Psychiatric Services

A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association

  • 2014

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Highest-Ranking Mental Health Journal in Health Policy & Services
Psychiatric Services is the highest-ranked mental health journal by its most recent Impact Factor (2.412) in the Health Policy & Services Category of ISI’s Journal Citation Reports. Of the 71 peer-reviewed journals ranked in the Health Policy & Services Category, Psychiatric Services ranks 15th. No other mental health journal ranks higher.

  • Description

    Psychiatric Services, established in 1950, is published monthly by the American Psychiatric Association. The journal focuses on issues related to the delivery of mental health services, especially for people with severe mental illness in community-based treatment programs. Each month, Psychiatric Services features research reports with results that have practical applications in the diverse settings and integrated systems where today's practitioners work. The journal has long recognized that providing high-quality care involves team collaboration among a variety of professionals and that people with serious mental illness are served by many systems. Authors of research reports include psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, drug and alcohol treatment counselors, social workers, nurses, economists, and professionals in related systems such as the criminal justice and welfare systems. Monthly columns keep readers up to date on important developments in areas such as emerging best practices, law and psychiatry, integrated care, and global mental health care reforms. Issues also feature news and letters to the editor. Every member of the treatment team will find Psychiatric Services a valuable source of information.

    Psychiatric Services focuses on the delivery of behavioral health services in organized systems, such as public mental health systems, correctional systems, and health maintenance organizations. Under health care reform, systems of care are changing to maximize quality and accessibility and lower costs, and care settings services are becoming more integrated to better serve patients with complex needs. Clinicians and administrators look to for research on how to deliver evidence-based treatments, to take an integrated “whole-health” approach to care, and to better engage their patients—especially those with severe and persistent mental illnesses, who are often served by multiple systems.

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  • Contents

    The July issue of Psychiatric Services is now online. Below are some highlights from the issue.

    Service Use Among Adults With Suicide Ideation, Plans, or Attempts: National Data
    Ian H. Stanley, Melanie A. Hom, Thomas E. Joiner
    Little is known about factors associated with service use and nonuse among suicidal adults. In a 2013 U.S. population survey, more than 3,100 adults reported past-year suicide ideation, plans, or attempts. Analyses of data for this group found that approximately 50% had contact with any type of mental health services in the past year. Findings suggest possible avenues by which to increase treatment engagement in this population.

    Many Physicians Not Providing Depression Screening During Medicare Annual Wellness Visits
    Elizabeth Pfoh, Ramin Mojtabai, Jennifer Bailey, Jonathan P. Weiner, Sydney M. Dy
    Physicians have been slow to adopt a 2011 Medicare requirement to provide depression screening during initial annual wellness visits, according to data for more than 4,200 Medicare enrollees who visited 198 primary care providers in Maryland and D.C. Only 10% were screened. Findings indicate that the requirement is not a strong enough incentive to overcome institutional and practice-style barriers to depression screening.

    Trends in Use of Seclusion and Restraint in U.S. Hospitals, 2007–2013
    Vincent S. Staggs
    Rates of use of seclusion and restraint in response to injurious assaults in adult psychiatric units have held steady in recent years, but use of devices for restraint (e.g., blanket wraps, net restraints, and four- or five-point restraints) has decreased. The study analyzed monthly administrative data (2007–2013) from 438 adult psychiatric units in 317 U.S. hospitals.

    A Cost-Sharing Exemption Program for Patients With Mental Illness in Taiwan: Who Enrolls?
    Hsin-Hui Huang, Chuan-Yu Chen, Yiing-Jenq Chou, Nicole Huang

    Variation in the Relationship Between Mental Illness and Residential Transience by Race-Ethnicity
    Cristie Glasheen, Valerie L. Forman-Hoffman

    U.S. Female Veterans Who Do and Do Not Rely on VA Health Care: Needs and Barriers to Mental Health Treatment
    Jack Tsai, Natalie P. Mota, Robert H. Pietrzak

    Consumer-Involved Participatory Research to Address General Medical Health and Wellness in a Community Mental Health Setting
    Sharat P. Iyer, Laura S. Pancake, Elizabeth S. Dandino, Kenneth B. Wells

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  • Contributors

    Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

    Editorial Board
    David A. Adler, M.D.
    Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H.
    Javier I. Escobar, M.D.
    Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.
    Richard K. Harding, M.D.
    Grayson S. Norquist, M.D., M.S.P.H.
    Martha Sajatovic, M.D.
    Bradley D. Stein, M.D., Ph.D.
    Marvin S. Swartz, M.D.
    Marcia Valenstein, M.D.
    Roy C. Wilson, M.D.
    Bonnie T. Zima, M.D., M.P.H.

    Editor Emeritus

John A. Talbott, M.D.

Book Review Editor
Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H.

Contributing Editors
Law & Psychiatry: Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D.
Frontline Reports: Francine Cournos, M.D., and Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.
Public-Academic Partnerships: Lisa B. Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Hepburn, M.D.
Personal Accounts: Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H.
Best Practices: William M. Glazer, M.D.
Datapoints: Amy M. Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Tami L. Mark, Ph.D.
Mental Health Care Reforms in Europe: Matt Muijen, M.D.
Mental Health Care Reforms in Latin America: Jose Miguel Caldas de Almeida, M.D., and Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, M.D., M.P.H.
State Mental Health Policy: Fred C. Osher, M.D.
Case Studies in Public-Sector Leadership: Jules M. Ranz, M.D. and Susan M. Deakins, M.D.
Economic Grand Rounds: Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., Haiden A. Huskamp, Ph.D., and Alison Evans Cuellar, Ph.D.

Editorial Consultants
Norman Clemens, M.D.
Julie M. Donohue, Ph.D.
Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D.
Marcia Kraft Goin, M.D., Ph.D.
Shelly F. Greenfield, M.D., M.P.H.
M. Susan Ridgely, J.D.
Laura Van Tosh

  • About the Author

    Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, where he is the Director of the Mental Health Systems Improvement Collaborative.

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