Archives for November 2013

Mental Health Parity Act

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. will release long-awaited rules today requiring insurers to cover treatment for mental illness in the same manner they provide care for physical health, a senior administration official said.

The regulations, five years in development, mean that insurance companies won’t be able to charge higher co-payments or deductibles for treatment of mental illness or limit the duration of care any more than they would for treatment of a physical condition.

The requirements will apply to almost all health plans in the nation including new ones sold under the health-care overhaul, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The U.S. health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, will announce the final mental health rules at a conference this morning in Atlanta with Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady, the official said.

The administration also considers the rules to be a chief component of an effort to reduce gun violence, the official said. The White House included improving mental health services as one of 23 executive actions it announced to combat gun violence after 26 children and adults were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.


Phillip’s journey: From homelessness to help

ATLANTA — On a sunny fall day in a simple Atlanta apartment, Phillip Haynes goes about his day. He gets a drink of water in his kitchen. He turns on his TV to search for a favorite show.

They are mundane moments — until you consider where Phillip was less than a year ago.

I ask Phillip if he remembers when we first met.

“Yes,” he says. “I was surprised. What would the news want with me? Being homeless, in the situation I was in.”

We were with Phillip’s mother when she found him living behind an abandoned Alpharetta office building.

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Georgia Tech Mental Health Task Force

Last May, GT President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, appointed a Mental Health task force. Chaired by Lynn Durham, assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the President, the 13-person group, composed of students, faculty, and staff met during the summer to discuss mental health issues, support, and needs in Tech’s student body. Peterson appointed the group as a result of concerns raised by undergraduate and graduate student leaders.

“Our students see mental health issues in others, but not necessarily in themselves,” Durham said. “They are under a great deal of pressure and don’t see the stress points, or the concerning behaviors such as staying up all night multiple nights in a row. They feel invincible and often don’t reach out for the help they need.”

The group released it’s report and recommendations October 30.

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29th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy

The Road Ahead: Challenges And Opportunities for Behavioral Health Care During the Implementation of  the Affordable Care Act

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter for the 29th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy to discuss how access to mental health care could improve with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

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Download Beyond Stigma PDF, Advancing the Social Inclusion of People with Mental Illnesses.