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Dr. Robert McKenna

LGBT MONTH, June 2016 Dr. Robert McKenna has been a Public Health professional for more than 20 years. Currently, he serves as a Senior Public Health Advisor with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations (Region 3), and for the last 15 years has been a Senior Public Health Practice Professor at […]


Managing Chronic Pain & Medication Misuse

Learn how health care providers are using new tools to help patients manage chronic pain while limiting long-term health risks and without misusing addicting medications. Click here to view the full article featured in SAMHSA News. Managing Chronic Pain & Medication Misuse David Loffert was a success. He was two years into a Ph.D. program. He ran […]


Co-Occurring Training at the DC Department of Behavioral Health

The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)* conducted a free three-hour training entitled Introduction to Co-Occurring Disorder, Treatment Implications & DBH Services which this reviewer attended on October 17th, 2013. Although open to the general public, the majority of attendees were employees of DBH who needed to earn continuing education credits. The presenter, […]

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Problem Gambling: Let’s Bring the Problem out of Hiding

My name is Bill LaBine. I am the executive director and clinical supervisor at the Jackie Nitschke Center in Green Bay, WI. Green Bay has three casinos, all located within three miles of my home; I pass one daily on my way to and from work. I am saddened when I drive by the casino early in […]


Film Review: Off-Label

Off-Label, this feature film’s title, refers to the practice by some physicians of prescribing a legal drug for a condition or disease for which the drug has not been specifically approved. Off-Label is quite different from what might be expected for an educational documentary. Rather than presenting a lot of facts or statistics in a […]


File Review: My Name is Al

  My Name is Al is a beautifully photographed 15-minute documentary profile by Kristin Alexander of a medical professional in recovery. Dr. Al Peters is a high achiever who completed 7 years of schooling in 5 and had established a successful dental practice by age 21. By then he also already had a significant problem […]


Fight Like a Girl Film Review

At first glance, the feature-length documentary “Fight Like A Girl” might be dismissed as a film simply about women’s boxing without any relevance to the behavioral health community. However, a closer look reveals that it provides many important insights about PTSD and the lasting impact of childhood trauma. This film could also inspire valuable discussion […]

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What You Should Know About Provider Networks

What You Should Know About Provider Networks What’s a provider network? A provider network is a list of the doctors, other health care providers, and hospitals that a plan has contracted with to provide medical care to the plan’s members. These providers are called “network providers” or “in-network providers.” A provider that hasn’t contracted with the […]


What You Should Know About Early Renewal of Health Coverage

What You Should Know About Early Renewal of Health Coverage What’s an early renewal? Health plans are usually sold as a 12-month contract between you and your insurance company. In 2013, some insurance companies offered a chance to renew coverage earlier than the 12-month renewal date. For example, some insurance companies offered members a chance […]