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“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.

“Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill”

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This December 1, 2014 article on GoErie.com talks about changes that the Mayor of New York City is hoping to make with regards to how people with mental health issues are worked with as opposed to the current method of placing them in Riker’s Island the Mayor wants to try to treat the issues before the person ends up in the judicial system.

“Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone”


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English: Image for mental health stubs, uses two psych images – psychiatry (medicine) and psychology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I’m not sure about the publication date, but in the URL there is what could be a date of June 24, 12014 in it, but I’m not sure if that was the publication date or the date the file was saved into their system.  I am sure though that this USA Today segment is lengthy, but has a LOT Of information packed into that anyone who has even an ounce of compassion or a hint of a willingness to learn about the realities of mental health care in America should really consider reading.   It is well worth the time it takes to read it.

“A proposed law would make it easier for the mentally ill to be treated, but would it come at the expense of their rights?”

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This June 18, 2014 Pittsburgh City Paper article talks about the ongoing controversy surrounding Rep. Tim Murphy’s proposed mental health reform bill.

“Mental Health series: The high cost of health care for untreated illnesses”

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This May 11, 2014 Insurance News Net article talks about what is happening as a direct result of mental health not being treated at the same level as physical health.  The article talks about things like frequent trips to the emergency room, the high cost of not treating someone with a mental illness until they end up in the legal system.  The article also talks about how the high cost of untreated mental illness could be prevented by routinely including things like depression screening when people go to see their PCP.  The article indicates that yes the cost is high, but that the money should be redirected to preventive care as opposed to waiting for someone to be in crisis.


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“Millions of Disabled and Poor Americans Encounter Discrimination When They Face Mental or Addictive Disorders, Says NAPHS”

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This March 26, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.com article talks about the obstacles face by disabled people on Medicaid if they try to seek help for mental health issues.

Institute of Mental Health 8, Nov 06

Institute of Mental Health 8, Nov 06 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Mental Health Advocates Decry Forced Treatment Provision in “Doc Fix” Bill”

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This March 28, 2014 Digital Journal article talks about the Medicare Reform bill now in the senate pointing out that it includes provisions for the forced or coerced treatment of people with mental illnesses.

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English: Insulin shock therapy is given in Lapinlahti Hospital, Helsinki in 1950’s Suomi: Insuliinišokkihoitoa Lapinlahden sairaalassa Helsingissä 1950-luvulla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“New federal laws benefit mental health patients”

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This November 24, 2013 article found on the GoErie.com website talks about some of the hopes surrounding the changes found in the Affordable Healthcare act for folks with mental illnesses.

“Mental Illness in America: Why the Affordable Care Act’s Parity Rule Marks a New Era in Mental Health Care”

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English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This November 9, 2013 blog post on the Public Health Watch blog, talks about some of the changes to mental health care in the United States as a result of the Affordable Healthcare Act (also commonly called “Obama care” by the media). The post covers a variety of items including but not limited to statistics on the estimated number of adults with a diagnosable mental illness in the United States, and other information like funding for mental health services, access to treatment, and statistics about the number of untreated adults with mental illnesses.  The post packs a lot of information into it, but presents it in a way that I feel many of my readers could walk away from the post feeling like they gained a bit of knowledge without feeling too overwhelmed by the language used  in the post.  I recommend that folks read through the post in its entirety and even take time to follow the links throughout the text of the post to gain a deeper understanding of the topic.  I felt the post was well worth the time it takes to read it, and I felt like for myself I may need to revisit it to get a full grasp of everything covered in it.  Thank you to the folks who maintain the Public Health Watch blog for their post.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

The Front of the SAMHSA building at 1 Choke Ch...

The Front of the SAMHSA building at 1 Choke Cherry Road in Rockville, Maryland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This resource comes from SAMHSA and is designed to help folks find behavioral health services in their area.

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