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I cannot believe it! Obama has done something right and I actually approve of!!!!

He has funded money to go towards detecting mental health issues! Finally, someone actually does something about it instead of just talking about and wish it would change.

..."President Obama’s budget proposal will include $235 million in funding for new mental health programs focused on initiatives to help schools detect early warning signs and train thousands of new mental health professionals, an administration official said. The proposed new commitments come after the Newtown, Conn., shootings increased calls for improving mental health services in addition to stricter gun controls.

 

The budget, which is to be released Wednesday, is the first to include these new programs, which were initially outlined in a January report on administration strategies to reduce gun violence.

“We have to tell Congress it’s time to strengthen school safety and help people struggling with mental health problems get the treatment they need before it’s too late,” Obama said in a speech on gun violence Monday night at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Even as congressional Republicans continue with their demands to shrink the federal budget, the Obama administration believes that now is the right time to pursue these new spending commitments.

“We’ve never seen this kind of sustained interest before,” said an administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss funding that has not been publicly announced. “The administration is very united about addressing this issue.”

Leading mental health advocates said that the new funds would be a step in the right direction, but that it is still a relatively small investment after states cut mental health services during the recession. 

 

“It’s a positive step forward but, to put it in perspective, over the last three years states have cut mental health services by $4.35 billion,” said Bob Corolla, spokesman for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “In terms of strengthening the system, I’d say it’s a moderate investment.”

The new budget plan will propose $130 million for programs that train teachers and other adults to help recognize the early signs of mental illness in students. That includes $55 million for a new program called Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education), which would give states and local school districts grants to administer such programs, while also collecting data on how well they work.

Another $50 million would go toward training master’s-level mental health specialists, such as psychologists, nurses and counselors, who work in schools. The idea is to expand the mental health workforce to prepare for the demands of millions of Americans who will gain health insurance coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.

“We can’t take 12 years training doctors and post-docs to meet the need in 2014,” the administration official said. “We’re taking a very promising and practical approach.”

A separate, $25 million investment would be made to assist schools where violence is pervasive. Grants to schools that qualify would be used to address the trauma experienced by children and test violence prevention strategies.

Congress needs to approve these additional spending commitments before any funds would be available to state and local governments.

Steven Horen, chief executive of the psychiatric care company Koved Care, agreed with other advocates that “$235 million to cover the entire United States is not a lot of money.”

But he added: “Sometimes you need to take small steps to get the ball rolling. You can’t start by throwing billions of dollars at this, or it would be wasted. You’re better off starting things this way.”

 

But I still dislike the gun control shit he still seems bent on doing...

 

 

 

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Michigan-Mom74

Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:27 AM on Apr. 11, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Seems like a step in the right direction, at least. A small step--sort of like dropping ice cubes into hell and expecting results--but a step nonetheless.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 1:41 AM on Apr. 11, 2013

  • LOL@ballad! Buts its tiny step in the right direction though!
    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 1:56 AM on Apr. 11, 2013

  • I will take it! This makes me hopeful for the first time since he has taken office.
    ggsmom333

    Answer by ggsmom333 at 9:02 AM on Apr. 11, 2013

  • any money towards helping the mentally ill is a step in the right direction! and im not just saying that cause my DH works in the field haha

    i dont understand this tho "Another $50 million would go toward training master’s-level mental health specialists, such as psychologists, nurses and counselors, who work in schools....
    We can’t take 12 years training doctors and post-docs to meet the need in 2014,” the administration official said. “We’re taking a very promising and practical approach.”

    cause most mentally ill ppl only see doctors for a prescription and go back to their masters-level therapist for counseling. and usually the masters-level person is diagnosing them or thats how it works in Oklahoma.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 2:02 PM on Apr. 11, 2013

  • "cause most mentally ill ppl only see doctors for a prescription ..."okmanders
    Are you talking about their PCP?? Thats what is wrong also. When folks think they need meds to combat depression or whatever they go to the PCP. Their PCP needs to listen, and then should determine whether or not they need a psychiatrist. PCP themselves are not trained for mental health diagnoses. Psych drugs are far more dangerous than street drugs and they are given out like candy. Millions are prescribed these drugs without any informed consent and when a person finally realizes the damage the drug is causing and wants to come off, they are not being given proper information for how to safely taper off these drugs. And worse, many of them are being told by their prescribers that they can just STOP taking them or they are cold turkeyed while SWITCHING them to another drug.
    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 1:10 AM on Apr. 12, 2013

  • The PCP should leave the mental health of their patient to the psychiatrist, and the PCP works with the physical health. And together they should have a healthy and happy patient.
    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 1:12 AM on Apr. 12, 2013

  • i was talking about at mental health clinics like my DH works. like for the severely mentally ill. they only see a dr once a month or so to get their prescriptions filled. the rest is done by master-level therapists.

    but the whole regular MD diagnosing mental health issues & throwing pills at it does piss me off. its one of the biggest problems with mental health in this country.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 12:40 PM on Apr. 12, 2013

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