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Don't Let Trumpscare Unravel Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Under ACA

By: Debbie Plotnick

More Challenges Emerge in the Effort to Enact AHCA

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO

As the past few days and weeks have unfolded, it is becoming increasingly clear how the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) as currently drafted will have mostly unintended, mostly negative consequences for people with behavioral health conditions. We believe that these consequences easily could and should be mitigated.

Honoring Black History While Honoring Mental Health

MHA has traditionally maintained its blog, Chiming In, to be a vehicle for MHA leadership and staff to post thoughts about current events. This month, we are taking a different turn and highlighting some of MHA’s amazing affiliates, partners and associate members as a way to share some of the great work and ideas of our many collaborators.

Making the New Year a Good One for Mental Health

By: Nathaniel Counts, J.D. MHA Senior Director of Policy, and Debbie Plotnick, MSS, MLSP, MHA Vice President of Mental Health and Systems Advocacy

A new year, a new Administration, and a new Congress brings new opportunities to best attend to our nation’s mental health. This year, in addition to working with Congress on the pressing issues around health care and social services that surface, Mental Health America (MHA) will have four areas of focus:

Reforming Obamacare: The Challenge Ahead for Mental Health

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO

To contain costs, President-Elect Donald Trump has suggested replacing Obamacare with a package of benefits that might include:

We Hear You...

By: America Paredes, Senior Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach

The last 48 hours have been shocking for many, to say the least. Many of you are fearful of what comes next. We understand. We hear you.

In light of the election results, many individuals have reached out to us and shared their concern, anxiety, and despair about the impact that the next four years and beyond may have on the lives of individuals that are part of any community that is deemed as “other.”

What’s REALLY Scary about Mental Health

By: Kelly Davis, MHA Policy and Programs Associate and Theresa Nguyen, MHA Senior Director of Policy and Programs

S2S: Our Answer to a Call for Help

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America

From the time Mental Health America launched our online mental health screening program in 2014, we have asked screeners what they want. Their most frequent response?  “Help.”

We’ve been thinking a a lot about what screeners need and how we can most effectively provide them help. But what do they mean by “help?”  And does the meaning change based on who is answering the question?

Communities in Distress

By Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO

Tulsa, Milwaukee, Charlotte…

North Charleston, Ferguson, Baltimore…

Orlando, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights…

These are communities forever linked by acts of violence, where in nearly every instance, a person attempting to preserve the peace of the moment lost a life.

Why Do the Classes Stop When the Baby is Born?

By: Nathaniel Counts, J.D., MHA Director of Policy and Kelly Davis, MHA Policy and Programs Associate

When you have your first child, you go to classes throughout your pregnancy. The classes help you feel as comfortable as you can be on the big day. But then the classes stop. You might have made it through pregnancy, but now you suddenly have a baby to take care of – and most parents would tell you that this is hardly the easiest part.

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