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Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Medicare Recognition of Mental Health Counselors

This week, Representative Richard Neal (D-MA-1) has introduced H.R.4097 -- The Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act. The new House bill would require Part D coverage of medication assisted treatment (MAT), including sub-oxone and buprenorphine for seniors with opioid...


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Gun Violence and Mental Illness: Myths and Evidence-Based Facts

Our hearts go out to the families and friends whose loved on es were killed or injured in the latest shooting in Las Vegas. It is hard to imagine the incredible grief many are feeling. H ow many times are we going to start an article with those words until we address the problem...


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The Shifting Sands of ACA Repeal and Replace

Although the House Republican Leadership Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA and also known as Obamacare) has drawn a barrage of criticism – including moderate and conservative Republicans -- since it was introduced this week, the GOP House leaders intend to keep moving...


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Threats of Violence by Adolescents: A summary of a newly published article in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling

The recent mass shootings and violent acts such as the ones in Orlando and San Bernardino have led to increased calls for proactive measures to deal with these episodes. Every death and injury is a tragedy of untold suffering for the victims, their families, their communities, and our society....


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Independence, Thanks to Obamacare

I believe very fundamental ideas are embodied in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that continue to get lost in the shuffle due to the angst surrounding the law since it passed six years ago. Our values as a nation must count for something. I believe it is all about values and the character of a...


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It Happened Again

Here at the AMHCA national office a quiet grieving has set in since Sunday’s events in Orlando where a deadly mass shooting claimed the lives of 49 people and as many as 55 people were wounded. Details are still unfolding as law enforcement agencies continue their investigation. Unfortunately,...


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Summary of a New Study on Strategies to Eliminate Stigma against People with Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

A new report recently released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) recommends a federally led, comprehensive approach to reduce the continuing stigma associated with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. A special NAS committee was created to...


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A Reminder that We Have a Gun Violence Problem in America

Where has all the discussion gone about gun violence and mental illness these days? Actually it is more a pronouncement than a question. You wouldn’t know from this political primary season that – since the first of the year – we have had 8000 gun violence deaths and rapidly counting. During...


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Why Older Adult Mental Health Matters

Mental and substance use disorders are major impediments to living well in old age. They cause considerable personal suffering and make it difficult for older people to achieve their potential in old age. This is a population in critical need of education, targeted prevention and early...


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Depression Screenings for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Recommended

An article in today's Washington Post covered the release of the final recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force on Screening for Depression in Adults . The Task Force recommends that all American adults be screened for depression as part of their normal health-care...

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