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. []
Anatomy of an Epidemic, by Robert Whitaker
If psychiatric medications are doing the job, why are more disabled by a mental illness than 25 years ago? That is the disturbing question, says Dan Herman, that permeates Robert Whitaker's new book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. if our psychiatric treatments are truly effective, why aren't people with mental illness doing better? []
Congress to Investigate Pentagon Decision to Deny Coverage for Brain Injured Troops
The Pentagon's decision to deny treatment for traumatic brain injury justifies a Congressional investigation, says Sen. Claire McCaskill. ProPublica and NPR have persisted in tracking responses. They report hearings will be held to dig into this, a decision made in conjunction with Tricare, the military insurance offered to vets. TBI has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. []
An attitude of gratitude
. . .promotes mental health []
Pentagon Health Plan Won't Cover Brain-Damage Therapy for Troops
Dukehart,TriCare.jpgAfter Tricare, the military insurance for troops and veterans, denied coverage for cognitive rehab for brain injuries, ProPublica and NPR wanted to know why. The decision to deny this service seems especially confusing given evidence pointing to the importance of early interventions for brain injuries. Gaps in services, inconsistent policies, and congressional hearings are driving tenacious advocacy and investigations such as this. []

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