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Illinois group sees ‘red flags’ in denial of mental-health payments

September 29, 2017

September 19, 2017 | By Dean Olsen Frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis, a report released Tuesday says. “This raises a lot of red flags,” Kelly O’Brien, executive director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, said during a news conference. more »

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Report: Payments for treatment of addictions, mental illness often denied

September 21, 2017

By Dean Olsen, Staff Writer State Journal-Register Sep 19, 2017 at 7:51 PM   Frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis, a report released Tuesday says. “This raises a lot of red flags,” Kelly O’Brien, executive director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, said during more »

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Insurers often deny coverage for mental health, addiction treatment, report says

Lisa SchenckerContact Reporter Chicago Tribune   Insurers are denying coverage to many Illinois residents for certain mental health services and addiction treatments, according to a new survey of hospitals, psychiatrists and other providers in the state.   Those surveyed said Medicaid managed care organizations, in particular, blocked coverage for a number of services. About 59 percent of more »

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Rules Of The Road For Succeeding In College With A Mood Disorder

September 1, 2017

August 23, 2017 | By Sharon Carnahan, Ph.D. You’ve done it! High school is over and it’s time for college. Everyone is just so proud… and you’re alternating between wildly optimistic and sure of certain failure. As a person with a diagnosed mood disorder, you just barely survived high school—and that’s no exaggeration. Maybe you’ve more »

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