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As a Mental Health or Behavioral Health Registered Nurse (RN), you must have a strong desire to help individuals with mental and behavioral issues.

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Job Responsibilities For Mental Health and Behavioral Health Jobs

  • Perform psychiatric nursing assessments and medication management for patients
  • Provide medication education for patients
  • Provide ongoing assessment of patients
  • Responsible for attending all mandatory in-services, continuing education, and annual health requirements.

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What are Mental Health and Behavior Health Disorders?

Mental health encompasses a number of factors, such as your biology, your psychological condition, and your habits, while your behavioral health examines how your individual habits impact your overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Some examples of mental health and behavior health disorders that are not directly related to or caused by behaviors are:

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  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorde
  • Generalized anxiety disorde
  • Schizophrenia

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Behavioral Health Disorders

  • Sex addiction
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling addiction

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If you have held any of the positions below, have any of the skills or experience listed below you may be a good fit for this position

  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Postpartum
  • Psychology
  • Psych
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric
  • Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Science

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Mental and Behavioral Health

  • The current trend toward integrating behavioral and physical health is, in many ways, a response to a mental health system that has struggled to meet the demand for such care.
  • The current trend toward integrating behavioral and physical health is, in many ways, a response to a mental health system that has struggled to meet the demand for such care.
  • An estimated 44 million adults in the U.S. are living with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a patient advocacy organization, yet nearly 60% of those with a mental health disorder didn’t receive treatment in the previous year. This is despite the fact that spending on mental health hit $221 billion in 2014, making it the single most expensive medical condition in the U.S.
  • Behavioral health treatment, such as psychotherapy and counseling
  • Mental and behavioral health inpatient services/li>
  • Substance use disorder (commonly known as substance abuse) treatment.
  • Financial — like deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limits.
  • Treatment — like limits to the number of days or visits covered
  • Care management — like being required to get authorization of treatment before getting it

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Mental & Behavioral Health

  • Residential mental health and behavioral health treatment centers: These mental health services are provided at live-in facilities that are typically privately owned. Stays at these facilities are often 30 days or longer.
  • Outpatient mental health services: Mental health, substance abuse and community mental health services are often offered on an outpatient basis. This means that in these programs, patients live in their own homes but go to a facility regularly for treatment.
  • Private practice: Many people with substance abuse or mental health issues see practitioners in private practice at their offices. These are typically psychologists or psychiatrists. Group, family and individual therapy are generally offered as is medication management depending on the practitioner.
  • Telepsychiatry, Telemental Health: These mental health services are offered remotely over the phone or the Internet using email, online chat or video conferencing. These behavioral health services offer people in underserved communities’ access to psychiatry. Others who benefit from this type of service are those that are housebound and those who need support in-between appointments.