Why Should Providers Ask this Critical Question?
by Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA
When individuals enter the field of healthcare, they are driven by a passion to assist others in achieving their best state of wellness. No matter their respective professional backgrounds, all health providers recognize the value of strong screening and assessments. We spend time and effort in screening to ensure that quality care can be delivered. Ideally, care that is both person-centered and that results in individualized treatment planning that meets the needs of the unique patient. So why do so many of us neglect to ask a critical question in our intake assessments that would identify vital and potentially life-saving information? A question that arguably has ties to our national security and demonstrates true support of those men and women who proudly served our nation in the armed forces? A question, which in just one sentence, can assist in identifying if the patient may have an increased likelihood for certain medical or mental health related conditions. That question being: “Have you or a loved one ever served in the U.S. military?”
Read the full article to learn how and why this simple question could improve care and save lives.
NAMI Homefront Courses
Columbia – Registration Closed/ Course Cancelled
Start Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
End Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Number of sessions: 3
Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, 800 Hospital Dr., Columbia, Mo 65201
Notes: This free, 3-session course will run for three consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.
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Teacher Training (advanced)
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Kansas City – Register by calling Dan Shea or Michael Focke at 816-753-1866(registration closed)
Start Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
End Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Number of sessions: 3
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm May 10; and 9:00 am – 3:00 pm May 17 and May 24
Location:Vet Center 4800 Main St., Suite 107, Kansas City, MO 64112
Notes: This free, 3-session course will run for 3 consecutive Thursdays, with each session beginning at 9:00 am.
Springfield (registration closed)
Start Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
End Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location:NAMI Southwest Missouri Office, 1443 N. Robberson Ave. #408, Springfield, Mo
Notes: This free, 6-session course will run for 6 consecutive Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.