Tag: Mental Illness

Mental Health Update: Expanding Services, But Limiting Access

Filed in Medicaid, Mental Health by on February 6, 2013 3 Comments
Mental Health Update: Expanding Services, But Limiting Access
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As I mentioned here last month, government leaders are turning their attention to mental health issues — focusing on diagnosis and access to treatment, in particular — in the wake of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December.  Even though it remains unclear whether or not the shooter suffered […]

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Newtown’s Impact on Mental Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

Filed in Health Law, Mental Health by on January 23, 2013 0 Comments
Newtown’s Impact on Mental Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
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In response to the jarring and horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, Pres. Obama signed a number of executive orders last week, flanked by schoolchildren and Vice Pres. Biden.  The official investigation into the contributing factors and details surrounding the mass shooting continues, but much of the public […]

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Recommended Reading (and a Lawsuit to Watch) on Prisoner Physical and Mental Health Issues

Filed in Recommended Reading by on June 18, 2012 0 Comments
Recommended Reading (and a Lawsuit to Watch) on Prisoner Physical and Mental Health Issues
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In The Ninth Circle of Hell: An Eighth Amendment Analysis of Imposing Prolonged Supermax Solitary Confinement of Inmates with a Mental Illness (forthcoming in the Denver University Law Review), Thomas Hafemeister and Jeff George provide a fascinating history of prolonged solitary confinement and helpful reviews of the empirical research establishing that such confinement “is virtually […]

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Millitary Mental Health and Memorial Day

Filed in Mental Health by on May 28, 2012 0 Comments
Millitary Mental Health and Memorial Day
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With Memorial Day upon us, I thought it fitting to highlight this initiative of the United States military to study mental health risks for soldiers. According to a press release issued by Rutgers University: The Rutgers Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR) has received $2.4 million to study the genetic make-up of soldiers at risk for […]

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Lower Cost, But at What Cost?

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 8, 2012 2 Comments
Lower Cost, But at What Cost?
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Late last month, Essex County Mental Health Association director Bob Davison went undercover to experience the current conditions at Dover Woods, a residential psychiatric facility in Toms River, New Jersey.  His subsequent report was published in the Newark Star-Ledger.  It paints a bleak and jarring account of life within the large mental health care facility, […]

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