JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce that construction is well under way on the new Emergency Health Network Extended Observation Unit in El Paso, Texas. JSA is please to continue it's work on this unit...providing consulting and telepsychiatry services. The EOU is set to open in January 2014. Congratulations to Emergence Health Network for bringing this project to fruition - from EHN's Facebook page:
JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the development of a second MHEC (Mental Health Emergency Center) for Texas .. this one in Waco, Texas … for the Heart of Texas Regional MHMR Center. The MHEC model has won two prestigious awards for innovation…the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award for Innovation and the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare’s Impact Award for Excellence in Service Innovation.
JSA Health Telepsychiatry will once again be providing round the clock services for the Heart of Texas MHEC – called the the Crisis Treatment Center (CTC). The CTC will consist of a triage unit, a 12 bed voluntary crisis residential unit, a 4 bed extended observation unit, and an intensive outpatient program. JSA Health Telepsychiatrists will be making rounds three times a day, and doing all admissions in real time on an on-demand basis. JSA expects that the CTC will provide a significant ability to decompress the region’s emergency departments as JSA is also providing telepsychiatry services on an on-demand capacity to the 12 emergency departments surrounding Waco.
The MHEC model is thriving with additional MHEC units being planned and built for:
Community HealthCore: Three MHEC units to be built in Longview and Texarkana, Texas
Emergence Health Network: One MHEC currently under construction in El Paso, Texas
Austin Texas Regional Partnership: One MHEC unit as part of the Central Health System
JSA Health Telepsychiatry is proud to have co-developed the MHEC model the Burke Center of Lufkin, Texas. Plans for a MHEC Foundation are in the works to study the MHEC model and promulgate standards.
From the Healthcare for the Homeless Houston Website – thanks to Dr. David Buck for allowing JSA Health Telepsychiatry to be part of your amazing vision for homeless healthcare!
Dr. Buck awarded the 2013 AAFP Public Health Award
Houston Doctor Receives National Honor from the American Academy of Family Physicians
David S. Buck, MD, MPH, a family physician from Houston, was awarded the 2013 AAFP Public Health Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians. This award, presented at the AAFP annual meeting in San Diego, was developed to recognize individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to the American public’s health issues.
Dr. Buck is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and serves as President of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston (HHH), which he founded in 1999 and is where he currently practices medicine, including street outreach. More than 10,000 individuals each year are served by HHH through primary care, integrated psychiatric and counseling services, dental care, intensive case management and support services. HHH is widely regarded as one of the best Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers for homeless persons in the United States and has received national recognition for its groundbreaking practices.
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty.
Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP’s positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multimedia highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org
JSA Health Telepsychiatrist Chris Chee is an author of a new paper published this past week…here it is presented in Yale News:
Left-handed people more likely to have psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia: Yale Study
Being left-handed has been linked to many mental disorders, but Yale researcherJadon Webb and his colleagues have found that among those with mental illnesses, people with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia are much more likely to be left-handed than those with mood disorders like depression or bipolar syndrome.
The new study is published in the October-December 2013 issue of the journal SAGE Open.
About 10% of the U.S. population is left-handed. When comparing all patients with mental disorders, the research team found that 11% of those diagnosed with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are left-handed, which is similar to the rate in the general population. But according to Webb, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the Yale Child Study Center with a particular interest in biomarkers of psychosis, “a striking of 40% of those with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder are left-handed.”
“In general, people with psychosis are those who have lost touch with reality in some way, through hallucinations, delusions, or false beliefs, and it is notable that this symptom constellation seems to correlate with being left-handed,” said Webb. “Finding biomarkers such as this can hopefully enable us to identify and differentiate mental disorders earlier, and perhaps one day tailor treatment in more effective ways.”
Webb and his colleagues studied 107 individuals from a public outpatient psychiatric clinic seeking treatment in an urban, low-income community. The research team determined the frequency of left-handedness within the group of patients identified with different types of mental disorders.
The study showed that white patients with psychotic illness were more likely to be left-handed than black patients. “Even after controlling for this, however, a large difference between psychotic and mood disorder patients remained,” said Webb.
What sets this study apart from other handedness research is the simplicity of the questionnaire and analysis, said Webb. Patients who were attending their usual check-ups at the mental health facility were simply asked “What hand do you write with?”
“This told us much of what we needed to know in a very simple, practical way,” said Webb. “Doing a simple analysis meant that there were no obstacles to participating and we had a very high participation rate of 97%. Patients dealing with serious symptoms of psychosis might have had a harder time participating in a more complicated set of questions or tests. By keeping the survey simple, we were able to get an accurate snapshot of a hard-to-study subgroup of mentally ill people — those who are often poverty-stricken with very poor family and community support.”
Other authors on the study include Mary I. Schroeder, Christopher Chee, Deanna Dial, Rebecca Hana, Hussam Jefee, Jacob Mays, and Patrick Molitor.
Citation: Sage Open vol. 3 no. 4 2158244013503166 (October-December 2013)
JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce that North Texas State Hospital of Wichita Falls, Texas has chosen JSA, and it’s team of dedicated forensic telepsychiatrists, to staff an inpatient unit dedicated to Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity (NGRI) patients. JSA’s forensic telepsychiatrist will be running treatment teams and assisting in treatment to help restore the patient’s to competency to stand trial.
From the North Texas State Hospital Website:
The Vernon campus of North Texas State Hospital has 284 adult beds and 78 adolescent beds. It is a maximum-security facility that services both adults with criminal (forensic) issues and adolescents with dually-diagnosed substance abuse and mental health problems most of whom are there as a condition of their probation, having had significant involvement with the juvenile justice system.
The Vernon campus was mandated by the 70th Texas Legislature to provide services to six populations:
- Persons with felony charges who have been found incompetent to stand trial;
- Persons admitted for pre-trial evaluations for competency and issues of insanity;
- Persons found not guilty by reason of insanity;
- Persons from other state hospitals who have been found to be manifestly dangerous;
- Mentally disabled persons who have been found incompetent to stand trial on misdemeanor or felony charges