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THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF BULLYING

While some may continue to view bullying as a rite of passage for school children and young adults, mental health professionals and others continue to make the case that this behavior is destructive. New research indicates that bullying is a public health problem that is linked to depression. According to a study that tracked 2,668 […]

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FEELING STRESSED?

In the short term, stress can be good. As the “fight or flight” response kicks in, muscles tense, heartbeat rises, respiration increases, and hormones surge. These physical responses ready our bodies to either confront danger or run from it. In the modern world, short-term stress helps us meet a deadline at work or clean out […]

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Care Coordinator

Plains Area Mental Health Center is seeking a Care Coordinator to provide services to members primarily in Sioux county. IHS is a model of healthcare delivery that utilizes a patient-centered holistic approach to coordination of care for the Medicaid eligible mental health population. The Care Coordinator is responsible for making and tracking referrals, follow up […]

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Insurance/Billing Specialist

Plains Area Mental Health Center has an immediate opening for a full time Insurance/Billing Specialist. This position will assist with insurance and submitting claims in our Le Mars office. Requires a detail oriented, friendly, energetic personality.  Must be able to multitask and work independently.  Insurance billing experience preferred.  Competitive salary and excellent benefits.  If you are interested […]

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Medical Records and Compliance Specialist

Plains Area Mental Health is excited to offer a full-time position to assist the Compliance Department in processing medical records requests and auditing for records compliance. This position is based in the Le Mars Office. Knowledge of Electronic Medical Records, HIPAA, and medical coding preferred.  Travel to satellite offices may be required. Job Title: Medical […]

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CHILDREN OF DEPRESSED PARENTS

When one or both parents are depressed, the entire family can be affected. According to a 30-year study of families at risk for depression, the offspring of depressed parents have a higher risk for depression, death, and serious disease that extends into middle age. The study assessed the health of the offspring of depressed parents […]

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IT’S COMPLICATED

In literature, there is mention of grief so severe that people died of a “broken heart,” which is a term that has great romantic appeal. Today, this expression is considered passé. Instead, psychologists speak of “complicated grief” (or “traumatic grief”), which goes beyond the grief that people normally feel. It may involve intense yearning for […]

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HIGHER SUICIDE RATES

An alarming report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the suicide rate in this country has risen nearly steadily between 1999 and 2014. While the groups with the greatest percentage of increases are girls aged 10-14 and men aged 45-64 years of age, suicide is now one of […]

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Psychotherapists/Medical Clinic-Based Behavioral Health Specialists

Plains Area Mental Health has openings for full or part-time Psychotherapists (LISW, LMHC, LMSW, LMFT) to work as Medical Clinic-Based Behavioral Health Specialists. The Medical Clinic-Based Behavioral Health Specialists must possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Mental Health or a related field.  Candidate must be outgoing, personable, and able to establish therapeutic relationships with clients […]

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