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USPRA Recovery Update
Veterans wait too long for mental health services
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Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues often face "unconscionable" waits for treatment that leave them at risk of suicide, according to testimony at a recent Senate hearing and new reports from the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general. The reports come as VA faces unprecedented demand for mental health services from veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More

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Veterans face shortage of therapists
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When veterans seek therapy, they often want a professional who can relate to soldiers in combat, and that usually means a therapist who has military experience. Without such empathy, therapy often is doomed, vets say. Because most psychologists and mental health care professionals don't have a military background, there's a void in the safety net for vets. Some veterans' organizations have stepped up, training members to help their peers. More

Pets give the same warm fuzzies that friends do
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A dog is man's best friend, the old adage tells us — and, indeed, new research shows that when it comes to fulfilling our basic psychological needs, humans do benefit from their pets in much the same way they do from their friends. Researchers found that people can derive joy and meaning from their pets even when they already have other friends and family to care about them. More

Self-esteem levels vary by age, race
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Although Hispanics tend to have lower self-esteem than blacks or whites in the teen years, by age 30 their self-esteem has increased to the point that they have higher self-esteem than whites, a new study suggests. And in both adolescence and young adulthood, blacks have higher self-esteem than whites. By age 30, whites trailed both Hispanics and blacks in terms of self-esteem. More

Training in positive thinking may help anxious teens
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New research suggests that training kids in a positive thinking style about interactions with other people could help them overcome anxiety and prevent such problems from lingering into adulthood. Researchers found that training youth to bring a bias toward either positive or negative interpretations of unclear social situations could influence how the teens felt about those interactions and their subsequent mood. More

Minorities lag in mental health treatment, but some in Detroit are working to change that
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Children rode ponies, petted farm animals, played games and ate ice cream and hot dogs while the Recovery Band played a mix of soul and jazz. While it looked and felt like just plain fun on the grounds of the Detroit East Community Mental Health Center, the organizers of Summer Blast had a serious intent — getting minorities to seek treatment for mental illness. More

Loss of inpatient mental wing a blow to mental health care providers in Missouri
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It's not clear to Hannibal, Mo., behavioral health advocates and other stakeholders what shape mental health care in the area will take now that Hannibal Regional Hospital has closed its inpatient mental health wing, but what they do know is that the impact will be significant for clients most in need of help. Mark Twain Behavioral Health, the area's biggest outpatient mental health service provider, is particularly concerned about the impact on clients who need to be involuntarily committed, who no longer have anywhere to turn. More

Therapists give Nebraska police new tool
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The 54-year-old man had subsisted on nothing but vodka and water for six days. The stressed-out 20-year-old woman was so frozen with anxiety about a move and a new college that she couldn't breathe and was having heart palpitations. In each case, Omaha, Neb.,-area police were called. In each case, police called for backup — from licensed therapists. The cases reflect a trend in the Omaha metropolitan area as law enforcement agencies team up with mental health experts to better help the people they encounter on 911 calls who are not involved in criminal activities. More

Grant will boost mental health services for North Carolina students
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A federal grant will improve students' access to mental health services at North Carolina schools through technology. The school-based health clinics run by Blue Ridge Community Health Services received a grant of $160,000 to purchase and install "tele-mental health" equipment in the county's middle and high schools. More

Virginia's Medicaid pulls back on mental health for kids, teens
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Virginia's Medicaid program is further tightening controls on some child and adolescent mental health services because of soaring payments to private providers. Between 2006 and 2010, spending on mental health for youth grew by nearly 400 percent on day treatment and by more than 200 percent for short-term, in-home treatment. That added up to $321.1 million for the two programs in the fiscal year ending last summer, up from $85.5 million in 2006. More

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