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The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce its annual Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars: Mental Health Parity, Ethics, and the Law: What clinicians, patients, and advocates should know. The day-long conference will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Austen Riggs Center, and will focus on understanding the interplay between the politics of mental health care and the law.
The opioid epidemic is a special problem among those with mental disorders. Of 115 million opioid prescriptions distributed annually in the US, more than half were received by the 16% of Americans with mental disorders (Davis et. al 2017). The Austen Riggs Center doesn’t offer primary addiction treatment, but about half our patients, like Karen*, have a substance use disorder as part of a complicated clinical picture and have often been prescribed opioids unnecessarily.
The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a “Best Hospital” for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #9 in Psychiatry nationwide. Noteworthy among the top group of psychiatry honorees for its small size and integrated approach, the Austen Riggs Center is a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for education and research, promoting resilience and self-direction in adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems.
Throughout America, individuals, families, and clinicians are struggling to make treatment available to those who need it. Meanwhile, the deaths of successful and wealthy celebrities demonstrate how extraordinarily difficult overcoming opioid addiction can be, as well as making it clear that addiction does not discriminate based on social status or economic means.
Jointly planned and presented by the Austen Riggs Center, the Yale Child Study Center, and the Yale Department of Psychiatry, this conference will bring together researchers and project leaders from both institutions who will describe community-based programs designed to provide care to high-need/low-resource populations.
The States of Mind (SOM) study involves 131 participants drawn from the patient population of the Austen Riggs Center. Data were collected between 2009-2012. Within this sample we conducted a detailed psychodynamic interview with a subset of 11 patients who had made a medically serious suicide attempt within the two years prior to admission.