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In The News: NAMI Merced County

January 21, 2020

Mental health leaders commended Newsom’s budget and ideas, but raised questions about missing or underfunded initiatives. And lawmakers are also introducing bills addressing these topics.

Here’s an overview of some of the big mental health initiatives on the table this year.

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    California legislators on Tuesday introduced two bills aimed at improving access to mental health and addiction treatment by requiring health insurance companies to authorize some forms of treatment more quickly and to cover more comprehensive mental health services.

    SB855 would require insurance companies to cover all forms of mental health and substance use treatment that a patient’s doctor deems “medically necessary” — not just emergency or urgent services that existing federal and state parity laws require insurers to cover. The bills’ Read More

    The National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center provides many resources in English and Spanish.  This link provides information about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  It “is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.”

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    In a study last year, the Journal of Community Health found that suicide rates are disproportionately higher among black adolescents. From 2001 to 2017, the rate for black teen boys rose 60 percent, according to the study. Among black teen girls, rates nearly tripled, rising by an astounding 182 percent.

    The Congressional Black Caucus in a report last month, “Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America,” found that African American adolescents are less likely than any Read More

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