Mental Health

Despite Laws, Mental Health Coverage Often Falls Short

Under federal law, insurance plans that cover mental health must offer benefits that are on par with medical coverage, but in practice, that doesn’t always happen.

Psychiatrists Unveil Plain English Guide To DSM

With a new, first-of-its-kind book, psychiatrists are looking to decode the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders so that it’s more user-friendly.

Unfit For Trial, Many With Special Needs Stuck Behind Bars

Many people with developmental disabilities are languishing in jail simply because they’ve been deemed unfit to stand trial and treatment facilities are unavailable.

Feds Call For Expanded Mental Health Coverage

Federal officials want Medicaid to beef up access to mental health care for individuals with disabilities and other beneficiaries.

Harvard Study Finds Psychiatrists Tough To Access

Making an appointment with a psychiatrist is often an uphill battle no matter if you’re insured or if you intend to pay out of pocket, a new study suggests.

Kids’ Use Of Behavioral Meds On The Rise

A new survey finds 7.5 percent of children are taking medication to address behavioral or emotional difficulties and in most cases parents say the drugs are making a big difference.

Debate Surrounds Condition That Mimics Psychiatric Disorders

Experts say that treatable infections may be behind a growing number of children developing symptoms of psychological disorders seemingly overnight, but the idea remains controversial.

Report Finds Access To Mental Health Care Uneven

The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live.

Medicaid Expansion Expected To Strain Mental Health Services

As more people become eligible for Medicaid, experts say accessing psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals often relied on by those with disabilities may be difficult.

Raising Access Questions, Many Psychiatrists Demand Cash

Psychiatrists, who are often relied on by individuals with developmental disabilities, are less likely than other doctors to accept insurance, a new study finds.

White House Pledges Millions For Mental Health

The Obama administration is committing $100 million to boost access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities.

In Shift, Most States Increase Mental Health Spending

After years of spending cuts, a new report finds that mental health budgets increased in 37 states this year.

Feds Expand Mental Health Coverage

Health insurers must cover mental health services at the same level as physical ailments under new federal rules.

Children Quick To Judge Peers With Autism, Study Finds

Kids often see their peers with autism as less friendly and less trustworthy, new research suggests, and they’re making these assessments quickly based on appearance alone.

CDC: Millions Of American Kids Have Mental Disorders

In a first-of-its-kind report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that as many as 1 in 5 American children has a mental disorder including autism.

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