MHConcierge posts for 8-9-21, with brief MHConcierge summaries and links to original articles

A study comparing two types of ADHD medications in preschool-age children shows alpha-2-adrenergic agonists like guanfacine and clonidine are effective in reducing ADHD symptoms but with a lower rate of side effects – A study of nearly 500 pediatric treatment records of preschool-age children with ADHD found that about 35% were being treated with A2A medications (including Tenex and Intuniv), even though “little is known about their effectiveness and safety in this age group.  The current study found that A2As are nearly as effective as stimulants but have a lower rate of side effects. One research was quested, “… A2As can

Posts for 5-16-21: an emerging discussion about psychedelic-assisted therapy

Posts for 5-16-21: an emerging discussion about psychedelic-assisted therapy

Research on psychedelic-assisted therapy is attracting interest from university research centers, investors Current research is promising and increasingly supportive of the benefits of psilocybin, MDNA  and ketamine for depression, autism, PTSD, opioid addiction, anorexia and event anxiety associated with a terminal illness. But, the research has been on small groups and there may be unintended side effects.  Inventors are still eager to find programs and clinics to invest in.  From: NYTimes.com Twin Cities-based mental health clinic offers ketamine-assisted therapy, plans to add MDMA and psilocybin versions when approved.   The clinic, the Institute for Integrative Therapies, provides info about “psychedelic therapy

PSYCPACT update: report from MN Board of Psychology presentation, 5-17-19

I attended a presentation about PSYPACT for the Minnesota Board of Psychology on Friday, May 17.  Alex Segal, PhD, JD, presented on behalf of the PSYPACT parent organization, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).  He is a psychologist and attorney, and is the Direct of Professional Affairs at ASPPB.  He also was staff to the APA/ASPPB/The Trust (at that time, The Trust was APA’s medical malpractice organization) Joint Task Force on Telepsychology.  PSYPACT is an “interstate compact.”  This is a legal structure that was created by the US Constitution to allow states to negotiate form, legally binding

Getting started with telemental health: training resources

Getting started with telemental health: training resources

Providing telehealth, or telemental health,  services is an opportunity for mental health professionals to expand their practice, meet the expectations of an increasingly technology-savvy patient/client population, and to help meet the needs of underserved populations.  You will, however, need to be knowledgeable about requirements that are unique to telemental health to ensure that you are properly prepared  – including being knowledgeable about both clinical and regulatory risks. Also, you will need to document to some insurance companies that you are properly prepared in order to bill for telemental health services. There three primary issues that you will need to address,