Mental Health News Radio

Welcome Director of Security Donna Li Puma

We are pleased to welcome Donna Li Puma as our Director of Security for Mental Health News Radio Network. Donna has been providing us with her unique perspective on how to ensure the safety of our interviewers at conferences for some time. We have now asked her to join our team because of the unique understanding of mental wellness she learned through her career and personal life experiences.

Donna’s career in law enforcement was as an officer in New York, New Hampshire and Florida, where she earned certification as a firearms instructor.  She is very proud to have been selected to work in the first private police force for the Olympic Games and with President Reagan’s body guard team during his first term. She also served a tour of duty with the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Branch. After discharge she worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Miami as a Detective, Internal Investigator. She was called back to active duty after 9/11 and had assignments in both Desert Storm and in-country Iraq, reaching the rank of Captain. A full resume of her career in this field includes work as a Federal Computer Crimes Investigator, a Special Agent and more than fifteen years in military intelligence.

We are proud to have Donna on our growing team and look forward to her presence at all venues (even if no one but our team knows exactly where she is).  

Questions for our Director of Security? Email Donna here.

Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melissa Richards, Counselor and Guest on Empowered Empaths

big-laugh-no-sweater-copyAfter earning a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University in Virginia, Melissa Richards moved to Tampa, Florida, where she encountered a variety of populations and concerns in her many hours of training to become a licensed mental health counselor. Coincidentally, Tampa is also the birthplace of her first foray into private practice: otherwise known as Restoration Counseling Center.While she continues to practice today (though now based in Miami), Melissa enjoys any opportunity she’s offered that allows her to expand her counseling reach and notes the honor and joy she receives from “walking alongside so many hurting people.” That includes writing articles and speaking to larger audiences through various conferences or podcasts—and as of this summer, it also includes joining the Mental Health News Radio team.


Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melanie Vann, Counseling and Program Director

We start with our Program Director, resident counselor, and Marketing & Advocacy Director, Melanie Vann. 

A trained behavioral health expert who’s innately intrigued by all that people come to endure during their lifetime, Melanie Vann has been working with Mental Health News Radio and everythingEHR since May 2015. Over the past year and change, her role with the MHNR team has evolved considerably, as she moved quickly from small marketing tasks to a more prominent role in show hosting and management.

Whether she’s on-air co-hosting or behind the scenes vetting guests or writing her next blog post, Melanie draws on her years in private practice as a counselor, life coach, and equine therapist to bring to light the hottest topics of behavioral health today. For more on what makes Melanie tick—and what’s to come regarding her role at MHNR—keep reading.

Behavioral Health Compliance: An Interview with Theresa Wray, LMFT

139SCS_logoToday we interview business owner, clinician, and consultant Theresa Wray of Synergy Consulting Services. A rare and exciting connection for us because of one major factor: Theresa loves finding needles in haystacks. In fact, she excels at it. All of the necessary yet hair pulling work that counselors and Behavioral Health organizations dread to do are actually fun for Theresa.  Things like reading your Managed Care contracts, auditing your charts, reviewing compliance plans, and verifying state regulations.  Enjoy getting to know her during our interview on Mental Health News Radio.  More importantly, enjoy getting to know what she can do for your Behavioral Health organization.

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Welcome James C. Murphy to everythingEHR: Senior Information Security Specialist

jcm-orig-bw-2008Jim is an IT Security consultant with 30+ years’ experience, predominantly in healthcare. He was introduced to us by one of our excellent Behavioral Health EHR vendors: Integrity Support. He recently retired from the State of North Carolina, where his last position was Senior Information Security Specialist within the Office of Internal Audit (OIA) in the NC DHHS. He provided information security expertise for audit planning, follow-up review of previous audits and assisted in system access management and updating the OIA business continuity plan. Earlier he was the Information Security Architect in the Office of MMIS Services of NC DHHS, providing information security consulting for major development projects, including the NCTracks system, and the State Health Information Network planning project. Prior to, Jim was a HIPAA Security consultant at the UNC Health Care System; assisting in risk analyses, documentation, and BC/DR planning.  He also directed IT technology for UNC School of Public Health and lent his expertise as a consultant to leading Electronic Health Record vendors. 

He is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Raleigh Chapter, and the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA), serving on the Privacy and Security Work Group (PSWG), and co-founded the Health Care IT-IS Internal Auditors Task Force (HCIIA) under the PSWG. He was also a contributing author for the (ISC)2 HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) offered earlier in 2014.  Jim has written (published), taught and spoken on information security management, service continuity, security auditing and security certification training to diverse audiences. Jim has an MS in Information Science from the UNC School of Information and Library Science, and holds GSEC, CISSP, ISSMP, CISA and CISM certifications.

Welcome Melanie Vann, M.A. Counseling Psychology, Behavioral Health HIPAA Instructor

Please join us in welcoming Melanie Vann to everythingEHR. Melanie is working with our Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers and Public Behavioral Health Centers on HIPAA compliance and training. She works onsite with practices taking a view of all departments from administrative staff to the clinical team to make sure all processes are being followed that are specific to a behavioral health environment. 

Melanie joins us on Mental Health News Radio to discuss her love of animal-assisted therapy. She’s also our Creative Director, handling all of our marketing efforts for everythingEHR and our advocacy radio show. We could not do all that we do without her!

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What Does Consultancy in Behavioral Healthcare Mean to Us?

 The Nuts and Bolts of Consultancy in Behavioral Healthcare

Why You Need Us—and How We Can Help

The healthcare system as a whole is a complex compilation of providers, insurers, administrators, and vendors. And although the end goal is always to better the health of patients, healthcare is also a business. That business part of healthcare, just as with any venture that involves dollar signs, brings out the best in some, the worst in others. We see it as our job—our passion—to help organizations wade through the behavioral health market to match the best products with the right providers to ensure the best care. And as we’ve found, much of that work involves finding the right people.

Welcome Dr. Frederick DuFour to everythingEHR

FredLecturePlease join us in welcoming Frederick DuFour, PhD. as the Clinical Advisor for everythingEHR. Dr. DuFour has implemented the clinical and administrative workflow utilizing electronic health record software for multiple mental health and substance abuse agencies. He continues to serve as Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University and teaches Evidence-Based Medicine with the clerkship programs at the SUNY Clinical Campus in Binghamton.

Learn more about Dr. DuFour on Mental Health News Radio!

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Fred served for eight years as Executive Director of The Family & Children’s Society in Binghamton, New York. He served as chief administrator of a non-for-profit human services agency that provides a number of specialized counseling and home care services in Broome and Tioga Counties. (www.familycs.org). These programs included a Home Care Aide Service, Family Homes for the Elderly, In Home Mental Health, Elder Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Clinic, Sexual Abuse Program, School Based Counseling, and Health Homes.

Welcome Juliann Schaeffer to everythingEHR

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Juliann Schaeffer is a freelance health writer and editor based outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shortly after graduating with a bachelor of art’s degree in professional writing, Julie joined the team at Great Valley Publishing, where she climbed the editorial ranks for the next six years. During her time at Great Valley, Julie worked closely on a number of medical and health publications, namely For The Record, a national newsmagazine for health information professionals. Since turning her full attention to a freelance career two years ago, Julie continues to write for For The Record, on topics as varied as dictation, meaningful use, natural language processing, and all things EHR. Whether she’s writing for physicians, patients, healthcare companies, or the greater public, on navigating the latest health regulations or the EHR industry as a whole, Julie pairs her knowledge and affinity for science with a wordsmith skill set to ensure content that strikes the perfect balance of sources, science, and style.

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