House Passes the 21st Century Cures Act – on to the Senate

On 11/30/2016 the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) by a vote of 392-26. This wide-ranging, $6 billion bipartisan health legislation includes significant mental health components. The bill incorporates elements of legislation previously put forth by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa. To be honored by SARDAA with the Exceptional Legislator AwardRead More

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NIMH Releases Strategic Research Priorities Update

To keep pace with rapid developments in research on mental illnesses, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently released updates to its Strategic Research Priorities. These priorities serve as guidance to NIMH grantees, potential grant applicants, and staff for the design and implementation of future research. Developed and reviewed by NIMH subject matter expertsRead More

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Understanding Different Types of Therapy

There are several different types of therapy available for psychological health concerns. The type of therapy you receive depends on the severity of your concern. It is also affected by who else will be attending and what type of tactics the therapist uses. Therapists may be available at your military treatment facility (MTF). Otherwise, findRead More

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New Antipsychotic Effective With Placebo-like Side Effects

The first phase 3 study of an investigational new drug, ITI-007, corroborates findings from an earlier large phase 2b trial in which the first-in-class novel antipsychotic was found to provide rapid and clinically significant reductions in acute psychosis at 4 weeks while having virtually no side effects in comparison with placebo. The pooled results fromRead More

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Schizophrenia and Diabetes: Same roots?

There is a link between first-episode psychosis and insulin resistance/impaired glucose tolerance, according to the first meta-analytic review on the topic. Investigators found that biochemical markers of both prediabetic states were more common in antipsychotic-naive patients with first-episode psychosis than in healthy peers. “Our results suggest that there might be an intrinsic link between abnormalRead More

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Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force

The Task Force is pleased to offer its Final Report – PDF, which highlights the progress to date on parity implementation, summarizes comments from stakeholders and actions taken during the Task Force’s tenure, and offers recommendations on how to: Support consumers, Improve parity implementation, and Enhance parity compliance and enforcement. Other Task Force activities areRead More

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Emergency Departments a ‘Dumping Ground’ for Psych Patients

  Dwindling mental health resources are turning the nation’s emergency departments (EDs) into a “dumping ground” for psychiatric emergencies, including those involving children. Results of a poll of more than 1700 emergency physicians conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) reveals that almost one quarter of ED physicians (21%) reported they have psychiatricRead More

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KSOC-TV: Altering the Course: First Episode Psychosis Intervention

The September 2016 Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV) webcast explored ways to support youth and young adults who may be in the early phase of psychosis, or experiencing first episode psychosis (FEP). Behavioral health experts discussed evidence-based strategies to address both the prodromal phase and FEP, and shared available resources to helpRead More

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Outreach Partnership 2016 Meeting

Preventing and Treating Psychosis An area of particular importance to NIMH is the prevention, early identification, and treatment of psychosis, which was covered during three sessions at the annual meeting. Dr. Kristin Cadenhead from University of California San Diego presented the opening plenary about NIMH’s North American Prodromal Longitudinal Study, a consortium of eight researchRead More

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Identifying, Engaging Patients With First-Episode Psychosis Remains Public Health Challenge

Early identification and appropriate engagement of patients experiencing first-episode symptoms of schizophrenia remains a major public health challenge, said John Kane, M.D. (left), winner of the APA Foundation’s 2016 Alexander Gralnick, M.D., Award for Research in Schizophrenia. He received the award on Saturday in Washington, D.C., at APA’s fall conference, IPS: The Mental Health ServicesRead More

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