Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Book Review: The Anatomy of Evil

Reading a book called The Anatomy of Evil would be a challenge in any normal time. It is especially trying just now in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre. But read it we should, so better to think … Continue reading

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New Editorial: The Sandy Hook Slaughter: What Needs Studying?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the nation is frenzied about this heinous slaughter of innocents. Everyone is demanding answers. “More gun control!”  “More background checks!”  “More screening of the mentally ill!” If the media’s response is a … Continue reading

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New Tab: “Understand…”

As PsychOdyssey grows, it pulls its plough yet deeper into the soil of knowledge and resources for families navigating the maelstrom. Detailed understanding is the goal. The psychodyssey mariner must know the constellations in the heavens above better to chart … Continue reading

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Updated Link: The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is one of the most important philanthropies directed to mental illness.  It began in 1981 as a family movement and has become the world’s leading private funder of mental health research, supporting ithe most … Continue reading

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Value: A Better Measure for Health Care and Mental Health Services

With public mental health budgets under fire everywhere, the debate over funding is intensifying. Definitely more support is needed for mental health in all respects. But it is also true that so much public funding is wasted by entities that … Continue reading

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New State Link: Rutgers Center for State Health Policy

Here in PsychOdyssey’s home state of New Jersey, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy informs, supports, and stimulates sound and creative state health policy in New Jersey and around the nation. CSHP provides impartial policy analysis, research, training, facilitation and … Continue reading

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New Link: Alliance for Health Reform

A bipartisan Washington healthcare think tank headed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Alliance for Health Reform believes that our country is at the beginning of what promises to be a lengthy period of adjustment to the health reform law, especially since there will be … Continue reading

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MUST VIEW: Excellent KaiserEDU Tutorials Demystify Health Care

Families of loved ones with a psychiatric disability, and especially for ones with a co-occurring disability, must—repeat, must—know and understand the complex process of health care options and financing. This is because so many with psychiatric disabilities are among the … Continue reading

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New Report: Mental Health Financing in the United States, 2011

The Kaiser Family Foundation, one of the foremost health care policy information sources anywhere, has published a most useful report on the financing of American mental health system. Working closely as we do with families navigating the maelstrom of mental … Continue reading

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Nicotine and Schizophrenia: Help or Hazard?

Families of loved ones in the maelstrom may fret about collateral activity amidst the challenge of mental illness. Smoking is one such collateral activity. A few years ago the state psychiatric hospitals in New Jersey went smoke-free, depriving patients one … Continue reading

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