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Fine Print: Rules for Exchanging Behavioral Health Information in California
California Healthcare Foundation – July 2015
Healthcare providers, health plans, and public agencies report difficulties integrating physical and behavioral healthcare due to operational challenges and legal concerns about sharing critical patient information, according to the California Healthcare Foundation. In an effort to address these issues, a new report by Manatt Health describes the federal and California laws that control the exchange of behavioral healthcare data and “offers possible avenues for clarification and interpretation of legal requirements that could facilitate better integration” of care.
Study Offers Insights Into the Biology of Anxiety
The Boston Globe – 7.27.15
A recent study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison has identified “a circuit in the brain that is associated with anxious temperament and that’s passed down from parents to children.” Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health condition in the United States, affecting about 29% of adults at some point in their lives. Around half of kids with extremely anxious temperaments develop an anxiety or depressive disorder in adulthood. Although researchers have known that anxious temperaments are inherited, they haven’t understood how they are passed down. Researchers say “understanding how this occurs and which brain areas are involved can be helpful for developing effective early-life interventions.”
Even Mild Mental Health Problems In Children Can Cause Trouble Later
NPR – 7.15.15
A study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry found that children and teenagers with a psychiatric disorder were six times more likely to face health, legal, financial and social problems as adults, while those with milder symptoms were three times more likely to face such challenges. Symptoms of mental health conditions typically appear in childhood and have the greatest impact–in terms of financial cost, mortality and other indicators–on youths ages 10 to 24 globally. However according to the lead author of the study, William Copeland, there are many youth who report mental health challenges that are significantly impairing their lives, “but don’t count as having a psychiatric disorder under standardized criteria for diagnosis.” Copeland asserts that “the vast majority of them aren’t getting help at all because they don’t meet threshold, but
‘I Didn’t Care About Life’: Patients at a Young Person’s Mental Health Unit Talk About Their Experiences
ITV News (UK) – 7.30.15
What Your Facebook Status Reveals About Your Mental Health
Fusion – 7.28.15
Mental Health Issues Are Disabilities Too. It’s Time to Treat Them that Way
MSNBC – 7.28.15
Why Mental Health Should Be Supported on College Campuses
The Huffington Post – 7.27.15
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