Issue: Mental Health

The Long And Winding Road To Mental Health Care For Your Kid

Mental health professionals say that with children, early intervention is crucial to avoid more severe and costly problems later on. Yet even parents with good insurance struggle to find care for their children. The US faces a growing shortage of mental health professionals trained to work with young people — at a time when depression and anxiety are on the rise. Suicide was the No. 2 cause of death for children and young adults from age 10 to 24 in 2017, after accidents.

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Mental Health Bills Lay Foundation For Children’s Success

By introducing Senate Study Bill 1197 and House Study Bill 206, Gov. Kim Reynolds offered Iowa the opportunity to establish the governance structure to implement core mental health services for children and families uniformly across Iowa. After decades of discussion and growing public support, these two bills take a huge step toward establishing a children’s mental health system.

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Iowa Hospitals Outline 2019 Legislative Priorities

Iowa hospitals and their 74,000 employees across the state are on the frontline of maintaining and improving the health of Iowans by providing quality care services and leadership to community health initiatives. The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA), which represents all of the state’s 118 community hospitald, supports policies that improve the experience of health care delivery, improve the health of the population and control health care costs.

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Health Care Leader Perspective: Pulling the Patient Back Together

For even the most talented of medical physicians, the thought of finding and treating a behavioral health problem seemed out of place if not daunting, even beyond their competence. It led to a separation, sending this otherwise single person down two disparate but parallel roads. Today we’re trying to to find ways to partner, integrate care, to pull the patient back into a person.

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Health Crisis: Rural Americans Most Vulnerable to Suicide

While the highly publicized deaths of celebrities frequently shock America, rural areas are suffering the most. Each year, thousands of Americans in small towns take their own lives after suffering — often for years — without adequate access to mental health professionals. It is time our elected officials and leaders of health care organizations examine the very system that is no longer able to serve rural Americans. In an era when drug use is skyrocketing in small communities, we should re-examine our priorities to stop more people from dying.

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Iowa Mental Health Advocates Applaud Signing of Bills

Iowa Mental health advocates turned out in force for the March 28 signing of two important bills recently passed unanimously by the Iowa Legislature. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bills in the Rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. “We are excited about the significant progress these bills represent in improving our mental health system,” said Peggy Huppert, executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Iowa. “They’ve both been a long time coming. To see them pass unanimously and be signed on the same day is thrilling.”

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Iowans Agree: Mental Health Should Top State Priorities

More than ever, Iowans are ready to see improvements to the state’s mental health system – and they are also willing to help pay for it. In its latest Iowa Poll, the Des Moines Register reports that nearly three out of four Iowans agree that the state’s mental health care system is in crisis or, at a minimum, “a big problem.” By a significant margin, the poll shows Iowans view mental health as the state’s biggest problem, even more than water quality, public education or rising tuition costs at state universities.

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Mental Health Petition: It’s Time for Action in Iowa

Mental health treatment in our state languishes on the edges of the care continuum. It is a fragmented, frustrating – and sometimes deadly – non-system that leaves struggling Iowans stigmatized, marginalized and criminalized. We are failing. But even in this crisis, there are reasons for hope. Iowans have never been more aware and supportive of mental health.

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