Download White Paper: Point of partnership: Clinical intervention at the scene
Published: April 2021
People with behavioral health conditions are disproportionately represented in courtrooms and prisons, which means law enforcement uses valuable resources addressing behavioral health crises instead of those professionals more equipped to do so. Likewise, emergency departments end up addressing behavioral health crises when there are other resources intended specifically for that purpose. Consequently, law enforcement sometimes becomes the back-up behavioral health crisis system, cycling individuals with behavioral health challenges in and out of the criminal justice system, driving up recidivism and cost – both personal and financial.
However, we can improve response to behavioral health emergencies by creating community-based behavioral health crisis systems that work.
Download white paper: TRUE JUSTICE: Mental health intervention vs. incarceration
Published: November 2020
Most people probably don’t know that nearly 25 percent of individuals involved with the criminal justice system report a serious mental illness. It’s an unsettling statistic as it suggests that correctional institutions have become de facto mental health facilities.
Recognizing the need for change, many communities are diverting justice-involved individuals with mental illness from the criminal justice system to needed behavioral health services. Read Beacon Health Options’ white paper, “TRUE JUSTICE: Mental health intervention vs. incarceration” to learn more.
Download White Paper: Digital technology: Friend or foe to mental health?
Published: October 2019
It’s only in very recent years that digital technology has gripped health care. Electronic health records promote provider information-sharing. The web provides a plethora of hands-on information. Apps help people to lose weight; stop smoking; track exercise, sleep and eating patterns; learn meditation; or adhere to treatment plans.
However, in behavioral health, some experts suggest that technology sets up an uncomfortable dichotomy. On the one hand, research shows that overuse of digital technology, especially in the form of social media, contributes to mental health problems.
Download White Paper: Integration
Published: February 2016
Integration is a buzzword in mental health care, but what does it really mean? Such a plethora of definitions leads to a lack of clarity about what activities need to take place, where, and by whom to really make a difference in improved health for people with mental illness.
Click here for a slide deck from a recent Integration webinar: Integration – An Overview of Beacon’s White Paper.
Listen to Beacon leaders discuss the white paper and how we can achieve integration through a collaborative care model.
Watch Beacon’s Integration video to see principles of the collaborative care model in action.
Download White Paper: Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction
Published: June 2015
There are a staggering 2 million Americans addicted to opioids; this fact should have the public standing at attention in a way it never has before. We have to do something – and quickly. To understand the evidence supporting Beacon’s recommendations, be a part of putting a stop to the pervasive issue of opioid addiction, and help bring about lasting, positive change, we invite you to read our white paper, “Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction.” Download, read, share, respond – let’s help fix this!
Click here for a slide deck from an Opioid webinar: Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction – An Overview of Beacon’s White Paper.
Listen to Beacon leaders discuss the white paper and learn how we can right-treat addiction through the chronic disease model of care.