The mental health industry works very hard to convince government to throw money at "mental health" problems that are very broadly and loosely defined, instead of having a clear focus on delivering basic services to the seriously ill.
Rep. Murphy proposed the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis" Act to reorient the mental health system away from it's focus on serving the largest numbers of the highest functioning and back towards providing treatment for the most seriously mentally ill.
Research has shown us that intervening early at the individual, family, and community level can delay or prevent the on-set of mental and substance use disorders. We also know that these can be treated, and individuals with these conditions can lead healthy productive lives.
California has two major laws that were specifically enacted to help persons with the most serious mental illnesses: Laura's Law and the Mental Health Services Act. Neither has worked as promised and on February 22, 2013, four new bills were introduced to fix them.
Dr. Carnes is part of SAMHSA's Sexual and Gender Minority Interest Group, which put together a panel on LGBT behavioral health -- and they didn't skimp on addressing the needs of those of us at the end of that acronym. I connected with Dr. Carnes to learn more about the program.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun to develop a long-term plan regarding dementia. The planning advisory committee for this project includes a representative of the Substance Abuse and Services Administration and representatives of other federal agencies.
Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.