mental health

The Pulse
2:40 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Assembly OKs Guns & Mental Health Task Force

Guns seized by Providence police
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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.

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RI News
9:09 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Obama Praises Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Patrick Kennedy

President Obama praised former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy for his support of legislation that made mental health coverage mandatory on health insurance policies.

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.

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Health Care
3:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

RI's Latest Health Care Merger: Good for You and Your Bottom Line?

BCBSRI chief medical officer Dr. Gus Manocchia says it's too soon to tell how a Lifespan/Gateway merger will affect premiums.
Credit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island

The Lifespan hospital system’s recent acquisition of Gateway, a mental health care network, may be a sign of more to come. But it could be too soon to tell what it means for a patient’s pocketbook.

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The Pulse
3:51 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

To NICS or Not to NICS? Mental Health, Guns, and Background Checks

Here's one piece of legislation proposed by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin today as part of a package of gun safety bills:

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The Pulse
5:22 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

The great irony of private insurance and mental health coverage

This week, our neighbors in Connecticut began hearings about mental health care in the state after the Newtown shooting. Lawmakers and a couple of task forces convened by Gov. Dannel Malloy are reviewing the state's mental health services and looking at the kinds of public policy and legal fixes that might make it better. Should we mandate outpatient treatments for the mentally ill? Can we truly assess someone's risk before it's too late? Should gun buyers face a mandatory mental health evaluation?

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

RI politicians should seize moment to control guns

For once, Rhode Island politicians have a chance at being part of the solution. Even a small change on gun violence would resonate with voters.

As recently as the 2012 election campaigns, the issue of  gun control had fallen off the political shelf. A Republican Party dominated by the states of the sunbelt and the Old Confederacy feverishly defended the rights of the gun lobby. Rueful Democrats, especially those in Red states, bowed cravenly to the gun constituency that was universally cited as the club that doomed Al Gore’s 2000 presidential aspirations.

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Health Care
6:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Debrief: Do gun background check databases work?

Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter joined afternoon host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about what public health experts and legal scholars have to say about mental health records and the gun background check database. A transcript follows. You can listen to our feature story on Rhode Island's lack of participation in the National Instant Criminal Background Check, or NICS, database here.

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Health Care
5:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

No RI records in nat'l gun background check database

(PROVIDENCE, RI) President Obama has just unveiled a set of 23 actions he’ll take to curb gun violence. Among them: encouraging states to share information with a national background check database. While some states are already contributing a significant amount of information, Rhode Island hasn’t submitted a single record.

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The Pulse
4:20 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Mental health records missing from RI’s gun background check data

Buying a gun from a dealer – say, a sporting goods store – triggers a federal background check. If you’re a convicted felon, you would fail the background check. So, too, if you’ve been involuntarily committed to an institution or otherwise ruled mentally ill. But the federal database against which background checks are run is only as good as the data. And Rhode Island is one of only four states that haven’t submitted any mental health records at all, according to a recent report out from a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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Healthcare
4:16 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Rep. Morgan: RI should include mental health in gun background check

PROVIDENCE, RI - State representative Patricia Morgan is calling on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to step up efforts to restrict gun ownership by people with mental illness.

A recent report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that Rhode Island had not submitted any mental health records to a federal registry for gun background checks. That’s despite federal regulations requiring states to submit such records on anyone who should be prohibited from owning a gun. State representative Patricia Morgan says officials don’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to comply.

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