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Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor: A Treatment Improvement Protocol 09/29/11

The Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series provide best practices guidance to clinicians, program administrators, and payors to help improve the treatment of substance use disorders.

This TIP focuses primarily on the teaching, coaching, consulting, and mentoring functions of clinical supervisors. It is organized into three parts:

  • Part 1 for substance abuse clinical supervisors focuses on providing appropriate supervision methods and frameworks.
  • Part 2 for...
Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals and Health Systems 09/14/11

This tool is designed to help hospital executives and others develop best practices in tobacco use policies and protocols.

The 32-page Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals & Health Systems, was vetted by hospital administrators and clinicians from across the United States. It contains step-by-step directions, examples, and tools that can help hospitals achieve their missions, improve care, bolster employee health, and boost the bottom line.

The...

Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Toolkit 09/14/11

The Tobacco-Dependence Toolkit provides a practical approach to treating tobacco dependence effectively. The toolkit approaches tobacco dependence as a severe chronic illness—like asthma—with exacerbations and remissions, and is based on the premise that chest physicians must be as actively and professionally engaged in treating tobacco dependence as they are with asthma. Effective tools, treatment algorithms, and strategies to obtain compensation for tobacco-dependence treatment services...

Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE): Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Prioritize Community Needs 07/21/11

Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) is a data collection tool and
planning resource for community members who want to improve the health of their community. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement.

To use the CHANGE tool, an Action Guide is provided, which walks through the step-by-step process for completing the tool. In addition, this Action Guide provides resources...

Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Screening Tools 05/04/11

The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) is a system of regional children's mental health consultation teams designed to help primary care providers (PCPs) meet the needs of children with psychiatric problems.

Some of the MassHealth-approved screening tools for children younger than 21 are:

  • Primary Care Behavioral Health Toolkit
  • CRAFFT Toolkit
  • Diagnosis specific screens for:
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Anxiety...
Teen Source: The Hookup 03/28/11

The Hookup is a statewide text messaging service in California that aims to provide youth with relevant and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and a convenient, confidential resource for accessing local clinics that offer free or low-cost sexual and reproductive health services.

Messages were developed by health educators based on issues identified in youth focus groups in high schools and teen clinics.

Topics include:

  • Sexually transmitted...
KidsHealth 03/16/11

As part of the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, the KidsHealth Web site provides parents, kids, and teens with easy-to-understand information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. It also provides families with perspective and advice about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. Content includes featured articles, questions and answers on hot topics, and interactive quizzes...

2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report 03/04/11

The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. The report uses a set of measures, which are categorized across four dimensions of quality: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient-centeredness. The 2010 report presents expanded analyses of care across the urban–rural continuum. It also summarizes...

2010 National Healthcare Quality Report 03/03/11

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. The 2010 report addresses three questions critical to guiding Americans toward the optimal health care they need and deserve:

  • How have health care quality and disparities changed over time?
  • What is the status of health care quality and...
The Tobacco-Free Workplace Toolkit 11/24/10

This toolkit offers employers strategies to promote the importance of quitting and avoiding tobacco products and provides guidance on how to implement a smoke-free workplace policy. It can be used as part of a year-long health promotion or wellness program.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • Addressing tobacco use within your company
  • Benefits of a tobacco-free workplace policy
  • A sample tobacco-free workplace policy
  • Workplace...

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