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Cuts in Coverage Would Hammer Rhode Island

April 14, 2017

Commentary in The Providence Journal by Ruth Feder and David Spencer. The Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the ACA) with the American Health Care Act has been withdrawn. For consumers of behavioral health services, this is very good news. This plan would have dramatically reduced the number of individuals who more »

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Failed Health Bill Would Hurt Vulnerable People

March 29, 2017

Letter to the Editor, The Providence Journal, March 26, 2017 The health-care bill that went before the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday paired social injustice with fiscal irresponsibility. Nearly one out of three people covered by the Medicaid expansion lives with a mental health or substance use condition. The proposed American Health Care Act more »

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Stop Equating Mental Illness and Bad Behavior

By Cindy Elder, Executive Director, NAMI Rhode Island The Providence Journal, March 25, 2017 Crazy. Unhinged. Nuts. Insane. Unstable. These words fly across our nation like shrapnel, often missing the target and hitting the most vulnerable bystanders: people who actually live with a mental health diagnosis. One in five Americans today lives with a mental more »

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Pets Help People Manage the Pain of Serious Mental Illness

December 16, 2016

Any pet owner will tell you that their animal companions comfort and sustain them when life gets rough. This may be especially true for people with serious mental illness, a study finds. When people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder were asked who or what helped them manage the condition, many said it was pets that more »

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