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PHOENIX – Arizona’s Medicaid agency has blended its health-care programs for mental and physical health for 1.5 million people in a move to increase efficiency and improve patient health.
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, known as AHCCCS, now contracts with organizations to manage coverage of such physical ailments as diabetes and heart disease, as well as behavioral-health needs, including therapy, counseling and substance-abuse treatment.
Before the change, which took effect Oct. 1, some Arizonans enrolled Read More
Edwin adjusted his headset and gripped the game controller in both hands. He swallowed hard. The man had good reason to be nervous. He was about to enter a virtual environment tailor-made to get his heart pumping way more than any action-packed video game: a coffee shop full of people.
Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019? If you need health insurance, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law and ensures that health coverage is available for those who need it.
Here are the top things you need to know:Comprehensive coverage is available. HealthCare.Gov plans cannot discriminate against you due to your mental health condition. Additionally, they must include key benefits like mental health care, prescription drug coverage and Read More
I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also know how it feels to be discriminated against both for my mental illness and as an advocate: miserable, threatened, defeated, paranoid, or that I shouldn’t be advocating at all. Just a series of nasty remarks can have demoralizing effects lasting for months or more, not to mention the risk of damage to your reputation in the community.
In July, a mental Read More
TUCSON, Ariz. – Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona, Clarke Romans says the roots of mental illness stigma go back a long time.
Romans says, “Mental illnesses are kind of mysterious and the only observable sign of a mental illness is a person behavior. Many other disorders have visible signs. For instance, if you’re missing a limb or someone who is blind.”
“Mental illnesses are observed often times by the person living with the symptom but they Read More
TUCSON, Ariz. – The rate of teen suicide has steadily increased since 2005.
Among youth ages 15-24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death.
Kris Masalsky Goguen smiled when she spoke about her son Paul. Paul would have been 25-years-old.
But Paul’s short life came to an end when he was just 15-years-old.
“My son Paul was an awesome kid. He was a great kid. He was funny, talented, creative, a musician extraordinaire.”
“I think with all of us we have our side where Read More