Where was I last week and why didn’t I update my blog as usual? I was in Denver, speaking about Mental Health in Nursing Homes at the National Aging Services Risk Management conference sponsored by Caring Communities, Peace Church Risk Retention Group, and ECRI Institute. I addressed the fact that facilities are exposing themselves to multiple risks if they aren’t providing appropriate mental health care, and I offered practical, low- or no-cost ideas on how to improve mental health treatment in long-term care settings. The talk was recorded and will be available to ECRI Institute members at their website: ecri.org. In their words: ECRI Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.