May 4, 2013
By Craig Jarvis firstname.lastname@example.org
...Over the past several decades across the country, patients who were phased out of large institutions so they could be treated in their communities found there wasn’t enough help. Without treatment, many ran afoul of the law and then tumbled into a nightmare of compounding problems.
Nationally, studies estimate between 15 and 20 percent of jail and prison inmates have a serious mental illness.
In North Carolina, that translates to roughly 5,500 in prison and an estimated 3,400 people languishing in jails that were built to hold those charged with crimes for only a short time, all of them with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other illnesses. To compare, the state has 850 beds in its mental hospitals...read article
May 4, 2013
Researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based AARP Foundation have pinpointed social isolation as a factor, along with housing, income and hunger, that can lead to catastrophe for older people. Stacks of medical studies tie living alone to increased rates of physical and mental illness, another indication that rising Medicare costs will be even tougher to contain.
Faced with the alternative of long-term care, most older people prefer to live alone, but it’s not easy and there are emotional and physical risks. The keys to successful “aging in community” involve support from family and sometimes government, advocacy in health care, keeping up mobility, access to transportation and social involvement. read story
By Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie
February 21, 2013
The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday for a plan to allow patients with mental illness who live in group homes to stay there for the time being. read article
By Mark Binker
February 4, 2013
Advocates for the mentally ill say lawmakers might want to give Medicaid expansion another look,despite the push to block future expansion of the joint state-federal insurance program for the poor and disabled...
Dunn said that despite this partisan dynamic, Republican lawmakers should look at expansion as a way to help pay for a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over how the state cares for certain mentally ill patients. read article
NAMI Statement: The President’s Mental Health ProposalsArlington, Va. Jan. 16, 2013 - Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) issued the following statement about President Obama’s “Plan to Protect Children and Communities from Gun Violence,” released today:
"NAMI applauds the President’s plan for its significant provisions to strengthen and expand mental health services. The plan in fact reflects the thrust of many of NAMI’s recommendations that we offered Vice President Biden’s task force in the days immediately following the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. Out of tragedy, Americans today have an opportunity that probably comes only once in a generation. The mental health care system has long been broken. The challenge is not to fix it, but to build it anew, focusing on early screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The President’s plan takes important steps toward meeting that challenge, including:
About NAMINAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Budget proposal worries advocates for mentally ill
By Bruce Mildwurf WRAL June 21, 2013
...a Senate proposal could have potentially harmful consequences... would require physicians to obtain prior authorization from the state's Medicaid managed care system to prescribe medication for any kind of mental illness. "I know their intentions are good, but they are not well-informed, ...what works for one patient may not work for another. Giving patients cheaper drugs doesn't always pay off, Dr. Assad Meymandi, a Raleigh psychiatrist and neurologist said..."The incidence of suicide goes sky high. The incidence of recurrence, psychosis and readmission, recidivism goes sky high," he said. read article
by Katherine Gustafson
Friday 15 March 2013
A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, the media has trumpeted the predictable calls for tighter gun controls and widespread speculation about the shooter’s mental health. But those calling for change have done remarkably little soul-searching about the education system that allowed such a disturbed individual to wander through its hallways speaking little and avoiding eye contact, apparently completely ignored.
...Could the tragedy at Sandy Hook have been prevented if Adam Lanza had grown up going to schools where he was encouraged to express his emotions and solve conflicts creatively—or better yet, trained and supported by his classmates and teachers to do so? read article
Part 4 Of the President's Plan: Improving Mental Health Services
As President Obama said, “We are going to need to work on making access to mental health care as
easy as access to a gun.” Today, less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need...We need to do more than just keep guns out of the hands of people with serious mental illness; we need to identify mental health issues early and help individuals get the treatment they need before these dangerous situations develop.
Read the Mental Health Section of the President's Plan on Gun Voilence below: