2008 News for Practitioners
The Stress in America survey finds women suffering the most financial stress, especially older women, and more people report physical symptoms.
The APA Practice Organization, along with a broad coalition of organizations, was crucial in achieving this important legislative victory. Grassroots advocacy, direct lobbying on Capitol Hill and political giving helped gain the full mental health parity law.
The reauthorized Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act improves mental health services to nonviolent offenders, providing support services, treatment, employment and housing.
APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal's letter describing passage of mental health parity legislation.
"Parenting Coordination: Practice, Research, and Public Policy Issues," discussed practice and ethical issues, as well as risk management.
Large group insurance plans would be required to provide the same mental health benefits as physical health, from treatment limits to co-pays, deductibles and out-of pocket maximums.
Mental health parity is a great step forward in the fight to end insurance discrimination against those seeking treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.
The act will end health insurance benefits inequity between mental health/substance use disorders and medical/surgical benefits.
Insurance companies can no longer limit the number of hospital days or outpatient treatment sessions, or assign higher copayments or deductibles for those needing psychological services.
Answers about mental health and substance use parity, how the act applies to Medicare and Medicaid patients, network reimbursement and included diagnoses.