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The Biodyne Mindset

Volume 1, Issue 5
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
 
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That’s a staggering average of 117 deaths a day. Suicide does not discriminate against age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Suicide costs society over $44.6 billion a year in combined medical and work loss costs, equating to an average suicide cost of $1,164,499.
 
Dr. Janet Cummings stated, “Suicide is devastating to the patient’s family and health providers.  A suicide haunts families for generations. As behavioral health providers, the last thing we want to do is make an error in judgment when we see a suicidal patient – we must hone our skills so that we don’t miss the chance to intervene appropriately and effectively.”
 
Please read more from Dr. Janet Cummings about suicide awareness and prevention here.

 
Dr. Cara English Tackles What’s Missing From the Latest Mental Health Reform Bill
 
This past July, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), and the bill is helping to address the mental health crisis in the U.S.--but unfortunately, it doesn’t go far enough. While the bill will provide much-needed hospital beds for mental health patients seeking limited hospitalization, along with other necessary resources and funds for treatment centers, true mental healthcare reform in the U.S. will only occur once primary care medical teams include behavioral health specialists. 
 
Continuing reading Dr. English’s response to the new reform bill.
 

How Budget Cuts Are Affecting Mental Health Care
Since states have reduced their health care funding by billions of dollars, many mental health care facilities in the United States are experiencing negative side effects. The budget cuts have caused an increase in emergency room visits for patients seeking mental health treatment with a total of 5.5 million seeking care in these facilities. It cost hospitals $38.5 billion to take care of these patients alone. This amount of spending could be significantly reduced by integrating mental health professionals within the ER and hospital settings.
To learn more about the effects of mental health care budget cuts, check out this infographic created by the Cummings Institute.
 
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Now accepting applications for 2017 Spring II and Summer enrollment!

Doctors of Behavioral Health have a unique opportunity to seize our place as knowledgable healthcare executives. As the healthcare marketplace rapidly evolves and value based care models emerge, Doctors of Behavioral Health will be in desperate need in shaping behavioral health integration efforts. Join us now and change healthcare for future generations!

Spring II Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2017
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Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Marie Jones

Dr. Lisa Marie Jones was recently voted in as a member on the Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Partnership for Action to end health disparities. She is also currently developing a Diversity in Integrated Primary Care training module for The Society for Health Psychology and the American Psychological Association Education Directorate.
 
Congratulations, Dr. Jones, on your successes! We are proud to be your colleagues!
Welcome, Dr. Carl Wilson

CGI is proud to announce the newest member of the Faculty family, Dr. Carl Wilson. Dr. Wilson will be teaching DBH 9020: Military Families and Veterans.  Carl Wilson is a Doctor of Behavioral Health who is licensed in professional clinical counseling from the states of California, Missouri, and Iowa.  Dr. Wilson served as a Non-commissioned and Chaplain candidate in the United States Army for 11 years. He has worked as the Behavioral Health Program Manager for the United States Marine Corps and as a Readjustment Counselor for the Veteran Outreach Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wilson to the Cummings Graduate Institute Family!
 
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CGI's 2nd Annual Fall Conference offers an exclusive look at the intersection of technology and behavioral health delivery through a Virtual Reality app! Join our Tribe as we disrupt healthcare from the ground up!
 
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