There have been many voices raised about the proposed transgender bathroom legislation in Texas. Plenty have written about the reasons these laws are a bad idea. Others have written about how these laws will provide safety. But there is another impact of such laws that is not getting much attention: the effect on school climate 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.
The vast majority of medical costs among people of any gender in America are the same: heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and cancers. The diseases that do seem to disproportionately afflict transgender people are mental-health issues. The pathology behind this is abetted by societal marginalization of exactly the sort that Trump’s language propagated today.
Although it’s often lost amidst the intense coverage of how Congress might repeal and replace Obamacare, we’re also coming up against another important health policy deadline that affects the lives of millions. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act — now 25 years old — will expire in September.
There are productive ways to talk about psychological health rather than focusing on the mental state of specific individuals, according to Michelle Riba, a professor of psychiatry. “It’s one thing to sit around the dining room table to talk about this, it’s another to offer a professional opinion on something in which you don’t have Read more
“The launch of the Australian Equally Well Consensus Statement is a crucial step in bringing people together and we look forward to working alongside our Australian colleagues to improve the physical health of people who experience mental health conditions and addiction.”
The impetus for the announcement was “belief in the value of psychoanalytic knowledge in explaining human behavior,” said psychoanalytic association past president Dr. Prudence Gourguechon, a psychiatrist in Chicago.
Over 20 million Americans and about 1 million Texans have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. They, by far, have the most at stake when the Senate considers repealing the law this week — perhaps with a replacement, perhaps not.
Barbara Reed says she has reached out to 20 assisted living centers and nursing homes in the past week since being told that Westchester Plaza, the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients, will close next month. Reed suffers from anxiety, a congestive heart condition, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure.
Bills passed during the 85th Texas Legislative Session addressed a wide range of behavioral health needs, including building community collaboratives, ensuring mental health parity, advancing peer support services, improving child welfare and children’s mental health, and continuing efforts to de-criminalize mental illness.
As parents and educators who know, love, teach and believe in the nearly 1 million Texas kids who have learning, physical, intellectual, sensory, behavioral or mental health disabilities, we will not stand by as these children are blamed for the failure of Texas elected officials to properly fund our schools, as their rights are whittled Read more
The problem we have with talking about mental health is that we still don’t think of it as an equal priority with physical health. This is wrong not simply because it leads to less money being spent on mental health service provision by governments, but also because it fails to see that the whole idea Read more
The Amarillo Police Department will increase mental health training for all their officers. Officer Jeb Hilton said mental health training became a top priority last year when Chief Ed Drain took control of the force.
House Bill 242 would require the Texas Women’s Health Program to provide screening for the most common causes of maternal mortality: mental and behavioral health conditions, heart conditions, high blood pressure, and hemorrhaging.
As the new mental health legislation goes through implementation, there are still issues looming in the treatment and care of patients on the ground, and this is something that the implementation of the Act has not yet been able to touch.
Health policy expert Daniel E. Dawes (who was an instrumental force in the drafting of the Affordable Care Act) and other mental health advocates are fighting to protect essential benefits currently under attack by Obama opponents, including benefits for mental health and addiction care.
The landmark Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha in March, 2017. As the new mental health legislation goes through implementation, there are still issues looming in the treatment and care of patients on the ground, and this is something that the implementation of the Act has not yet been able Read more
About three-quarters of the 4.5 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are kids, while the remaining beneficiaries are primarily pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicaid covers more than half of all births in Texas, which has the highest uninsured rate in the United States.
It is time to end the imprisonment of mothers and children who seek asylum protection in the U.S. after fleeing violence in Central America and other troubled countries.
American Psychiatric Association Calls on Senate to Reject Latest Republican Health Care Reform Bill
The new BCRA still includes provisions that are deeply problematic, especially for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The bill retains the deep Medicaid cuts that were a feature of the original reform bill and permits the removal of the essential health benefits.
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) said the Government’s reforms of welfare payments were to blame for the rise, as benefit cuts and sanctions “are having a toxic impact on mental health.”
Largely focused on mental health, the law will divert people with mental health issues and substance mental illnesses to secure bond, and require that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths. Bland’s family has been critical of the law’s limited vision.
According to 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 40 percent of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt, nearly nine times the rate in the U.S. population (4.6 percent). Seven percent of trans respondents had attempted suicide in the last year, compared to 0.7 percent in the general population.
A recent government study concluded that about 12 percent of service members who left the military between 2011 and 2015 did so with a discharge type that will make them unable to access Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Within that group, more than 55,000 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or related Read more
Rhode Island is poised to be the fourth state in 2017 to ban the damaging practice.
The Senate’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to sharply cut Medicaid payments to states through so-called per capita caps can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare.
“These are ideas that don’t have any partisan aspect to them,” O’Rourke said. “We just want to serve Americans, veterans, heroes who need our help. We want to make sure we fulfill our commitment obligation to them.”
One of the little-talked-about effects of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was to boost access to mental health care for the poor. For people like Mouketou, access to mental health care can mean the difference between being able to hold down a job or not.
Removed from the home and placed in the child welfare system because of evidence of abuse or neglect, these children are already facing trauma that no child should experience–yet on top of all of that, for decades, they have been denied common normal childhood activities.tr
It took approximately 45 minutes in McKinney, a conservative bastion in North Texas. It took about a half hour in Austin, the unapologetically liberal seat of state government. But no matter what, in a pair of town halls meant to address veterans’ issues this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faced sharp questions about Republicans’ Read more