Texas Mental Health Specialist to Speak at National Conference

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In Indianapolis, Debra Meehl will address treating the most difficult mental health cases.

Debra Meehl, co-founder and President of The Meehl Foundation in Texas, will be among the guest speakers at a summer conference for addiction-focused healthcare professionals. The NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, will host the event in Indianapolis scheduled for August 12-15, 2012. The conference, titled Leading the Way, Ms. Meehl plans to address treating the most difficult mental health cases, including those individuals with co-occurring Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.

The NAADAC represents more than 75,000 substance use disorder counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals, and attendance at the annual four-day event is expected to top 1,000 people this year. These attendees will have an opportunity to hear expertise in a wide variety of areas, including prevention, trauma, legal concerns of addiction-focused professionals, co-occurring disorders, current research and outcomes, ethics, health information technologies, special populations, workplace/management issues, clinical techniques, alternative therapies, faith based approaches, clinical supervision and professional development.

In her presentation at this national conference, Debra Meehl will be introducing the success clients at her Texas facility have enjoyed through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in a residential setting. The Meehl House is one of the first locations in the nation to offer residential group homes providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for individuals with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse. Since opening in the summer of 2008, the Meehl House has been treating and providing continuous care for clients who are transitioning back to an independent life.

The Meehl House is located along the Gulf Coast in Brazoria, Texas. To schedule an interview with Debra Meehl or learn more about the Meehl House, interested journalists may contact the Meehl Foundation at 979.798.7972. A full list of services is available for viewing online at Meehl Foundation.

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