Adults Experiencing Mental Illness Have Higher Rates of Certain Chronic Physical Illnesses

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A new report shows that adults who had a mental illness in the past year have higher rates of certain physical illnesses than those not experiencing mental illness. According to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), adults aged 18 and older who had any mental illness, serious mental illness, or major depressive episodes in the past year had increased rates of high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Press Release: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1204102228.aspx

Former Senators Say Administration Should Issue Regulations On Mental Health Parity

 In an op-ed for the Washington Post (4/13, 553K), former Sen. Pete Domenici, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and former Sen. Gordon Smith, president and chief executive of the National Association of Broadcasters, call on the Obama Administration to “issue its final regulations to implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act for mental health parity in health insurance.” They note that when Congress passed the Act in 2008, then-Sen. Obama voted for it, and “all indications are that he remains supportive” as president. However, “regulatory action has stalled since 2010. The final rule that would provide clarity to the millions who have a mental illness or substance-use disorder, and to their employers, has not been issued.”

Menninger Clinic Grand Opening and Agenda for Psych & Neuroscience

Outstanding event with profound speakers and enthusiastic attendees.  Many heroes involved in driving brain research and treatment, especially those who are “consumers”.  We thank The Honorable Patrick Kennedy for his passionate, courageous and tenacious work to eliminate discrimination and champion research.