Mental Health

Spend less on “mental health” and more on serious mental illness - November 2018

  • Mr. Jaffe takes a contrary view from that of advocacy groups and established industry stance.  He writes: If you’re a mental-health advocate, you want to teach the public the mentally ill are no more violent than others. You don’t want to teach the public that the untreated, seriously mentally ill are more violent - - but instead that everyone can live in the community, not that some people do need institutional care. So the mental-health groups have kind of disengaged themselves from treating the seriously mentally ill in favor of re-defining mental illness as something everybody has.  
  • Mr. Jaffe argues in favor of improved treatment regimens including Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT),  and its benefits to society and the mentally ill themselves. 

​         Insane Consequences
         DJ Jaffee, Executive Director, Mental Illness Policy Org. & Author
​         How states Can Help Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) Get Treatment
​         Where We Choose to Spend
​         Remarks to the National Association of Medicaid Directors

Substance Abuse and Mental Health - June 2018

  • No issue facing the states and Congress is more threatening to society and the labor force than the growth of drug abuse.  From heroin and pills to the spread of legalized marijuana, we must tackle needed interventions but move beyond to larger prevention strategies.  What are some of the long term strategies we can enlist now which will slow the growth of use among adults and children? We will be joined by Dr. McCance-Katz who has worked in the addiction field and is in charge of the federal program.   Dr. McCance-Katz has published extensively in the areas of clinical pharmacology, medications development for substance use disorders, drug-drug interactions, addiction psychiatry, and treatment of HIV infection in drug users.

​         SAMHSA: Addressing National Mental Health and Substance Use Issues
​         Dr. Ellie McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, HHS

Implementing Policies to Assure that the Mentally Ill are on their Medication - July 2017

  • The session will focus on the historical consequences of the release of hundreds of thousands of untreated mentally ill patients from hospitals and the subsequent criminalization of this population in jails and prisons throughout the nation. The presenters will discuss the lack of preparation that community-based facilities have experienced to treat the severely mentally ill, what state agencies can do to help ameliorate this large scale societal change, and the opportunities posed by the current environment to coordinate responses between public health and criminal justice systems.

​         Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Severe Mental Illness
​         John Snook, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center

Mental Illness - November 2015

  • Ms. Berger will discuss the historical consequences of the release of hundreds of thousands of untreated mentally ill patients from hospitals in the 60s and 70s, and what state agencies can do under certain laws to require mentally ill patients to take their prescribed anti-psychotic medication they need to maintain their health.  Dr. Smith will describe such a program he manages in Summit County Ohio, operational considerations and the results.  

​         The Crisis of Jail Mental Illness: A Strategy for Reform
​​         Frankie Berger, Director of Advocacy, Treatment Advocacy Center
​         Summit County Ohio and Assisted Outpatient Treatment
​         Dr. Douglas Smith, Medical Director, Summit County Ohio
​         Assisted Outpatient Treatment Laws

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