5 Steps to Improve the Care of Children in Homes with Toxic Stress

    The growing volume of research on childhood trauma and its link to behavioral health problems, medical problems, criminality, suicide, violence, and living on the margins of society are clear.  If we are to reduce the prevelence of these problems, we must solve the problem of child maltreatment, domestic violence, and paucity of family… Continue reading 5 Steps to Improve the Care of Children in Homes with Toxic Stress

Gov. Hogan Proclamation Supporting Mental Health

For Mental Health awareness week, Gov. Hogan issued a proclamation recognizing the association of trauma with mental and behavioral health issues.  He stated that all mental health services should identify any trauma which requires treatment to support the treatment of any mental health issues. I recommend that the ACE’s Questionnaire in any of its variants… Continue reading Gov. Hogan Proclamation Supporting Mental Health

Meditation as Trauma Informed Care

I just read an article on Meditation being used to help those involved in the criminal justice system.  The authors reviewed multiple studies.  They found that regular meditation reduced re-offending in all categories of offending including sex offenders.  Another article reviewed information about the connection between trauma and externalized behavior problems (harm toward other people)… Continue reading Meditation as Trauma Informed Care

Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses

I have a copy of a list of non-allowed MH diagnoses in Maryland that I find disturbing.  I do not know if Optum or BHA make these decisions. I want to raise the issue of re-evaluation of these non-allowed diagnoses such as post-partum depression (F53) and eating disorders (F50.01 & F50.02) and Bulemia (F50.2).  I… Continue reading Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses

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