Forbes: How Does A Pipeline Of New Treatments For Mental Health Combat Stigma?

Leading global experts have stated that a coordinated, diverse effort has the potential to reduce suicide, psychosis, and mental illness-related disability by 50% by 2030. However, the current level of unmet need in brain health is significant. There are many interventions that could be made today to address the gap; some of these require changes to healthcare systems or a shift …

Mental Health Colorado “scores” state lawmakers

Mental Health Colorado, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization that advocates for mental health, led the pack this year in releasing its scorecard May 21. Article by Faith Miller with the Colorado Springs Independent. Read the full article here. Read MHC’s Scorecard here.

Equitas ED quoted in Special Report: Colorado’s jails and prisons house many of the state’s mentally ill

Written by Rachel Riley at the Colorado Springs Gazette. “They miss medication doses, sinking further into psychosis as their symptoms take hold. They try to kill themselves and sometimes succeed. They lash out at staff and fellow inmates in the midst of mental breakdowns, at constant risk of lengthening their sentences. A past detention bureau chief in Colorado Springs estimated …

Oregon Governor Signs Bill To Track Info About Jail Inmates

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require local and regional jails to provide the state with information about the people in their custody, as well as details about the health care inmates receive. “It is important as we seek to improve health care provided at local and regional correctional facilities that our efforts are based on good data …

Higher Rate of ED Visits in Mental Illness Patients Explained

Individuals with mental health diagnoses make 25% more visits to the emergency department (ED) than those without mental illness; increases in frequency correspond to illness severity, new research shows. Investigators analyzed data on more than 3.5 million individuals. These persons accounted for more than 7 million ED visits. The investigators found that patients with mental illnesses visited the ED more …

Think you need mental health care? Here’s a place to start

Seeking mental health treatment may seem like an intimidating, confusing process at first. However, it is possible. And this guide can help you get started. Half of all adults in the U.S. will experience a mental illness at some point in their life, but treatment options abound. From Minnesota Public Radio News. Read the full article/guide here.

Giving ex-convicts healthcare helps all of us

The Transitions Clinic Network, founded by Yale Associate Professor Emily Wang manages the specific needs of patients with chronic illnesses on their release from prison, help improve their health outcomes, and facilitate their reintegration to the community. The program links people released from prison who have chronic illnesses with community health workers who also have a history of incarceration. They …

Los Angeles chooses mental health treatment over jail

by Dr. Terry A. Kupers Written for SF Chronicle. “Mental health jails” have been proposed in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties, and elsewhere. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted to fund the sheriff’s new mental health jail, and Alameda County is in the process of building a new mental health jail at Santa Rita Jail. But in Los Angeles, an …

Equitas Executive Director Interviewed on Wrongful Conviction // Season 8 Episode 4 // Disentangling Mental Health & Criminal Justice

In this compelling interview, Vincent Atchity and Kelly Grimes join Jason Flom for a candid discussion about the criminal justice system and how it fails to support Americans with mental health challenges.  Vincent Atchity has served as Executive Director of The Equitas Project since 2015. Vincent is an advocate for public health and health equity, a population health management strategist, …