What’s in a Name?

October 4, 2019

There is a trend around the country to use the words “behavioral health” when referring to mental health and substance use disorders. We read about a new behavioral health center, the behavioral health division inside a department of human services or the behavioral health workforce. The rationale behind the use of this phrase is that more »

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Travel Insurance Plans – Et tu?

September 6, 2019

We already know that most health insurance plans don’t really cover mental health treatment like they do other health care treatment. Rarely are in-home services or adult residential treatment or crisis homes covered. We know that most disability insurance plans have a limit on coverage for mental health conditions – such as two years – more »

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Stop. Just Stop.

August 16, 2019

The news media reported again on August 16, 2019, President Trump stating “The gun doesn’t pull the trigger — they pull the trigger — and we’re looking at mental illness at a level that hasn’t been done before” adding that we should “start building institutions again. We have to open up institutions.” “They” of course more »

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Separate Systems May Not Increase Access

July 29, 2019

As policy makers grapple with addressing the increasing numbers of people with mental illnesses who are deemed incompetent to stand trial, who are being boarded in emergency departments, who are ending up in our jails – we urge them to proceed with caution. Several states and counties are building separate systems in an attempt to more »

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Can I Get A Phone?

May 15, 2019

One of the loneliest and scariest times is when we are hospitalized. We are away from our home and our family. We don’t know exactly when we are going to get better and be able to leave. There are lots of rules and people wearing scrubs or uniforms. Let’s face it; it’s hard to relax more »

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How are the Children?

April 15, 2019

We know that one of the top issues facing our schools is how to support students’ mental health. Hospitals in Minnesota and across the country are finding the number of children and youth ending up in the emergency departments are increasing rapidly. New studies show the prevalence rate of mental illnesses among children and youth more »

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