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The Benefits and Limitations of OMH Prescribed Treatment in Mental Health Settings

The Benefits and Limitations of OMH Prescribed Treatment in Mental Health Settings

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Clinicians, you’ve heard this before… & hopefully you know the rules. 

Depending on your program, The office of mental health prescribes rules for the practice of treatment. The rules encompass the way we document, carry out treatment, and even bleeds into the philosophy of care and implementing of practice at our workplaces. There is no question that having a set formula for the way operations and treatment is carried out in the mental health setting is paramount for the foundation of care necessary to get treatment off the ground. But is prescribed treatment what’s necessary to care for a full range of diagnoses, social, systemic, and institutional problems. We will explore this are more during this blog entry on mental health.

The benefits are obvious: predictibility, consistency, & evidence based practice requires treatment to reliable & reproducible if there if our treatment venues are to ever house research experiments. Research is vital and so is evidenced based treatment but is prescribed treatment a must to drive quality and effective treatment forward in mental health? 

I am a clinician with lived experience who has been exposed to a number of treatment settings as a peer and professional. What’s missing is that special touch, that lining to care that sails beyond the golden thread and returns unscathed. I call it Special Projects. It’s a division of care that dares to explore the irrational, unknown; and have the confidence to justify billing to keep the program running and eligible for state funding. 

This is done by asking a few questions reflectively: 1) why is treatment the same here as down the street, 2) what can I offer my client that stands apart from past providers, 3) who am I working with and how do the regulations of OMH complicate the best care possible for my client? 4) how do I make it all work? First as an individual, then as a team, and ultimately with your clients and their families. Yes, at the root of it, this a  person centered philosophy and practice and keeps the uniqueness of people at the heart of treatment. It’s a choice to be different in cookie cutter clinic formulae.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t train to work on an assembly line unless that was what was going to cure my client. But let’s be real, people are all different, let’s find the right fit tomorrow for your clients using special Projects guided work.

About the Author

J. Peters

Bold 10 Under 10 award recipient Jacques Peters ’08, MSW ’12 . Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), therapist and disability rights advocate, Mr. Peters fights for those without a voice in various systems of care, such as the New York City Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health or the city’s Department of Corrections. Jacques is the author of University on Watch: Crisis in the Academy, which he published under the pen name J. Peters in 2019, and First Diagnosis, published in 2020. Jacques refers to his stance on recovery in his journal articles as “Too big to fail.” No obstacle too big, no feat out of reach, Jacques let nothing stop him in his path to recovery and healing.
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