N.Y.C. unveils $850 million mental-health plan

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  November 24, 2015

New York City will spend about $850 million over the next four years to improve mental-health services and expand access to care. The figure includes $305 million in new city spending on behavioral health.

Exploring the medicinal side of magic mushrooms

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 14, 2015

Amid the institutional labs, offices and classrooms of Rennebohm Hall, home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Pharmacy, lies a room with an oversized sofa, nature scenes on the walls, a chime and drum on an inlaid table and meditative music floating from overhead speakers.

New docs' suicidal thoughts eased with online therapy

By Associated Press  |  November 04, 2015

Doctors-in-training face long, stressful hours, sleepless nights and a high risk of depression and suicidal thoughts, but often are too stoic and time-starved to seek help. A study suggests online self-help behavior therapy could be a solution.

Study: Death rate rising in middle-aged whites

By Associated Press  |  November 03, 2015

The U.S. death rate has been falling for decades, but researchers have detected one group in which the rates have been steadily ticking up—middle-aged white people. Suicides and deaths from drug overdoses and alcohol abuse are being blamed.

Congress wrestles with court-ordered mental health treatment

By Shannon Muchmore  |  November 02, 2015

A bill set for markup in the House this week could implement funding restrictions on states that do not have assisted outpatient therapy laws. Some experts say it has been unfairly labeled as questionable.

Mental-health reform bills advance as some House Democrats raise objections

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 29, 2015

The legislation seeks to clarify privacy rules to ensure that providers know they may share some diagnostic and treatment information with parents and other caregivers. Experts say legal concerns about sharing information between behavioral and primary-care providers hamper treatment coordination.

Experts address growing risks to public health

Experts address growing risks to public health

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 24, 2015

Healthcare officials and policymakers are bringing attention to poverty, violence, drinking and driving and climate change as they become increasingly relevant to public health.

Mental health advocates lukewarm on Fla. Gov. Rick Scott's plans

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 25, 2015

Behavioral health advocates say Florida Gov. Rick Scott needs to do more than pump $19 million into mental illness and substance abuse programs in order to address problems in the state. Florida ranks 49th out of 50 states in per capita spending on behavioral health.

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