News & Updates

Coming January 18th–PAL and Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM) partner to offer full day training!

 

The PAL team has partnered with Pregnancy Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM) to provide CME-approved trainings for primary care providers and healthcare professionals that are focused on mental health assessment and treatments. Each training is limited to 30 attendees:

 

The PAL team will present from 8am-12pm on:

  • Overview of the Psychiatric Consultation Service and the importance of early identification of mental illness
  • Psychopharmacology (Stimulants, SSRI's, SGA's, and Mood Stabilizers)
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy (TF-CBT, etc)
  • Community Referrals and collaborative care models

 The PPSM team will present from 1-5pm on:

  • Risk factors, symptoms, and assessment.
  • Risks and Benefits of pharmacologic treatment versus no treatment
  • Resources for medication questions in pregnancy and lactation
  • Treatments in Pregnancy (Supplements, Non-pharmacological, SSRIs, Mood Stabilizers, Atypical Antipsychotics, Sleep, and Anxiety)
  • Treatments in Lactation
  • Understand perinatal mental health complications including: antenatal/postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis.
  • Evidence based therapeutic interventions. 

 

REGISTER HERE! PAL & PPSM training

Reprinted with Permission, PAL Newsletter November 2017​

 

 

Northwood Children’s Services Recognized with Provider of the Year Award

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) presented Northwood Children’s Services in Duluth with a Provider of the Year Award at its Annual Conference, held in St. Paul on Nov. 4. The award recognizes an organization that provides mental health services that demonstrate excellence, respect and best practices.

 

Northwood provides Residential Treatment, Intensive Day Treatment, School-based Intensive Day Treatment, Diagnostic & Assessment Center, Corporate Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care, Little Learners Enrichment Center, Outpatient and Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports.

 

“All of their services are delivered by passionate, professional and highly trained staff,” said NAMI’s executive director Sue Abderholden.  “In addition to providing a supportive work environment, Northwood offers their staff funding support for education so that they can become mental health professionals or practitioners. Northwood has consistently been an early adopter of best practices and was one of the first programs to have all of their therapists certified in Trauma Informed Care. This has led to a very committed staff with low turnover that provides continuity of care for the children they serve.

 

“Dick Wolleat, the longtime head of Northwood has set the tone for years. He knows the names of all the staff and all the children and youth. He knows what happened the day before for any one of them and provides encouraging words to healing and recovery. We are thankful that excellent providers like Northwood Children’s Services exist in our state and are immensely proud of their work.”


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NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families through its programs of education, support and advocacy.

 

 

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Reimbursement

Reimbursement

Your time spent consulting with PAL is reimbursable by Minnesota Health Care Plans and most commercial health plans. Eligible providers can use the consultation to help justify a higher time or complexity using E/M codes, or it can be billed by itself – usually using a 99499 with modifiers. Click here for the billing information on the Department of Human Services website.

Reprinted with Permission, PAL Newsletter November 2017​

St. Cloud Mental Health Case Manager Honored

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) presented Will Johnson, an adult-targeted case manager and care coordination lead through the Central MN Mental Health Center in St. Cloud, with a Professional of the Year Award at its Annual Conference, held Nov. 4 in St. Paul. The award recognizes a professional who provides high quality services, exemplifies best practices, and demonstrates commitment and leadership to the field.


Johnson’s award nominator wrote: “I highly recommend Will for this honor, because he totally understands what it's like to have a mental illness, for us to have our ups and downs. Will is a man who never backs down when it comes to being an empathic listener, when it comes to his natural healing skills, and overall, his case management skills and dedication to his team.

 

“He is outstanding in his field; always knows the appropriate thing to say, takes his job most seriously. He always has each and every client on the top of his mind, and never quits in fighting the mental health stigma and making sure that his clients know, they are loved and understood. He is tops in his league.”

 

Through the Central MN Mental Health Center, they now offer a form of less intensive case management, where care coordinators can help patients find housing, apply for insurance, make sure the right referrals are made and anything else the patient is having trouble with.  In a recent story in St. Cloud they interviewed Johnson about the new care coordination program.

 

Johnson said, “This opens it up to a whole lot more of the population that otherwise would not have access to similar resources. None of this is billable. We're just strictly doing it for the betterment of the program and the community. It shows the clients, too, that we really care. We're calling them a day or two, a week, two weeks after they come here, to make sure … 'Hey is there anything else that we can set you up with?' "

 

NAMI Minnesota is very grateful for Will Johnson’s work and his passion, and thanks him for the skill and care he brings to people with mental illnesses in his community.


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NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families through its programs of education, support and advocacy.


 

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(Photo: Mental health case manager Will Johnson receives Professional of the Year award from NAMI Minnesota.)

Psychotherapy Series: Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Many of you refer your patients to therapy when you see signs of mental health issues. How do you know what type of therapy is best suited for your patient with the symptoms you're seeing? There are many types and the acronyms can be confusing! You can call PAL for suggestions or reference this chart of evidence-based interventions on the PAL website. We will feature different types of therapy in the PAL newsletter each month; today we focus on trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).

 

TF-CBT is an evidence-based, short-term, and highly effective approach to the treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. It is multi-faceted and includes psychoeducation and parenting skills, relaxation skills, affect modulation, cognitive coping, trauma narrative, in vivo exposure, conjoint parent-child sessions, and enhancing safety and development. 80%+ of children and adolescents see improvement in 12-16 weeks (Ambit Network, University of MN). Minnesota Department of Human Services is working with Ambit Network at the University of MN to train MN mental health providers in TF-CBT. Click here to find those providers! 

 

References:

MN Department of Human Services https://mn.gov/dhs/partners-and-providers/policies-procedures/childrens-mental-health/trauma-informed-care/

Reprinted with Permission, PAL Newsletter November 2017​

October 19 – Children’s & Maternal Mental Health Workshop Series for Primary Care Providers

Children’s & Maternal Mental Health Workshop Series for Primary Care Providers
October 19, 2017 – PrairieCare Institute
1934 Hennepin Ave Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The PAL team has partnered with Pregnancy Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM) to provide CME-approved training's for primary care providers and healthcare professionals that are focused on mental health assessment and treatments. Each training is a full day and limited to 30 attendees:

The PAL team will present in the morning from 8am-12pm on the following:

  • Overview of the Psychiatric Consultation Service and the importance of early identification of mental illness
  • Psychopharmacology (Stimulants, SSRI's, SGA's, and Mood Stabilizers)
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy (TF-CBT)
  • Community Referrals and collaborative care models

The PPSM team will present in the afternoon from 1pm-5pm on the following:

  • Risks and Benefits of pharmacologic treatment versus no treatment
  • Resources for medication questions in pregnancy and lactation
  • Treatments in Pregnancy (Supplements, Non-pharmacological, SSRIs, Mood Stabilizers, Atypical Antipsychotics, Sleep, and Anxiety)
  • Treatments in Lactation
  • Understand perinatal mental health complications including: antenatal/postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis
  • Risk factors, symptoms, and assessment
  • Evidence based therapeutic interventions

Go to the PAL website for more information and to register.

Fast-Tracker is on the News!

Fast-Tracker News Coverage:

Choices Psychotherapy Announces New Program for Binge Eating Disorder: Why Can’t I Stop Eating?

“Why Can’t I Stop Eating?” is a program for people who have problematic overeating behaviors. These behaviors include losing control while eating and eating significantly more than what is typical of others. Other behaviors may include eating: rapidly, past fullness, secretly and finding yourself feeling depressed or guilty afterward.
The program’s purpose is to assist those diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder to stop binging. Clients gain insight about the emotional aspects of binge eating and the function the eating disorder has served in their lives. By also learning skills to regulate emotion, clients understand binge eating is no longer a useful way to deal with problems.
The program includes both individual therapy and a weekly skills based group, using a Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder curriculum. This program is not about weight loss but removes barriers for later weight loss.
DBT for Binge Eating Disorder meets every Wednesday.
5 pm – 7 pm. | You can join in at any time.
 

Hooked on Heroin: The Heroin Epidemic in Our State and What We Can Do About It

Heroin abuse has reached an unprecedented level in Minnesota with more adolescents becoming hooked and overdosing than ever before. This presentation will describe the heroin epidemic in the United States and specifically the impact it has on Minnesota. It will outline contributing factors to the epidemic and identify effective prevention and treatment measures. Audience discussion will be encouraged. 
 

Jennifer Londgren, EdD, LMFT, NCC, Alcohol and Drug Studies Prog. Coord. & Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, CCMHC, NCC, Asst. Professor – MN State Univ., Mankato

 

Level: Basic | For: Parents & Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, July 24
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dakota Lodge
1200 Stassen Lane
St. Paul, MN 55118

3 CEHs | $89
 

  

New Adolescent Recovery Program opens for teens with mental health and substance use disorders

 

(West Allis, Wis.) – Through a new residential Rogers Adolescent Recovery Program, adolescents age 12 to 17 have an extended, intensive treatment option when facing the dual diagnoses of mental health and substance use disorders.   

The program opened July 3 at Rogers Memorial Hospital in West Allis, Wisconsin with a capacity of eight beds with plans to increase to 12 beds. Teens receive comprehensive, evidence-based therapies to address substance use as well as existing mental health challenges that are often at the root of alcohol or drug misuse. Experiential therapy activities and addiction education complement a strong cognitive behavioral therapy approach to encourage lasting, recovery-focused change. Individual, group and family therapy sessions are part of the treatment plan. Patients can expect an average length of stay of 30 to 60 days, and insurance is accepted.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about one-third of people with mental illness also experience substance abuse. Some studies estimate that an even larger percentage of adolescents than adults struggle with these co-occurring conditions. Substance use disorders can include abuse of alcohol or drugs including opioids, and the program also addresses depression, bipolar disorder and other mood or anxiety disorders. This new program builds upon adolescent dual diagnosis outpatient programs at Rogers’ Brown Deer location.

“Our current services for teens with a dual diagnosis have proven to be valuable,” says Azhar M. Yunus, MD, the Adolescent Recovery Program’s medical director who is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine. “This new program at West Allis brings a more intensive level of care for patients who need that additional time in treatment.” Dr. Yunus is joined by a multi-disciplinary treatment team including a psychologist, behavioral therapists, residential counselor, nurse and experiential therapists.

Renovations at Rogers–West Allis have transformed part of an inpatient unit into a residential program, bringing a homelike feel to the setting. “We know there is a tremendous need for this level of care, and are pleased we can accommodate this new service within our setting at West Allis,” says Paul Mueller, chief executive officer of the hospital division for Rogers Behavioral Health. He adds that Rogers next plans to proceed with a four-bed addition which will include a new, separate entrance and enhanced community space.

This is the first Rogers residential program offered outside of its Oconomowoc campus. In addition to extending existing Rogers services related to substance use and mental health, it broadens the array of residential services for teens, including treatment for eating disorders, depression and other mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. Admissions are now being accepted. For a free confidential screening, call 800-767-4411.

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