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In February 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that because of the Affordable Care Act and full implementation of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), 62 million Americans would gain access to improved mental health and substance abuse (MHSA) care. Recent analyses, however, find that the two laws are falling short.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) surveyed over 2,700 individuals and families to compare access to MHSA with access to medical treatment. NAMI also contracted with Avalere Health to explore benefits in health insurance exchange (HIX) plans. The Pew Charitable Trusts studied state enforcement of MHPAEA.
NAMI found that many types of policies are exempt from MHPAEA, while Pew discovered that application of parity is thus far spotty. “Only …
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- 3rd District Appeals Court upholds New Jersey ban on conversion therapy
As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]Colleague assistance programs growing
Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).APA sets health service psychologist standards
Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…Vague standards, guidelines, laws create telepsychology risks
As a psychologist who’s been researching/writing/practicing/consulting/training online for years, I’m often asked, “Where can psychologists get guidance and training for practicing online?” Just as frequently, I encounter well-intentioned, ethical colleagues who blithely undertake an online practice without considering their legal and ethical obligations or competencies. In hopes of helping readers avoid many potential landmines, I’ll […]
From the Latest Issue...Ethics for Psychologists: Correcting vs. Altering Records
Good records are needed for many reasons, and making sure they are accurate and correct is important. But, altering records is unethical and can lead a therapist into great trouble with licensing boards or the courts.
Reasons for keeping records
- Good …
Circadian Factors in Mental Health
Inherent to all living organisms is the principle of timing of biological functions. In humans, the interweaving of cognition, affect and physiology demands that we examine the role of clock or circadian factors in mental health.
A large data analytic literature on chronobiology exists. The intent of this article is to highlight how knowledge of circadian rhythms can be useful in everyday evaluation and treatment processes. The term circadian is derived …States’ Laws Determine Liability in Duty to Warn
In the July/August issue, The National Psychologist reported on the case of State of Minnesota v. Expose regarding a psychotherapist’s duty to report dangerous patients and the doctor’s immunity from liability for breach of confidentiality thereof. The patient, who threatened to harm another person, was being treated by a student. Subsequently, the patient was charged with a crime, resulting in the student reading the therapy notes in court.
In Expose, the patient …Face-to-face AA Trumps Online Groups – For Now
Toronto – Despite growing numbers of web-based sobriety support sites, face-to-face meetings are more effective and popular for those striving to overcome alcohol abuse, a researcher reported at the annual APA convention here.
Donald S. Grant, Ph.D., of the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif., told a symposium on “Social Media for Social Good” that “Face-to-face killed it, crushed it.”
Around 8,000 psychologists attended the four-day convention that also included lectures and …Ethical Considerations for Clinical Supervisors
Clinical supervision is integral to graduate student training, postdoctoral licensure preparation and psychologists’ development of new competencies. Supervision may be mandated by licensing boards or employers to remediate psychologists’ practices following ethical violations. In these contexts, the impact of supervision on supervisees and their clients – for better or worse – can be momentous.
Supervisees’ experiences with and observations of their supervisors likely contribute more to learning the fundamental ethical principles they …