Advocacy E-News December 5, 2016
December 5, 2016
IS FUNDING SYSTEM FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BROKEN?
In 2017, New Jersey will shift to a fee-for-service funding model for community mental health services, a change that alarms many providers worried about a loss of funding affecting patient access. We asked two experts in the field to explain the challenges of the transition and what the state can do to ease some of the burden.
STATE KEEPS TIGHT GRIP ON ANCORA RESTRAINT DETAILS
How often does Ancora Psychiatric Hospital restrain patients who have intellectual or developmental disabilities? For the past 15 months, the state of New Jersey has not answered this question, though I have repeatedly requested documents using the state’s Open Public Records Act. The records I requested either no longer existed or were protected by health privacy laws or proprietary agreements.
HANOVER TWP. BECOMES 7TH ‘STIGMA FREE’ MORRIS MUNICIPALITY
Hanover Township is now the seventh Morris County municipality to become “Stigma Free.” The Board of Freeholders this spring passed a resolution designating Morris County as a Stigma-Free County and asked the county’s 39 towns to enroll
INSOMNIACS ARE HELPED BY ONLINE THERAPY, STUDY FINDS
The report suggests that many garden-variety insomniacs could benefit from cognitive behavior therapy without ever having to talk to a therapist.