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 like poverty, unemployment, homelessness and suicide ideation. Adequate treatment for mental disorders helps improve the quality of life and lowers related health care expenses.
According to a recent report by the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), people suffering from serious mental illnesses were in greater need for access to quality and affordable health care. The report titled, “The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living with SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers”, provided guidelines for individuals (children and adults) living with serious mental disorders and emotional disturbances. A first from ISMICC, the 2017 report identified five major areas of focus.
- Greater federal coordination to improve care
- Better access to treatment and engagement
- Evidence-based treatment and recovery
- Reduced number of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disability (SED) involved in criminal and juvenile justice systems
- Improved support to finance strategies that promote access to evidence-based treatment programs and recovery services
The identified areas would aid the federal agencies in better aligning their efforts while supporting those with SMI and SED.
Picture grim for those suffering from SMI and SED
According to the committee’s initial report, while effective treatment models for those suffering from SMI existed, they were not widely available and relatively few people received evidence-based care. Most of the U.S. states reported insufficient psychiatric and crisis response capacity that often failed to meet individual needs and resulted in worse outcomes for those with SMI, including higher risks of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and suicide.
The picture is no less grim for children and youth suffering from SED. Kust like the case of adults, most children and youth with SED did not receive adequate treatment that exposed them to the risk of adverse mental health outcomes.
Role of ISMICC
Authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act, the ISMICC comprises leaders from eight different federal agencies and private stakeholders. It reports to the Congress and federal agencies on issues pertaining to SMI and SED.
During the next five years, the ISMICC, in collaboration with the federal interdepartmental leadership, will work to build a system to provide a full range of treatments and support required by those living with SMIs and SEDs. The committee’s final report to the Congress, due in 2022, will include the progress made during the five years along with additional recommendations for the coming years.
Dealing with mental disorders and emotional disability
Sovereign Health’s rehab for mental illness in California, offers specialized care for mental illnesses like depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We employ a range of cutting-edge techniques and offer evidence-based treatment programs for safe, effective, affordable and continuing recovery.
Specialists at our state-of-the-art treatment centers incorporate both traditional and recreational therapies, as well as counseling services, in our treatment programs and offer a full continuum of care to all our clients. Additionally, our team of specialists also teach our clients the necessary life-skills required to lead a happy and productive life post recovery.
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