Affordable Care Act Will Expand Mental Health Services Into More Areas of People’s Lives

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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)

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9 COMMENTS

  1. This also means people can get early intervention easier but the real problem is most mental health treatment is ineffective and often a replacement for some other need, like a new house, money, food, protection from abuse, and.legal help, which still isn’t covered.

    Next we have the problem that easy access to mental health services will lead to more and more people getting drugged and pushed into consenting to or not having ability to consent to brain damaging treatments (such as will happen to children), which turns out to be a total win for big pharma.

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  2. “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.”
    Lovely. Now they’ll be fire you from work based on bs screenings and get people locked up for crimes without any serious judicial process. Call me cynical, quote me later…
    “population surveillance and data collection about people’s mental health.”
    And now you’ll have that follow you for the rest of your life anywhere you go – at school, at doctors office, in court, when you want to sign legal contracts, adopt kids… Really lovely. Thanks, that will surely help.

  3. “The article discusses new efforts to put psychologists in primary care doctors’ offices,””

    Great, so if you have a legitimate condition that the PCP can’t diagnose in the limited time they spend with you, it will be extremely convenient for him/her to pawn you off onto a psychologist.

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