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The Long and Winding Road to Mental Health Care for Your Kid
Posted on May 03 2019
Reports on options and resources to find help for your child, and references NAMI Basics
as resource. Mental health professionals say that with children, early intervention is crucial to avoid more severe and costly problems later on. Yet even parents with good insurance struggle to find care for their children.
UnitedHealth Clients Needed More Mental Health Care; United Said No
Posted on Apr 22 2019
Profiles families and individuals taking part in a class action lawsuit challenging UnitedHealth's standards for behavioral care. The class action suit includes UnitedHealth customers from 2011 to 2017 who were working through a wide range of disorders when they were denied coverage.
Rise in Suicide Attempts in Texas Prisons Alarms Advocates
Posted on Apr 12 2019
Reports that suicides in Texas prisons hit a 10-year high of 40 in 2018, and a steady rise in suicide attempts in these state-run facilities alarms prisoner rights advocates. The number of suicide attempts among Texas inmates logged by authorities has nearly tripled in the last decade, climbing from less than 700 in 2009 to nearly 2,000 in 2018 even as the number of people imprisoned in the state has fallen by 10,000, according to documents The Associated Press obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice last month through a public records request.
Suicide Risk Grew After Missouri Medicaid Kids Shifted To Managed Care, Hospitals Say
Posted on Apr 01 2019
Kaiser Health News
Reports that after children diagnosed with mental illness were shifted from traditional Medicaid into three for-profit managed-care companies, the state’s hospitals noticed an alarming trend: the number of children who had thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide doubled. Additionally, the average length of stay for these children in psychiatric hospitals dropped from 10 days to seven following the Medicaid change, according to a study
released by the Missouri Hospital Association.
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.