Mental Health

An ad for the 988 crisis line.

Most states have yet to permanently fund 988. Call centers want certainty.

BY: - September 8, 2023

This story was produced by KFF Health News. Since the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline transitioned a year ago to the three-digit crisis phone number 988, there has been a 33% increase in the number of calls, chats and texts to the hotline. But even with that early sign of success, the program’s financial future is […]

Respite care facility.

Mental health respite facilities are filling care gaps in more than a dozen states

BY: - July 13, 2023

Aimee Quicke has made repeated trips to emergency rooms, hospitals, behavioral health facilities and psychiatric lockdowns for mental health crises — including suicidal thoughts — since she was 11. The 40-year-old resident of Le Mars, Iowa, has bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders. “Some of the visits were helpful and some were not,” she said. “It was […]

New Psychosis Center Aims to Prevent Violence

BY: - October 9, 2013

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, center, looks at a photo of Christina-Taylor Green. A man who may have been psychotic shot Giffords and 18 others in a Tucson mall parking lot in January 2011, killing six people, including 9-year-old Christina. Maryland recently opened a new center that aims to identify and treat people […]

‘Peers’ Seen Easing Mental Health Worker Shortage

BY: - September 11, 2013

Clyde Sims, center, a peer support specialist, talks with two men about their recoveries from substance abuse and mental illness in Grand Rapids, Mich. Many states plan to use peer specialists to help meet the surging demand for mental health services that is expected under the new federal health law. (AP) When he was 44, […]

States Tackle Mental Illness and Gun Ownership

BY: - March 21, 2013

The massacre of 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, Conn., has prompted much of the legislation in at least 23 states on gun ownership and the mentally ill. (AP) Little noticed in the tough gun control measures that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo drove through the General Assembly was a provision containing the most expansive […]

Health Care Cuts From Vaccinations to Research

BY: - March 11, 2013

A child receives vaccinations at a doctor’s office in Berlin, Vermont. Advocates say automatic spending cuts under sequestration will make it more difficult for low-income Americans to vaccinate their children. (AP) Sequestration spares Medicaid and almost all of Medicare, but automatic cuts to other federal health-care programs will make it more difficult for low-income Americans […]

States Tackle School Safety After Sandy Hook Shootings

BY: - March 5, 2013

A fourth-grade teacher aims a 40 cal. Sig Sauer during concealed-weapons training for the teachers in West Valley City, Utah. (AP) In recent weeks, the South Dakota legislature has been rattled over a bill that aims to make schools safer by introducing “school sentinels” — teachers, administrators, security guards or community volunteers who would carry guns […]

Parity for Behavioral Health Coverage Delayed by Lack of Federal Rules

BY: - November 30, 2012

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, at podium, spoke during a 2008 rally on Capitol Hill in support of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. (AP) This article was updated  November 30 to include a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Danielle Moles is anorexic, which in her case played out […]

Oklahoma Looks for Ways to Keep Mentally Ill Ex-offenders Out of Prison

BY: - October 22, 2012

(AP) McCLOUD, Oklahoma — Shawna Gordon isn’t alone in worrying what will happen on that day in the future when she ventures beyond the familiar barbed wire that circumscribes her existence now. “To think, one day they’re going to come in and say, ‘Pack your stuff,’ I don’t know how I’m going to react,” says […]

States Crack Down on Mental Health Prescriptions

BY: - August 14, 2012

In the past two years, Illinois has done just about everything it could to reduce the amount it spends on prescription drugs for mental health. It has placed restrictions on the availability of 17 medications used to treat depression, psychosis and attention-deficit disorder. Doctors now have to explain to Medicaid why the drugs are necessary […]

Mental Health Funding Decreases in Many States

BY: - November 11, 2011

South Carolina has slashed general fund appropriations for mental health programs by 39 percent over the last three years. During the same span, North Dakota increased its appropriations by 48 percent. The two states are at opposite ends of new 50-state study , released Thursday (November 11) by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, showing […]

Maine Republican Legislators Contemplate End to Labor Committee

BY: - December 13, 2010

With Republicans in charge of the legislature, Maine ‘s stand alone labor committee may be about to disappear, the Bangor Daily News reports . Republicans, who won control of both houses last month, plan to merge the 120-year-old Joint Labor Committee with the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee. What Republicans describe as a small move […]