Advocacy E-news September 5, 2019
September 5, 2019
THE DIRE STATE OF INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH
The average length of stay for an inpatient psychiatric admission at present is somewhere between three and 10 days, with many admissions lasting only three or four days—even following a serious suicide attempt or for a patient with serious illness. These short hospital admissions have been referred to as “micro-hospitalizations,” and they are causing grave harm to our patients.
REPORT FINDS NORTH DAKOTA, MARYLAND AND NEW JERSEY RANK BEST FOR A COMBINED LOWER PREVALENCE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND HIGHER ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Using state ranking data, we ranked each state 1 to 50 for prevalence of mental illness and access to mental health care. Overall, rankings were determined by a composite score of prevalence and access rankings. States that scored highest overall composite score were states that had a high rate of access and a low rate of prevalence.
IT WILL NOW BE LEGAL TO ASK A JUDGE IN N.J. TO TAKE SOMEONE’S GUNS AWAY
A significant new gun control law will take effect in New Jersey on Sunday, allowing you to ask a judge to bar a family member or loved one who is deemed to be a threat to themselves or others from buying or possessing a gun.
HOW NEW JERSEY TRIES TO CURB COST OF PRESCRIPTIONS FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS
Two state programs are aimed at reducing the price of premiums and out-of-pocket medication for NJ’s most vulnerable Medicare enrollees. To help offset this burden, the Garden State will invest more than $55 million over the next fiscal year to help seniors and disabled residents pay for their prescription drugs through a pair of programs, the Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Aged and Disabled and Senior Gold.