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July 31, 2018  Shortage of psychiatrists drives new mental health care model

By LIV OSBY, The Greenville News (Greenville, SC)

Psychiatrists are in increasingly short supply just as the number of people who need their care is growing.

Mental health providers have been struggling to find a way to treat them all.

Now Bon Secours St. Francis Health System psychiatrists are teaming up with primary care doctors through a new program called Collaborative Care that reduces the need for psychiatric visits, officials say.

Advocates say it increases access to care, results in better outcomes and saves money as well.

Under the program, St. Francis uses consulting psychiatrists behind the scenes to review diagnoses, medications and therapy to ensure patients are getting the right care, said Dr. Carson Felkel, a Bon Secours psychiatrist.

“The key to this model is having the consulting psychiatrist talking weekly with the primary care provider,” he said. “So patients don’t have to see a psychiatrist so often.”

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June 1, 2018  Hurricane season starts today. Here are 5 reminders of how deadly it can be.

June 1 marks the first day of the 2018 hurricane season. Please visit our Disaster Resource Center, developed by the NCPA Disaster Committee under the leadership of Chair Alan Chrisman, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A. These resources are meant to assist psychiatrists for their roles in responding to disasters and mass traumas, including hurricanes. 


By EMILY BOHATCH

With predictions leaning towards a more active Atlantic storm year, the first day of hurricane isn't exactly something to celebrate.

In the past 100 years, South Carolina has been hit with billion dollar storms and hurricanes causing nearly 100 deaths.

Here are some of the worst storms to hit the Palmetto State in the last century...

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April 20, 2018  Political Responses to Shootings Miss Mark: Health Providers

By MARY ANNE PAZANOWSKI

  • Health-care providers should help try to change narrative that mental illness causes gun violence
  • Suicide is real issue because more people use guns to commit suicide than violence against others
  • Mental health-care professionals should press lawmakers to consider adopting evidence-based restrictions

Mental health-care providers and gun violence experts want people to know something politicians won’t tell them: Gun violence toward others is rarely attributable to mental illness.

Blaming tragic events like the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school on the shooter’s mental incapacity is “nothing short of absurd,” Ron Honberg, senior policy adviser at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Washington, told Bloomberg Law. It’s a “red herring,” Dr. Liza H. Gold, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, added.

Most people who use guns to commit violence against others haven’t been diagnosed as mentally ill, never have sought mental health treatment, and, in fact, may not be mentally ill, they said. Past violent behavior involving gun use, not mental illness, is a better indicator of future gun violence.

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