Archive | February, 2011

*Psychology 101 @ the PRP*

28 Feb

Psychology 101 (Psych 101) is a class held at the PRP on a weekly basis, facilitated by Alisha Simmons, MHA. During this class, consumers are able to read, analyze, and discuss material provided by staff concerning mental health services and treatment.  Psychology 101 is structured in such a way that the consumers have the opportunity to share personal stories in discussion as well as interact with the facilitator during the  instruction period. Consumers are able to learn about mental illness and look at symptoms, causes, risks, treatment, and other informative material that will not only expand their knowledge but allow them to gain some practical information on how to cope on a day-to-day basis.  Last week, consumers discussed the topic of “Eating Disorders.” Consumers completed a mock “Eating Attitudes Assessment” which exposed them to some of the analyses that are gathered in order for a diagnosis to be granted.  Several consumers discussed personal histories with Eating Disorders and encouraged  other peers to explore the subject further to gain a better understanding of the disease.  Next week, the Psychology 101 class will discuss Medication Management!



“Recovery at Work”

10 Feb

Recovery At Work“Recovery at Work”

Consumers achieving goals brick by brick!

Beginning the month of February 2011, the Harford PRP will be introducing a new motivational approach for consumers to become more motivated and excited about establishing and maintaining their recovery goals. This approach entitled, “Recovery at Work”, will allow consumers to increase their opportunity of becoming “Member of the Month” upon completion of their goals.  As a goal or several goals are completed in a one month period, consumers will become Member of the Month and their name will be placed on a brick on the “Recovery at Work” wall, located in the community room of the Harford PRP.  This program will allow consumers to become more accustomed to working towards their treatment goals and working through the process of recovery brick by brick!

Social Media and Insurance Fraud

4 Feb

An interesting article from the Los Angeles Times:

Insurers Are Scouring Social Media for Evidence of Fraud

The article concerns the ways in which insurance companies are using FaceBook and other social media to detect fraud.  A case example is given of a women losing disability benefits for depression after posting photos of herself going to the beach.

This gets me rather angry actually.  Imagine being depressed and NOT going to the beach for fear of not looking depressed?  We all know how much more depressed clients are who isolate and don’t try.

I’m having visions of blogs all in black with sad faces and thunderstorm video links maintained by people who want to look depressed to maintain their benefits.

I’m also imagining idiot database engines denying me coverage and what-not based upon my buying patterns… I buy books on every disorder imaginable… I must be really sick…

So — is this a real problem?  Do we all have to rush out and scour our FaceBooks?  Or is the LA Times just finding a good fear angle to sell papers?

Or maybe insurance companies SHOULD do this — if they intelligently investigate all angles?

— Michael