New Adolescent Program in Sovereign Health San Diego- July 2014 Newsletter

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Behavioral Health News - July 2014
In This Issue: July 2014
Sovereign Book Spotlight
New Adolescent Program
Awareness Month
The Dangers of 4th July
Mental Disorder:CDC
Mental Health Problems Among Minorities
Meet Our Staff
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Book Spotlight
Sovereign Book Spotlight
Author  or, lawyer, and social activist Melody Moezzi chronicles the challenges of living life in the area between insanity and gifted talent.  At 18, Moezzi  began struggling with medical issues, resulting in the eventual removal of her pancreas.  She marvels at how many people in her life rallied around and supported her, visiting her in the hospital and flooding her room with flowers.  Yet years later when she was hospitalized once again, this time due to a mental illness called Bipolar Disorder, not only were there no visits or flowers, people were reluctant to call or visit her. 

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Sovereign Health Opens the Doors to a New Adolescent Program


Sovereign Health Group will be opening the doors of their new Rancho San Diego Adolescent Treatment Program, designed for both male and female adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17.

Sovereign's new Adolescent Program features treatment for Substance Abuse, Mental Health issues and coexisting conditions, also known as Dual Diagnosis. The RSD Adolescent Program offers gender separate housing to its patients along with gender specific programming and patients are under 24-hour supervision. Additionally, patients are given a menu that is dietician approved and all medication is safely managed by a multidisciplinary staff.

All adolescents who enter the program will have an individualized treatment plan to best help them with their recovery. In order to do this, the program provides both a psychiatric consultation and, if necessary, a substance abuse assessment to determine which aspects of the program will work best for each individual patient. The treatment program will utilize multiple elements including substance abuse counseling, therapy, classes, outdoor and extracurricular activities and aftercare planning to help prevent relapse....Read On


In 2008, the US House of Representatives declared July National Minority and Mental Health Month which allows for an opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. The goal of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is to improve the access that people have to mental health treatment and services via increased public awareness. Many of these resources can be found on the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) website.

Factors that Affect Mental Illness and Minorities

One major factor that can affect a person's access to or willingness to seek out help for mental illness may be their culture. Cultural identity and belief patterns can seriously affect one's willingness to seek treatment along with cultural and societal stigmas that may go along with admitting to having a mental illness and seeking help. This means a lot of people who need treatment or help with a mental health issue cannot or will not be able to get it. 

A lack of cultural understanding may also result in under-diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a mental health....Read On 


The 4th of July is a uniquely American celebration and a favorite holiday of many people.  It's a time when families and friends make plans to get together for picnics, barbecues and trips to the beach.  For people near the coast, who have access to a boat, or a friend's boat, sailing and hanging out on the dock is the perfect way to spend the day.  Others enjoy trips to the mountains or major amusement parks.  Most people plan in advance where they will be to watch fireworks displays and arrive early in the day to reserve a good spot.   The plan for the day is eat, drink relax and do whatever makes you happy.  Flags are flying, people are wearing red, white and blue and the atmosphere is festive.

On such a day, danger is not foremost in the mind of most people. However, in 2013 on July 2nd, the National Safety Council declared the 4th of July "The Most Dangerous Holiday of the Year". ....Read on





Up to 20 percent of children in the United States suffer from a mental disorder, and the number of kids diagnosed with one has been rising for more than a decade, according to a report released on Thursday by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


In the agency's first-ever study of mental disorders among children aged 3 to 17, researchers found childhood mental illnesses affect up to one in five kids and cost $247 billion per year in medical bills, special education and juvenile justice.


Children with mental disorders - defined as "serious deviations from expected cognitive, social, and emotional development" - often have trouble learning in school, making friends, and building relationships later in life, the report said."This is a deliberate effort by CDC to show mental health is a health issue. As with any health concern, the more attention we give to it, the better. It's parents becoming aware of the facts and talking to a healthcare provider about how their child is learning, behaving, and playing with other kids," Dr. Ruth Perou, the lead author of the study, told Reuters in an interview....Read on



Words like depression and anxiety do not exist in certain American Indian languages, but the suicide rate for American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) males between the ages of 15 and 24 is two to three times higher than the national rate. The overall prevalence of mental health problems among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AA/PIs) does not significantly differ from the prevalence rates for other Americans, but AA/PIs have the lowest utilization rates of mental health services among ethnic populations. Mexican Americans born outside the United States have lower prevalence rates of any lifetime disorders than Mexican Americans born in the United States, and 25% of Mexican-born immigrants show signs of mental illness or substance abuse, compared with 48% of U.S.-born Mexican Americans. Somatic symptoms are almost twice as likely to be found among African Americans than among white American populations.

There have been numerous efforts, both government- and privately-funded, to develop plans and policies to assist the mentally ill minorities in the United States. With the recent influx of immigrants to the United States from poorer countries, it is vital to address their mental health care needs......Read on

Meet Our Staff: Spencer Pridgen

Department: Legal & Court Services

Title: Legal Coordinator 

What is your background and work experience?


I've been in recovery for over ten years and know how difficult the struggle can be to overcome addiction. I've sponsored many guys throughout the years and always felt like it was my calling to try and help others who are dealing with the same battles that I've once had.  I started working in recovery as the office manager for Newport Coast Recovery. Over the next several years I worked my way into the position of a Program Director.   I spent 4 1/2 years as  Program director for Serenity New Life, a facility that specialized in both residential and outpatient programs but primarily dealt with alternative sentencing. I ran two programs while I was there: the Serenity Life counseling which was a certified outpatient drug and alcohol program and the Serenity New Life program which was a licensed residential inpatient program....Read on 
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