Mental health policies
in America have changed radically over the past 60 years. A one-time
emphasis on caring for patients in large institutions has shifted to
treating them in outpatient settings in the community. The ways mental
disorders are diagnosed and categorized have changed. And the use of
psychotropic medications is more prevalent than it used to be.
The federal government began accepting applications for the high
risk pools it will run in 29 states and the District of Columbia last
Newshour reports. The other 21 states chose to run their own pools
and may be on different schedules.
This week, President Obama released his blueprint for comprehensive health care legislation. The plan 's release means Obama can outline the specifics of what he wants to see in a final bill for the first time. Many political observers see the decision to outline specifics as not only a jump start to move health care reform across the finish line but also as a stamp of approval for the Senate to use a majority vote through the reconciliation process, a strategy which appears to be gaining momentum.
Maine's voters approved a measure by a margin of 59% to 41% to make it the fifth state to allow retail pot dispensaries, expanding its existing ten year-old medical marijuana law. Maine now joins California, Colorado, New Mexico and Rhode Island
which allow for places where medical marijuana patients can legally buy
pot. Unlike California's more free-wheeling system, Maine law will
require that dispensaries be licensed by the state and more narrowly
defines medical conditions for which patients can be prescribed pot.
Young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 represent one of the largest and fastest-growing segments ofthe U.S. population without health care coverage. In an effort toensure that all Americans are insured a growing number of states have enacted legislation to allow children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans well into adulthood.
like $2.1 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, $1.5
billion for health center improvements, and $8.4 billion for public
transit, should be implemented with a clear intent of reducing racial
and ethnic health disparities and achieving equitable resource
distribution across communities.