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Behavioral Health

Mental Health for the Masses

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

MOOIs (Massive Open Online Interventions) are mental health and substance abuse interventions, scientifically validated and available online to unlimited numbers of consumers. As with MOOCs, most of these consumers can be expected to drop out, but some will stay -- and get well.

King v. Burwell: Is the Pen Mightier Than Common Sense?

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

If the ACA gets overturned, the impact will be immediate. Loss of the federal subsidy would put up to 9.6 million people at risk of losing their health insurance; it would also trigger up to 35-percent increases in premiums for participants in the non-group market. But as bad as that is, the long-term implications are worse.

Proof! Happier and Healthier Heart Patients Generate Savings

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

It's quite a thing to start a company like AbilTo and to be lucky enough to to see it grow and prosper. This is particularly the case because we are i...

Let's Address America's Mental Health Crisis in 2015

Deborah De Santis | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Not every homeless person is mentally ill, but a large percentage within the chronically homeless population face mental-behavioral health recovery and so we need quality, community-based care in tandem with affordable housing to help them.

The Revolution In Health IT, Coming Really Soon

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Michael B. Laskoff

September 15-19 marks Health IT week, a relatively new and largely unnoticed week in the healthcare calendar. The revolution in health - the one com...

Mental Illness Can Touch Anyone: Help Should Reach Everyone, Too

Traci Donnelly | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Traci Donnelly

Mental health problems can be isolating and crippling even for people who can pay for the best care. By making mental health care difficult to afford, we create additional, often insurmountable obstacles for people who are already struggling at the margins.

Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness.

Challenges to Clinics Serving the Poor

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Whitcomb

The Affordable Care Act, in increasing the emphasis on primary care while more closely integrating it with acute care, will almost certainly increase the importance of FQHC's and other nonhospital treatment centers.

Caregivers: The Unsung (and Quietly Suffering) Heroes

Melissa Thompson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Melissa Thompson

The impending surge in cases of dementia creates an urgent need to take aggressive action now to address the needs of our aging population and their families.

A Message to Remember on the State of Our Union

John Santopietro, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
John Santopietro, M.D.

I am grateful for the dialogue we had as a nation in 2013, but we will all suffer if it does not proceed in 2014. The need for access to quality behavioral health treatment is critical.

Health Issues at Root of Swollen Jails and Prisons; Solutions are in Diversion Programs

Dr. Timothy P. Condon | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Dr. Timothy P. Condon

The immense volume of people flooding criminal justice systems in the U.S. demands effective policy responses from governments at all levels. Effective diversion models need to be shared widely and expanded.

Depressed? Treatment Not Working? Be Careful What You Do Next

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

If you are taking an anti-depressant but are still depressed, the ad says, ask your doctor about adding Abilify (originally approved as an anti-psychotic medication). This is, at best, misleading medical advice.

The Psychology of Social Media: Finding Balance in an Evolving Digital World

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 06.17.2013 | Chicago
Michele Nealon-Woods

Who could argue that helping people to connect and communicate with each other regularly is not a good thing, especially in times of crisis and tragedy, when it allows each of us to quickly share life-saving information or respond to a national tragedy?

Draft National Alzheimer's Plan Is Disappointing

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We need a National Alzheimer's Plan that reflects the psychosocial/mental health needs of Americans with dementia and their families, and that creates opportunities for them to have a vastly improved quality of life.

Turning Ghosts Into Ancestors

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.28.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

A ghost gradually becomes an ancestor, and traumatic experiences become memories, by a most human alchemy. The beloved community provides the inspiration, the spirit of support, so we can stop holding our breaths in traumatic reaction and anticipation, and finally exhale.

Spirituality and the Road Home

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Bobrow

With the provision of such a safe emotional atmosphere, people find their own way to reconnect within themselves, with their peers, with their families and with their community.

Gov. Pat Quinn's Renewed Embrace of Mental Health Care Likely to Spark Cynicism

David Ormsby | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

If Gov. Quinn ever wonders why the public find his approach to governing to be incoherent and frustrating, he needs only to consider his recent whiplash-inducing turn on behavioral health care policy.

Improve Care For Mentally Ill: Eliminate Mental Health Agencies

DJ Jaffe | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

In this week's National Review, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, of the Treatment Advocacy Center, argues that to improve care for people with mental illness, Pr...

Glenn Close's Mental Illness PSA Wins Silver Telly Award

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The anti-stigma campaign featuring Glenn Close, her bipolar sister Jessie and schizophrenic nephew Calen recently won a Silver Telly Award, which hono...