Friends and Family Support Conference Call

Message From Susan, FFS Leader:
Good morning!
I just wanted to thank you again for participating in last weeks FFS phone meeting.
Please note, that we are a work in progress and will change format as deemed appropriate.
Your comments are most appreciated. I want to encourage you to try at least 6 meetings before you decide whether or not this fellowship is for you.
Please feel free to contact me at any time and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you again and thank you so much for sharing your stories.
Best regards,

Friends and Family Support Group
Every Tuesday
The call in information: (888) 617-3400; Pass code: 1086548#
International Number: (760) 569-4400

Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) have released for public comment six measures that will assess the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries in inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs). The measures under consideration are based on literature reviews of the evidence and reviews by a technical expert panel that includes clinicians, quality experts, and other stakeholders.
These measures are:
1. HBIPS-2: Hours of physical restraint use (patient safety)
2. HBIPS-3: Hours of seclusion use (patient safety)
3. HBIPS-4: Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications (pharmacotherapy)
4. HBIPS-5: Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications with appropriate justification (pharmacotherapy)
5. HBIPS-6: Post discharge continuing care plan created (care coordination)
6. HBIPS-7: Post discharge continuing care plan transmitted to next level of care provider upon discharge (care coordination)
More information may be found here:
CMS is requesting that stakeholders review and provide feedback on these proposed measures. All comments are welcome, but they are particularly interested in feedback in the following areas:
• Relevance of the measures to the mission of public reporting under ACA 3401, Subsection 10322
• Usefulness of the measures to improve quality of care for Medicare patients
• Feasibility of data collection for the purpose of public reporting under ACA 3401, Subsection 10322
We encourage you to submit your individual comments directly on NCQA’s Public Comments website at

First Friends and Family Support Conference Call

When I first came into the world of Mental Disorders and Drug Addiction, I had nobody to turn to for support.  We were in the emergency room and my family member was about to be admitted to the psychiatric ward for the first time.  We had no idea who to call or what to do.  We called our Clergyman who came to our aide but really had no experience in this field and was not equipped to guide us other than spiritually and with his friendship.  That being said, this is one of my main reasons for agreeing to volunteer for SARDAA.  It was a very lonely and scary journey for me and my family. We lived in isolation and in secrecy….  I have come a long way since that day and I feel so grateful to the people who I have met along the way.  I also feel it is so important to give back and to help those who are in need of support.  

 After finding SARDAA and inquiring about a support group, I agreed to restart the Friends and Family Support Group (FFS).  Our revamped Friends and Family Support Group had a successful first meeting on August 2nd.  We were a small group but shared our experience, strength and hope and even formed new friendships.  We urge you to try our program at least 6 times before you determine whether or not FFS and a Twelve Step Program is something you may benefit from.  The group is a work in progress and we encourage comments and suggestions from all who call in.  

 Anonymity is an important principle of the FFS program.  Everything that is said in the group meeting and member-to-member, must be held in strict confidence.  Only in this way can we feel free to say what is in our minds and hearts, for this is how we help one another in our program.  If you are not comfortable, you may even choose to stay quiet and just listen.  Nobody knows who is on the phone unless you decide to announce yourself. 

To those who joined us for our first meeting, I thank you and to those who were not able to dial in for the first meeting, I look forward to having you with us at future meetings.  

Best regards,

Susan S., FFS Leader