Highlights of USPRA/2011
USPRA.jpgUSPRA's 36th annual conference brought people from 14 countries to Boston to learn about the evidence-based initiatives contributing to recovery programs. With an overcapacity interest, and 500 people eager to learn about programs for homeless vets, there was something for everyone. []
Mental illness and public safety: let's tell the truth
by Phyllis Vine

As measures to protect public safety with gun laws move through state houses, too often the word "dangerous" is being used to modify "mental illness." Do laudable efforts to halt violence belong on the shoulders of people with a mental illness? Isn't it time we started to wrestle with the truth? []
FDA changes review policy
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Holding politicians accountable -- North Carolina
Charging that state leaders are indifferent to North Carolina’s crisis in mental health care, advocates have launched a campaign, NCMentalHealthVOTE.org, to make transparent candidates' opinions about how to address the service and treatment problems in need of repair.... []
Candidates weigh in
Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama, and Republican John McCain responded to a survey about mental health issues distributed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The only person to have a previously prepared remarks is former candidate Eliot Richardson. ... []
Oregon’s hospitals unsafe
Restraints, assaults and environmental hazards, failure to monitor, to report and to protect are just a few of the threats to patient safety described in an on-line report of a Justice Department investigation into Oregon’s state hospital system. More than 600 patients receive treatment in two state facilities, including the Salem site, built in the 1880s. ... []
Hearings on vets' health
More than 40 percent of the veterans returning from Iraq require mental health treatment and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held hearings on eight relevant bills yesterday. They include: HR 4231 – Rural Veterans Health Care Access Act of 2007 -- calling for vouchers for services 30 miles from a VA facility – which the VA opposes arguing it creates fragmented care, permits a non-VA provider to recommend treatment, and applies to residents of urban as well as... []

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