This June 10, 2016 article talks about a gathering in Harrisburg, PA to be held on June 13, 2016 on the Capital Rotunda where State Representative Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery County) will be joined by providers, family members and mental health Consumers to advocate for a bill being introduced to better enforce the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 here in Pennsylvania.
This April 22, 2016 HealthDayNews article found on the Philly.com website talks about a proposal by the FDA to ban the use of shock devices used for treating self-harm. Most people these devices are used on have an Intellectual Disability and the FDA thinks about 30 to 40 people in a single facility who are being “treated” with these devices. Some of the side effects of these devices include skin irritation or burns, and shocking if the device malfunctions but no self-harm is occurring.
This April 28, 2016 AP article found on the Herald-Standard website talks about Hawaii’s interest in having Psychologists be able to prescribe medications to their clients. This is something already done in the military, and in a few other states. It is hoped that this change could improve access to care, and maybe also help Hawaii decrease their suicide rate which according to the article is higher than the rate that people die from car accidents in Hawaii.
Just a friendly reminder that for folks in Pennsylvania need to remember to “spring ahead” and set their clocks ahead 1 hour before they go to bed on Saturday, March 12, to ensure they are on time for whatever plans they may have for Sunday.
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 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
professionals to serve those with mental health issues.