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Letter to Senate Leaders Offers Blueprint for Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON — Two leading mental health associations have called on the Senate to reject the flaws in the American Health Care Act and instead craft a bill that would result in more people having coverage for mental health and substance use treatment, and not penalize people with pre-existing conditions.

“We strongly oppose the American Health Care Act, which according to the Congressional Budget Office, would result in 14 million more people uninsured in 2018 than under current law, and 23 million more people without insurance by 2026,” the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association said in a letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders. “Millions more would lose access to treatment,...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 8, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. – Recovery-oriented cognitive therapy can lead to lasting improvement among individuals with schizophrenia, even among those with the most chronic illness, according to a study out today. While those with more chronic illness took longer to show benefits, they did improve and start to succeed at achieving their goals, according to research published online in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

The authors note that despite decades of research about recovery among people with schizophrenia, the view of schizophrenia as progressive and deteriorating is still common in the mental health care community.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, led by Paul M. Grant, Ph.D., looked at the effects of 18 months of...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 1, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va. May 25, 2017 – Anita Everett, M.D., began her one-year term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the conclusion of the APA Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 24. At the same time Altha Stewart, M.D., began her term as APA President-elect.

At the APA Annual Meeting Opening Session, Everett emphasized her commitment to helping APA members in their efforts to provide the best possible care to their patients. Among Everett’s priorities as APA president are:

  • Ensuring...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 30, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. May 25, 2017 – The proposed White House budget released earlier this week calls for draconian cuts to the nation’s health care system, decreases access to mental health and substance use care and puts patients at risk. The APA calls on Congress to reject the proposed budget in favor of a bipartisan solution that ensures Americans get the health care they deserve.

The proposed budget includes:

  • A nearly $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health Budget, which jeopardizes medical research.
  • More than $252 million in cuts to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Programs potentially affected include the Community Mental Health Services Blog Grant, the Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration program and the Behavioral Health Workforce Education...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 30, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va., May 25, 2017 – At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting on May 24 in San Diego, Theresa M. Miskimen, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Assembly of District Branches.

Theresa Miskimen, M.D., is currently the Vice President for Medical Services at University Behavioral Health Care in New Jersey and Professor of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University. She is a member of the editorial...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 30, 2017



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