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Articles and Publications About Mental Health
Patti's Publications related to Mental Health Issues:
- Kevin's Law (Assisted Outpatient Treatment)
The Michigan Congress passed a series of bills that address Assisted Outpatient Treatment ("Kevin's Law") and Patient Advocate Designations for mental health treatment. These developments may have a signficant impact on persons receiving mental health treatment as well as estate planning.
Articles About Mental Health:
- Are Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities Partnered With Psychiatric Service Dogs Covered Under the ADA? (Service Dog Central)
It is important to make a distinction between ESAs (emotional support animals) and PSAs (psychiatric service animals), because PSAs are task-trained just like other SAs and are not there solely to provide emotional support. Therefore, PSAs meet the requirements of the definition of "service animal." People often confuse ESAs with PSAs, which has probably lead to this misunderstanding of whether the use of PSAs/PSDs is covered under the ADA.
- As Psychiatric Wards Close, Patients Languish In Emergency Rooms (NPR – 5/31/12)
Many hospitals don't even have psychiatric wards anymore. "The reimbursement for mental health care within the country is among the lowest across the different disease states," … "and so it's not, in some cases, economically viable to support these types of units."
- Connecticut Makes Medicaid Money Available for Community-Based Mental Health Services (Media dis&dat – 4/1/09)
Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that Medicaid funding will become available to support community-based services to help people with serious mental illness avoid long stays in Connecticut nursing homes.
- Court Overturns Judge’s Demand for Abortion and Sterilization of Mentally-Ill Woman (Margolis & Bloom)
In a controversial case, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently stepped in to protect the rights of a mentally ill woman to decide herself whether to bear her child or have an abortion.
- Demystifying Schizophrenia (American Psychiatric Assn. – 7/26/12)
This post provides some basic facts about schizophrenia, including common symptoms and available treatments. Schizophrenia is a chronic, treatable brain disease that affects an individual’s thought patterns, behavior, and perceptions of reality.
- Efforts to help troubled White House retiree James fell short (Washington Post – 1/31/12)
An article about Theodoric James, the former White House staffer who died in squalor this summer after repeatedly refusing help from APS. Also see Inspector General's report: Report of Special Evaluation: Sufficiency of District Agency Services Provided to a District Resident
Patti's Comment: Maybe Mitt should have been worried about a safety net that allows things like this to happen.
- Establish Insurance Parity of Mental Illness, Substance Abuse (Holland Sentinel – 3/10/12)
There is a similarity that exists between physical and mental health disabilities; the fact that no one can control if they suffer from either. Even though both physical disabilities and mental disabilities can pose negative impacts on a person’s life, mental illnesses are often excluded from health care coverage.
- Implications of Health Reform for Mental Health Care (Psychiatric Services – 5/10)
Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama on March 23 will benefit people who have mental and substance use disorders and their families, improve care in the public mental health system, and address the mental health workforce crisis.
- Mental Health Parity and Health Reform (Health Reform Watch – 2/1/10)
The Interim Final Rules on mental health parity were issued last Friday by the various agencies responsible for the administration of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). The rules provide interim permanent answers to some of the interpretive questions raised by the MHPAEA. I’ll provide a couple of early reactions to the rules, and briefly describe why the parity rules in no way lessen the need for broader reform for the benefit of people with serious mental illness.
- Mental Health Parity Rules Eased (Wolters Kluwer – 7/5/10)
Mental health parity rules implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAE) apply to qualified health plans in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in same manner as they apply now group health plans, and on July 1 the Employee Benefit Security Administration made it a little bit easier to apply those parity rules.
- New Hope for Illinois' Mentally Ill Nursing Home Residents (Chicago Breaking News – 3/15/10)
Thousands of psychiatric patients are likely to move out of nursing homes and into community-based settings in the next five years under a landmark legal agreement designed to reshape Illinois' troubled long-term care system.
- Ohio Supreme Court Bars Death Penalty for Mentally Retarded Man (ABA Journal – April 10, 2008)
The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down a death sentence for a convicted double murderer because of his mental retardation, despite evidence that he could play video games, pay bills and drive a car.
- Research illuminates cost of criminalizing mental illness (10/22/16)
Study quantifies Florida's problems in incarcerating those who struggle with mental illness.
- Self-Determination Q&A 2010 (Community Mental Health Oakland County – 7-6-10)
What makes self determination different from person-centered planning? What are some of the concerns about self determination? Click above for answers to these and more questions.
- Social Media and Suicide Prevention (Science & Technology – 5/21/12)
What would you do if a Facebook friend updated that they were depressed and thinking of ending their life?
- Supportive Housing: The Most Effective and Integrated Housing for People with Mental Disabilities (Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law)
A growing body of evidence confirms that supportive housing works for people with mental disabilities, including those with the most severe impairments.
- Take Control of Your Discharge Planning (Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service)
Discharge planning should begin as soon as you are admitted to a facility. If you are being hospitalized for psychiatric reasons, your Community Mental Health (CMH) agency should be involved. Ideally, the CMH worker should attend planning meetings at the facility and should be communicating with you and others to find out what you want and need upon leaving the facility.
- Two Moms Uncover Plot to Deny Mental Health Services to Children (Examiner – 1/31/10)
The California Department of Education investigated and found multiple violations where children who needed mental health help were systematically denied the services they were entitled to.
Publications About Mental Health:
- A Place of My Own
A Place of My Own is designed to provide guidance and thought leadership to nationwide stakeholders about how the ADA has been and can be used in the future to create supported housing for individuals with mental illnesses who are needlessly institutionalized or at risk of needless institutionalization.
- A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work (Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities)
- Inpatient Mental Health Care with Medicare
If you are in the Medicare Plan and have Medicare Part A, Medicare helps pay for mental health services given in a hospital that require you to be admitted as an inpatient.
- Kaiser Foundation Reports Aimed at Informing Debate on Health Care Reform
Three new reports and a video examine the range of health care needs and costs that people face today and the scope of coverage that may be available to them under health reform. One of the reports, Individuals With Special Needs and Health Reform: Adequacy of Health Insurance Coverage, is particularly relevant to people with serious mental illnesses. This and other reports can be accessed at the link above.
- Mental Health & Addiction Services for Children, Youth & Adults with Developmental Disability
Planning guidelines from British Columbia.
- Mental Health Research Findings (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
This publication reports that one in four adults in the United States suffers from a mental disorder in a given year, with about 6 percent suffering from a serious mental illness. These problems typically take a toll on overall health.
- Obtaining Child Mental Health Services Through Medicaid: The Experience of Two Parents in Two States (Bazelon.org)
With the significant adances in mental health services for children over the past decade, an array of effective, evidence-based interventions can now be provided to children in the community, which means that many children now have the opportunity to remain with their families and peers.