Oct 9, 2019 By Sammy Caiola/Capital Public Radio Jefferson Public Radio https://www.ijpr.org/post/california-launches-peer-run-mental-health-warm-line#stream/0
California is launching a statewide mental health phone line to help those who need help, but aren’t in crisis.
Most counties already run a suicide prevention hotline. But only a few have a “warm line,” which offers emotional support and resource referrals for people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other symptoms but aren’t considering taking their own lives.
Mental health advocates say it’s this lower level of care can Read More
October 9, 2019 By Claudia Boyd-Barrett The Chronicle of Social Change https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/millions-unclaimed-behind-californias-troubled-mental-health-care-funding-system/38158
Alex Briscoe didn’t know much about how local governments pay for mental health care when he joined Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency in 2004. But he knew there was a problem.
Briscoe had come from a job at Children’s Hospital Oakland where he saw kids routinely turn up in the emergency room in serious psychological distress. These children had nowhere else to go. There was no support system to Read More
Nov. 04, 2019 By Izzy Gonçalves NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2019/How-Families-Can-Work-Together
Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together.
I now know that the most effective treatment requires the person with the mental illness, their doctors and their supporters to work together. Frankly, through much of my spouse’s Read More
Today, the federal government announced the approval of the first-of-its-kind Medicaid demonstration project that aims to broaden treatment services available to Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance in the District of Columbia.Read More
Sep. 20, 2019, 5 AM By Kelly Davis, Jeff McDonald The San Diego Union-Tribune https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/story/2019-09-19/in-california-jails-are-now-the-mental-health-centers-of-last-resort
Almost one in three San Diego County jail inmates is prescribed medication to treat mental illness, making Sheriff Bill Gore one of the most prolific providers of behavioral health services in the region.
Last year alone, Gore spent more than $5.6 million on pharmaceutical drugs for the 5,600 or so people behind bars on any given day — approximately $1,000 per inmate, or one-fifth of the Read More
BY JOAN COOK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 10/10/19 01:30 PM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/465219-world-mental-health-day-california-takes-initiative-in-battling-depression
Today is World Mental Health Day. And, California, a state with 10 percent of the U.S. population, just announced that it’s introducing the first toll-free statewide mental health line for non-emergency emotional support and referrals. What a wonderful way to kick off this occasion. This Peer-Run Warm Line is a reason to celebrate.
As a psychologist, I’ve Read More