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• Behavioral or mental health home care has recently emerged as a highly effective solution bridging the gap for post-discharge psychiatric patients. Fox News reported on its Good Day New York program that Priority Home Care’s (New York) Behavioral Home Health Program made a big difference in patients’ lives. Priority’s program involves home visits by psychiatric nurses and home health aides with psychiatric training. About 1,000 homicides a year are committed by mentally ill people who are not taking their medication, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center (Arlington, VA). "Behavioral home care not only saves lives, but also saves costs," said Mary Rosedale, director of Priority’s program. "Lack of a rehabilitation program frequently results in emergency care and rehospitalization, which are far more costly in dollars and lives than transitional care."
• A man who was instrumental in the national development of home health services died July 20 of heart failure in Minneapolis. Elwin A. Miller was 93. In the 1950s, he was vice president and president of the national committee on home health service, and he also served on the National HomeCaring Council, as well as the International Homemaker Council. n