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“Major Neurological Conditions Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds”

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This February 8, 2018 article found on the NPR website in the section called “The Two-way breaking news” talks about a study done that seems to show indications that Autism, Schizophrenia, and Bi-polar Disorder share some commonalities on a molecular level.  The article also mentions Major Depression, and Addiction Disorder as also being looked at in this study.  They are hoping that this study will lead to better, more effective treatments for people with mental illnesses.  They compared brain samples from people known to have a mental illness to samples from people who did not have a mental illness the samples were all taken postmortem so no living people were included in the study, but for me, this study gives me hope that not only will science continue to find more measurable evidence that mental illness is indeed real to show those who claim that mental illness it not real.  Beyond that though it gives me hope that better treatments that are more precise in targeting the underlying problem will be developed and that perhaps in 50 years (preferably less than that) from now people will have access to those treatments and some will look back and recognize the work that scientists did today and in previous decades as having helped to lay the groundwork that gave them better, safer, and more effective treatments.  On the other hand though 50 years from now, people will likely view today’s treatments as somewhat barbaric, because that’s how history works.

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Letter to the Editor: Mental Health

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This post is one that is very personal to me, in that I am posting a letter I wrote to the editor of the Warren Times-Observer in response to this linked article I had read on their site.

The letter is one that tries to shine a positive light on the mental health community, while also touching on a prominent myth about people with mental health issues. I also share a story about a personal encounter I had while shopping to help show how the myth impacts the mental health community.

Peace be with all who read my letter!

Jenn

“Mentally ill inmates overwhelm PA jails”

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This April 11, 2017 segment of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane talks about mental health services for those with mental illnesses who have been incarcerated in Pennsylvania.

“In this hour, Marty talks with FRED OSHER, director of health systems and services policy at the Council of State Governments Justice Center about Stepping Up and its objectives. JOHN WETZEL, Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections, joins the discussion to address the potential impact of this plan on PA state prisons. BRUCE HERDMAN, chief medical director for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, discusses the care needed for these inmates”[1]

“Mentally ill on hold without treatment: Norristown State Hospital lacks rooms for defendants deemed incompetent for trial”

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This July 15, 2016 article by Kaitlyn Foti found on the Mainline Media News website talks about the extremely long waiting list for beds at Torrance State Hospital and Norristown State Hospital Forensic Units.  The article talks about the impact not only to the person who is on the waiting list, but also their family, the flow of inmates through jails, and the financial impact faced by having to hold someone in jail who is on a waiting list for treatment.

“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.

“PA Coalition Supporting Insurance Parity Will Hold Press Conference to Announce Introduction of Bill to Enforce Federal Law”

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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.

“Recovery Works Summit 2016”

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Upcoming Recovery Works Summit 2016 the above link takes you to the site containing all the nitty-gritty details.

The Summit is to be held…

Sept. 27, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA

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