Category Archives: Political

PsychOdyssey Comments on NJ’s Comprehensive Waiver Demonstration Application

As part of its ongoing advocacy work, PsychOdyssey on Friday submitted its comments regarding a State of New Jersey application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The application is for permission to extend by another 5 years its current … Continue reading

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New at “Watch…”: Mental Illness On Trial

Mental health care? For too many, what actually occurs is mental illness criminalization. How could this be? A new video from The Treatment Advocacy Center, called Mental Illness on Trial, explains how. In 1963, President Kennedy signed  The Community Mental … Continue reading

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New at Link… National Transitions of Care Coalition

As every family in crisis knows, a bane of navigating the maelstrom is the atrocious state of care transition. Parents frequently complain of the difficulties with connecting to the services to which their loved ones are referred. Doctors discharging from ERs … Continue reading

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Will Medicaid’s Changes in New Jersey Improve Outcomes? PsychOdyssey presents at PRA Recovery Workforce Summit

Implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is bringing big changes to the nation’s Medicaid system. In many states, the changes include a) moving Medicaid funded behavioral health to managed care, b) expanding Medicaid’s roles by 25%, … Continue reading

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Ethics: Is DSM-5 Compromised by Conflict of Interest?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition, aka “DSM-5”, was recently published to update the diagnostic descriptions and codes of psychiatry last put forth in DSM-IV. DSM-5’s new descriptions and codes will now measure symptoms more on a kind of … 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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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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Editorial: Insanity Offense in Tucson

All family members of loved ones with severe mental illness are cringing today.  From the beginning of the news tsunami about the Tucson tragedy, we have suspected what is now emerging as the true story. After the posting everywhere of … Continue reading

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Dr. E. Fuller Torrey on California’s Mental Health Catastrophe

Leading schizophrenia expert (and controversial compulsory treatment advocate) Dr. E. Fuller Torrey addresses 100 doctors at San Francisco General Hospital about the dire, declining, and morally unacceptable conditions for some severely mentally ill in the State of California. Watch the presentation … Continue reading

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Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness

New on PsychOdyssey “Watch…”: MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness is a multi-platform media project that explores severe mental illness in America. The centerpiece of the project is a television program which aired on PBS stations in October 2009. … Continue reading

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