Since many more Americans now have mental health coverage as a result of the US Affordable Care Act, mental health services will soon begin to expand broadly into many new areas of Americans’ lives, according to expert opinions in an article on the University of Southern California’s Reporting on Health website.
The article discusses new efforts to put psychologists in primary care doctors’ offices, and locate more comprehensive mental health services right on school campuses.
According to Reporting on Health, the executive director for the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies would also “like to see this integrated approach adopted in the workplace, where early signs of mental illness often surface. And he’d like to see more early intervention models within the criminal justice system since so many offenders struggle with mental health.”
The article also reports that other mental health practitioners hope that the new legislation’s expanded coverage will result in more population surveillance and data collection about people’s mental health.
ACA opens doors for bold new ideas in mental health treatment (University of Southern California Reporting on Health, September 4, 2014)