Interesting Miscellany

Editors Note:   We frequently come across interesting new programs, policies or ideas- that don't neatly fit anywhere else on our site.  In an effort to "get them out there", we'll deposit them below:

ER visits for mental health and substance abuse nationally

A recent (July 2010) report from teh Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

indicating 12.5% of all ER visits nationally are accounted for by mental illness or substance abuse problems.

NPR story on mental health patients "langushing" in hospital emergency rooms

Origingally broadcast in April 2011, this tells an all to common story of patients with serious mental health crises, determined to need hospitalization, but there is no where to send the. Worth the few minutes it takes to listen to. 

Arizona's pilot study on peer support (pdf)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

A wonderful set of programs, offered at the University of Iowa on an ongoing basis; great for people with anxiety and mood disorders, but potentially helpful for all.

The STEPPS Model for Borderline Personality Disorder

STEPPS (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving) was developed at the University of Iowa as an adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and appears to be an effective and practical approach to treating borderline personality disorder.