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.
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.
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.
Lawmakers proposed this week to overhaul Minnesota’s use of solitary confinement in prisons, including prohibiting the controversial punishment for nonviolent inmates, mandating more legislative oversight and banning it outright for those with severe mental illnesses.
A ruling has resurrected a debate about the balance between protecting public safety and safeguarding the privacy and personal freedom of mental health patients.
A coalition of more than 100 immigrants, activists and former inmates marched through downtown Austin on Wednesday.
Mental health experts say the worry leading up to the election and the anxiety immediately afterward is now all out panic. They say they are seeing patients who fear for their jobs, their families and their safety.
Despite the toll of mental illnesses in low and middle-income countries, mental illnesses haven’t made it onto the global health agenda in the way that medical illnesses have.
Beginning in January, the University of Arkansas was scheduled to include gender-dysphoria benefits in its insurance for faculty and staff members under a requirement from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Psychologist John Gartner posted a petition on Facebook declaring that Donald Trump must be removed from office because he has “a serious mental illness.” Nearly 12,000 psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals have signed their agreement.
When Former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, my first and most overwhelming emotion was relief.