Mental health bills may threaten the Affordable Care Act
Generally, were educating parents that its OK, if there are problems, to reach out and ask for help. Napolitanos program, started in 2001, was first funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), until 2010. It is now funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, based on the Mental Health Services Act and Medicaid. Stigma is the biggest thing we need to erase, said Napolitano. Napolitano and Garcia noted that some students and parents may be hesitant to talk about needing mental health services. I think its just fear of the unknown, said Garcia. Its a new concept to them. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 in 5 U.S.
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“The good news is, if, for no reason other than we get mental health out the shadows, it will be worth it.” He added that catching mental health issues early could save a lot of money in the long run. The administration’s hypothesis about younger insurance customers may be false, Sengupta said. “Healthy older people may be more important.” “There’s a lot of conventional wisdom about young, healthy people, but I think that’s been a little bit overplayed,” said Jon Kingsdale, who headed up the Massachusetts health exchange. “The most important thing is to get people enrolled, whether they’re young or not.
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NC pledges solutions for mental health system
State Division of Mental Health Director Dave Richard, charged by Wos with overseeing the new Crisis Solutions group, conceded only the state’s largest and wealthiest counties could afford to build a facility like WakeBrook. When pressed, Richard offered no indication that small or rural counties could expect significant additional resources from the state. Richard said those now running DHHS had learned from past mistakes. In many ways, the new facility praised as a model operates much like the one-stop county-run mental health programs dismantled under the state’s 2001 plan. “One of the tragedies of reform as we did it was that we lost some really high quality things,” Richard said.
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