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March 23, 2017

During panel discussion, mental health experts home in on recovery

By Carrie Seidman carrie.seidman@heraldtribune.com March 20, 2017

When Francine Nowotny’s illness was at its zenith, she had the delusion that by eating or drinking anything, she would be allowing “the devil to go inside of me.” After two weeks of taking in no food or even water, she was so weak and dehydrated she was admitted to the hospital. Even then, she fought every attempt of the medical staff Read More

    Patience and empathy are bedrock of programs

    By Zach Murdock zach.murdock@heraldtribune.com March 18, 2017

    SARASOTA — Treating those with mental illness is incredibly complicated yet very, very simple, a panel of local experts agreed on Friday night.

    The tie that binds jail diversion programs to supportive housing to employment training to family counseling services is that support, patience and empathy that are the bedrock of the more nuanced and sophisticated programs available to those with a Read More

    SARASOTA — For Robin Snuttjer, creating a self-portrait through her medium of glass beads was a chance to experiment.

    While 45-year-old Snuttjer typically creates beads overlaid with designs, a face was a new challenge for her.

    “I hadn’t done faces before,” Snuttjer said. “I had to figure out what a sad face looked like.”

    The final product of her work became three different faces on blue, red and green beads, representing Read More

    BY DONAL O’SHEA SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY FEB 11, 2017

    This year, the members of the State University System Board of Governors voted unanimously to request a $14-million recurring annual state allocation to improve Mental Health Counseling Services at all state universities. The twelve state university presidents endorsed the request. Board of Governors’ members, for the most part very successful CEOs or managing directors, work hard to maximize taxpayer dollars devoted to higher education. University presidents loathe spending that does not enhance Read More

    December 7, 2016 Health News Florida Copyright 2016 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.

    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

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