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“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.

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“Delaware County pilot program puts mental health decisions in patients hands”

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This November 7, 2014 NewsWorks article talks about a pilot program in Delaware County, PA that is working with people with mental illnesses using self-directed care that offers them more choices about the services they receive.  The person can say this service isn’t working for me, but I think this over here might be a better fit to meet my needs, and the money from the program is shifted to allow for the change in service.

“Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions: 7 Myths”

 

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This article appearing in Summer 2014 edition of SAMHSA News talks about the myths and facts of what happens when a child receiving mental health services turns 18 and is viewed by society as an adult.    This transition age is a challenging one not just for the individual, but for the parents and care takers of them who understand the realitiy of the individual’s situation and what their realistic abilities are compared to society’s expectations based on a chronological age.

“U.S. facing shortage of mental-health care as boomers age”

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This July 11, 2012 article found on the Philly.com website discusses a growing problem in treating Baby Boomers’ mental health in the US due to a lack of mental health service providers.

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