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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2008, Volume 16, Number 6 

Recommended Reading on Parity

The Federal Government offers several resources on parity and other issues related to access to care. Two recommended studies conducted with SAMHSA support include:

Link to the Act

For the full text of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, visit the Library of Congress THOMAS site at Search for “HR 1424.”

THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, and legislative histories from 1973 to the present.

Reactions from the Field

Advocacy groups and other organizations have voiced their reactions to the passage of the parity law. Read the comments below, and then send us your thoughts.

"Research shows that physical health is directly connected to emotional health and millions of Americans know that suffering from a mental health disorder can be as frightening and debilitating as any major physical health disorder. It's our hope that passage of this bill will force our health care system to finally start treating the whole person, both mind and body."

— Katherine Nordal, Ph.D., Executive Director for Professional Practice
American Psychological Association

"Millions of Americans will now be assured greater access to mental and behavioral health coverage while continuing to benefit from the innovative programs health plans have developed to promote high-quality, evidence-based care."

— Karen Ignani, President and Chief Executive Officer
America's Health Insurance Plans

"With approval of this bill, we will tear down the walls of stigma and discrimination and open the doors to the power and promise of treatment and recovery. It recognizes that mental health disorders are every bit as debilitating, and just as treatable, as cancer and diabetes."

— David Shern, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health America

"For 20 years, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has fought for health insurance parity laws to ensure that employer health plans offer equitable coverage for medical illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and severe anxiety disorders. This historic legislation is a victory for millions of Americans living with mental illnesses who face unfair discrimination in co-payments, doctor’s visits, and hospital stays."

— Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
National Alliance on Mental Illness

"The passage of parity is historic. It is a major milestone on the long road to ensuring that mental illnesses and addictions are treated on par with other health conditions."

— Linda Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

  Women, Addiction, & Recovery  
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Conference Coverage & Related Stories

  Returning Veterans  
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Women in the Military: Overcoming Challenges

From mental health issues to sexual harassment—what’s being done to help.

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Veterans & Major Depressive Episode: New Data

Last year, more than 300,000 veterans experienced MDEs.

  Suicide Prevention  
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New Media Increase Options

Virtual suicide prevention efforts are helping.

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Lifeline Answers One Millionth Call

Milestone for SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  Training Manuals  
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This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual offers basics on successful detox.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual discusses treatment for opioid addiction.

  Data on Youth  
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Inhalant Use & Depression

Some adolescents are three times as likely to start using inhalants—find out why.

Mental Health Settings: New Data

Do young people get mental health services at school more often than at specialty treatment centers?

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Out-of-Home Treatment

Effective treatment options for young people.

  Also in This Issue  
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2008 Science & Service Award Winners

For best practices, 29 organizations honored.

Grant Updates

Awards announced.

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Advisory Councils

Five new members for SAMHSA’s Advisory Councils.

Treatment Line Gets National Attention

Oprah promotes SAMHSA’s substance abuse treatment line as a resource.

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Voice Award Nominations

You have until March 2009 to cast your vote.

Primary Care Settings

Mental health may improve with treatment location.

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