Clinic staff say they’re hearing such worries a lot these days from their mainly Latino clientele. Many patients are worried about losing their access to health care and about possible deportation.
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 think it is important to hold up some of the claims “of failed policies” in Congressman Murphy’s letter against the facts so that a more productive discussion of behavioral health policy can result.
State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst is pledging to fund rural mental health authorities’ jail diversion programs. Although the amount of funding hasn’t been determined yet, Kolkhorst got a placeholder in the Senate’s budget on Thursday.
A study published last year found that young immigrants who received DACA felt relief from increased access to services and opportunities. Now for DACA recipients—commonly called “dreamers”—the future is uncertain.
The Republican-led House proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act could hurt millions of Americans who suffer with mental illness or substance abuse because it rolls back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, say four GOP Senators.
Former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy chose not to run for re-election so he could devote more energy to the issue he cares most about: changing the way we talk about and treat Americans who suffer from mental health disorders.
Aside from increased funds to public education and mental health care, both chambers are also proposing vastly different cuts across the board. The Senate is calling for a 1.5 percent funding decrease for every state agency, excluding public education.
In the past, therapists say it’s been fairly uncommon for patients to bring up politics on the couch. But that was before “fake news,” “alternative facts,” “repeal and replace,” travel bans, protests, and suspicions about Russian influence.
Alabama Senator Cam Ward, an Alabaster Republican, said Tuesday that counties currently pay for detainees’ psychiatric health care. He has introduced a bill that would shift 70 percent of those costs to the federal government under Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act was a game changer for community clinics. It has enabled them to get reimbursement for much more of the care they provided, because more of their patients now had private insurance or were on Medicaid.
While psychologists and other counselors have done invaluable work to reduce this risk, new research finds a different group of professionals has had an enormous positive impact: state legislators.
While news and politics can be contributing factors to some psychological conditions, the real prevalence and impact must not be obscured by sensationalized headlines or politically motivated pot-stirring. The simple reality is that mental health is tremendously underserved.
The government should not lump large groups of people together and tell them, collectively, they’re losing constitutional rights because of conditions for which they’re seeking treatment. That only serves to further stigmatize people who are already unfairly stigmatized.
The Republican-led Senate is moving to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
In December 2016, Congress enacted landmark legislation to improve care for Americans with mental illness. These provisions reflected strong, bipartisan consensus that fixing the broken American mental health system must be a national priority and something we cannot ignore.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy where mental health professionals use art materials to help patients explore feelings that may not be easy to express in words.