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TIME TO ADJUST CALIFORNIA'S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT

By editor
September 29, 2015

BY DARRELL STEINBERG Special to The Bee Imagine enough resources to provide permanent supportive housing for the thousands of homeless mentally ill and to provide robust mental health services for college students on all our public college campuses without raising a dime of additional state or local dollars. The vision described is possible with modest...   read more


FOSTER CHILDREN WITH UNTREATED HEALTH ISSUES FACE BARRIERS TO CARE

By editor
September 29, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Children with untreated physical and mental health issues living in foster care face several barriers to care, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics report by researchers from California and other states, NPR's "Shots" reports (Neighmond, "Shots," NPR, 9/28). The report -- which was published in the journal Pediatrics -- supports a policy statement...   read more


PSYCHIATRISTS GROUP WARNS DOJ INSURANCE MERGERS COULD HURT CARE

By editor
September 27, 2015

NEW YORK US | Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:43pm EDT   The American Psychiatric Association warned U.S. antitrust regulators this month that two proposed health insurance deals could worsen access to mental health care services, adding to public opposition from several prominent doctor groups. Anthem Inc would become the largest U.S. health insurer through a proposed...   read more


‘Dear Parent, Your Child Has Had a Psychotic Break’

By editor
September 23, 2015

By Marcia Morris September 22, 2015 3:30 am September 22, 2015 3:30 am   I sit in my small office at the university counseling center, sighing as I pick up the phone to make the call that I always dread. I have worked as a psychiatrist with college students for 20 years, and this part...   read more


LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS LINKED TO FASTER MEMORY LOSS IN OLDER ADULTS

By editor
September 16, 2015

BY WILL BOGGS MD (Reuters Health) - Older adults with low vitamin D levels – and that accounts for most of them – may lose their memories and thinking abilities faster than those with normal vitamin D levels, researchers say.   “We were not particularly surprised by our findings because there is a recent and...   read more


California Assembly to vote on diminished bill package to curb psychotropic drug use on foster children

By editor
September 9, 2015

By Karen de Sá kdesa@mercurynews.com POSTED:   09/06/2015 04:54:40 PM PDT With less than a week left before the end of the legislative session, intensive lobbying by physicians groups and cost concerns have undermined progress on the centerpiece of a bill package designed to end the excessive use of psychotropic drugs on California's foster youth. The...   read more


Jerry Brown brokering late deal on medical marijuana regulations

By editor
September 7, 2015

SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 By Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy B. White Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is crafting the framework for medical marijuana regulations in California, a session-closing play that could end nearly two decades of clashing interpretations and court battles. With the Legislature scheduled to leave town next week, Brown’s office is said to be bearing...   read more


How to Halt the Violence

By editor
September 1, 2015

The Opinion Pages | Op-Ed Contributor By JEFFREY A. LIEBERMAN, AUG. 28, 2015 WHEN Vester Lee Flanagan II fatally shot a television reporter and a cameraman in the midst of a live interview in Moneta, Va., it was a scene that has become all too familiar to us. In all these scenarios, we learn after...   read more


COUNTY AMASSES MENTAL HEALTH FUNDS AMID NEED

By editor
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