We've assembled some of the most interesting and relevant behavioral health news stories from October 2018, touching on current events and industry trends you should be aware of.
Signing Opioid Law, Trump Pledges To 'Scourge' Of Drug Addiction (NPR)
With the nation reeling from an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, President Trump signed legislation aimed at helping people overcome addiction and preventing addictions before they start.
The Biggest Healthcare Data Breaches Of 2018 (So Far) (Healthcare IT News)
Healthcare continued to be a lucrative target for hackers in 2017 with weaponized ransomware, misconfigured cloud storage buckets and phishing emails dominating the year. In 2018, these threats are getting more creative despite better awareness among healthcare organizations at the executive level for the funding needed to protect themselves
In Looking To Treat The Whole Patient, VA Tests Behavioral Health Platform (Forbes)
In an effort to create a collaboration between primary care physicians and behavioral health specialists to treat the “whole person,” the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has turned to a mental health technology company – which is being funded by an National Science Foundation (NSF) grant – that could be a substantial step forward for those in the VA system suffering from mental illness.
A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A National Crisis (US News)
Last year, leaders declared the opioid epidemic a life-threatening emergency. The county is now responding to the drug crisis as if it were a natural disaster, the same way it would mobilize to respond to a landslide or flu pandemic.