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How Housing Helps: Supporting Recovery for People with Mental Illness
Posted on Mar 21 2019
USA Today (MediaPlanet)
Looks at the need for more community-based support for people with mental illness. When people have safe and affordable housing, they are much more likely to engage in mental health treatment and get on a path towards recovery.
Social Media Linked to Increase in Depression Among Teens, Young Adults
Posted on Mar 19 2019
Reports on a study
that found a significant rise in the incidence of major depression among 12 to 25-year-olds in the U.S. The researchers say the trend started about seven years ago and they raised the possibility of a connection to the burgeoning number of people who own a smartphone.
New legislation seeks to provide staff, funding, research to help prevent veteran suicides
Posted on Mar 14 2019
Stars & Stripes
Reports on the Commander John Scott Hannon VA Mental Health Improvement Act of 2019
introduced in the Senate which aims to tackle the veteran suicide epidemic by boosting funding, mental health staff, alternative therapies and research at the VA. The bill, introduced by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), was supported by NAMI
and we lobbied for key components to be included and provided guidance by drafting sections of the legislation.
In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting 'bottom line' over patients' health
Posted on Mar 06 2019
Federal judge blasted a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurance company, for focusing on the "bottom line as much or more" than patients' health, saying the insurer illegally denied treatment to thousands of people. The judge also slammed the company's medical directors for being "deceptive" under oath.
OnTrackNY helping direct people with schizophrenia to jobs, college
Posted on Feb 23 2019
Looks at a New York state program that starts treating young people with schizophrenia and related disorders less than two years after symptoms begin and how it's helping participants stay or transition into the workplace and college, data show.
Medicaid billing rules crimp mental care; Arkansas patients falling between cracks, providers assert
Posted on Feb 17 2019
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Reports that Arkansans who rely on Medicaid are struggling to get mental health care because of changes that state officials made to billing which has forced some providers to turn away patients and offer fewer services. The Department of Human Services is enforcing a litany of Medicaid-billing changes, causing long waits to get service, frequent changes in therapists and difficulties in scheduling appointments to get care.
7 Ways to Find an Actually Affordable Therapist
Posted on Feb 15 2019
According to Dr. Ken Duckworth, Medical Director, NAMI when it comes to choosing a therapist, people should be open with their insurance companies and spell out exactly what is needed.
Nearly 1 in 7 US Kids and Teens have a Mental Health Condition -- Half Go Untreated, Study Says
Posted on Feb 11 2019
Reports on a new study
published in JAMA Pediatrics
. The researchers analyzed data from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health, a nationwide survey administered to parents of children and teens. Of the 46.6 million children ages 6 through 18 whose parents completed the survey, 7.7 million had at least one mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and only half received treatment or counseling from a mental health provider in the 12 months prior to the survey.