November 11, 2020
By Laurel Wamsley
New research has found that nearly 1 person in 5 diagnosed with COVID-19 is diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder like anxiety, depression or insomnia within three months.
The analysis was conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford, using electronic health records for 69.8 million patients in the U.S. — including more than 62,000 diagnosed with COVID-19.more » Read More
By Sigrid Bathen
San Francisco attorney Jennifer Johnson views her life and legal trajectory as “life before and life after” a devastating 2016 homicide case that forever changed her view of how the courts treat defendants who are mentally ill.
The case in San Francisco Superior Court involved an 85-year-old defendant, Don Rebello, who suffered from severe dementia. Suddenly and for no apparent reason, he stabbed and killed his beloved friend and longtime roommate,more » Read More
Nov 4, 3030
By Gina Perkins
“I’m dying. Right here on this sidewalk. Alone. I’m going to die.”more » Read More
Nov. 1st began the annual enrollment period to get health insurance. If you don’t have health insurance, or you need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before open enrollment ends on Dec. 15th.
Some companies advertise health plans that don’t cover mental health or substance use care or may deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. One way to make sure you have mental health coverage in 2021 is to visit HealthCare.gov.more » Read More
Oct 3, 2020
By Michael Pineda
California Gov. Gavin Newsom took advantage of an opportunity to follow up on a stated desire to improve the state of mental health in his state, signing a bill that took its cue from a court decision.
Newsom has signed Senate Bill 855, which will require every health insurer in the state along with behavioral health management organizations to rely on evidence-based treatment guidelines rather than financial considerations,more » Read More
Sep 24, 2020
By Renée Fabian
California Health Report
India Gomez knows all too well how difficult it can be to get insurance to cover mental health care. A clinical psychologist in Oakland, she often spends a good part of her workweek chasing down insurance companies to get paid. From endless phone trees and incomprehensible claims processing to representatives who can’t answer any questions, the bureaucracy cuts into Gomez’s time, energy and her bottom line.more » Read More