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November 17, 2016

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

    By October 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.

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    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

    SARASOTA — In recent years, individuals’ rights have advanced on many fronts — same-sex marriage, gender identity, the right to a peaceful death. So what is the nation’s next big social issues battle?

    “This is the civil rights issue of our generation,” said panelist Rajiv Tandon, a psychiatrist and president of NAMI Florida, speaking at a forum Friday hosted by the Sarasota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Read More

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