Problems at Waco VA draw attention from Congress

By Associated Press  |  October 18, 2014

A Texas congressman says Veteran Affairs mental health research will be reviewed after a newspaper found millions of squandered dollars at a Waco facility just as brain injuries were spiking among U.S. service members.

Mentally ill shouldn't be treated in ERs: civil rights panel

Mentally ill shouldn't be treated in ERs: civil rights panel

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 30, 2014

Hospital emergency departments need to do more to identify and transfer mentally ill patients to appropriate facilities for care, a new government report says, but it falls short of recommending how healthcare providers can address a continuing shortage of available inpatient beds in mental health...

CMS dispenses $60 million in outreach grants

By Paul Demko  |  September 08, 2014

Ninety organizations in 34 states will receive $60 million in federal grants to help with outreach efforts during the second open enrollment period under the federal healthcare law, the CMS announced Monday.

Washington state Supreme Court grants stay on psychiatric boarding ban

By Associated Press  |  September 06, 2014

The Washington state Supreme Court on Friday unanimously agreed to give the state more time to find beds in psychiatric hospitals for mentally ill patients who have been involuntarily committed because they were a danger to themselves or others.

Costs block millions from seeking mental-health treatment

Costs block millions from seeking mental-health treatment

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 04, 2014

Millions did not seek treatment for mental-health and substance-abuse issues last year, not because they didn't want to address their problems, but because they lacked insurance coverage or couldn't afford it, according to a report released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

Obama to announce mental-health initiatives for vets

By Associated Press  |  August 26, 2014

Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans.

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