Reporter’s Notebook: Schizophrenia, Home Visits

  • Neuroscientists at Tufts University School of Medicine have discovered a new signaling pathway that directly connects two major receptors in the brain associated with learning and memory. The findings will be helpful, researchers said, in future treatment of schizophrenia.
  • In New York City, a non-profit organization is now offering in-home family therapy for children dealing with substance use and related behavioral disorders. Families are actively involved in the treatment led by a group called New York Foundling
  • In Alabama, The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office gets about 10 calls a week for mental health issues, according to a report on Waaytv, and local police, the Probate Judge and local mental health facilities have decided to collaborate to create a training program for six officers to properly respond to these calls, particularly those when people are contemplating suicide. There are plans to train all police officers.
  • Nebraska will use a four-year grant of $12 million from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to create the Nebraska Family Help line and a home visit service where therapists will be deployed to a family’s home in behavioral crisis situations. Video chats connecting families in rural cases will also be used.
  • In Tennessee, Acadia Healthcare and Erlanger Health System have collaborated to establish the Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital of Tennessee to provide inpatient and partial hospitalization for children, adults, seniors and veterans. The facility will feature 88-beds.
  • A new addiction treatment facility operated by Clean Slate will open in Hartford Connecticut this month. State legislators and health plans called for the facility in response to a difficult year here: in 2016, 917 people fatally overdosed, up from 729 the year before. A second facility may also open. The company also has similar facilities providing treatment in western Massachusetts.

Report by Erin O’Donnell (eodonnell@thinkbrg.com)

 

 

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