News for the Week of March 30, 2015

//News for the Week of March 30, 2015

News for the Week of March 30, 2015

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Report: A Long Road Ahead Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – 3.31.15

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) released a report on Tuesday on the state of Mental Health Parity in America. Enacted in 2008 by the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act, Mental Health Parity requires that insurance benefits for mental health and substance use conditions are equal to benefits for other health conditions.The report includes findings from a survey NAMI conducted, “assess

[ing] the experiences of people living with mental illness and their families with private health insurance.” These findings were supplemented by “an analysis of 84 health plans in the top 15 states by projected 2014 exchange enrollment.” NAMI concluded that while gains have been made, we still have “a long way to go to achieve true parity in mental health and substance use care.”

Consultants Lay Out Problems with County Mental Health Care, Advise Costly Fixes
Monterey County Weekly – 4.2.15

Mental healthcare clinics in Monterey County, California are struggling to meet the needs of patients, whose numbers have spiked in recent years. The county has hired consultants to help offer suggestions for potential solutions. Ray Bullick, the County Health Department Director, proposes, “hiring 31 new behavioral health clinicians, including 26 social workers and two physicians.” Ezequiel Vega, a business consultant, suggests “investing $3 million to hire more staff and streamline [the] intake system” as well as “redesigning the department’s website and scheduling appointments within 14 days of a patient’s request.”

Level 14: How a Home for Troubled Children Came Undone and What It Means for California’s Chance at Reform
ProPublica – 4.2.15

In September 2013, one of California’s largest residential facilities for kids with serious mental health needs was shut down due to allegations of sexual assault and other incidents. This week, ProPublica released an in-depth investigation into the “unraveling” of the Davis group home, FamiliesFirst, and how it “has helped spur California to rethink how it cares for its most troubled children, a question that for decades has confounded not just the state but the country.”

Insights, Opinions, and Other News:

Consolidating Health Services Would Hurt L.A. Child Welfare System
Chronicle of Social Change – 3.27.15

Kids, Jails a Bad Combination; Society Can Do Better
The Seattle Times – 4.1.15

A Social Network Designed to Combat Depression
Wired – 4.1.15

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