Articles Tagged with Mental health

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If you’ve not read about the Beatitudes Campus model of care for people with dementia, this New Yorker magazine article will change how you look at (and feel about) aging and caregiving:

The Sense Of An Ending: An Arizona nursing home offers new ways to care for people with dementia,” by Rebecca Mead, New Yorker, May 20, 2013.

If you can’t find the whole article on a free website, check your public library for the print or for a copy from one of their news and articles databases. (Or ask a friend with a New Yorker subscription for their cast-off May 20th issue.) (Or borrow mine.)

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Comment on the Draft of the Forthcoming DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

DSM-5 Draft Criteria Open for Final Public Comment: May 2nd through June 15th, 2012

Oh, the wonders of the internet – and the DSM and its 5th edition, for which psychiatrists, psychologists, and lawyers await with baited breath: DSM-V is expected in May 2013.

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A recent media release from the Washington County Health and Human Services Department describes their Mental Health Court:

Mental Health Court: Moving From Jail and Hospital to Stability in the Community

Washington County’s Department of Health and Human Services Mental Health Division is partnering with other County agencies to help people with severe and persistent mental illness and criminal justice involvement live in the community safely. This is intended to help people avoid both hospitalization and going to jail as the result of their mental illness….

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Reading the recent Willamette Week story, “Saving Ryan: Why it was left to two Portland judges to bring this junkie back from the brink,” September 15, 2010, by James Pitkin, reminded me of two things (more than two, actually, but only two that can be written about in the space of a blog post):

One: A book: “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through his Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff

Two: If you haven’t read about Portugal’s approach to drug addiction, crime, and health care, here are a few articles I’ve referred people to, though there are others if you want to do a full literature search. But these offer a good introduction to tease and tempt you into reading more:

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The Best Law School Graduation Gift: After 20 years in this business of law librarianship, I have made the transition from recommending that you give your new lawyer an excellent legal dictionary or legal research treatise to recommending, with utter and absolute seriousness, that you give your new lawyer a copy of DSM-IV-TR (the new one isn’t expected out until after 2010). If they want to further their education on the subject, and earn a few CLE credits in the process, OSB had a March 2006 CLE Seminar called “Representing Clients with Personality Disorders” (receiving rave (not raving) reviews from my library’s patrons) and there was also a 2004 CLE Seminar on “Working With Difficult People.” Trust me. This will be money and time well spent.