Giving Patients a Voice in Their Mental Health Care Before They’re Too Ill to Have a Say

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Increasingly, patients, advocates and doctors believe psychiatric advance directives (called PADs), a legal document declaring what treatment a patient does and doesn’t want, could help transform the mental health system by allowing patients to shape their care even when they lose touch with reality. Hospitals must put them in patients’ medical records and doctors are expected to follow them unless they …

Giving Patients a Voice in Their Mental Health Care Before They’re Too Ill to Have a Say

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Increasingly, patients, advocates and doctors believe psychiatric advance directives (called PADs), a legal document declaring what treatment a patient does and doesn’t want, could help transform the mental health system by allowing patients to shape their care even when they lose touch with reality. Hospitals must put them in patients’ medical records and doctors are expected to follow them unless they …

Severely unsettled one-year-olds risk poor mental health, experts caution

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Severely unsettled babies with sleeping, crying and feeding problems at the age of one are ten times more likely to have mental health problems during childhood, a new Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) study has found. Presenting her work at the Sleep DownUnder Conference in Brisbane today, project lead Dr. Fallon Cook said the findings provide strong evidence that poor mental …

Mental health patients, with nowhere else to go, are overwhelming emergency departments

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Thousands of patients a year who are experiencing psychiatric emergencies are admitted to emergency departments. Many stay in the emergency department for hours; some even stay there for a few days. The practice, called psychiatric boarding, occurs when an individual with a mental health condition is kept in an emergency department because no appropriate mental health care is available. It’s rampant around …

Dallas leverages data to address behavioral health needs of inmates

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In Dallas, the technology and clinical services company HarrisLogic is attempting to solve this problem using data-driven tools to determine the appropriate behavioral health services for prisoners. By pooling information from jails, police departments, emergency services, mental health and social services, courts, and hospitals, the company has saved Dallas County $30 million over the course of four years. The majority …

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Police encounter many people with mental-health crises. Could psychiatrists help?

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Police departments have become a de facto arm of the American mental-health system. Research suggests that about 2 million people with serious mental illness are booked into jails in the United States each year. A 2016 review of studies estimated that 1 in 4 people with mental illness has a history of police arrest. The Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit that studies topics related …

Can Mental Health Parity Help Address the Mental/Behavioral Gap in Child Health?

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Children and youth face major gaps in access to mental and behavioral health services. Rates of identification of mental health conditions in the pediatric population continue to lag well behind what we know about the prevalence of these conditions. In addition, most children and youth with identified disorders do not get adequate treatment. Some access problems reflect major limitations in the …

When medication is essential to mental health

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 44.7 million adults in the U.S. currently live with mental illness, 19.2 million of whom are receiving treatment in the form of counseling and prescription medication. Still, in casual conversation, the mentally ill are often derided. Phrases like “what are you, off your meds?” and “stop acting crazy” serve as reminders that mentally …

Opinion: How to Have a Better Conversation About Mental Illness

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Much good has come of the increased willingness to discuss mental disorders. There is greater acceptance than in the past that mental illness is real and common, and that when it arises, its causes are complex and cannot be explained away as weakness or lack of character. All of this is vital in reducing stigma, which in turn encourages people …

Davis resident graduates Mental Health Court

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Yolo County, California District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on Monday, June 11, 28-year-old Davis resident Jessie Tessler graduated from Mental Health Court in Department Six of the Yolo County Superior Court. Mental Health Court is a minimum 18-month court-based treatment and monitoring system for adult offenders with serious mental illness. Mental Health Court is designed to increase the treatment …