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Mental Health Parity

Turning Ripples Into Tidal Waves for Flawless Mental Health

Janine Francolini | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

The Kennedy Forum convenes policymakers, educators, researchers, providers, and people with the lived experience of mental health challenges to participate in discussions examining the future of mental health in the U.S. and abroad.

Public Attitudes About Mental Health

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Weldon

Mental health care in the U.S. underwent significant changes over the past decade. But what does the public think -- how important do they think mental health problems are and how much do such issues affect their lives?

How Many More Tragedies Does It Take Before We Stop Turning Our Backs on Mental Illness?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Onset of serious mental illness in late teens and early twenties is very common and often shocking to the families that experience it. The medical community knows this; researchers know this; millions of families know this and yet we wait for the topic to find its time while millions try to cope. Surely we can do better.

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.

Dreams Came True in 2013

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

The grace of the families of Newtown who recently met with Vice President Biden to advocate for better mental health treatments has taken our breath away as they pave the way toward unconditional love as a nation.

Madam First Lady

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Janine Francolini

History has been made over the past month for the Mental Health Advocacy movement. A few weeks ago, Patrick Kennedy launched the Kennedy For...

New Mental Health Parity Regulations: Step in Right Direction, Long Overdue

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Recently, the Obama Administration released the final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.

50 Years Ago, a Start to the Mental Health Conversation; 50 Years Later, Still Further to Go

Charles M. Cutler, M.D., M.S., FACP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Charles M. Cutler, M.D., M.S., FACP

Fifty years ago on Oct. 31, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act into law, ensuring that individuals with mental ill...

Diagnosing and Preventing the Unfathomable

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

Following a public act of unspeakable horror, like the shootings in Connecticut or Aurora, mental health professionals are asked to explain why or how a person could hurt others so profoundly. And then we are asked how to identify such people and prevent these violent acts.

Mental Health Parity: Obama Style

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

I'm happy the Obama Administration is telling group insurers to stop discrimination against the mentally ill. Now I wish they were listening to what they are saying.

A Way Out Of Addiction: The Mental Health Parity Act Takes Effect This Week

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

The recognition that mental health problems are finally understood to have the same if not more impact on quality of life, job performance and relationship health is an idea whose time has finally come.