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COUNTY AMASSES MENTAL HEALTH FUNDS AMID NEED

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August 26, 2015

By Lauren Mascarenhas | 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015   While San Diego County struggles to keep up with demand for mental health services, more than $170 million has collected unspent in a special fund to help with the cause. The money comes from a 1 percent tax on the income of millionaires, collected for mental health...   read more


New Study Identifies 9 Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease

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August 21, 2015

By Maya Rhodan   August 20, 2015 The risk factors, which include obesity, low educational attainment and depression, might be preventable Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases could be attributed to nine risk factors that are potentially fixable, according to a new study released Thursday. Researchers linked obesity, carotid artery narrowing, low educational attainment, depression, high blood...   read more


White House announces push to combat growing heroin epidemic

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August 18, 2015

By MARY ANN TOMAN-MILLER The White House is zeroing in on the growing heroin epidemic, announcing federal funding Monday to combat use of the drug with a focus on both public health and safety. About $2.5 million from President Obama's anti-drug programs will target heroin abuse in New England, Appalachia and East Coast cities, and $1.3...   read more


Treatment Advocacy Center: Ambitious Criminalization Bill Introduced in Congress

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August 5, 2015

(ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA) Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced sweeping criminal justice reform legislation aimed at reducing mass incarceration of people with mental illness. The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act would expand federally proven programs aimed at providing treatment for people with mental illness before they become involved in confrontations with law enforcement, a strategy long...   read more


Aiming to increase treatment for mentally ill, Kern County adopts 'Laura's Law'

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July 29, 2015

By Kyle Harvey, Eyewitness News Jul 28, 2015 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – The Board of Supervisors Tuesday made Kern the ninth county in California to adopt Laura’s Law, a bill aimed at increasing mental health care for potentially high-risk patients who refuse treatment. Laura’s Law, authored by Assemblywoman Helen Thomson (D-Davis), passed the state legislature...   read more


Hear SDPS Past President Steven Ornish, MD on KPBS discussing the Colorado theater shooting trial

By editor
July 15, 2015

Click here for the full interview: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/jul/15/jurors-start-deliberating-colorado-theater-shootin/


APA RESPONDS TO INACCURACY IN TIMES EDITORIAL ON PSYCHOLOGY, TORTURE

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July 13, 2015

  APA acted to correct a significant inaccuracy in an editorial in yesterday’s New York Timesabout the American Psychological Association and its policies regarding the involvement of psychologists in the use of torture in the war on terror. The Times corrected the error. The editorial, titled “Psychologists Who Greenlighted Torture (July 10),” followed an article by Times reporter...   read more


Bullying does more long-term mental health harm than abuse, study says

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July 2, 2015

The long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult, new research shows. Among a large group of children in England, those who were bullied were 60% more likely to have mental health problems as adults than were those who suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse. And among...   read more


Coordinated Specialty Care Early Intervention Services for Schizophrenia Show Great Promise in Improving Outcomes

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July 1, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., July 1, 2015 — Several new specialty care programs are improving the mental health of people with schizophrenia  through comprehensive and aggressive treatment in the earliest stages of illness. These efforts are described in a special section in the July issue of Psychiatric Services. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness affecting roughly 1 percent...   read more


Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies

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June 25, 2015

By ADAM LIPTAK JUNE 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The 6-to-3 ruling means that it is all...   read more