|[January 16, 2013]
Centerstone Applauds President Obama's Mental Health Recommendations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
Centerstone and Centerstone Research Institute today praised mental
health recommendations made by President Barack Obama as part of his
Plan to Protect our Children and our Communities by Reducing Gun
Violence and called on government leaders to assist in enacting the
recommendations as quickly as possible.
"One in five Americans will have a mental health disorder in their
lifetime, but many will not get the treatment and support they need to
effectively recover and lead a healthy and productive life," said David
C. Guth, Jr. CEO of Centerstone. "The recommendations issued by
President Obama are an excellent first step in strengthening our mental
health system, and they must be implemented quickly to ensure that no
one who needs help falls through the cracks."
Measures suggested in The President's Plan to Protect our Children and
our Communities included:
Increasing access to mental health services - particularly among
children and young adults - by providing Mental Health First Aid
training to those in our education system and training 5,000
additional mental health professionals to serve our nation's youth.
Improving accessibility of mental healthcare by ensuring that public
and private insurers are covering mental health equally with physical
health. This includes mental health coverage for the 6-10 million
uninsured Americans who will receive health coverage as part of the
Affordable Care Act.
The president also noted the role that every American has to play in
protecting and supporting everyone in our communities.
"Policies that open more doors to mental health services are imperative,
but as a nation, we still have a lot to do to break down barriers to
care," added Guth. "It is crucial that we work together to correct
long-held misperceptions about mental illness, including that those who
have mental health disorders are dangerous or at fault for their
conditions, and erase the stigma that keeps families from seeking
treatment. There are additional steps that we can take immediately to
create mentally healthy communities."
Additional ways to strengthen mental healthcare that Centerstone
Offering Mental Health First Aid taining not only to teachers and
staff within our schools, but also to first responders, religious
leaders, parents, and business and community leaders. This training is
vital in helping to identify and support individuals of all ages who
may be experiencing - or heading toward - a mental health crisis.
Centerstone employs certified Mental Health First Aid trainers and can
attest to the tremendous difference this education makes in
Support the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which will be
reintroduced in Congress in the coming weeks. This legislation will
increase access to and improve the quality of community behavioral
Funding life-saving crisis services in all 50 states. A lack of crisis
response services in many states has created an environment in which
the criminal justice system has become the number one mental health
provider in the US. Providing these crisis services will ensure that
people in crisis situations will receive rapid support and treatment.
Expanding and strengthening care management services. These services
involve behavioral health professionals going to the homes of those
with mental illness to not only assess their mental state but address
any other issues keeping them away from treatment. Care management
services address the major problem of failure to show up for
appointments or comply with care plans. They are currently on the
chopping block or being limited under many managed care plans.
Ensuring that community mental health systems are working hand-in-hand
with schools, jails and primary care providers. These essential
partnerships are critical to address violence resulting from rage and
alienation. However, long-standing funding and regulatory barriers
currently are impeding these partnerships.
Providing additional funding for mental health research. Research is
essential in uncovering the best treatments for mental health
disorders and also can provide greater insight into those who commit
acts of violence, which is a first step in better prevention of these
"Truly strengthening our mental health system and working to prevent
violence will require the collaboration of many, including behavioral
health professionals, teachers, physicians, those in law enforcement,
government leaders and families," said Tom Doub, PhD, CEO of Centerstone
Research Institute. "Centerstone and Centerstone Research Institute are
committed to this collaboration and to being part of the national
dialogue on mental health. We intend to leverage our expertise,
partnerships and resources to make a difference across our nation and
improve care so that lives are saved instead of lost."
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is one the nation's largest
providers of community-based behavioral healthcare. It provides a full
range of mental health, addiction and related educational services to
more than 75,000 individuals of all ages each year. The organization has
nearly 130 facilities and 220 partnership locations throughout Indiana
and Tennessee, and a nationwide provider network. It also operates
Centerstone Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute, Advantage
Behavioral Health and Not Alone. For more information about Centerstone,
please visit www.centerstone.org.
About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI (News - Alert)) is a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care for those
with mental health and addiction disorders. CRI provides research,
analytics and evaluation services that help bridge the gap between the
scientific discovery of effective treatments and the implementation of
these treatments into standard clinical practice. CRI is funded through
contracts, grants, foundations and individual donors who share the
organization's commitment to bridging the gap between science and
service. Learn more about CRI at www.centerstoneresearch.org.
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