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American Psychiatric Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Changes for 2013
Major changes to the codes in the Psychiatry section of the AMA’s manual on Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) became effective on January 1, 2013.
Association contacts for more information
- AACAP: jmedicus [at] aacap [dot] org (Jennifer Medicus) or 202-587-9670
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association: ncroce [at] apna [dot] org (Nicholas Croce, Jr., MA) or 571-533-1921
- American Psychological Association: for questionspraccodes [at] apa [dot] org ( send e-mail) or 800-374-2723
- Clinical Social Work Association: lwgroshong [at] clinicalsocialworkassociation [dot] org (Laura W. Groshong, LICSW )
- National Association of Social Workers: mcoleman [at] naswdc [dot] org (Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT) or 202-336-8265
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
For researchers: Interventions for the Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults After Exposure to Psychological Trauma: An update on effectiveness research for PTSD; on July 27, 2012, several amendments were made to this protocol.
Depression resources for clinicians:
- Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Treatment-Resistant Depression in Adults
- Second-Generation Antidepressants for Treating Adult Depression: An Update
- What Works for Depression? An Evidence-based Comparison of Treatment Options
Online Training for Campus Health Professionals
The Jed Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation
Helping Our Student Veterans Succeed is a series of PSAs and video features designed to help bridge the gap between student veterans and their civilian peers. (No charge, CE or CME credit until 04/30/14)
Free SAMHSA Resources
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
Tools to design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health that respond to the needs and cultures of high school students.
General Principles for the Use of Pharmacological Agents to Treat Individuals With Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders
General principles to assist in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of pharmacologic approaches to support the recovery of individuals with co-occurring disorders. It covers engagement, screening, assessment, treatment planning, and continuity of care.
Pharmacologic Guidelines for Treating Individuals With PTSD and Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorders
Guidelines for medication-assisted treatment for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring opioid use disorders. It covers screening, concomitant treatment, pharmacotherapy, and multiple substances of abuse.
Suicide Prevention Interventions and Referral/Follow-up Services
Report from the VA Health Services Research and Dissemination Service examines recent research on suicidal self-directed violence.
Grant Announcements (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative categories. This grant program aims at providing trauma treatment and services in communities for children, adolescents, and their families who experience or witness traumatic events. The grants also promote greater access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents throughout the nation.
PCORI Seeks Applications to Fund $120 Million in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will award innovative projects that effectively incorporate patients and stakeholders in research teams and address these areas of focus:
- Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options
- Improving Health Care Systems
- Communication and Dissemination
- Addressing Disparities
Guide to Suicide Prevention on Campus
The Jed Foundation offers a new guide: Preventing Suicide and Reducing Emotional Distress Guide for Professionals
What Military Patients Want Civilian Providers to Know
Civilian therapists and other health care providers may not understand the military way of life or a soldier's unique experiences, challenges, and language. Find out what you need to know.
Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
Download a ToolKit for the Well-Child Screening of Military Children, to help pediatricians and other primary care providers identify and address the signs of deployment-related stress among children and families. Developed by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program in collaboration with the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (McPAP).
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
After Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools. A resource for middle and high schools responding to a suicide, covering crisis response, helping students cope, memorialization, and social media.
Free Online Series: Recognizing and Treating Anxiety Disorders
ADAA has partnered with QuantiaMD to help health care providers better recognize and treat anxiety disorders. ADAA board member Mark Pollack, MD, has assembled a world-class faculty to deliver a web and mobile educational series of brief interactive presentations accessible from your computer, smartphone, or tablet computer.
- View Panic Disorder, presented by Naomi Simon, MD, MSc: how the potentially disabling disorder can be controlled and successfully treated.
- View Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, presented by Eric Hollander, MD: a concise look at managing a disorder that is often treatment-resistant.
- View GAD, presented by Michael Van Ameringen, MD: how it often presents, how to quickly screen for it, and how to best manage it.
- View Social Anxiety Disorder, presented by Murray Stein, MD: an expert guide to recognizing this common disorder, plus how to treat and when to refer out.
- View Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, presented by Mark Pollack, MD: an expert review of PTSD, which affects a wide range of everyday people, as well as combat soldiers.
Share Innovative Health Care Delivery Systems
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site profiles innovations that are transforming how care is delivered, including use of social media. Report innovations and recount your successes and failures on the site.
For Community Organizations
Screening for Mental Health is offering an interactive online screening program. The validated online screening is available for $85 (usually $255/year) until September 1; the option to continue applies for another year. sherman [at] mentalhealthscreening [dot] org (E-mail Sara Herman )or call 781-591-5233.
New Tool Kit on Suicide Prevention for Senior Living Communities
Now available from SAMHSA, a cutting-edge toolkit equips senior living staff with resources to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among residents. It includes guidelines for integrating suicide prevention into ongoing programs, hands-on tools, and comprehensive training manuals.
Webinar Series on Traumatic Stress
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) offers webinars for counselors, educators, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, researchers, social workers, victim advocates, and students.
See the schedule and more details.
Free Webinar Series on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
These six webinars provide a unique opportunity for health professionals to enhance their clinical practice and improve outcomes for their patients who have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), especially women and older adults.
The program, sponsored by ADAA and Wiley-Blackwell, is for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and physicans. Its focus is effective diagnosis, appropriate selection of psychosocial and pharmacological therapies, comorbid physical and mental illnesses, helping patients understand GAD, and reducing the stigma often associated with mental health disorders. Discover more details. (CE and CME credits are no longer available.)
A web-based learning course: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- After the Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope With the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane
- Helping America Cope: A Guide to Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of War and Terrorism
Website Offers Training and Resources on Military Culture
The website www.afterdeployment.org features a provider portal offering training, resources, and online tools to more effectively render treatment to the military community: descriptions, professional references, and scoring information for the site's 29 self-assessments; fundamental facts about evaluating and treating PTSD and TBI; client handouts; clinical practice guidelines; links to continuing education materials; and prepared briefings in PowerPoint format on a range of topics.
Slides on Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults
From the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry: Not Just "Normal Aging": Managing Depression and Anxiety in the Geriatric Population