Vice President Biden on Tuesday will announce a $100 million plan to improve mental health services, as the one-year anniversary of the Connecticut elementary school shooting approaches.
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The Johnston County Mental Health Center and Johnston Community College have completed the fifth Crisis Intervention Team training academy. CIT is a training and response program for law enforcement and other first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse disorders.
It’s been more than a year since 17 individuals graduated from the first ever Crisis Intervention Team training in Loudoun County. The group, comprised of members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Leesburg Police Department and Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services were prepared on how to effectively communicate with someone during a behavioral crisis.
For military veterans who find themselves afoul of the law due to substance abuse or mental health issues, a system called veterans treatment courts is giving them an alternative to prison time.
States are experimenting with new — and sometimes controversial — ways to raise awareness about psychological distress, to make treatment more accessible for children and adults and to keep firearms away from those struggling with mental illness.
Law enforcement officers experience challenges when interacting with individuals with mental illnesses. Across the country, police departments are exploring interventions to educate police officers on how to appropriately interact with this population. For example, departments across Idaho are now implementing a new program called Crisis Intervention Team Training, to help better respond to mental health calls. In addition, six hours of a mental health curriculum is included in the basic patrol academy classes at Peace Officer Standards and Training.
For states expanding Medicaid to childless adults, the Affordable Care Act presents an opportunity that hasn’t gained as much attention as the hobbled rollout of the law’s online marketplaces: the chance to save millions on health care in prison systems and lower the number of ex-convicts who commit new crimes.
More than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders receive no treatment of any sort, says a new study by E. Jane Costello, a Duke University professor of psychology and epidemiology and associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.
A truly integrated delivery system requires combining different kinds of services and supports, including behavioral and physical health care. With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requiring parity between behavioral and physical health benefits in the new insurance exchanges, and the ACA’s Medicaid expansions bringing coverage to a population with a range of behavioral and physical health needs, integration of the two has never been more important.
The Obama administration on Friday will complete a generation-long effort to require insurers to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses when it issues long-awaited regulations defining parity in benefits and treatment.