Forgotten Policy: An Examination of Mental Health in the U.S
In order to ensure healthy and productive lives for all Americans, efforts must be directed to support good mental health and to provide quality mental health services for those who need it. This paper presents strategies and recommendations for improving the current system so that it better addresses the mental health needs of vulnerable Americans. The 15 strategies are to:
• Reduce stigma as a barrier to access.
• Eliminate financial barriers to access.
• Address prescription drug coverage issues.
• Integrate services for co-occurring mental health and substance dependence disorders.
• Support the mental health workforce.
• Target the needs of vulnerable populations.
• Enhance school-based health and mental health services.
• Support school-based violence prevention programs.
• Address the needs of children in the foster care system.
• Expand insurance coverage for adults with
• Address the housing needs of adults with
• Tackle the employment needs of adults with
• Address issues involving the criminalization of adults with mental illness.
• Promote mental health among the elderly.
• Address deficiencies in nursing homes. (Authors)
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