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Senators Murphy, Cassidy Introduce Comprehensive Mental Health Reform Bill
National Council for Behavioral Health – 8.4.15
On August 4, Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015, a bill aiming to reform the U.S. mental healthcare system. The legislation reauthorizes a number of programs within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), establishes workforce training and education programs for behavioral health providers, and affirms a commitment to providing evidence-based treatment services throughout federally funded mental health programs, among other things.
When a Child’s Picky Eating Becomes More Than a Nuisance
NPR – 8.3.15
A study by Duke University suggests that picky eating in young children (ages 2 to 6) may be a sign for hypersensitivities that may cause social anxiety and depression later in life. The study found that three percent of participants with extremely limited diets were twice as likely to have a depressive disorder diagnosis and seven times as likely to have a diagnosis of social anxiety. Researcher Nancy Zucker notes, “they’re more sensitive to taste, to smell, to texture, to visual cues
Congress Tried to Fix Mental Health Care in 2008. Lawsuits Charge It Isn’t Working
VOX – 8.3.15
In 2013, approximately one-sixth of all adults reported having a mental health condition, not including substance abuse disorders, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Mental health parity, as provided for under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was intended to eliminate cost barriers, such as high copayments and deductibles, to make treatment more accessible. However, seven years after the federal law passed, many researchers, attorneys, and other critics say patients with mental health needs are still facing discrimination. Many insurers have continued to limit treatment using subtle strategies that are difficult to track. There has also been some criticism towards the government for its “relatively lax” enforcement of parity.
Summer Films Offer Nuanced Portrayals of Mental Illness
CTV News – 8.4.15
The Criminalization of Mental Illness: Be a Voice for Justice
Huffington Post – 8.3.15
Teenagers, Medication, and Suicide
The New York Times – 8.3.15
Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #1: Mental Health Timelines for Youth Entering Foster Care
The Chronicle of Social Change – 8.2.15
Why We Need To Be Honest About OCD And Teen Mental Health
The Guardian – 8.2.15
Suicide Spike Boosts Oversight of California Women’s Prison
Press Telegram – 8.1.15
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