LA Times: New ideas by L.A. County leaders are welcome — but are they right?

By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD  Los Angeles County government is in the midst of an intriguing organizational shake-up. In one move announced Thursday, the office of the chief executive was reconfigured to make it easier to implement reforms in child welfare and the Sheriff’s Department. That’s encouraging, at least in concept. Failures in those two … Continue reading

California Healthline: Bill Aiming To Integrate Mental, Physical Health Care Wins Committee Approval

by David Gorn The Senate Committee on Health yesterday unanimously voted to approve a measure that would allow same-day billing in rural areas for physical and mental health office visits. SB 1150 by Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) applies to rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers — facilities with generally low-income patients, Hueso said. Many … Continue reading

California Health Report: The iPad Therapist: Mental Health for the Aging

By Matt Perry Davis Park stands in front of 11 older adult residents of the Los Angeles independent living facility Good Shepherd Manor – all but one of them African-American – and asks what they know about technology. “How many of you know what videoconferencing is?” One hand rises. How many know how to use … Continue reading

NY Times: Medicare to Cover More Mental Health Costs

By JUDITH GRAHAM For decades, older adults with depression, anxiety and other psychological conditions have received unequal treatment under Medicare. The program paid a smaller share of the bill for therapy from psychiatrists, psychologists or clinical social workers than it did for medical services. And Medicare imposed strict lifetime limits on stays in psychiatric hospitals, … Continue reading

Reuters: Biden announces mental health push on eve of Newtown anniversary

BY JEFF MASON AND ROBERTA RAMPTON U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd as he leaves after delivering his speech at Yonsei University in Seoul December 6, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI  (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million … Continue reading

PsychCentral: The Huge Mental Health Advantage of 21st Century Seniors

By BELLA DEPAULO, PH.D   If you are approaching later life, you have a huge advantage over the generations before you – an advantage that does not get nearly the attention it deserves. It is an advantage that can probably do more for your mental health than you realize.   I’m talking about the proliferation of … Continue reading

LA Times: Healthcare law may close gaps in mental health coverage

Half the state’s adults and two-thirds of adolescents with mental illness aren’t getting treatment. But new research finds that the disabled and poor could get comprehensive care. Kimberly Eckford, 49, nervously rubs her hands together while speaking about her depression for the first time with a therapist at T.H.E. Clinic. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times / June 3, … Continue reading

SacBee: Experts see growing mental health needs among homeless elderly

By Cynthia H. Craftccraft@sacbee.com Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3B Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 – 7:52 am With the population growing older, mentalhealth experts warned Monday of a comingtsunami of behavioral health care needs among elderly homeless people. Elderly people with substance abuse problems and early stages of Alzheimer’s disease will require special intervention, said … Continue reading

CA Department of Mental Health: Budget Highlights and Health Reorganization

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS The 2012-13 Governor’s Budget creates the Department of State Hospitals (DSH), eliminates the  Department of Mental Health and reorganizes community mental health programs to other departments. These proposals will: Allow the DSH to focus on effective patient treatment and increased worker and patient safety.   Integrate services to provide an effective continuum of care, consistent … Continue reading

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