“How Gaps In Mental Health Care Play Out In Emergency Rooms”

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This October 17, 2016 article by Shefali Luthra, talks about the differencees in going to the Emergency Room for Physical health reasons compared to mental health reasons and indicates that a person with a mental health issue is likely to stay in the ER longer or more likely to be admitted to the hospital directly from the ER than someone with physical health issues is.

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“A Psychiatrist Opposes H.R. 2646: Here’s Why”

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This December 7, 2015 letter to Congressman Upton from Coni Kalinowski, MD
Medical Director, Mojave Adult, Child, and Family Services
University of Nevada School of Medicine, talks about why she opposes H.R. 2646 from the perspective of a Psychiatrist.

“Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment Tim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions”

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This September 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the flaws of coerced treatment for people with mental illnesses.

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebo...

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebois development in Wilsonville, Oregon. Provides housing to those with mental illnesses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pennsylvania Lawmakers Tackle Mental Health Stigma “

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This April 2, 2015 WESA – Pittsburgh NPR article talks about what lawmakers in Pennsylvania are realizing about the impact stigma has on the lives of people with mental health issues.

“Parity for mental health care is still lagging, study says”

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This January 11, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the ways that mental health parity is still lagging behind physical health care in terms of access to and the availability of services.  Some of the factors the study uncovered include but were not limited to…. people with mental disorders tend to be at a high risk for being uninsured, and the fact that there is a shortage of mental health professionals (the article indicates there is roughly 1 professional for every 790 people with mental disorders.

One thought I had as I read this particular article was to wonder if there was a connection between the lack of health insurance in the mental health community, and other data that shows a person with a serious mental illness is likely to die 25 years earlier then someone without a mental illness.  Or how about the fact that the majority of the people currently smoking either have a mental illness or are mental health professionals and that the number of smokers in this population isn’t decreasing at the same rate as the decrease in the number of smokers who do not have a mental illness.  The overall health of people in the mental health community seems to be poorer than is seen in the overall population of non-mentally ill people.  I had often wondered what the reason behind these pieces of data were, but after reading this particular article I have to wonder if something as simple as getting people in the mental health community health insurance might be a way to begin to combat this imbalance in the comparison of the overall health of people with and without mental illnesses.  I know that insurance won’t solve every issue, but could it be a starting point?  I’m thinking that if people without mental disorders are more likely to be insured, then that would explain why they tend to be healthier. They would have better or at least more consistent access to health care evaluations, treatment and education then someone who is uninsured would have.

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Getting mental health services can be hard, despite law requiring parity”

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This January 5, 2015 Washington Post article talks about the struggles people have with getting mental health care despite the fact there are parity laws that say mental health and physical health should be equal in terms of services provided and insurance coverage of those services

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Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment”

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This May 29, 2014 NPR: Shots article talks about involuntary commitment and concerns over the idea that it is not likely to stop mass shootings.

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English: Logo of NPR News. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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