Correction: Please try the following link to get to SAMHSA new page that is loaded with information about shared decision making: http://www.samhsa.gov/consumersurvivor/sdm/StartHere.html
NYAPRS Note: Here’s news of a terrific new tool to help assist people with psychiatric diagnoses to make informed, active decisions regarding their mental health services and medications, including lots of information on alternatives.
It comes to us from CMHS’ Acting Director Paolo del Vecchio, who will be a featured keynoter at this fall’s September 19-21 NYAPRS Conference, which will also feature a workshop on Shared Decision Making. Look for details soon!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the availability of new Shared Decision-Making (SDM) resources for people who use mental health services and their providers. Through SDM, consumers work with their behavioral health care providers to make informed health care decisions best suited to achieving their own successful path to recovery.
One of the new tools is an online decision aid to assist consumers to make informed treatment decisions about antipsychotic medications. The aid enables consumers to share their treatment preferences and concerns with their provider. It also allows consumers to weigh the side effect profiles of various antipsychotic medications and explore options to promote recovery. This information is then available in printable format to easily share with providers during a treatment meeting. This gives providers a better understanding of consumer needs and preferences and helps to both develop effective therapeutic relationships and increase treatment encounter efficiency by helping to focus treatment encounter discussions.
SAMHSA also has additional SDM tools on their site that can be used by providers and consumers that cover topics such as: complementary and alternative medicines, medication side effects, tips for consumers speaking with their providers, and good questions to ask about medications. In the future, SAMHSA is looking to release SDM tools that have a focus on medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders and other topics.
I encourage you to access this helpful new resource, and I ask that you share the information about its availability to your colleagues who may be interested.
Thank you for all you do to promote recovery.
Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W.
Acting Director, Center for Mental Health Services