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Alabama Department of Mental Health

GovernmentMontgomery, Alabama, United States
About: Alabama Department of Mental Health is a government organization based out in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. It is known for research contribution in the topics: Population & Primary education. The organization has 11 authors who have published 11 publications receiving 196 citations.

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TL;DR: This article used a controlled field setting to examine the effects of training dogs to detect multiple substances on their subsequent detection performance and refresher training requirements, and found that the number of previously learned odors did not decrease as the amount of training required to refresh detection performance.

129 citations

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TL;DR: Neglect and physical abuse were the most common abuse types and incidents occurred more frequently on the afternoon-early evening shift, and more frequently in residential than in nonresidential areas.
Abstract: Data regarding cases of confirmed abuse or neglect in large state-operated facilities in 6 states were collected and analyzed. Neglect and physical abuse were the most common abuse types. ...

25 citations

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TL;DR: This article will discuss how various causes of deafness create the potential for specific language dysfluencies with individuals who are deaf in mental health settings and attempt to offer possible corresponding interventions.
Abstract: Working with individuals who are deaf in mental health settings can be complex work, necessitating consideration for the difference in language abilities. These differences include not only the language differences of American Sign Language (ASL) and English, but also the range of heterogeneity within the Deaf Community. Multiple influences such as mental illness, medical conditions, language deprivation and the etiology of deafness can impact how a person acquires and uses language. This article will discuss how various causes of deafness create the potential for specific language dysfluencies with individuals who are deaf in mental health settings. The article will also discuss the use of communication assessments to examine specific language dysfluency patterns and attempt to offer possible corresponding interventions.

18 citations

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TL;DR: There is little evidence to support the scope of psychotropic medication use in the MR population though the field is advancing and the contribution of psychiatric illness to challenging behaviors is not systematically addressed in the literature.
Abstract: This article reviews recent evidence in the literature for the use of psychotropic and other somatic treatments in the management of patients with mental retardation (MR). The search methodology included peer-reviewed English language publications in PubMed and PsychINFO with the words Mental Retardation, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disability and Mental Disorders/Drug Therapy or Antipsychotic medications, Psychiatric Somatic therapies, Neuroleptic Drugs, Antidepressants and Electroconvulsive Therapy from 1998 to 2008. The review revealed few randomized controlled trials on the medications frequently prescribed for patients with MR. Three RCTs of Risperidone in children, one combining adults and children and one with adults only are discussed. There was one RCT involving Quetiapine and one on Citalopram. There is little evidence to support the scope of psychotropic medication use in the MR population though the field is advancing. The contribution of psychiatric illness to challenging behaviors is not systematically addressed in the literature.

15 citations

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TL;DR: An descriptive and qualitative overview of this 2.5 year project to develop a collaboration between primary care and mental health care through co-location of services and use of video-conferencing capability to provide mental health services more efficiently is presented.
Abstract: The Alabama Coalition for a Healthier Black was a demonstration of concept project. This paper is a descriptive and qualitative overview of this 2.5 year project. Limited key project results are reported here. Located in the rural Black Belt region of Alabama this coalition had several key aims: to develop a collaboration between primary care and mental health care through co-location of services; use of video-conferencing capability to provide mental health services more efficiently; enhanced training in rural healthcare; and development of stigma reduction campaigns along with other coalition partner specific initiatives. Co-location and telepsychiatry implementation produced the major challenges and resulting adaptations to original aims. Despite many challenges these new service patterns were put into place and appear to be sustainable.

8 citations


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No. of papers from the Institution in previous years
YearPapers
20171
20131
20081
20021
20011
19981