Advocacy E-News August 22, 2018
August 22, 2018
NO NJ PSYCH HOSPITAL MAKES US NEWS BEST RANKINGS
US News and World Report has published its 2018-2019 rankings of the nation’s best hospitals. There are 16 specialty areas including psychiatry whose ranking is determined entirely by reputation, based on responses from three years of surveys of physician specialists. The 11 hospitals ranked in Psychiatry or psychiatric care were recommended by at least 5% of the psychiatric specialists responding to U.S. News surveys in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Another 44 hospitals were recommended by at least 1% of the respondents. None of New Jersey’s thirteen specialty psychiatric hospitals were nationally ranked.
ASK YOUR SENATORS TO CO-SPONSOR IMPORTANT HOUSING LEGISLATION
Please ask your senators to co-sponsor two new bills – one that would help low income families move to areas of opportunity and one that would address the impacts of the U.S. affordable housing crisis and propose solutions, The “Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018” (S. 2945) and the “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act of 2018”
To contact your senators’ offices by phone, call the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 or click here
HERE’S WHY N.J.’S NEW GUN LAW HAS THERAPISTS WORRIED FOR THEIR PATIENTS
It is one of the tougher decisions a mental health professional has to make. How do you determine when or if you should alert police about a patient who may pose a danger to themselves or others, knowing that the patient is confiding in you? A bill — recently passed by the state Legislature upends the “Duty to Warn” guidelines and now requires mental health professionals in New Jersey to always call authorities when a suicide threat or a threat against another person is made.
HOW RETAIL MENTAL HEALTH COULD BE MEDICINE’S NEXT FRONTIER
Throughout his residency and his last three years as a physician in psychiatry training at Mather Hospital in New York, Dr. Tamir Aldad saw upfront how thousands of mental health patients each year were sent home from the emergency room knowing they might not get follow-up treatment for several weeks. To fill these potentially life-threatening gaps in U.S. healthcare, the 33-year-old physician and University of Chicago Booth Executive MBA student has developed an award-winning startup.
THE COURAGEOUS FIGHT TO FIX THE NBA’S MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
After canvassing dozens of coaches, owners and general managers, it’s clear that mental health issues have touched every NBA franchise. It is also clear that far too many players either choose to ignore their symptoms or fail to treat their mental health issues with the same diligence they would a broken wrist or a knee injury. Through more than 20 interviews with current and former NBA players, a recurring theme that emerged was the false public perception that because professional athletes are famous and wealthy, their lives are idyllic.