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  1. Dickinson Center names new medical director

    Mary Anne Albaugh, MD, has been appointed medical director of Dickinson Center in Ridgway, Pa., an affiliate of Journey Health System, the Courier Express reported Jan. 31.
  2. Talkiatry launches geriatric psychiatry program

    Behavioral health provider Talkiatry has launched a telepsychiatry program for adults 65 and older.
  3. California county looks to open sobering center

    City councils in Butte County, Calif., are discussing whether to contribute funds for a sobering center in the county, according to a Jan. 29 report from Action News Now.

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  1. 9 behavioral health facility openings in 2 weeks

    From new behavioral health crisis units to full facilities, here are nine new behavioral health projects that Becker's has reported on since Jan. 16:
  2. 13 states increasing their number of state psychiatric hospital beds

    Although the numbers of state psychiatric hospital beds have largely either decreased or remained stagnant across 37 states, some states increased their number of beds between 2016 and 2022.
  3. Illinois partners with Google to improve behavioral health resource access

    The Illinois Department of Human Services has partnered with Google Public Sector to develop a youth behavioral health resources portal.
  4. 1 in 10 mental health professionals practicing fully online

    Around 13% of mental health specialists have shifted their work fully online since 2019, a study published Jan. 26 in JAMA Health Forum found. 

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  1. Covenant hospital seeks funding for behavioral program operating at $10M loss

    St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, Ga., is seeking $10 million in state funding to cover the deficit from its behavioral health service line and launch a new program, the Portland Press Herald reported Jan. 28.
  2. States with the largest declines in state psychiatric beds

    State psychiatric beds are declining in number, and those that are available are often occupied by patients committed to the hospital through the legal system, leaving even fewer state beds available for other patients, according to a recent report from the Treatment Advocacy Center. 
  3. New Jersey hospital adds behavioral health crisis unit

    Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J., has expanded to include a behavioral health crisis unit.
  4. Behavioral health urgent care opens in North Carolina

    A behavioral health urgent care has opened in Jacksonville, N.C.

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  1. Behavioral health facility to open in Georgia

    River Edge Behavioral Health is demolishing a shopping complex to make way for a new behavioral health center and outpatient clinic in Macon, Ga.
  2. 2 ways hospital execs can better support behavioral care

    When it comes to behavioral health, health systems should be looking at opportunities to collaborate, not compete, with their peers. 
  3. Study identifies behavioral risk factors for teen suicide

    Social withdrawal could contribute to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts, according to a study published Jan. 25 in JAMA Network Open.
  4. Bill would remove in-person requirement for behavioral telehealth

    Four senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would remove barriers to accessing telemedicine services for behavioral healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries.
  5. Montefiore plans behavioral care improvements with excellence designation

    Montefiore Health System has been named a New York State Office of Mental Health Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.
  6. The state with the highest suicide rate turns focus to safe gun storage

    In Wyoming, the state with the highest suicide rate per capita, experts are pushing for safer storage of firearms as part of prevention, NPR reported Jan. 23. 
  7. Newport Mental Health president retires

    James Lehane has retired from his role as president and CEO of Middletown, R.I.-based Newport Mental Health, The Newport Daily News reported Jan. 25.
  8. Washington state to receive $149.5M in opioid settlement from Johnson & Johnson

    Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson will pay Washington state $149.5 million to settle a lawsuit over the manufacturer's role in the opioid epidemic across the state.
  9. HHS pushes for school-based mental health services

    HHS is providing $50 million in funding to states to provide school-based medical services. 

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