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OP-ED: Improving the American Mental Health System Requires Accurate History
Huffpost Healthy Living Blog – 8.20.14
Critics who say that the American mental health system is worse now than ever before are wrong according to Michael Friedman, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work, and Sherry A. Glied. In a recent op-ed the co-authors argue, “Over the past few decades, many if not most, people with serious and persistent mental illness have benefited from greater liberty and respect for their rights, from better social welfare policies, from improvements in treatment, and from the shift to the model of community support.”
Their comments are in response to a recent opinion piece in the Huffington Post by Allen Frances of Duke University saying, “This is the worst of times and places for many people with severe mental illness.” While Friedman and Glied admit that “our nation clearly needs to address the enduring problems of our mental health system,” they caution against “nostalgic mythology about a better mental health system in the past
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Childhood Mental Health Disabilities on the Rise
CNN Health – 8.18.14
A new study found the number of American children with disabilities rose 16 percent from 2001-2011. The study also found that the demographics of children newly diagnosed with disabilities is changing. While children from poorer families still had the highest rates of disabilities overall, children from more affluent homes reported the largest increase in disabilities–28.4 percent.
Dr. Amy Houtrow, chief of the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh said that “the changes could be due to a number of things. For instance, people in higher economic groups are often more comfortable dealing with children’s disabilities, both mental and physical, so they’re more likely to seek help from their doctor. This could lead to more accurate reporting from that income bracket.”
PRESS RELEASE: Department of Justice Agreement with Louisiana Supreme Court to Protect Bar Candidates with Disabilities
The United States Department of Justice – 8.15.14
This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has entered into a settlement agreed with the Louisiana Supreme Court over the court’s policies in regards to evaluating bar applicants with mental health disabilities. The DOJ’s investigation found that Louisiana’s bar admission process based “recommendations about bar admission on mental health diagnosis and treatment rather than conduct that would warrant denial of admission to the bar.” According to the DOJ, the settlement agreement “ensures the right of qualified bar applicants with mental health disabilities to have equal access to the legal profession as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”
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