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“Faulty assumptions behind persistent racial/ethnic disparities in behavioral health care”

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This June 9, 2016 article found on the Medical Xpress website talks about some of the assumptions made regarding minorities and behavioral health treatment and explains some of the things that could be done to improve the situation so that minorities receive equal care comparable to what is received by other populations.

“Stretching psychiatric care in rural Pennsylvania”

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This February 25, 2016 article on the News works website talks about the immense struggle that rural areas face when trying to meet the demand for mental health services, particularly access to Psychiatrists, in Pennsylvania.  The article estimates that there are about 10 Psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in Pennsylvania and points out that many of the existing Psychiatrists seem to cluster around the larger cities leaving folks in rural areas where the need tends to be greater with fewer

English: This photo describes a rural area

English: This photo describes a rural area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

professionals to serve those with mental health issues.

“Philadelphia succeeds without ‘asylums'”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about the ways that Philly is succeeding when it comes to caring for and treating people with mental health issues.

“Why the World Needs The Mentally Different”

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This April 13, 2015 article on the Momastary website offer encouragement to those of us who struggle to live in a world that often rejects us unless we agree to let the world change us to fit into their mold.

“Where Are the Mental-Health Providers?”

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This February 16, 2015 Wall Street Journal article talks about the severe shortage of mental health professionals seen nationwide, and specifically mentions efforts being made in Philadelphia to find ways to reduce the problem.

“Mental health care uncoordinated, report says”

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This February 12, 2015 USA Today article talks about a report that shows a lack of coordination between services for those with mental health issues.

“Annual report offers snapshot of U.S. college students’ mental health, needs”

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This February 5, 2015 article on the Penn State News site, talks about an annual report by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) that looked at about 240 different colleges and universities and after 6 years of research has noticed that while sexual assault is decreasing, there seems to be a trend showing that self-injury and suicidal thoughts are increasing among college students

Sound Mental Health campus on 17th Ave, Capito...

Sound Mental Health campus on 17th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“County, Gateway Rehabilitation Center end longstanding contract relationship”

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This January 28, 2015 Times Online article talks about the longstanding contract between Beaver County and the Gateway Rehabilitation Center coming to an end due to failed negotiations between them.

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Beaver County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Beaver County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pa.’s Medicaid expansion wreaks chaos for addiction and alcohol treatment providers”

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This January 25, 2015 The Inquirer article found on the Philly.com website offers more details into what the “Glitch” in the transition from medical assistance to Corbett’s  Healthy Pa Medicaid alternative plan was.  The glitch seems to effect people in treatment for mental health and or drug and alcohol

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Me...

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicaid administrator) logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

treatment, specifically those told they were enrolled in Healthy Pa Plus …. the result of the glitch is that this group of people were somehow switched to private pay insurances INSTEAD of the Healthy Pa Plus program they were told they were being placed in.  I’ve been attempting to follow this glitch, but was sick for a couple of weeks with the flu so I was out of commission, now I’m playing catch up and am just now (about a week after recovering) starting to feel like I’ve regained the upper hand on all the stuff I got behind on.  This is the first article I’ve seen about this glitch since before my bout with the flu when I posted the article about it back in December which I have linked below.

“As state expands Medicaid, glitch imperils care for drug addicts and mentally ill”

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This December 19, 2014 The Patriot-News article talks about a huge glitch that is effecting people with mental health and/or addition issues who are on medicaid.  Apparently, the “glitch” is preventing agencies from getting paid for services provided to the folks in need of treatment, this means either they have to pay out of pocket, or the agency has to either eat the cost of the services or deny services to the person.  The article explains it better, but basically it means Corbett’s expansion plan has a huge flaw in the transition and the people paying the price for it are those with mental health or addiction issues.

Glitch (video game)

Glitch (video game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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