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colorado would outlaw using jails for mental health holds, increase services und


a $9.5 million proposal would outlaw locking people in jail when they are picked up on mental health holds and bolster the state’s network of crisis-response teams, walk-in treatment centers and transportation from rural colorado.a bill under consideration at the statehouse would ban the use of jails to house people who are a “danger to themselves or others” but have not committed any crime. colorado is one of only six states that allows putting people who are suicidal or having mental health episodes behind bars.“it’s a massive injustice,” said sen. daniel kagan, a denver democrat and sponsor of the bill. “it only makes a person’s mental health far, far worse to be not only in a state of crisis but now in jail.”the legislation, combined with state human services department requests for ma






hcmc, nice ride partner on new program to help people with mental illness by pro


a recent collaboration between the nice ride minnesota bike share program and hennepin county medical center is helping people deal with mental illness by giving them free bike memberships.the program, which starts its second year april 1, is part of a broader shift in mental health treatment to prescribe physical exercise for people with depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses.hcmc is taking it a step further, stationing a cardiologist in its mental health day treatment program to do a more intensive assessment of physical health and cardiovascular-specific treatments. it’s the only mental health program doing so in the country, according to the hospital.“we’ve either treated the brain or the body, and we’re taking it as a holistic approach, trying to treat people,” said amber court






trumpcare yanks mental health care and substance addiction treatment from 1.3 mi


facebook, trump news, u.s. newstrumpcare yanks mental health care and substance addiction treatment from 1.3 million peopledavid ferguson09 mar 2017 at 16:58 etthe republicans’ proposed plan to replace the affordable care act (aca) — also known as “obamacare” — will cut mental health and addiction treatment for 1.3 million people, just as the country is struggling to cope with an epidemic of opiate addiction.the washington post reported on thursday that house republicans admitted under questioning by rep. joe kennedy iii (d-ma) that their aca repeal-and-replace plan would “remove a requirement to offer substance abuse and mental-health coverage that’s now used by at least 1.3 million americans.”“substance abuse and mental-health services are among the ‘essential benefits‘ states are requir






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get mental health care


veterans who exited the military under the cloud of a less-than-honorable discharge will be able to get some mental-health care from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the va secretary said tuesday evening.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to offer treatment to veterans whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible.“we are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans’ affairs. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”in general, veterans who receive discharges in the category of other-than-honorable are barred from enjoying many va benefits, including medical treatment.the va estimates that more than 500,000 former ser






healtheast taps controversial company for psychiatry expansion


st. joseph's hospital in st. paul is adding inpatient psychiatric beds in an effort to address the critical shortage of mental health services in minnesota — and hiring an experienced but controversial behavioral health company to manage them.the healtheast hospital is spending $7 million to renovate unused rooms and increase its total number of beds for mental health and chemical dependency treatment from 68 as of last summer to 105 by this july. expansions will include beds for geriatric psychiatry patients as well as those in acute mental crises who are often stuck in hospital emergency rooms because there are no open mental health beds in the state."it's a huge need," said dr. john kvasnicka, healtheast's vice president of medical affairs. "patients are really suffering."universal heal






healtheast taps controversial company for psychiatry expansion


st. joseph’s hospital in st. paul is adding inpatient psychiatric beds in an effort to address the critical shortage of mental health services in minnesota, though its choice of a controversial for-profit partner is raising eyebrows in the medical community.the healtheast hospital is spending $7 million to renovate unused rooms and increase its total number of beds for mental health and chemical dependency treatment from 68 as of last summer to 105 by this july. expansions will include beds for geriatric psychiatry patients as well as those in acute mental crises who are often stuck in hospital emergency rooms because there are no open mental health beds in the state.“it’s a huge need,” said dr. john kvasnicka, healtheast’s vice president of medical affairs. “patients are really suffering.






trumpcare yanks mental health care and substance addiction treatment from 1.3 mi


the republicans’ proposed plan to replace the affordable care act (aca) — also known as “obamacare” — will cut mental health and addiction treatment for 1.3 million people, just as the country is struggling to cope with an epidemic of opiate addiction.the washington post reported on thursday that house republicans admitted under questioning by rep. joe kennedy iii (d-ma) that their aca repeal-and-replace plan would “remove a requirement to offer substance abuse and mental-health coverage that’s now used by at least 1.3 million americans.”“substance abuse and mental-health services are among the ‘essential benefits‘ states are required to provide under the affordable care act’s expansion of medicaid, a program that provides health-care coverage to those who can’t afford it,” explained the p






healtheast taps controversial company for psychiatry expansion


st. joseph's hospital in st. paul is adding inpatient psychiatric beds in an effort to address the critical shortage of mental health services in minnesota, though its choice of a controversial for-profit partner is raising eyebrows in the medical community.the healtheast hospital is spending $7 million to renovate unused rooms and increase its total number of beds for mental health and chemical dependency treatment from 68 as of last summer to 105 by this july. expansions will include beds for geriatric psychiatry patients as well as those in acute mental crises who are often stuck in hospital emergency rooms because there are no open mental health beds in the state."it's a huge need," said dr. john kvasnicka, healtheast's vice president of medical affairs. "patients are really suffering.






university of minnesota to expand mental health services


minneapolis — the university of minnesota's school of nursing is using a $2.1 million grant to expand mental health services to underserved parts of the state.the minnesota daily (http://bit.ly/2neswak) reports that the nursing school will partner with the amherst h. wilder foundation, touchstone mental health and northern pines mental health center to train students as well as provide mental health and primary care to rural minnesota and those with limited access.the grant came from the health resources and services administration.university nursing professor merrie kaas says the initiative came from increased awareness about the lack of mental health resources in minnesota and a link between poor primary care and poor mental health.






gop health plan risky for mental health, addiction progress


in this thursday, march 16, 2017, photo, jose luis guzman, from the department of public health, looks for discarded hypodermic needles on the steps of the asian art museum in san francisco, calif.(photo: paul chinn, ap) 1 connectlinkedinemailmorehouse republicans' affordable care act replacement plan would dramatically change who is eligible for free or low cost health coverage, which critics fear could drastically slash mental health and addiction coverage which many people got for the first time under the law.linda rosenberg is ceo of the national council for behavioral health. she will be the featured expert on a usa today facebook live wed., march 22 at 1 pm. (photo: mike busada)on wednesday at 1 p.m, usa today will host a facebook live to discuss this with linda rosenberg, ceo of the






gop health plan risky for mental health, addiction progress


in this march 16, 2017, photo, jose luis guzman, from the department of public health, looks for discarded hypodermic needles on the steps of the asian art museum in san francisco.(photo: paul chinn, ap) 10 connectlinkedinemailmorehouse republicans' affordable care act replacement plan would dramatically change who is eligible for free or low-cost health coverage, which critics fear could drastically slash mental health and addiction coverage, which many people got for the first time under the law.on wednesday at 1 p.m, usa today will host a facebook live to discuss this with linda rosenberg, ceo of the national council for behavioral health and samuel hedgepeth, a medicaid patient in maryland who was able to get treatment for his mental health and substance abuse disorders. log in at 1 p.






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get mental health help


veterans who exited the military under the cloud of a less-than-honorable discharge will be able to get some mental-health care from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the va secretary said tuesday evening.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to extend a life preserver to veterans whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible for services.“we are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans’ affairs. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”veterans advocates cheered the news, calling it a “bold, responsible and overdue” move.“this policy change will forever alter the future for thousands of veterans and their families,”






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get mental health help


more than a half million u.s. veterans who exited the military under the cloud of a less-than-honorable discharge will be able to get limited mental-health care from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the va has announced.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to extend a life preserver to veterans whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible for services.“we are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans’ affairs on tuesday evening. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”veterans advocates cheered the news, calling it a “bold, responsible and overdue” move.“this policy change will forever alter the future for thousand






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get mental health help


more than a half-million u.s. veterans who exited the military under the cloud of a less-than-honorable discharge will be able to get limited mental-health care from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the va has announced.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to throw a life preserver to veterans whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible for services.“we are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans’ affairs on tuesday evening. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”veterans advocates cheered the news, calling it a “bold, responsible and overdue” move.“this policy change will forever alter the future for thousands






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get mental health help


more than a half million u.s. veterans who exited the military under the cloud of a less-than-honorable discharge will be able to get limited mental-health care from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the va has announced.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to throw a life preserver to veterans whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible for services.“we are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans’ affairs on tuesday evening. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”veterans advocates cheered the news, calling it a “bold, responsible and overdue” move.“this policy change will forever alter the future for thousands






budget cuts would deepen statewide shortage of psychiatric beds, minnesota commi


a statewide effort to alleviate minnesota’s chronic shortage of psychiatric beds by freeing up space at state mental hospitals would be jeopardized under budget proposals before the legislature, the head of minnesota’s largest state agency warned tuesday.during a visit to a community mental hospital in baxter, minn., human services commissioner emily piper said a proposed $600 million reduction in the human services budget would force the state to reduce staffing and capacity at state-operated mental facilities, reversing a year of progress in expanding access to treatment for psychiatric patients.“it’s extraordinarily important to fund our facilities so they are operating at full capacity, when we already know that we have an overloaded mental health system across the state,” piper said i






budget cuts would deepen statewide shortage of psychiatric beds, minnesota commi


a statewide effort to alleviate minnesota's chronic shortage of psychiatric beds by freeing up space at state mental hospitals would be thrown into jeopardy under budget proposals before the legislature, the head of minnesota's largest state agency warned tuesday.during a visit to a community mental hospital in baxter, human services commissioner emily piper said a proposed $600 million reduction in the human services budget would force the state to reduce staffing and capacity at state-operated mental facilities, reversing a year of progress in expanding access to treatment for psychiatric patients."it's extraordinarily important to fund our facilities so they are operating at full capacity, when we already know that we have an overloaded mental health system across the state," piper said






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get mental health care


veterans who exited the military under the cloud of a less-than-honorable discharge will be able to get mental-health care from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the va secretary said tuesday evening.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to offer treatment for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder to veterans whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible.“we are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans’ affairs. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”in general, veterans who receive discharges in the category of other-than-honorable are barred from enjoying many va benefits, including medical treatment.v






university of minnesota to expand mental health services


minneapolis — the university of minnesota's school of nursing is using a $2.1 million grant to expand mental health services to underserved parts of the state.the nursing school will partner with the amherst h. wilder foundation, touchstone mental health and northern pines mental health center to train students as well as provide mental health and primary care to rural minnesota and those with limited access.the grant came from the health resources and services administration, the minnesota daily (http://bit.ly/2neswak ) reported.university nursing professor merrie kaas said the initiative came from increased awareness about the lack of mental health resources in minnesota and a link between poor primary care and poor mental health."when one has a mental health problem, it affects their ph






man ruled insane in woman's murder gets ok for trips from mental hospital


a judge ruled friday that a man being held at the elgin mental health center for killing a woman by lighting her on fire may venture into the community, but only with security guards.the order will allow lawrence hucksteadt to go with staff and at least two security guards for two visits to public places in elgin like a recreation center, library or restaurant.hucksteadt was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2004 death of ellen polivka, 69, of woodstock. polivka was a receptionist at centegra behavioral health in woodstock who asked hucksteadt to put out a cigarette. he left the center but returned to douse her with gasoline and light her on fire, prosecutors said. she died a few weeks later.hucksteadt has been held and treated at the elgin treatment center but has been allowed






colleges can’t meet soaring student needs for mental health care


c olleges across the country are failing to keep up with a troubling spike in demand for mental health care – leaving students stuck on waiting lists for weeks, unable to get help. stat surveyed dozens of universities about their mental health services. from major public institutions to small elite colleges, a striking pattern emerged: students…






judge oks new cleveland police policies on the mentally ill


cleveland — new cleveland police policies aimed at steering people with mental health issues toward treatment instead of jail have been approved by the federal judge overseeing reforms of the police department.in some cases involving people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis, officers with specialized training will be allowed to refer those individuals to hospitals and treatment facilities rather than arrest them for minor crimes.cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2maihcy ) reports the judge's order says the new policy gives such officers "appropriate discretion" in those cases.it's one of the key provisions in a court-monitored reform agreement between cleveland and the u.s. department of justice. the agreement was reached in 2015, after a federal investigation concluded officers






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get mental health care


veterans who exited the military under the cloud of a less-than-honorable discharge will be able to get mental-health care from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the va secretary said yesterday evening.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to offer treatment for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder to veterans whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible.“we are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans’ affairs. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”in general, veterans who receive discharges in the category of other-than-honorable are barred from enjoying many va benefits, including health care.veter






suicide safer home


the suicide safer home app offers practical tips for concerned parents and adult family caregivers for keeping families suicide safer. health professionals, mental health professionals, and first responders can use this app for its educational materials and reference information. you cannot remove all risk from your home, but you can make it suicide safer by securing access to lethal means of death by suicide. read information articles- find resources for help- take action- use the scheduler to create reminders for safer home tasksnote: this app is meant to share public health education and information only. it is not meant to be used as legal, medical or mental health advice. following the guidelines in the app should help decrease the risk of suicide but we cannot eliminate all risk o






va: vets with 'bad paper' discharges can get limited mental health assistance


more than a half-million u.s. veterans who exited the military under the cloud of an other-than-honorable discharge will be able to get limited mental-health treatment from the u.s. department of veterans affairs, the agency has announced.new va secretary david shulkin told a congressional committee that he wants to throw a life preserver to vets whose discharges would otherwise make them ineligible for such services.“we are going to go and start providing mental-health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” shulkin testified to the house committee on veterans affairs on tuesday evening. “i don’t want to wait. we want to start doing that.”va officials said they expect to finalize plans for rolling out the program in early summer. shulkin intends to consult with members of con






britain's young royals promote conversation on mental health


london — prince william, his wife kate and his brother prince harry are spearheading a campaign to encourage people to talk openly about mental health issues.the young royals released 10 films thursday as part of their heads together campaign to change the national conversation on mental health.the videos feature celebrities and members of the public talking about the breakthrough conversation that helped them come to terms with their mental health problems.the former england cricket captain andrew flintoff and former prime minister tony blair's spin doctor alastair campbell are among those seen speaking about their experiences of anxiety or depression.the films can be viewed on the heads together website and youtube page.






emergency couples-treatment download


download download emergency couples treatment planner focuses on 26 problem areas most couples face. you start by completing a 20 item checklist for each problem. this helps you rate each problem area and get a percentage score you can use to compare to additional problems faced by the couple in therapy. you can then view and individually select from hundreds of behavioral descriptors, long term goals, short term goals, interventions, and diagnostic suggestions. you can email to yourself or others, your checklist results and score and any individual selections you made from the hundreds of the behavioral descriptors, long term goals, short term goals, interventions and diagnostic suggestions. there, you can edit or print your report straight from your email. it also allows you view a bar c






to meet demand, cu boulder asking to double its student mental health fee – the


by sarah kuta,boulder daily cameraciting unexpected levels of demand for counseling and psychiatric care, the university of colorado’s boulder campus wants to double the student mental health fee that helps fund those services.students currently pay a mental health fee of $21.77 a semester. in return, they get six free counseling or psychiatric care visits at wardenburg health services. cu began charging students this fee, which was proposed by student government leaders and approved by the cu board of regents, in the fall of 2015.when they first calculated the fee, wardenburg leaders initially estimated that students would make 9,400 total counseling or psychiatric care visits per year.as it turns out, they vastly underestimated the demand for mental health services — students made 15,200






mental-health services: a priority, like sports


thanks are in order for the “my take” essay from ashley fontaine and keith binkley regarding the tragic loss of alex dold and the plight of those suffering from mental illness [“how many lives must be lost for lack of mental-health services?,” april 1, opinion]. praise should also be accorded the national alliance on mental ilness for its extensive educational efforts.praise to those first responders who are more sensitive to the needs of the mentally ill and show restraint and empathy regarding their circumstances. we need more of the type of training those responders have received in tandem with support mechanisms, including temporary housing.we support a variety of sports teams which continually rank in the upper quartile. let’s set a goal of mental-health services ranking in the upper






britain's young royals promote conversation on mental health


london — prince william, his wife kate and his brother prince harry are spearheading a campaign to encourage people to talk openly about mental health issues.the young royals released 10 films thursday as part of their heads together campaign to change the national conversation on mental health.the videos feature celebrities and members of the public talking about the breakthrough conversation that helped them come to terms with their mental health problems.the former england cricket captain andrew flintoff and former prime minister tony blair's spin doctor, alastair campbell, are among those seen speaking about their experiences of anxiety or depression.the royals said in a statement they hope the stigma surrounding mental health problems can be lifted. they urged people to talk more open






cu asking to double its student mental health fee to meet demand – the denver po


citing unexpected levels of demand for counseling and psychiatric care, the university of colorado’s boulder campus wants to double the student mental health fee that helps fund those services.students currently pay a mental health fee of $21.77 a semester. in return, they get six free counseling or psychiatric care visits at wardenburg health services.cu began charging students this fee, which was proposed by student government leaders and approved by the cu board of regents, in the fall of 2015.read the full story at the daily camera.






troubled st. cloud center for children to close residential treatment


a st. cloud mental health treatment center for children, which state regulators have cited for repeatedly failing to protect young patients from harm, has stopped accepting patients for residential services and instead will focus on day treatment.st. cloud children's home, a 60-bed treatment center operated by catholic charities of the diocese of st. cloud, made the announcement just weeks after state regulators cited it for 33 violations of state rules governing the health and safety of vulnerable young patients. regulators found that children had been allowed to bang their heads against walls and windows, resulting in multiple concussions, facial injuries and head trauma. staff knew about the head-banging, but allowed the practice to continue, regulators found.in an interview thursday, s






troubled st. cloud center for children to close residential treatment


a st. cloud mental health treatment center for children, which state regulators have cited for repeatedly failing to protect young patients from harm, has stopped accepting patients for residential services and will instead focus on day treatment.st. cloud children's home, a 60-bed treatment center operated by catholic charities of the diocese of st. cloud, made the announcement just weeks after state regulators cited it for 33 violations of state rules governing the health and safety of vulnerable young patients. regulators found that children had been allowed to bang their heads against the facility's walls and windows, resulting in multiple concussions, facial injuries and head trauma. staff at the facility knew about the persistent head-banging, but allowed the practice to continue, st






state sets civil service test for mental therapy aide jobs


the state office of mental health plans to hire up to 180 mental therapy aides on long island over the next two years.individuals interested in the jobs have until march 29 to apply to take a civil service test in may, officials said.most populartherapy aides help provide services, treatment, rehabilitation and support to people diagnosed with mental illness.the exam was last given in september 2014. the mental health office expects to hire between 300 and 400 therapy aides statewide, including 100 to 150 for the pilgrim psychiatric center in brentwood and 20 to 30 for the sagamore children’s psychiatric center in dix hills, according to an agency spokeswoman.businesssee who got hired, promoted on long islandthose wishing to take the test must have earned a high school diploma or its equiv






state sets civil service test for mental therapy aide jobs


the state office of mental health plans to hire up to 180 mental therapy aides on long island over the next two years.individuals interested in the jobs have until march 29 to apply to take a civil service test in may, officials said.most populartherapy aides help provide services, treatment, rehabilitation and support to people diagnosed with mental illness.the exam was last given in september 2014. the mental health office expects to hire between 300 and 400 therapy aides statewide, including 100 to 150 for the pilgrim psychiatric center in brentwood and 20 to 30 for the sagamore children’s psychiatric center in dix hills, according to an agency spokeswoman.businesssee who got hired, promoted on long islandthose wishing to take the test must have earned a high school diploma or its equiv






climate change may lead to poor mental health


those who recognize that climate change is real know the modern-day phenomenon has a widespread impact on human health. a large body of research links medical conditions such as asthma and certain cancers to global warming. yet less is known about the harmful effect of climate change on mental health. a new report, however, finds climate…






troubled st. cloud center for children to close residential treatment


a st. cloud mental health treatment center for children that has been plagued in recent years by dozens of serious health and safety violations is closing its residential treatment services.st. cloud children’s home, a 60-bed center operated by by catholic charities of the diocese of st. cloud, is transitioning from residential services to day treatment, which means that children who receive therapy at the center will go home at night.“effective immediately, we will no longer be accepting residential admissions,” said stephen pareja, executive director of catholic charities of the diocese of st. cloud, in a statement posted online.the decision comes less than a month after the center was sanctioned by state regulators for violating 33 state rules governing the health and safety of vulnerab






state rep. jesse young restricted from supervising staff


republican rep. jesse young of gig harbor has been restricted from dealing with his legislative istants for at least a year after accu ions of mistreatment.olympia — republican state rep. jesse young has been restricted from dealing with his legislative istants for at least a year after accu ions of mistreatment.in a dec. 13 letter sent from a house attorney, young was notified that the chamber was taking actions to address a “pattern of hostile and intimidating behavior.”“the allegations are both credible and serious,” the letter from house counsel alison hellberg reads.the letter, obtained this week by the ociated press, says that young will have no supervisory role over his replacement legislative istant and will have “very limited direct contact.”most read storiesunlimited digital acce