The 21st Century Cures Act that gained congressional approval on Wednesday has been championed as a way to speed up drug development, but it’s also the most significant piece of mental health legislation since the 2008 law requiring equal insurance coverage for mental and physical health.
The bill includes provisions aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, strengthens laws mandating parity Read More
Arlington, Va.–A report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reveals new information about the gap between health insurance coverage of mental health and substance abuse conditions and that of other medical conditions.
Out-of-Network, Out-of-Pocket, Out-of-Options: The Unfulfilled Promise of Parity focuses specifically on the limits of in-network mental health care providers and excessive out-of-pocket costs for people seeking mental health care.
“Despite federal law, discrimination still exists in Read More
SARASOTA — Not long ago, Chris Cournoyer watched some film his parents had taken when he and his two older brothers were children. He scrutinized the footage of his happy, busy, younger self, intent on finding a sign that might have indicated what was to come.
“I felt like I could tell even then,” says Cournoyer, now 39, sitting in the room of his parents’ Sarasota home that serves as his bedroom, Read More
ByOctober 23, 2016
Last May, at the end of a City Commission meeting about funding for a mental health program, one man spoke movingly about the daughter he had adopted from Eastern Europe. She had multiple disabilities that required special medical and educational services, all of which he had readily accessed. Why, he wondered, wasn’t the same level of service available for those with mental illnesses? And why did those individuals not enjoy the same Read More
Creating an effective treatment for schizophrenia requires a better understanding of its biology, of the genes that cause it. Using technology to illuminate chromosomes, scientists confirmed the underlying genetics of this mental disorder. The identified genetic disruptions occur at a crucial time in brain development.The science team hopes its research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, leads to new medications to treat the disorder. More important, using a similar strategy could Read More
Program to keep non-violent offenders with mental health issues out of jail is awarded more than $1 million.
In January of 2014, Circuit Court Judge Erika Quartermaine convened a small group of concerned stakeholders to talk about how to address the number of low-level offenders with chronic mental illness issues repeatedly showing up in Sarasota courtrooms.
That meeting became the catalyst to create a program that could divert non-violent offenders with mental health issues from Read More