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NYC’s first lady and Sacramento Mayor discuss mental health initiatives

In a recent meeting of the Center for American Progress (CAP), New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg discussed several strategies to boost mental health care in the real world. McCray, wife of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, spoke about how mental health problems affected her family, especially her daughter […]

Aetna prior-authorization practices come under lens as California begins probe
02-21-18 Category: Mental Health

Aetna’s prior-authorization practices have come under the lens after a former medical director of the insurance company admitted that he never reviewed patients’ medical records when deciding to approve or deny care. In the wake of such blatant violation of laws, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said his department is probing into Aetna’s practices to […]

California to face shortage of mental health professionals, says report
02-15-18 Category: Mental Health

California may face a significant shortage of trained mental and behavioral health care professionals in the next one decade, leaving minorities and rural populations underserved, according to a recent report by the Healthforce Center at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). The report found that the Golden State will have 41 percent less psychiatrists than […]

New behavioral health model can improve lives of chronic mental health patients

Adults with chronic mental health disorders face a reduced life span compared to the general population, increasing the need for a robust behavioral health care model. Acting on that line, the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, which is a part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Insurance Services Division, came up with a […]

New bill seeks life ban for mentally ill patients on owning guns in California

Californians suffering from severe mental problems may be barred from possessing firearms for life under a bill proposed by a state legislator in an attempt to reduce the number of suicides. The bill – AB-1968 – introduced by Assemblyman Evan Low on Jan. 31, 2018, would apply to those individuals deemed by the courts to […]

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can provide breakthrough in PTSD treatment
01-23-18 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

In what could be one of the most revolutionary approaches to treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA alongside psychotherapy in a controlled setting could be the most effective treatment for the problem. Scientists across North America, including researchers from the Canadian province of British Columbia, are gearing up for the third and […]

Feds freeze national registry for addiction and mental health programs

Federal health officials have frozen the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) housed within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The registry was launched in 1997 to provide a robust database containing hundreds of professional mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs already examined and validated by an independent […]

Striving for perfection can take toll on mental health of millennials, finds study

A recent study suggests that millennials are greater perfectionists than previous generations and the quest for being perfect may be taking a heavy toll on their mental health. The study, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin in December 2017, has found that today’s university students are increasingly demanding of themselves and even more demanding of […]

Early intervention helps prevent potential consequences of mental illnesses, says report

All of us know how routine medical checkups and general awareness about diseases can help in early diagnosis of a physical illness, increasing one’s chances of recovery. Similar to any physical illness, early detection of mental disorders can also help an individual seek timely treatment that can help prevent the potential results of mental illnesses […]

It is never easy to deal with a serious mental disorder or an addiction. Imagine the plight of a person struggling with both, most likely unaware of at least one of these problems. It is, therefore, always challenging to treat patients suffering from dual diagnosis – the condition which involves concurrent symptoms of a mental […]