Category results for "Mental Health"

Commentary: Let’s Get Serious About Treating Addiction

The recent spike in heroin deaths—which is real– is being attributed to heroin mixed with fentanyl. We wring our hands about overdoses, but do little to make effective treatment widely available. Policy changes must be made to end this scandal explains David L. Rosenbloom, PhD, Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.

States That Don’t Expand Medicaid Leave Millions of Mentally Ill Uninsured: Report

About 3.7 million Americans, who live in states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, suffer from mental illness, psychological distress or a substance use disorder and don’t have health insurance, according to a recent report.

Bill to Overhaul Mental Health Care Spurs Debate

A bill designed to overhaul the mental health care system in the United States has spurred debate among advocates for the mentally ill, The New York Times reports. Some groups oppose the measure because it includes provisions for expanded use of involuntary outpatient treatment.

Commentary: From Lemons to Lemonade and Defense to Offense: An Activist’s Journey on the Road to Parity

My 18-year recovery journey to get parity passed and implemented is not over, but it’s important to share some lessons learned along the way, says Carol McDaid.

Medical Marijuana Researchers One Step Closer to Starting PTSD Study

Medical marijuana researchers are a step closer to being able to start a study on whether the drug helps treat post-traumatic stress disorder, after the Public Health Service gave its approval to the study. The Drug Enforcement Administration must still approve the research.

18 Percent of American Adults Have Mental Illness: Government Report

A new government report finds 42.5 million American adults, or 18.2 percent of the adult population, suffers from some form of mental illness. About 4 percent suffers serious mental illness that impedes day-to-day activities.

Quitting Smoking Can Improve Mental Health, Study Finds

A new study from Washington University concludes that people can improve their mental health when they quit smoking.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, February 14- Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Economic Impact of Parity Act for Substance Use Disorder Treatment is Minimal: Study

The economic impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires larger employer-based insurance plans to cover psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders in the same way they do illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, has been minimal, a new study finds.

Adults Who Use Illicit Drugs More Likely to Think About Suicide: Survey

Thoughts of suicide are more common among adults who use illicit drugs, compared with the general population, according to a new government survey.

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