mental health http://ripr.org en Debrief: New Health Laws Address Addiction, Breast Cancer http://ripr.org/post/debrief-new-health-laws-address-addiction-breast-cancer <p>Another legislative session has wrapped up. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how health care fared on Smith Hill.</p><p>Here's a transcript of their discussion.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:21:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35634 at http://ripr.org May Is Awareness Month http://ripr.org/post/may-awareness-month <p>Awareness of what, you ask?</p><p>So many conditions and issues I was losing track! It seems a particularly popular month for awareness raising. So, I decided to start a running list of what's happening. Each of these issues touches Rhode Island in some way - some more than others. So I've also done a little digging to find one standout statistic on each issue.</p><p>May is...</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 16:31:58 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33500 at http://ripr.org Task Force: Send Limited Mental Health Records To Gun Database http://ripr.org/post/task-force-send-limited-mental-health-records-gun-database <p>A state task force is calling for a change in Rhode Island law, saying the state should contribute mental health records to a national background check database called NICS. The firearms safety task force says Rhode Island should provide records only in limited cases in which a person is involuntarily committed by the courts and poses a significant risk of violence.</p><p>Records would not be submitted for people determined to pose only a low risk of violence. And the task force says the state should avoid providing any specific information about a patient's diagnosis.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:58:18 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29683 at http://ripr.org Top 10 Developments In Mental Health Since Newtown http://ripr.org/post/top-10-developments-mental-health-newtown <p>It's been a year since the tragedy in Newtown, CT took so many lives, including that of the gunman, who some believe was battling serious mental illness but may not have gotten all the treatment he needed.</p><p>We’ve heard lots, since then, about the need for more mental health resources, and lots about the rollercoaster ride of federal and state funding for those resources. Here’s a round up of some of the year’s most significant developments for mental health patients and advocates:</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:54:47 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26244 at http://ripr.org Task Force Hears Public on Guns, Mental Health http://ripr.org/post/task-force-hears-public-guns-mental-health <p>A joint task force is hearing public testimony this afternoon on Rhode Island's compliance - or lack there-of- with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That's one of three national databases gun sellers are supposed to check before they sell you a gun, and it's the one that contains records of involuntary commitment, substance abuse, and other mental health data. The other databases contain criminal records. Rhode Island does not submit mental health records to NICS, and it's trying to figure out whether it can and should.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:19:59 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25176 at http://ripr.org Feds Finalize Mental Health Parity Rules; State Implications Under Review http://ripr.org/post/feds-finalize-mental-health-parity-rules-state-implications-under-review <p>Most health insurance plans must now cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they cover medical benefits. A trio of federal agencies has issued the final rule on how to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy says the act he co-sponsored is only a beginning for better mental health treatment.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:36:48 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24539 at http://ripr.org Program Aims To Curb ER Use, Integrate Mental Health and Primary Care http://ripr.org/post/program-aims-curb-er-use-integrate-mental-health-and-primary-care <p><a href="http://www.providencecenter.org/">The Providence Center </a>has received a $1.7 million dollar federal grant to try to help people with mental health problems avoid the emergency room.&nbsp; The program could help hospitals, and the state, slash some of the most expensive medical bills.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:45:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23094 at http://ripr.org Patrick Kennedy Announces New Mental Health Initiative http://ripr.org/post/patrick-kennedy-announces-new-mental-health-initiative <p>Former Congressman <a href="http://www.patrickjkennedy.net/">Patrick J. Kennedy </a>plans to launch a new effort later this year, known as <a href="http://thekennedyforum.org/">the Kennedy Forum</a>, to advocate for continued improvement on mental health issues.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:16:48 +0000 Ian Donnis 18938 at http://ripr.org Assembly OKs Guns & Mental Health Task Force http://ripr.org/post/assembly-oks-guns-mental-health-task-force <p>Is Rhode Island taking steps to join NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System? Perhaps. The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the creation of a 20-member task force to explore the "intersection of behavioral health and firearm safety." Here's what it means.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:40:42 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17792 at http://ripr.org Assembly OKs Guns & Mental Health Task Force Obama Praises Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Patrick Kennedy http://ripr.org/post/obama-praises-former-rhode-island-lawmaker-patrick-kennedy <p>President Obama praised former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy for his support of legislation that made mental health coverage mandatory on health insurance policies.</p><p>The president’s remarks came Monday at the White House National Conference on Mental Health. In his opening remarks, the president praised several individuals, including Kennedy, who struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse during his years representing Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:09:32 +0000 Flo Jonic 16315 at http://ripr.org