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USPRA Recovery Update
Medicare sets standards for mental health centers
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Medicare announced its intention to start regulating health and safety standards at community mental health centers. About 25,000 Medicare beneficiaries receive care at such centers every year. Medicare is accepting public comments until Aug. 16. Centers would have to meet the standards to enroll as a Medicare provider and to continue participating in the program. More

Now Hiring! Psychiatric Disability Examination Providers

The VA Locum Tenens Program seeks psychiatrists to perform disability examinations for various mental health conditions. Physicians will provide compensation & pension examinations for Veterans who file for disability claims. These exams are considered administrative, not clinical. This position requires extensive travel around the country. Compensation package includes salary, full travel and full government benefits. Send your CV to or contact us at 1-866-664-1030.

Optum provides free mental health support help line for flood victims in North and South Dakota
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Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for people in North and South Dakota who have been affected by the recent floods. The company's toll-free help line number, 866.342.6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Mental health specialists will help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. More

Media coverage of mental illness follows familiar line
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For all its merits, a recent front-page story in the The New York Times on the killing of a mental health counselor by a person with schizophrenia illustrated once again that the press is more likely to publish or air a piece on mental illness that depicts tragedy rather than vindication, survival or triumph. Why does it take a murder to warrant a front-page story on mental illness. Why can't someone be featured who is who is coping well with severe mental illness, in spite of a family history of suicide, depression and psychosis? More

Panic can build gradually from chronic stress
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Scientists discovered that panic attacks may not be a reaction to an acute event, but instead the result of gradual and steady accumulation of stress over a period of weeks. Their findings were counterintuitive as they discovered some kinds of stressful life events cause panic symptoms to increase gradually over succeeding months, rather than to spike immediately. More

Child care may protect toddlers from mom's depression
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Just a few hours formal child care per week can help shield toddlers from some of the lingering effects of their moms' depression. Maternal depression has been linked to an increased risk of certain behavior problems in children, but the new study shows that just over three hours a week of formal child care can help offset these risks. More

NAMI program said to 'significantly improve' coping abilities
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness' Family-to-Family Education program significantly improves coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness, according to a new study. The study found that the NAMI classes increase both knowledge about mental illness and "empowerment within the family, the service system and the community." More

Freedom more important to happiness than wealth
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Personal independence and freedom are more important to people's well-being than wealth, a new study concludes. Researchers analyzed 40 years of global studies' data, which revealed "a very consistent and robust finding that societal values of freedom and autonomy were the best predictors of well-being." More

$30 million 'mistake' could cost 20,000 Illinios residents mental heath care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A top Illinois mental health advocate group said a $30 million clerical "mistake" could end mental health care for 20,000 Illinois residents without legislative action by the Illinois Senate. The mistake happened when the Illinois House approved its version of the Illinois fiscal year 2012 budget and inadvertently slated funding for mental health care grants at $114.2 million instead of $143.6 million. More

Group presses Virginia for more state support for children's mental health services
Virginia Statehouse News via Leesburg Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Voices for Virginia's Children, which advocates for disadvantaged or vulnerable children, recently called on Gov. Bob McDonnell to include an additional $20 million in the next biennial budget to provide crisis services and expand access to psychiatric services. They also say better care coordination is needed for those children receiving Medicaid-paid services. The extra funding would double the amount of mental health funds Virginia currently provides. More

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