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Mental Health Parity

Charlie Sheen, Why Are You Asking a Heart Doctor About Your Brain?

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

I ask Charlie Sheen, and all those who may face these health challenges, to not be dismissive of their conditions and seek real help from real professionals. We live in a culture where each person's words and perceptions have great impact; and since every one in four Americans has a brain health condition, imagine what could happen if we started treating a quarter of our population with the dignity, respect, and care they deserve.

5 Foundations of Hope for Flawless Brain Health

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On Tuesday, February 23, we were privileged to join the Kennedy Forum for its second annual Mental Health State of the Union, which brought together thought leaders, clinicians, health care providers, politicians, and activists, who have been instrumental in fighting for better mental health policies in the U.S.

We Should Talk About Mental Health With Respect

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.03.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

You wouldn't know it because of the way we talk about mental health in this country -- the way we shame and mock each disorder, each symptom, each call for help. As a society, we have made a serious health condition something that is easier to hide than to address.

A Simple & Powerful Light

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Janine Francolini

This is a daunting problem, and one of the many problems in mental health that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been trying to solve for over 30 years.

Guns, Mental Health and Insurance

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Can we now all agree that long-term talk therapy is important? Can we as a culture value the powerful opportunity to explore the inevitable complexity of one's mind and emotions in a safe relationship -- especially with an appropriately trained therapist?

We Will Not Go On In Silent Desperation Anymore

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Patrick Kennedy's dedication to improving access to mental health care, as well as his activism in creating movement towards mental health reform, has emerged in several ways.

Turning Ripples Into Tidal Waves for Flawless Mental Health

Janine Francolini | Posted 06.04.2016 | 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 Forum (a prog...

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.