“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.

“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)

“Smoking Not ‘Lesser Evil’ in Mental Health Treatment Settings”

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This November 24, 2014 NBC article talks about the problems with the belief by many in the mental health and addiction communities where they think that smoking is better than doing drugs or somehow helps people cope.  the article offers some information about the number of hospitalizations and difficulty managing symptoms of mental illness among those who smoke.

“Penn Foundation rededicates expanded inpatient facilities for drug, alcohol recovery”

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This June 24, 2014 Montgomery Media article and video on the Montgomery

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English: Total recorded alcohol per capita consumption (15+), in litres of pure alcohol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

yNews.com website talks about the re-dedication of an inpatient treatment facility for helping people with addictions not just with getting into recovery from their addiction, but the facility is also equipped to aid with mental health needs of the person and their family members.

“Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism”

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This June 24, 2014 Miami Herald article found on the Centre Daily Times website talks about gender differences in not only how drugs are processed by men and women, but also talks about some of the treatments and which genders gravitate towards certain ones over other treatments.

Human female pelvis, viewed from front.

Human female pelvis, viewed from front. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Giving Up Smoking: The New Way to Get ‘Rich’ Quick?”

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This undated article on the Money.co.uk website offers some insight into the financial benefits of quitting smoking.

I am a former smoker myself, and when I quit, I was spending about $150 per month on smokes and was averaging about 4 or 5 cartons per month around the year 2009.  I found at that time that cost of items to help me quit was far less than what I was paying per month for smokes.  my insurance covered Chantix which worked well for me, so I think I paid $10 or less for my supply of Chantix.  I bought lots of hard candy which cost me about $10, but was very helpful when I would get cravings or feel like I needed to be doing something with my hands or mouth to keep them occupied.  The first thing I noticed after I quit was that I was less stressed due to financial issues, because I had an extra $150 to work with each month.  So even though quitting smoking was challenging, the financial reward was priceless.

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A 21 mg dose Nicoderm CQ patch applied to the left arm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Casey promoting bills to combat prescription drug abuse”

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This February 28, 2014 The Morning Call article talks about new bills being proposed by Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey aimed at curbing the rate of drug overdose related  to opioid type pain killers.

 

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English: Bob Casey, the junior senator in the United States Senate for the state of Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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