Health Monitoring of Individuals Treated for Behavioral Health Disorders
Individuals with serious mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders, and developmental disorders are more likely than individuals without these disorders to develop co-occurring chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Population studies have documented shortened lifespans associated with chronic medical illnesses in individuals with serious behavioral health disorders.
Ensuring ongoing monitoring of the general physical health of individuals with behavioral health disorders is one of the most important responsibilities of community behavioral health providers.
Alabama Medicaid will implement new prescription limits on October 1, 2013. Due to the nature of the limits and the large number of behavioral health consumers who also have co-occurring chronic medical illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, these changes may affect a large number of individuals who receive services from your agency. Clinical and support staff at your agency should be aware of these changes and be prepared to respond rapidly and effectively to any problems related to medication access that may arise during and after the implementation of the prescription limits. A complete overview of the limits may be found on the Alabama Medicaid website under the pharmacy services section.
Medically Inappropriate Admissions
Over the last several years, the department has observed an increasing number of patients
being transferred to state psychiatric hospitals under court commitment without adequate medical
information and/or without appropriate medical stabilization. This problem has multiple causes and
is a matter of concern in terms of patient care. After careful consideration, we are implementing
a process that should provide better continuity of care and enhanced patient outcomes. A letter
went out on January 21, 2010 explaining our thoughts and plans with our private sector partners.
Beginning on February 1, 2010, we will ask all transferring hospitals to complete the form
below and provide any additional documentation necessary to aid in the transfer.
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