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States cut mental health budgets as demand increases
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More than half of states have cut their mental health budgets since the recession hit home, while the economic slump has pushed up demand for such services, according to a new report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. General funds for mental health — excluding funds brought in through Medicaid and other federal programs — are down $1.6 billion overall between fiscal year 2009 and fiscal 2012, a period when 28 states plus Washington, D.C., reduced mental health outlays. More


Healthy Minds initiative launched to encourage neuroscience collaboration and support those with brain disorders
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Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. announced the launch of a comprehensive initiative called Healthy Minds to speed up progress in the fight against brain disorders. Janssen Pharmaceuticals is making a substantial new commitment of $3 million in direct and challenge contributions to the International Mental Health Research Organization, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve people's health and functioning for those suffering from brain or central nervous system disorders. More

A portable glow to help melt those winter blues
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For the millions of Americans who suffer from mild to severe seasonal affective disorder, bright-light therapy is the treatment of choice, with response rates comparable with those of antidepressants. Yet many experts think light therapy is underused, given its affordability and relative lack of side effects, in large part because there is little profit to be made from it and no commercial incentive to promote the treatment. More

More depression for mothers and singles with breast cancer
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Women who have children living at home and single women have higher levels of depression in the months after treatment than other breast cancer patients, new research shows. The findings offer a glimpse into the emotional toll of breast cancer, suggesting that some women face greater psychological challenges in the months after treatment ends. More

US Supreme Court agrees to take on health reform law
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As expected by observers on both sides of the debate about the health system reform law, the U.S. Supreme Court officially has decided to consider several constitutional challenges to the statute. The high court on Nov. 14 announced that it will review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, consolidating two pending lawsuits that seek to overturn the statute. The key question at stake is whether the measure is constitutional — specifically a provision that requires individuals to obtain health coverage starting in 2014 or pay a penalty. More

New funding available for next generation of healthcare innovations
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Up to $1 billion dollars will be awarded to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high-quality medical care and save money. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Innovation Challenge will also give preference to projects that rapidly hire, train and deploy healthcare workers. More

Study: California mental health patients forced to wait past limit
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Mental health patients in California are often forced to wait for care beyond the 10-day limit required by state law, which is a troubling sign for the 2010 federal healthcare law's requirement to treat mental health patients in the same way as those suffering from other ailments, a survey of providers shows. The survey found that mental health patients do not receive needed care in a timely manner, that patients are funneled into group therapy because there are not enough clinicians for one-on-one care and that clinicians do not have time to perform basic assessments. More

Costs slow integrated physical, mental healthcare in Colorado
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Colorado health providers from small, rural clinics to large, urban health centers are trying to integrate physical and mental healthcare, but nearly all are struggling to pay for this proven innovation. An inability to fund the care appears to be the biggest stumbling block to expanding integration efforts. More

Advocates: Georgia's mental health system improving, but gaps exist
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Georgia has been rapidly rolling out community services for those with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, but advocates say much work is left to do to help children with behavioral challenges and to foster better coordination of care among medical doctors and mental health specialists for all patients. The state has opened new crisis stabilization units, peer support centers and other services to help adults with mental illnesses live productive lives. It needs to put that same urgency into helping children, said Cynthia Wainscott, a mental health advocate. More

Marathon runners raise $27,000 for mental health awareness in New York
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For the second year, Community Access, a New York nonprofit that empowers people with mental illness to lead healthy, independent lives, participated as a community charity in the ING New York City Marathon. A team of five runners represented Community Access, raising more than $27,000 for a cause that they have a close personal connection to. Nearly 2,000 individuals participate in Community Access programs each year, as a resource for accessing safe, affordable housing in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. More

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