A federal program that provides health insurance for about 390,000 Texas children must be reauthorized by Congress by the end of the month. Most of the children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, are in working-class families. “This is a lifeline,” says Joyce Mauk, a pediatrician in Fort Worth and president Read more
Policy & Politics
The last several years have been extremely eventful for mental health legislation and policy, at the federal, state and local levels. Even international law sometimes bears on mental health issues. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, for example, is currently changing the behavioral health landscape. We believe it’s important to keep abreast of some of the vigorous policy debates, and some of the major players, in the mental health arena.
We examine the impact of mental health based primary care on physical health treatment among community mental health center patients in New York State using propensity score adjusted difference in difference models.
The United States spent an estimated $201 billion on mental disorders in 2013, which made it the costliest medical condition in the country, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.
A new report on Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in the DFW region shows that many children have missed out on vital services due to state cuts.
People with pre-existing conditions, pregnant women among those who lose out in GOP’s health care bill
The GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal “Obamacare” would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear. health care bill
Even with the ‘wind down process’ described by the administration, the implications of this action for medical students, residents and researchers with DACA status will interfere with their ability to complete their training and contribute meaningfully to the health of the nation,” said the Association of American Medical Colleges.
In a busy health week for Congress, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee agreed on a proposal to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five more years, while Republicans and Democrats at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee continued to pursue a joint plan to stabilize the individual health insurance market.
Loneliness is hazardous to your health—and more psychologists and doctors are calling for a public-health campaign to fight it. “This has been underappreciated in the past,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, “but cumulative data over hundreds of studies with millions of participants provides robust evidence of the Read more
Children exposed to violence in their homes can suffer throughout their lives. They are, as studies from the U.S. Department of Justice have shown, more prone to commit suicide.
Mexico’s top diplomat on Tuesday said his country is taking steps to ease the return of young immigrants whose deportation protection is being rescinded by the Trump administration, but he also acknowledged they would prefer to stay in the United States.
It says something about us, something unnerving, that the general response to mass murder in Plano seems to be a stale round of oversimplified bickering over guns.
The policies now in place – among police, hospitals and other medical facilities – portray a contempt for the loved ones of people with mental illness, as revealed in reporting by The Pilot’s Jonathan Edwards on Sunday.
Since taking on the new mental health lead role last year, Munday has been focusing on the professional concerns facing Unite’s mental health nursing membership – most of whom belong to the Mental Health Nurses Association, which provides clinical and professional support to 2,000 mental health nurses and students.
The lead commonwealth mental health agency is concerned about the detrimental impact the marriage equality debate is having on vulnerable people. The National Mental Health Commission on Monday issued a statement to warn that the debate had heightened discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people.
Texas cannot wait until the 2019 Legislature Session to act. The children of the Gulf coast deserve an emergency special session of the Texas Legislature that focuses on their needs.
Undocumented life in America is hard on the mind and body. Poverty, precarious employment, poor access to health care, discrimination and trauma from the migration itself often lead to disorders like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is now up to Congress to pass legislation that would grant “Dreamers” legal status. In the meantime, these youths’ dreams and aspirations are once again stalled, with another deadline and six more months of uncertainty, and thus, fear and anxiety.
The new David’s law took effect on September 1st. It adds protections relating to cyberbullying and cyberabuse of students. The law was named after sixteen-year-old David Molak of San Antonio who was so tortured by online bullies, he killed himself.
In terms of race-based discrimination, the scientific literature is especially clear that both overt and covert forms of racism are related to poorer mental health for Peoples of Color.
The public has become inured to the steady flow of “mentally ill killer goes on rampage” headlines. Meanwhile advocates and the industry propose mental-health spending plans that have nothing to do with solving these problems, so the seriously ill continue to suffer.
Trump’s administration is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible. Patients are scared
Republicans in Congress have not been able to overturn the Affordable Care Act — at least, not yet. But the Trump administration is working to revise a section of the law that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex.
Old Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center up for new statewide challenge: Q&A on mental-health needs in Central Texas and beyond
Cut through all the fighting and rancor over sanctuary cities, school vouchers and transgender people in public bathrooms and one finds at least some consensus in state leadership regarding growing mental-health needs.
It’s a big week in Texas. Starting this Friday, September 1, 2017, more than 600 new laws approved by state legislators and signed by Governor Greg Abbott go into effect.
“It’s pretty silly really. The need is sort of off the charts, especially with the opioid epidemic,” said David Ramsey, CEO of the Charleston Area Medical Center. “We see the need in our ER every day and to not have access to an available resource is pretty sad.”
The Interagency Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) is a new change agent for mental health reform that was established by the 21st Century Cures Act, thanks to the incredible efforts of Senators Cassidy and Murphy and Representatives Murphy and Johnson.
Journalists, commentators, and lawmakers have become less inhibited in recent weeks, plunging into public speculation over President Trump’s mental health.
Transgender people make up a small percentage of active-duty U.S. military personnel, but their experience in the service may yield long-term, positive effects on their mental health and quality of life.
Mental health policy in Texas is undergoing tremendous, positive change — and it’s happening relatively quickly. The 85th Legislature passed more than a dozen mental health-related bills. The new laws will impact a broad range of Texans, from children in foster care to veterans with post-traumatic stress to early intervention for children in poverty.