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Utilizing an Electronic Health Record for Treatment Planning

“The good treatment plan is a comprehensive set of tools and strategies that address the client’s identifiable strengths as well as her or his problems and deficits. It presents an approach for sequencing resources and activities, and identifies benchmarks of progress to guide evaluation.”

-Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) 1994d, p 21

That definition of a treatment plan was written eighteen years ago. At that time plans were written on paper with little follow up or measurement. The system we were working in at that time did not require outcome measures or the need to demonstrate that the client actually got better. Often that patient went through a prescribed process of treatment that was used with everyone. Although screening and assessments were used to identify issues that the patient needed to address, often the treatment was not based on the needs of the individual. If we look at the treatment plan as a map to improved behavior on going assessment must be done to determine positive outcomes for the patient.

Let’s move ahead twenty years and look at what tools are available to improve the process of change.

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Topics: Treatment, Treatment Planning, EHR

Treating eating disorders with an outcome-based program

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Topics: Electronic Medical Records, practice management software, software mental health, Eating disorder program, Treatment Planning

Countering the Myths About Methadone Treatment

Methadone maintenance has been used in the United States for approximately 50 years as an effective treatment for opioid addiction. Yet many myths about its use persist, discouraging patients from using methadone, and leading family members to pressure patients using the treatment to stop.

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Topics: clinics, marketing for behavioral health care, Treatment Planning, Behavioral Health Care

How to Write a Mental Health Treatment Template

A mental health treatment template is a document that allows a therapist to detail a client’s current mental health issues and the selection of goals and strategies that will assist the client in overcoming his or her mental health issues.  The template must allow the therapist to obtain the information needed to complete a treatment plan.  The first step is for the therapist to interview the client.  The information gathered should be recorded in a system that allows for the development of a goal directed treatment plan

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Topics: Outcome-based health care, outcome-based treatment program, Treatment Planning

Is the use of medications like methadone simply replacing one addiction with another?

No. Methadone is a prescribed or administered under monitored, controlled conditions is safe and effective for treating opioid addiction when used as directed. When administered orally or sublingually (i.e., under the tongue) in specified doses, methadone’s effects differ from those of heroin and other abused opioids.

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Topics: outcome-based treatment program, Treatment Planning, Behavioral Health Care

Goals of Substance Abuse Treatment

Whenever a therapist is trying to treat someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, they are in fact attempting to focus on several distinct goals. The main aim is to prevent patients from conducting any destructive behavior related to harmful substance abuse. Counselors achieve this by focusing on the following key areas:

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Topics: Substance Abuse, Treatment Planning, Behavioral Health Care

Developing a Treatment Plan

Purpose of a treatment plan: Feedback from patients has consistently indicated that they would benefit from having more information and greater involvement in treatment planning decisions. 

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Topics: Treatment Planning

What makes a behavioral health program work?

When a patient is discharged from a program it can mean many things.

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Topics: Treatment Planning

Creating an individualized treatment plan in an EHR

Have you been trying to find an EHR that will allow you to create an individualized person-centered plan that is measurable? How about an EHR that is based on your client’s needs and not just what the software was programmed to do?  Many EHRs do not allow for entering a program template that is based on what your program does instead of what the software assumes you do.  This post will assist you in selecting an EHR that is person-centered instead of software-centered.

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Topics: Treatment Planning