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