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“Beacon Light recognized nationally for Trauma Informed Care efforts”

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This January 30, 2015 Bradford Era article talks about the national recognition received by Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems for their work in improving their staff training and approach to helping their clients who have been affected by trauma.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

“Texts Rather than Apps for Mental Health Care”

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This January 30, 2015 article on the Psych Central website talks about emerging data  in a recent study that seems to show that mental health professionals prefer text messaging over apps when it comes to mobile communication from their clients mainly because the data suggests that people with mental illnesses are more likely to use text messaging then they are to use an app.

Texting on a qwerty keypad phone

Texting on a qwerty keypad phone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mental Health Advocates Rally Behind New Bill”

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This January 27, 2015 article by Kimberly Leonard on the US News website talks about Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health reform bill, and other related thoughts about the treatment of people with mental illnesses.

“First Trial of PTSD Treatment in Psychosis”

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This January 23, 2015 article talks about reasons why until now, people with Psychosis have not been allowed to participate in PTSD study’s and goes on to say that this study will be the first to break that trend in light of a decade of information that shows that people with psychosis often have been the victims of some form of abuse.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Reducing Work-Family Conflict May Improve Sleep”

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This January 26, 2015 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about a program that aims to reduce work-family conflicts  that is showing promise in helping to increase the amount of sleep participants get which in turn seems to be helping improve work and home performance.

Blnguyen sleep

Blnguyen sleep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Gov’t to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals”

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This January 26, 2015 Herald-Standard article offers some brief and relatively vague information about changes that Obama has proposed to make to the Medicare Program which provides health care

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English: Cropped version of File:Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg. The image was cropped at a 3:4 portrait ratio, it was slightly sharpened and the contrast and colors were auto-adjusted in photoshop. This crop, in contrast to the original image, centers the image on Obama’s face and also removes the flag that takes away the focus from the portrait subject. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

coverage to Seniors and people with disabilities.

I found a Fact Sheet on the CMS website that offers more information about the changes being made to Medicare

“Pa.’s Medicaid expansion wreaks chaos for addiction and alcohol treatment providers”

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This January 25, 2015 The Inquirer article found on the Philly.com website offers more details into what the “Glitch” in the transition from medical assistance to Corbett’s  Healthy Pa Medicaid alternative plan was.  The glitch seems to effect people in treatment for mental health and or drug and alcohol

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Me...

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicaid administrator) logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

treatment, specifically those told they were enrolled in Healthy Pa Plus …. the result of the glitch is that this group of people were somehow switched to private pay insurances INSTEAD of the Healthy Pa Plus program they were told they were being placed in.  I’ve been attempting to follow this glitch, but was sick for a couple of weeks with the flu so I was out of commission, now I’m playing catch up and am just now (about a week after recovering) starting to feel like I’ve regained the upper hand on all the stuff I got behind on.  This is the first article I’ve seen about this glitch since before my bout with the flu when I posted the article about it back in December which I have linked below.

“A Letter to Rand Paul re: Disability Benefits for Mental Illness”

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This January 19, 2014 open letter found on the Healthy Place website talks about the struggles faced by people who are disabled by a mental illness.  I tip my hat to the author of it …. I live what you described though with a handful of different dx which includes anxiety disorder among others.

“Disneyland Measles Outbreak Reminds Of An Important Point About Vaccination”

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This January 23, 2015 article on Forbes talks about the measles outbreak at Disneyland and the reminder it offers about the impact that not vaccinating can have by reminding us what happened before vaccinations and then talking about the shift in attitude towards vaccination that is causing problems.

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