ACA Mental Health

Nemes said health insurance issuers Highmark and Coventry were required to certify an adequate network of providers to gain the marketplace contracts in Delaware. The state will monitor performance to be sure those requirements are met, she said. The new coverage may open new doors for Hill, who is working part-time as a peer specialist to help others with mental health conditions gain traction in their recovery. Under present rules, she can’t take on additional responsibilities or get a full-time job because she must keep her monthly income at or below $1,040 or lose her disability benefits. If she can get the health care she needs through the Affordable Care Act, she may be able to live her dream finish her college degree, get a master’s, and become a full-time social worker. “I’ve made a lot of progress,” she said.
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Reitz: Mental health policy history has lessons

We can drive down costs through consistent care instead of emergency care and prison-based care. We can invest in Assisted Outpatient Treatment and Assertive Community Treatment, recognizing that “treatment before tragedy” saves lives. We can learn who has a history of medication noncompliance and potential problems resulting from that, such as misdemeanor crimes and chronic homelessness, and monitor the treatment of those who are the most ill, mandating them to remain in treatment, the basis of Assisted Outpatient Treatment, in order to remain in the community. We can help those who recognize they are ill but need support find Assertive Community Treatment communities, where they get more support than in traditional community mental health. We can be the compassionate society we’ve always projected to the world, treating the poorest and sickest among us instead of leaving them to rot in the streets and in jails.
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The Mental Health Reform In Australia: Child Restraints & Seclusion

The argument lies is the use of seclusion and restraint beneficial and/ or therapeutic to already traumatized children? This article highlights that the use of restraint among childrens settings is not only physically damaging to the child, it is also emotionally and psychologically damaging to the child. The UN Rights of the child (which Australia is a signatory to) the child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth. Under Principle 1 of the article: Every child, without any exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to these rights, without distinction or discrimination on account of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family.
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