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President Obama’s Plan to Address Our Nation’s Urgent Mental Health Needs
HuffPost Healthy Living Blog – 2.12.15
In a blog post this week for the Huffington Post, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, shares how President Obama’s (FY) 2016 Budget “provides the nation with an unprecedented opportunity to address America’s urgent behavioral health needs.” Hyde writes that the President’s proposed budget, if approved by Congress, would allow SAMHSA to expand services for people with serious mental illness (SMI) and people in crisis. These expanded services and programs would include:
- Expanding the mental health workforce;
- Meeting the needs of children and youth;
- Responding to tribal mental health needs;
- Improving crisis response; and
- Supporting veterans’ mental health.
Ewing is New Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission Executive Director
Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission – 2.10.2015
On Tuesday, February 10th, it was announced that Toby Ewing will be named Executive Director of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), the body established to oversee the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act. MHSOAC Chair Dr. Victor Carrion says, “
Guest Commentary: Treating Trauma in Youth Takes More Than Medication
Contra Costa Times News – 2.7.2015
Christine Stoner-Mertz, president and CEO of the Lincoln Child Center in Oakland, gives her recommendations on policy change in lieu of San Jose Mercury News’ investigative report “Drugging Our Kids”. She states that “it is important to understand that merely reducing medications without having a comprehensive treatment program in place will only result in more foster children being sent to psychiatric hospitals.” Stoner-Mertz calls an increase in collaboration and communication a “critical step” in moving towards more effective mental health care for foster youth.
AAP Urges Regular Behavioral and Emotional Problem Screenings
Healio – 2.6.2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a report in the journal, Pediatrics, that calls for an increase in “behavioral screenings to reliably diagnose and treat behavioral and emotional problems in children and adolescents” and identifies barriers to such screenings. According to the study, a “lack of confidence in training and ability to manage children’s mental health problems, along with a lack of time, long wait times and lack of referable mental health providers”, are all barriers to standardized screenings.
Affordable Care Act Broadens Insurance Coverage for Behavioral Healthcare for Young Adults
Children’s Mental Health Network – 2.3.2015
According to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more young adults are receiving mental health care services as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion. The study reveals that insured individuals who are ages 19-26 are “nearly twice as likely to receive mental health treatment as those without health insurance (13.5 percent versus 6.7 percent).”
Other news for this week:
‘The Biggest Barrier’ to Preventing Suicide: Not Talking About It
Common Health – 2.5.2015
Op-Ed: Leonard Pitts Jr.: Science Deniers a Growing Menace
Miami Herald – 2.3.2015
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