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Fewer kids have severe mental problems; more get help

By Associated Press  |  May 20, 2015

Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation's youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds.

Illinois prison contractor paid $3.1 million to resolve complaints over five years

By Michael Sandler  |  May 20, 2015

Wexford Health Sources, one of the named defendants in a lawsuit accusing the state of Illinois of shoddy medical care at its prisons, has previously settled 38 out of 463 complaints for a grand total of $3.1 million over five years. A new lawsuit claims "deliberate indifference" about medical care...

Flat youth suicide rate hides increase among black boys

By Andis Robeznieks  |  May 18, 2015

The suicide rate for elementary-school aged children appears to be flattening, but a study posted Monday on the JAMA Pediatrics website found those numbers hide an increased rate among young black boys while fewer white boys are committing suicide.

Procrastinate at your own peril

Procrastinate at your own peril

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Fiddling around when you should be working to finish a project could do more than annoy your boss. New research says it could be bad for your health.

Illinois behavioral health providers to merge

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 09, 2015

Three major not-for-profit behavioral-health organizations in Illinois announced last week that they have signed a letter of intent to merge, citing rising costs, uncertain reimbursement and the need to invest in new technology and infrastructure.

Data Points for May 11, 2015

Data Points for May 11, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 09, 2015

Data Points for the week of May 11, 2015, covered the following topics: ACA subsidies, insurance exchanges, ER visits, mental health treatment, prescription drug spending

Connecticut's proposed mental health cuts spur outcry from Newtown parents

By Associated Press  |  April 19, 2015

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to cut money from a state grant program to community mental health and substance abuse providers is prompting an outcry from advocates and families of Newtown massacre victims in Connecticut, who warn patients will suffer from a lack of services.

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