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New study: stigma not major barrier to treatment for people with mental illness

Another major study debunks idea that stigma is a major barrier to care for people with mental illness.

ACA opens doors for bold new ideas in mental health treatment

The Affordable Care Act has spurred new conversations about how to best deliver mental health benefits. Ideas range from incorporating more mental health services into primary care visits to the use of avatar systems to help schizophrenics control hallucinations.

Mental health court growing, 'changing lives'

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that approximately one in five state jail prisoners have a recent history of a mental health condition. Jail health care officials say that it's one in four in Tulare County. A mental health court is trying to change that.

ACA’s Innovation Center spurs testing of new health care models

One way the Affordable Care Act aims to spur innovations in health care delivery is through the CMS Innovation Center. Four California-based projects give a sense of the kinds of programs and ideas the office is currently funding and tracking.

As mental health benefits expand, a provider hails the changes

For one mental health counselor in Washington state, Obamacare has improved mental health care for many of her clients. With some providers seeing an uptick in newly insured clients, more adults and children are getting long-needed care.

Looking out for mentally ill and developmentally disabled patients in Georgia

Mental health patients and the developmentally disabled are some of the most vulnerable people in our society and unfortunately, even with the best of intentions, the system can let them down.

What does the science of children's brains mean for public policy?

So much crucial brain development occurs in the first three years of life that one researcher jokes that to him and his colleagues, 3-year-olds are practically middle aged. And yet,the first three years of life often get comparatively little attention in mental health or education policies

Native Americans: Canaries in the coal mine of historical trauma

American Indians represent the “gold standard” for bad health in this country. We top the lists for mental health related illnesses like addiction and suicide.  American Indian women also suffer the highest rates of sexual assault of any U. S. ethnicity.

Children Who Witness Parent's Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences

While children show different responses to early trauma, depending on factors such as their age, coping mechanisms, and family support, experts say that research shows that witnessing a parent's arrest or deportation leads to a complex series of problems.
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Against Stigma: Writing Responsibly About Mental Illness

Smart reporting on mental health makes an effort to avoid stigmatizing people with mental illness. Here are a few solutions one reporter found especially helpful in covering the subject in Texas, where the state's largest jail became its largest mental health facility.

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