Thank you, Steve Jobs
. . .for enlarging my brother's world []
Measuring Recovery -- new tools and new directions
MHA Village, an integrated service program in Long Beach, Cal., created a tool to guide treatment services along a path of the recovery of clients. David Pilon and Mark Ragins explain how they use Measures of Recovery (MORS) to help clients attain self-defined goals on the way to recovery. []
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. []
Mark Ragins receives USPRA's lifetime achievement award
Ragins.jpg Mark Ragins, a pioneer in community-based recovery services received USPRA's award for his lifetime achievements. Ragins is medical director the the MHA Village in Long Beach, Cal., which has become a model program with national and international visitors. []
Self-directed mental wellness care
. . .consumers in the driver's seat []
Harvey Rosenthal writes about improving behavioral health care
The following editorial originally appeared in the Albany Times Union on Feb. 22, and is reprinted with permission by Harvey Rosenthal. One of the most important considerations facing state budget makers this year lies in how to reduce costs and improve the care of "high cost, high needs" people with ongoing and serious mental health, substance use and medical conditions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is right to address concerns about both the cost -- these groups use 15 times the amount... []
Justice Dept. Pushes For Services To Move Patients Out Of Mental Hospitals
Kaiser Health News writes, "A sweeping agreement this week between the Justice Department and the state of Georgia highlights an aggressive new campaign by the Obama administration to ensure that people with mental illness and developmental disabilities can get services." []
As economy takes toll, mental health budgets shrink
Writing in Stateline.org, staff writer Christine Vestal assesses how states have met mental health budgets and what this means for people needing psychiatric services in today's fiscal crisis. "The drop-off is translating into a reduction in the number of psychiatric hospital beds, as well as fewer services for mental health emegencies and longer waiting lists for housing," says Vestal. . . []
PBS airs documentary during Mental Illness Awareness month
A documentary about the origins of family advocacy in the 1970s when psychiatry blamed parents for schizophrenia will play on PBS stations throughout May. Released by imageReal, When Medicine Got it Wrong traces the family advocacy movement. . . []
Taking recovery from ideal to actual (Part 1)
. . .creating the change []
Mental health faces cuts in Britrain's National Health Service
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Britain's National Health Service faces financial pressures, perhaps a 4 to 5 percent cut, in funding mental health programs including psychotherapy. Political parties are at least campaigning on mental health services. . . []
Passing health reform energizes advocates
Historic, jubilant, transformative were among the adjectives enunciated in the on-going celebrations of Sunday's historic pass of health reform in America. Recalling his mother who battled insurance companies on her deathbed, Pres. Barack Obama said passing this law represents the "core principles that everybody should have security." . . []
State news: Florida, Illinois, MInnesota
Illinois was ordered ordered to move people out of a state hospitals and nursing homes and into the community by the end of the year. A similar decision was made in New York. According to the the Chicago Sun Times. Illinois spends more to keep adults in institutions than any other state. . . []
Judge scolds NY: adult homes unacceptable
A New York judge ruled that adult homes are unacceptable when it comes to finding the least restrictive housing for people with a mental illness. Within four years all current residents must be afforded a placement . . . []
For-profit Chicago nursing home threat to mentally ill
Physical abuse, over-medication, inappropriate patient population, and neglectful care to 300 mentally ill patients led the federal government to halt Medicaid funding from a for-profit nursing home. The courts, and the Department of Health and Human Services agree that the residents of Somerset Place in Chicago have been ill served by the partially family-owned company. . . []
Whistleblower says Prop 63 not working in Cal.
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In 2004 California voters passed Prop 63 to raise money by taxing millionaires for services for people with a mental illness. Many considered it a model law. Five years later, Rose King, political adviser and champion of mental health, filed a Whistle Blower complaint. What went wrong and how can it be corrected? Read her explanation. []
Review of psycho-social interventions for schizophrenia
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Delays in implementing recommended psycho-social services as an adjunct to medication can prolong disabilities associated with schizophrenia, write the authors of a study in the on-line Advance Access Schizophrenia Bulletin. In a comprehensive project (citing 233 references) []
Clubhouses spared in Mass.
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In the last month, hundreds of advocates rallied, and state legislators appealed to the governor, to spare Mass. clubhouses from the budget ax. "Our demonstrators were heard," said a spokesperson . . . []
Re-arrest for people with a mental illness is higher than for ex-inmates generally.
Read more about restoring benefits and re-establishing life in a community: LIFELINES: Linking to Federal Benefits for People Exiting Corrections published by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.... []
Medicaid spent $137 for a day of home health service compared to $1447 for one day in the hospital.
Read more from a report titled Olmstead. from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health ... []
A little money helps a lot of kids
Numbers do not tell the story about real lives affected by budget cuts. Carla Lisio, clinical director at MHA of Westchester (New York) describes a low-cost, high-impact program for kids which was eliminated when budget cuts were imposed on this New York agency. []
Budget debate consumes Calif.
An intense campaign is being pitched in California where voters will decide next week whether to take from children and people with a mental illness to plug a budget hole. The heat is turning high while local politicians appear on YouTube and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger enumerates what will happen if the measures that were hammered out in a political deal should be voted down. Words like desperate, grim, and bleak convey the concern. Some are recommending splitting the ballot,... []
Stabenow wants $100 million more for community programs
Demand is outstripping capacity for community mental health services leading Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to ask fellow senators to sign on to an additional $100 million for the appropriation bill. In a letter circulated last month, she says: "CMHCs serve 8 million low-income Americans with mental health and addiction disorders. At present, fully 25% of these individuals have no health insurance. But in the past few months, these safety net providers are reporting spikes in their uncompensated care with increased... []
Montana considers hospital diversion
Three proposals to divert people experiencing a mental health crisis from Warm Springs, the state hospital, into community treatment have widespread support but face a veto from Gov. Brian Schweitzer, reports the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. The debate is positioned between those who want to hold the line on spending money for programs for people with mental illness while other budget items have been held in check, versus potential future savings in a state with consistently high suicide rates. ... []
Mental health clinics stay open in Chicago
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