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Getting more coverage for SMI


#1

I wanted to share my blog, recently published by the APA Foundation, because it relates to being caregivers and trying to hang onto a job. I hope folks will find my story echoes their own, but also, I thought having something “in print” might help some of you in your workplace.

I think two of the suggestions would be pretty painless for employers to consider

  • being supportive of employees with MH issues (themselves or in their family)
  • requiring a parity audit of their coverage (right now, if we experience a parity violation we have to figure that out & figure out how to sue - how about employers make sure they are compliant with the law?)

http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/News-Events/Blog/June-2018/Caregiver-Testimonial-Five-Practical-Steps


#2

Thank you, Monica. This is all really important for those on the forum who are in the workforce in these ways.


#3

Thanks Monica. It’s good to hear your story. How is your son now?


#4

Well… he has spoken to me in 10 years, but I hear that he’s mostly living independently… not exactly sure how.


#5

I’m guessing you mean has not. Have you considered reaching out? Or best to let it be?


#6

Thanks for posting this. I have been incredibly lucky to have understanding bosses who have allowed me to take care of my granddaughter. I continue to struggle with work/caregiving balance, always worried that I am taking advantage of a good situation, always afraid of how not being at work all the time will impact productivity. I believe, I am still doing a good job, but retirement crosses my mind frequently.


#7

I am also “Omi” to my grandchildren :slight_smile: