The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), passed 53-0 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Murphy first introduced the bill a year after the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings that killed 26, including 20 children.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up a mental health reform bill this week that has struggled to find Democratic support and was last discussed in November.
Nearly all ACA health plans offered in states do not adequately cover services for addiction treatment, according to an analysis released Tuesday, despite repeated calls by advocates and providers for insurers to offer a full range of substance use disorder therapy benefits.
Workers at a state-run mental health hospital in Yankton violated patients' rights by misusing restraints to control potentially unruly subjects, a federal inspection concluded.
Data Points: Mental disorders are the No. 1 condition for medical spending
Some local jails, including those in Chicago and Louisville, Ky., have launched initiatives to increase the number of inmates who have Medicaid when they are released. But there are tough challenges.
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) hope a gathering of mental health professionals this week will remind their fellow legislators that time is running out to reform the country's mental health system.
I read with great interest the recent Q&A “We're trying to build the business case for achieving health equity,” (April 25, p. 30), based on an interview with Cara James, Ph.D., director of the CMS' Office of Minority Health.
Ohio health officials are notifying 59,000 state residents that they were inadvertently identified as behavioral-health patients in mailed correspondence, resulting in a breach of protected health information.
Drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has taken another step in its effort to be viewed as a healthcare provider alternative. Walgreens is collaborating with the behavioral health advocacy group Mental Health America to provide mental health screening to as many as 3 million people through 2017.
A shortage of available psychiatrists forced Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene to close its inpatient behavioral health unit, which had been serving three to four adults per day.
Better-staffed mental health units, mini clinics and telehealth services are among several features that will soon be put in place to improve healthcare at New York's Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Tuesday.