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California fines top health insurers for overstating Obamacare networks

By editor
November 4, 2015

from California regulators fined two insurance giants for overstating their Obamacare doctor networks and said the companies will pay millions of dollars in refunds to patients who paid too much for care. The state’s Department of Managed Health Care levied fines of $350,000 against Blue Shield of California and $250,000 for Anthem Blue Cross. At...   read more

Steinberg Homeless Housing Initiative

By editor
November 1, 2015

  Steve Lopez, LA Times September 30, 2015   One man was curled up at the entrance to a restaurant, asleep, passed out or dead. It wasn't immediately clear. Three other people — two men and a woman — were in just as sad a state near 3rd and Fairfax. One, named John, sat on...   read more

No, PTSD is NOT a chronic condition (at least it doesn't have to be)

By editor
November 1, 2015

by Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP The recent NYTimes piece ( )about a unit of Marines who have struggled with combat-related PTSD and suicide has reignited public conversation about military and veterans mental health, suicide prevention, and mental health treatment. During the course of these discussions, many myths and misconceptions about PTSD and its treatment have...   read more

Laura’s Law: S.F. to let courts compel treatment for mentally ill

By editor
October 28, 2015

By Victoria Colliver October 25, 2015 Citywide director Dave Fariello (right) talks to a client standing outside the large group room at Citywide Case Management Programs on Monday, October 20, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco will become the fifth county in the state next week to implement Laura’s Law, the state measure that allows...   read more

Kids in Foster Care Three Times More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD

By editor
October 26, 2015

by Stefanie Brown @@StefanieFBrown Oct. 23, 2015 But it's not the only treatment they're getting. Children in foster care are often among the most vulnerable members of society. But new research suggests that this group might be even more fragile than we knew. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found...   read more

Real-World, Multifaceted Treatment for First-Episode Psychosis Improves Multiple Patient Outcomes

By editor
October 20, 2015

Arlington, Va., Oct. 20, 2015 – A new treatment program for young patients in their first episode of psychosis called NAVIGATE has reported significant advantages in symptom ratings, participation in school or work and quality of life. The effects are especially pronounced for patients whose illness had lasted less than 74 weeks prior to first treatment....   read more


By editor
October 19, 2015

Share on printShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailMore Sharing Services5 Findings raise possibility of testing, early treatment, researchers say FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found a link between brain inflammation and schizophrenia. British investigators used PET scans to assess immune cell activity in the brains of 56 people. Some...   read more


By editor
October 16, 2015

As many as 79,000 attempts may have been averted, researchers estimate By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wide-ranging suicide prevention funding appears to have successfully prevented suicide attempts among young people in certain areas of the United States, a new study suggests. The study authors said that the suicide prevention...   read more

Gun Deaths Are Mostly Suicides

By editor
October 10, 2015

October 8th By Margot Sanger-Katz When Americans think about deaths from guns, we tend to focus on homicides. But the problem of gun suicide is inescapable: More than 60 percent of people in this country who die from guns die by suicide. Suicide gets a lot less attention than murders for a few reasons. One...   read more

AB 1194 signed into law

By editor
October 8, 2015

The Governor just signed CPA sponsored AB 1194 (Eggman), which clarifies that danger in the 5150 statute is not restricted to only imminent danger, and that psychiatric history and the input of families MUST be taken into account. This will become the law in California on January 1, 2016. AB 1194 really amounts to a change...   read more