Author Archives: Sally McMahon

It’s a medical provider’s responsibility to deliver behavioral health support to patients.

  The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of Americans, or one in four people, suffer from a mental condition in any given year. When you apply the 26.2 percent to the 2004 census estimate, it affects approximately 57.7 million – a massive number of people who could benefit from mental health

The importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care

People with a major mental illness typically die between 14 and 32 years earlier than the general population. They are more likely to suffer co-morbid conditions, such as heart disease, obesity (often a consequence of the long use of psychoactive medications) and addiction related illnesses. Additionally, poverty and poor educational status impact their ability to

Comprehensive approach to opioid addiction and the role of primary care

  It is well established that Kentucky has a significant substance use disorder crisis specifically related to the proliferation of opioids.  In 2015, more than 1200 Kentuckians lost their lives to drug-related overdoses. Statewide, the Commonwealth experienced double-digit increases in 2015 overdose rates: 17 percent in Kentucky and 31 percent in Jefferson County (KY ODPC

Addressing overcrowding in jails through treatment and recovery programs

Louisville Metro Corrections is, by default, one of the largest mental health, addictions treatment and detox facilities in the state. A combination of lessened funding for in-patient psychiatric treatment coupled with a growing drug epidemic has put additional pressure on corrections facilities to house an increasingly complex inmate population. Of the 33,000 plus individuals who

Three issues to consider when prescribing Suboxone in Kentucky

  In the face of the devastating opioid epidemic, treatment professionals are searching for ways to help patients control their addiction. Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine is one treatment which has greatly expanded. From 2012 to 2015, there was an 82 percent increase in buprenorphine dispensing. The Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services paid over