Translating Awareness into Action: Mental Health Awareness Month
Reports this week suggest that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of insured Americans by as many as 17 million—many of whom, as I’ve commented on earlier, are young adults who previously had been ineligible for or unable to find reasonably priced care after leaving their parents’ plans. The debate has truly shifted away from whether the act works and whether we can afford it (both answers clearly affirmative at this point) to how well it is working and what we need to do to enhance it. Read More
May 2015 News
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month Mental Health America’s theme for this month is “B4Stage4.” They created a toolkit for individuals and organizations that calls attention to the importance of addressing mental health symptoms early, identifying potential underlying diseases, and planning an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Read More
Colorado to Receive $65 Million Federal Mental Health Grant The Denver Post examined Colorado's frayed mental health system and looked at how an integrated model of physical and mental health services can work, in a four-part series last month. Read More
Nearly 17 Million People Gained Coverage with Obamacare The net increase of 16.9 million people with health insurance is slightly above a federal estimate in March 2015 that stated that 14.1 million adults gained coverage since the start of open enrollment in 2013. Read More
Taking Stock of the ACA at Five Years While it is premature to draw firm conclusions about the cost and quality effects of the ACA, the law has significantly improved access to affordable health insurance and the quality of health care delivery systems. Read More
Psychological First Aid Kits The National Child Traumatic Stress Network created manuals for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of a traumatic event. The manuals cover natural disasters, school violence, terrorism, abuse and neglect, and homelessness, and are available in multiple languages. Read More
Increased ACA Funding for Community Health Centers HHS announced $101 million in ACA funding to 164 new health centers in 33 states and 2 US Territories for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health centers are projected to increase access to health care services for nearly 650,000 people. Read More
Taking Action Against Hepatitis SAMHSA created a consumer-friendly booklet that provides information and guidance about hepatitis C for people with mental illness or substance use disorders. Topics include screening, vaccination, treatment, liver transplant, behaviors for infection, and living with hepatitis C disease. Read More
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults The SAMHSA report is based on combined National Survey on Drug Use and Health data from 2008-2012 that examined how often adults in different racial and ethnic groups sought mental health services in the past year. These findings will help identify who is not getting the services they need. Read More
Income Levels Affect the Structure of a Child's Brain Brain scans find differences between low and high income groups of children. This supports previous studies that have shown that income is linked to nutrition, health care, education and other environmental factors that may affect the brain. Read More
May 25, 2015, is the Start of Veterans and Military Mental Health Week Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment, but less than half of those in need receive any form of mental health treatment. Many of these 730,000 men and women suffer from PTSD and major depressive disorders. Read More
Keeping Up with the Evolution of Alcohol Treatment Alcohol use disorder affects all aspects of health. It often causes hypertension, comlicates diabetes treatment, and is co-occurring with depression. Providers must be prepared to address both the cultural and biological components of alcohol use. Read More
Webinar: InSHAPE Implementation Informational Webinar: Wed., May 20 at 2:00PM EST People with serious mental illness in publicly funded mental health organizations have a reduced life expectancy of 25-30 years compared to the general population. The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College is looking to determine how best to implement evidence-based health promotion to decrease obesity and reduce cardiovascular risk for persons with mental illness. Read More
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