North Carolina health department officials temporarily took over a regional managed-care mental health agency Monday because of "serious financial mismanagement" by its leaders in the wake of state reviews criticizing its spending and executive pay.
Mental healthcare advocates say claims that mental illness is the sole cause of mass shootings hinder efforts to seek effective solutions. The call to address the issue with more healthcare services is also counter to the White House's agenda.
State officials worry that the hospital's decision to only accept patients who seek voluntary psychiatric treatment to its 16-bed behavioral health center — not patients who are involuntarily ordered to such care by the courts — might lead other private hospitals to do the same.
Experts call for healthcare providers to use a more holistic approach when trying to address substance use disorder in patients.
Behavioral health experts say that caring for the mental health of victims and their families after traumatic events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas last week is an essential part of disaster response.
Kaiser Permanente is targeting mental health in its disaster-relief funding efforts, a first that may encourage other health systems to follow suit.
Of the 20 veterans who die by suicide each day nationwide, only six typically have received healthcare through the VA in the year before their deaths. Manchester VA Medical Center officials want the community's help to identify others.
As hurricane rescue and recovery efforts continued this week in Houston, local health officials and providers are determined to apply the lessons learned from past disasters as they address the public health threat challenges expected to arise in the weeks and months ahead.
HHS is planning to launch a national evaluation to determine how prevalent mental illness is in the United States. Its results could lead to a seismic shift in the practice of medicine, clinicians say.
The Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could reverse progress in expanding access to behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, experts say.
States and some federal officials are working harder to end some limits on Medicaid reimbursements for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment in the face of the nationwide opioid addiction crisis.
Inspired by the documentary "Left on Purpose," which chronicles the life of Mayer Vishner, an aging former yippie activist from the 1960s, and in partnership with AARP New York, the Elder Health Tree provides resources to improve the mental and financial health of America's older adults.