December 4, 2014
States’ Mental Health Status and Access to Care
A report released by Mental Health America provides overall rankings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on mental health status and access. The new report, Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, was put together through a number of indicators available across all fifty states and the District of Columbia, and were organized into general categories relating to mental health status and access to mental health services. In the overall ranking, Ohio was ranked 21st in the country for prevalence of individuals with a mental illness and the rate of access to care. To see the full report, click here.
Behavioral Prescription Drug and Services Coverage
Mental Health America has released a report titled, Behavioral Prescription Drug and Services Coverage: A Snapshot of Exchange Plans which analyzes behavioral prescription drug and services coverage within the federal exchange plans. The report shows that depending where an individual lives or what kind of insurance plan the individual chooses on the exchange can play a significant role in access to medication. To read more, click here.
1 in 4 Mental Health Treatment Facilities Offered Services to Quit Smoking
According to a report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), only about one in four (24.2 percent) of the nation’s 9,048 mental health treatment facilities that responded to the survey question about smoking cessation programs actually offered services to quit smoking. Knowing that high rates of smoking among people with mental illness put them at great risk of premature death, services to help people with mental illness quit smoking can improve their overall health and life expectancy. The report states that all mental health treatment facilities that provide smoking cessation services can play a critical role in helping clients quit smoking. To see more, click here.
Recovery Is Beautiful Highlight
A new recovery story has been posted! Peggy is a woman from Lake County who shows that through her faith, her Vagus Nerve Simulation implant, and support from loved ones, she lives a beautiful and successful life in recovery. To read Peggy’s full story, click here.