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October 4, 2015

Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate more »

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‘Bleak Picture’ for Mentally Ill: 80% Are Jobless

Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study. As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary more »

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New Funds Jump-start Mental Illness Research

What will happen in the field of serious mental illness when human need, scientific progress and a major influx of funding converge? Scientists on Tuesday predicted that the world could see the same kind of progress in understanding schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that’s been seen in the last decade in the fight against cancer. That, more »

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Understanding New Rules That Widen Mental Health Coverage

Long-awaited improvements in insurance coverage for mental conditions and addictions are expected to become more widely available this year as a result of two major steps that the Obama administration has taken. The president’s signature Affordable Care Act includes mental health care and substance abuse treatment among its 10 “essential” benefits, which means plans sold more »

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Early Intervention Is Key Following Sandy Hook Tragedy

From Allsup Blog by Jessica Cruz, MPA/HS, executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-California In the wake of the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the National Alliance on Mental Illness-California sends its deepest thoughts and prayers to the survivors, families and the community. It is a time more »

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