Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Hillary Clinton unveils mental health agenda


#1

This came out in August when many of us were on vacation - so I missed it. Trump has not announced any mental health agenda.

Hillary Clinton on Monday released a sweeping agenda to deal with the mental health problem in the United States, including a call to convene a White House conference on the issue during her first year in office.
“Recognizing that nearly a fifth of all adults in the United States — more than 40 million people — are coping with a mental health problem, Hillary’s plan will integrate our mental and physical health care systems,” the Democratic nominee’s campaign said in a statement. “Her goal is that within her time in office, Americans will no longer separate mental health from physical health when it comes to access to care or quality of treatment. Hillary has been talking about mental health policy throughout her campaign, since hearing directly from American parents, students, veterans, nurses, and police officers about how these challenges keep them up at night.”

Read more:

Clinton Fact Sheet on her Mental Health Care Agenda:

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/08/29/hillary-clintons-comprehensive-agenda-on-mental-health/


#2

There’s a lot of work to do on the mental health delivery process for sure.


#3

A new writeup on the Clinton Mental Health plan:

Voters hungering for substance in a style-heavy presidential race ought to take a new look at one of the most praiseworthy but overlooked policy proposals of the campaign: Hillary Clinton’s intelligent framework for mental-health reform.

Mental illness is far more common than many people realize, which is why the Democratic nominee’s decision to make this one of her signature issues is laudable and, given the stigma around these conditions, courageous. About 18 percent of U.S. adults reported having a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Regrettably, fewer than half received treatment, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Access to care is also a huge concern for adolescents.

The proposed Clinton reforms are notable for their practical prescriptions to improve care both now and in the future. Rather than champion an idealized but politically impassable version of health care — as Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders did with government-run insurance for all — Clinton builds on the current system.

Her changes are not revolutionary, but they are focused and eminently doable. The level of detail also stands in welcome contrast to the stale talking points about health savings accounts and buying health insurance across state lines on Republican Donald Trump’s website.

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