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Signature Psychiatric Hospital Expands Services on Campus of Liberty Hospital

March 13, 2017:  Signature Psychiatric Hospital is pleased to announce an expansion of its inpatient services on the campus of Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri.  The Project will be a 36-bed facility servicing adults aged 18 and older with mental health needs.  The expansion adds 36 beds to Signature Psychiatric Hospital’s existing program in North Kansas City.  The project is scheduled to begin admitting patients in December of this year.   For more information contact: Sheila Hunt, Regional Director of Business Development CenterPointe Behavioral Health System sahunt@cphmo.net 636-345-6150

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25% of all overdoses are from heroin

America’s opioid epidemic continues: The latest numbers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, show that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. In 1999, just 6% of all overdoses were related to the drug. When looking at overdoses overall, opioid-related deaths represented the majority. In 2015, overdoses involving opioids represented 60% of all overdose deaths, a significant jump from about 50% in 2010. Opioids include heroin as well as drugs with a similar chemical structure, such as oxycodone and illicit synthetics like fentanyl. Dr. Holly Hedegaard of the National Center for Health Statistics, who co-authored the study, also noted that this was the first time the number of overdose deaths in the United States exceeded 50,000. In 2010, there were 38,329 overdose-related deaths, and by 2015, that number had climbed to 52,404. By comparison, in 2015, there were 36,252 total firearm-related deaths across the country. As with heroin, there was also a...Read More >

St. Charles County Ambulance District presents STOP Heroin Lecture at CenterPointe Hospital

  WELDON SPRING, MO: On Friday, February 24, 2017 Lisa Cassidy and Kyle Gaines from the St. Charles County Ambu-lance District gave a powerful presentation on the topic, “STOP Heroin” to a packed audience of 250 people at Center-Pointe Hospital. The presentation included a video re-enactment of paramedics’ response to a heroin overdose, as well as a video of parents describing the unimaginable grief of losing a child to heroin. Heroin use and heroin overdoses in our communities are growing at an alarming rate, causing devastating effects on individuals, families and on our communities. Lisa and Kyle gave a call to action to our communities to join forces to do everything we can to “STOP Heroin.” After the lecture, an Open House and tour of CenterPointe’s “The Changing Pointe” Addiction Treatment Center was made available for visitors to learn more about this state-of-the-art addiction treatment center. Dr. Raafea Malik, Medical Director and Candy Finan, Program Manager gave an overview of...Read More >

The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center Hosts Breakfast Lecture & Open House Friday, February 24, 2017

BREAKFAST LECTURE “STOP Heroin” by Lisa Cassidy and Kyle Gaines St. Charles County Ambulance District CenterPointe Hospital Gym 8:00 a.m.—9:30 a.m., Registration 7:30 a.m. 1.5 CEUs for Social Work & Addiction OPEN HOUSE The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center Newly Expanded 4-Week Program CenterPointe Hospital Unit 2 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. RSVP for one or both events: 636-477-2157 Email: jbasler@cphmo.net No Cost ~ Refreshments ~ Door Prizes! CenterPointe Hospital 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles, MO 63304 www.CenterPointeHospital.com

CenterPointe Hospital Holds Lecture on Music Therapy: “Let’s Express Ourselves”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: St. Charles, MO January 27, 2017 On Friday, January 27th, nearly 140 people visited CenterPointe Hospital in St. Charles, MO to learn about the therapeutic benefits of Music Therapy with a wide range of age groups, from children to seniors, and how music can help individuals with mental health or addiction issues to express their thoughts and feelings in a meaningful way. Teresa Stamey and Catherine Decker, both board certified Music Therapists, engaged the audience in singing, clapping and drumming—illustrating how music can help individuals “find their own voice.” Teresa Stamey explained that for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, rhythm and the ability to sing and re-member the words to songs are accessible for a long time, bringing positive memories and feelings to seniors. Catherine Decker gave examples of how music and song writing can reduce stress, increase awareness of self and surroundings and increase communication skills. About CenterPointe Hospital: CenterPointe Hospital is a 150-bed private, psychiatric...Read More >

Be a part of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week – January 23-29, 2017

When teens are given scientific FACTS about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others. Looking at drug use in the past month among High School Seniors: 5% misuse prescription drugs more than 20% smoke marijuana 35% use alcohol Teenage drug use can result in risks to their: health success in school safety when driving under the influence For more FACTS on Teenage Drug & Alcohol Use go to: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week CenterPointe Hospital provides Confidential Assessments at No Cost For more information or to schedule an assessment, call: 636-477-2136 Admissions or 800-345-5407 Toll Free CenterPointe Hospital 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles, MO 63304

You are cordially invited to attend a Behavioral Health Breakfast Lecture

TOPIC: “Let’s Express Ourselves”: An Overview of Music Therapy in Mental Health Treatment PRESENTERS: Teresa Stamey, MT-BC Director of Elder & Palliative Care at Midwest Therapy, and Well-Being Director at Provision Living at West County and Catherine Decker, MA, MT-BC Music Therapist at CenterPointe Hospital, and Music Therapist at CdMarie’s Music Therapy Services, LLC DATE: Friday, January 27, 2017 TIME: Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Lecture: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital Gym 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 RSVP: 636-477- 2157 or Email jbasler@cphmo.net 1.5 Contact Hours will be awarded to Social Workers and Addiction Counselors There is NO COST to attend the breakfast or lecture hour DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: Music is a powerful, non-threatening tool that can be used to help individuals who struggle with mental health issues. It can be used to explore personal feelings and therapeutic issues such as self-esteem or personal insight. It can help make positive changes...Read More >

Heroin, fentanyl overdose deaths increase at alarming rate

by Gary A. Enos, Editor Overdose deaths involving heroin and synthetic opioids continued to rise sharply in 2015, while an increase in overdose deaths from prescription opioids occurred at a slower rate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Dec. 8. The overall number of opioid overdose deaths rose to 33,091 last year, compared with 28,647 deaths in 2014. Some of these deaths involved both illicit and prescription opioids. Heroin overdose deaths increased by 23% in 2015, to 12,990. Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone increased by a staggering 73%, to 9,580, with most of these deaths attributed to illicit fentanyl. Prescription opioid overdose deaths, conversely, increased by only 4% in 2015, to 17,536. Federal officials suggest that efforts to curb prescription drug misuse have had an effect. “Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems,” said CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH. “We need to...Read More >

How to Care for Yourself During the Holidays

Holiday blues range from mild sadness during the holidays to severe depression. This sadness or depression can be prevented, and if it’s already present, it can be eased. To help prevent and deal with holiday blues, follow these tips: Prevention Basic Good Health • Eat right, avoid too much sugar and fat • Get plenty of rest • Exercise regularly • Limit alcohol consumption Set Realistic Goals • Organize your time • Make lists • Prioritize • Make a budget and follow it • Delegate • Don’t overdo Healthy Coping Strategies • Give yourself a break – you don’t have to be “perfect” • Accept help from others • Listen to your inner voice especially when you start to feel overwhelmed • Share your concerns with others • Experience your feelings – it is okay to feel sad • Allow yourself time alone • Be innovative, create new traditions and ways to celebrate • Enjoy activities that are free •...Read More >

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