December 8, 2019 By Jocelyn Wiener Cal Matters https://calmatters.org/projects/california-mental-health-care-parity/
State Sen. Jim Beall is angry.
Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed.
As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose Democrat plans what he calls a “full-frontal assault”.
“I’m going to put even more effort into next year,” Beall said, “because I’m madder than hell Read More
January 3, 2020 at 6:17 am By Jocelyn Wiener Lake County Record-Bee https://www.record-bee.com/2020/01/03/it-breaks-my-heart/
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part article focusing on the issues relating to mental health in California. Part one ran in Tuesday’s edition and can also be read at Record-Bee.com.
Last year lawmakers agreed to create a narrow 5-year pilot program that makes it easier for three counties (San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego) to conserve homeless individuals with serious mental illnesses or Read More
Dec. 26, 2019 By Shainna Ali NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2019/6-Ways-You-Can-Help-a-Loved-One-on-Their-Healing-J
Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help.
However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental health journey. Here are a few tips on supporting the mental Read More
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families, today announced the appointment of Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer effective January 21, 2020.
“On behalf of the NAMI Board of Directors, we welcome Mr. Gillison, the incoming CEO for our organization who, with the mission-driven commitment and dedication of NAMI Read More
Nov 12, 2019 By Jocelyn Wiener/CalMatters KCBX https://www.kcbx.org/post/treatment-psychosis-and-other-mental-illness-differs-drastically-county#stream/0
Last December, Brighid FitzGibbon’s son, Evan, entered a catatonic state. Acute psychosis had hit suddenly a few weeks earlier, toward the end of fall semester of his sophomore year at Bard College in upstate New York. Gripped by terrifying delusions, his body began to shut down.
FitzGibbon and her husband, Taylor, rushed their 20-year-old son to a hospital in Sonoma County, where they live. An acquaintance told them about a promising program for Read More
December 8, 2019 By MHE Staff Managed Healthcare Executive https://www.managedhealthcareexecutive.com/news/collaborative-effort-will-support-mental-health-california-students
There is a mental health crisis among California’s youth. Studies show up to one in five students in the U.S. has a serious mental health need, yet in California too few of those affected receive the help they need, according to Blue Shield of California, based in Oakland, California.
To address this issue, the payer is launching BlueSky, a multi-year effort in collaboration with the California Department of Education and nonprofit organizations such Read More