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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.
Depression 101: Dallas Schoolkids Learn About Mental Health
Posted on Feb 09 2019
Reports on the Youth Aware of Mental health program developed by researchers at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Columbia University in New York. But also notes that it’s just one of the programs used to teach teens about mental health. The article mentions NAMI’s Ending the Silence program and includes the stats that it has reached almost 450,000 kids in 41 states since it was offered nationally in 2014.
Study: Access To Guns, Not Mental Health, May Be Responsible For Gun Violence
Posted on Feb 07 2019
Reports that up to 40,000 Americans die from firearms every year and mental illness is often blamed, but a new study
from the University of Texas says don’t blame mental illness, blame access to guns. They surveyed more than 600 young adults and found that the majority of the mental health symptoms examined were not related to gun violence. Instead, they found that people who simply had access to a gun were 18 times more likely to have threatened someone with a firearm compared to people who had no such access.
Push is on to Reclassify Schizophrenia as a Neurologic Disease
Posted on Feb 07 2019
Reports that Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SRDAA) has spearheaded a new initiative to reclassify schizophrenia as a neurologic, rather than a psychiatric, disease. The action is designed to reduce stigma and ultimately obtain more research funding from the CDC. The article states that TAC and NAMI are on board with the initiative while the American Psychiatric Association is reluctant to support its reclassification as a neurologic disorder.
New Study Indicates Link Between Gut Bacteria And Depression
Posted on Feb 04 2019
in Nature Microbiology
combined data from the microbiomes of 1,054 people enrolled in the Flemish Gut Flora
project with self-reported and physician-diagnosed depression data. Using bioinformatics analyses, the researchers were able to identify certain groups of bacteria, which were either positively or negatively correlated with mental health. Two groups of bacteria in particular, Coprococcus
, were consistently found to be at low numbers in people with depression.