The Riggs Blog
The Riggs Blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.
The recent 60 Minutes piece and Terry’s blog about her experience speaking to managed care reviewers are moving, powerful and frustrating. The draconian procedures sometimes used by managed care organizations make it hard to remember that, in fact, they operate from the same “limited resources” moral imperative as the environmental movement.
On March 26, Pamella Weeks, former therapeutic community staff member, lost her long and valiant struggle against ovarian cancer. Pam worked at the Austen Riggs Center for almost 20 years, starting in 1987 as a psychiatric worker. She became the Center-Wide Community Coordinator in the Therapeutic Community in March of 1994, a position she held up until she left Riggs in 2006.
In 2013 the Austen Riggs Center conducted a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in order to identify and evaluate the key mental health needs of the national, regional and local communities we serve.
One highlighted concern was to enhance access to quality mental health care services for low-income populations in Berkshire County. To that end, Riggs has begun conversations with the staff at the Brien Center, which serves a low-income population, to identify opportunities for Riggs staff to provide education and training to Brien Center clinicians.
Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the open setting mean to you?” The entry below comes from Barbara Turner Hart, R.N., M.A., Nurse Educator.