Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DOH wants information about mental patients

From the NY Post:

The city Department of Health wants hospitals to hand over information on patients admitted for a first psychotic episode, as part of a new initiative aimed at delivering care to mentally ill people who might endanger themselves and others.

City hospitals may soon be required to report data on patients ages 18 to 30 to the DOH within 24 hours of their admission.

The city insists the reported information — name, age, phone, gender, admission date, diagnosis and insurance type — will be kept confidential and held for only 30 days.

During that period, the DOH will reach out and ask patients to participate in a “linkage to care” program. If they agree, their data will be retained to help the DOH remain in contact and make sure they receive “specialized, ongoing care for their illness” at area mental-health clinics, the agency said.


Anonymous said...

If this can stop the train wreck that the service in some of these hospitals is...... Elmhurst etc. Whatever right.

What I've learned.

Don't even ask (not a jab at your blog).

Anonymous said...

There is NO service now. Those "clinics" are so full the appointments last about 15 minutes. The doctors often don't speak English. Here in Staten Island it's taken two years to find a psychiatrist for my autistic son - and now he's going to Brooklyn. As usual, nice press release, but they need a reality check.

Anonymous said...

Just like Project Hope, it's total Crap.
Project Hope is supposed to be for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. It's a lot of printed brochures and people paid to give them out. that's it.

Anonymous said...

What about people over 30? Plus, it states the program is optional - most mentally ill people do not believe they are ill so why would they consent to this? Even if they did consent, what would the DOH do for the patients?

Anonymous said...

THey could be dangerous. Lock them up and keep their paws out of our face son the subway

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea due to the fact that treatment non-compliance particularly with medication is the greatest challenge we face in treating the mentally ill and thereby preventing so many of the crimes related to psychosis as well as other mental problems. But now the challenge will be having identified the patients, will the program be able to oversee all of the patients and their follow up.