‘peers’ May Ease Mental Health Worker Shortage Under Obamacare

Mental health cuts raise concern of nurses’ union

What he didn’t know was he was suffering from schizoaffective disorder, a serious mental illness that can cause severe depression, delusions and hallucinations. Unaware of his condition, he self-medicated with alcohol, and before his 45th birthday he had lost everythinghis family, his job and his house. He lived on the streets, twice attempted suicide and spent several months in a mental hospital in Georgia. Twenty-five years later, Achord is helping others with mental illness as a “certified peer specialist” licensed by the state of Georgia. Armed with non-clinical training from the state, Achord helps people with mental illness stay on their medications, find jobs and housing and build social support networks. Peer programs such as Georgia’s could become especially important once the Affordable Care Act takes effect early next year.
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Why Maternal Mental Health Should be a Priority

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A case manager can do that, McCoy added. A case manager would be provided through a government resource center. Its definitely impacted my time. I feel like I have a child now. I have to tell someone what to do tell him when to shower, when to get dressed. I have somebody asking me whats for lunch? Whats for dinner? Now I am taking care of someone else.
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Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Patients Struggle To Get Health Care Coverage

“We can’t forget the human cost in our society when some of our most marginalized citizens are even further injured or abandoned.” McPherson noted the health authorities have said they are preparing to cut down to core services in order to balance budgets in the future. Only two services are guaranteed for mental illness in the Mental Health Act, and that is the right for physician and hospital visits. One Burnaby nurse who works with young adults suffering from mental illnesses had a workload of 40 patients five years ago; now she has 60 to 70 patients. Provincial guidelines state a caseload should not exceed 20, McPherson said, but “this is not the case anymore.” “What happens in an emergency?” she added. “What happens when a patient calls at 4:45 p.m.
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The authors note that this perception is misguided and cite evidence that rates of perinatal depression in low- and middle-income countries are actually higher than in high-income countries , ranging from 18% to 25%. Another misperception involves the idea that maternal depression is only tangential to maternal health. There is a conception that obstetric complications and infectious diseases represent much more immediate threats to maternal health than mental health issues. Yet this notion turns out not to be entirely true. Maternal depression certainly contributes in a very direct and striking manner to poor outcomes in infants.
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