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March 8, 2017

The powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee released the American Health Care Act on March 6th, a bill that would change health care coverage-from health insurance plans to Medicaid-and put mental health care at risk. The Committee is holding a “markup” to move the bill on Wednesday, March 8th, beginning at 10:30 AM ET. Watch here.

 

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    By Chris Aiken, M.D. | Feb. 06, 2017

    “You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder.

    Psychiatrists don’t know enough about how to help families in this situation. I should know—I’m a psychiatrist myself. When mental illness hit my home, Read More

    By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters February 23, 2017

    GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

    An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 percent in a decade, as people live longer, Read More

    February 10, 2017 | By Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Contributor

    Gun control is about to get more relaxed under President Trump. Gun-free zones such as schools will be considered a thing of the past and fewer restrictions will mean easier access to firearms. But what are the social ramifications of these changes?

    Whenever mass shootings occur, the collective conversation often turns to how guns get into “the wrong hands,” namely, persons with serious mental illness. It’s at this time that we’re Read More

    February 27, 2017 | By Press Release

    CHICAGO and TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), on behalf of its subsidiary Harmony Health Plan, Inc., announced today that it has given $18,000 in the form of 13 micro-grants to community-based organizations across the state. These micro-grants will support nonprofit and 501(c)(3) organizations that provide vital social services such as transportation, behavioral health services and youth empowerment.

    “Harmony Health Plan is proud to be part of an Read More

    JANUARY 16, 2017 | BY JUDY WANG AND PATRICK ELWOOD

    CHICAGO — Chicago police, fire and emergency management personnel will be receiving new state-of-the-art crisis response training through a partnership with area hospitals.

    The Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Simulator Lab is located at the Chicago Fire Academy, 1338 South Clinton, where all EMS training takes place.

    Weeks from now police, firefighters and paramedics will start coming there to receive training on how to better respond to mental health emergencies.

    Emergency responders will take an Read More

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