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Mental health groups ask Kenneth Cole to remove billboard

Twenty-three mental health organizations delivered a letter to fashion designer Kenneth Cole this morning, protesting the bizarre billboard Cole posted on a New York City highway in August that was supposed to support  mental healthcare reform and gun reform.

Two comments:

1. Thank God the country's most prestigious mental health organizations have taken a strong, united stand in urging Cole to take down the billboard.

2. What the hell was Cole thinking?

When the words mental illness...
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Alcoholism

Drug treatment: How many times will you go to go to rehab before you realize it isn’t working?

This is going to make some people mad. I'm going to say it anyway.

Why do addicts and alcoholics go to rehab over and over and over if it doesn't work for them? If you had cancer and you did 10 rounds of treatments and they weren't working, would you keep going?

I know you are going to say relapse is part of the disease. But if you relapse over and over and over and over, why...
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General

Why pinching pennies on mental health care won’t work

My disenchantment with politics has hit a new low. I didn't think that was possible until I began looking at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's 2015 budget proposal line-by-line.

I was writing another story on child welfare programs and figured while I was looking at the budget, I might as well look at our governor's budget proposal for mental health programs. Going straight to the bottom line, I see the governor is proposing spending $ million...
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Alcoholism

Whitney Had No Demons

Would you like to know how many times "Whitney Houston" and "demons" appear together in a Google search?

27,100,000.

That's a lot of demons for a woman who had none. Whitney Houston was mentally ill. She had the disease of addiction. She was not possessed. She was very, very sick. I afford her the same compassion and sympathy as I would someone who is slowly dying from cancer or some other progressive, fatal illness.

Addicts and alcoholics...
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General

Rant-o-Rama: Blue Cross’ end run around the mental health parity law

I know it's only September but I think it's safe to say that Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the undisputed winner of the 2011 If-At-First-You-Don't-Succeed  Award.
After losing the decades-old mental health parity battle with the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008, Blue Cross and Blue Shield has orchestrated a very clever end run around the new law.
Here in Florida, it will work...
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General

Rant-o-Rama: Mental Health Parity for 9/11 Survivors

Where is Patrick Kennedy when we need him?!

Recently, the folks drafting rules for the 9/11 Compensation Fund announced that the $ billion fund created by Congress last year will not cover mental health problems caused by 9/11.

The Special Master notes that as in the Fund’s first iteration, the statute limits eligible injuries to those consisting of ‘‘physical harm.’’ Accordingly, as in the Fund’s first iteration, the statutory language does not permit...
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General

Suicide Prevention: The NRA, AMA and a Question of Guns

Once again, in the words of the philosopher Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit emergency room doctors, psychiatrists and pediatricians from asking patients  if they own or have access to a gun. Doctors would face stiff fines: $10,000 for the first offense; at least $25,000 for the second offense and up to $100,000 for the third offense.

I'm not making this up. In fact, on Tuesday the...
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