Friday, November 22, 2013

News and Commentary from the Treatment Advocacy Center
November 11 - November 22, 2013
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This News Roundup includes news and commentary from the past two weeks.

"No Psych Beds Found For Son Who Attacked Father, VA Senator Creigh Deeds"
“The elimination of hospital beds for people who are psychotic or otherwise need help in a crisis is a driving force behind a long list of terrible consequences, including preventable violent acts,” says Doris A. Fuller.
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"What Would You Do?"
At least 60 people observed a man exhibiting signs of severe mental illness and did nothing. One of our supporters asks, “What should they have done?”
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"An Influx of Inmates with Mental Illness in Oregon"
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a third of inmates in Oregon have some sort of mental health issue. Oregon has roughly 18 psychiatric beds per 100,000 people, which is only 39% of the recommended number of beds.
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"Responding to Anti-Psychiatry Protestors"
Psychiatrists “need to acknowledge that some of the points the protesters make are valid,” writes Dinah Miller, MD. But we also "need to respond to studies showing fault with psychiatry that have been overly touted by the media and are simply wrong.”
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"New Mental-Health Regs Won't Help People Who Need It the Most"
People with anosognosia, regardless of insurance status, won’t necessarily benefit from the new rule that private insurers cover mental illness the same as physical illness.
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"Richard Dreyfuss Shares His Struggle With Bipolar"
“By telling my own story, I hope to help remove the stigma. It never should be something to hide," actor Richard Dreyfuss tells People Magazine about his decision to seek treatment for his mental illness in 1995.
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"True in 1999, True Today"
We have emptied state mental hospitals, but we have not provided commensurate outpatient treatment, said the late Senator Patrick Moynihan on the Community Mental Health Centers Act.
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"Behind the Bars of the New Asylum"
In response to a rash of suicides in jails and prisons, Rikers Island is adding more beds for solitary confinement and DC Mayor Vincent Gray has committed to removing the towel bars from cells.
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A big thank-you to Frank Mongillo, whose letter was published in the New Haven Register in Connecticut, and to Mitzi Anderson, whose letter was published in the Whitfish Pilot in Montana.
If you have a letter or commentary published, please email a link or a copy to press@treatmentadvocacycenter.org so we can save it, acknowledge your reform efforts, and share it with others.

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