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Mental Health Parity legislation passes; Now headed to President's pen

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. Updated: Oct 3rd 2008

scales of justiceA quick note: Mental Health Parity legislation to force the American health insurance system to offer a similar level of benefits with regard to mental illness conditions as they do for physical health conditions has passed both the house and senate now; having been attached, pork-style, to the Wall-Street bailout bill.  Now, only the president has to sign it and it will become law.  I'm happy for this event, but sad that the only way it could be completed was to sneek it through as a "sweetner".  More as this develops.

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D.

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. was Director of Mental Help Net from 1999 to 2011. Presently, he is an Oakland Psychologist (Lic#PSY25695) in private practice offering evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and addressing a range of life problems. Contact Dr. Dombeck by calling 510-900-5123, send Dr. Dombeck email or visit Dr. Dombeck's practice website for more information.

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It isn't about mental health - raysny - Jul 22nd 2011

The Mental Health Parity Bill was pushed by Patrick Kennedy and his AA sponsor, Jim Ramstad (R-MN). It was not about mental health, it was to insure that insurance would cover 12step rehabs (AA/NA-based) repeatedly. Insurance companies seldom paid out after the first few times through rehab. It is not their job to pay for ineffective, non-medical treatment that is described by some (including myself) as faith healing. This bill forces insurance companies pay for however many trips through rehab are needed. The premiums will end up beyond the scope of most employers. Less people will be served because of this. This will effectively funnel money away from mental health.

Kennedy and Ramstad pushed this through to help out the faltering 12step industry. Kennedy has been through treatment several times, which he blames on the  insidious nature of the "disease", rather than questioning the effectiveness of 12step treatment.

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I would start with "Basic Family Therapy" by Philip Barker. And then try "fAMILY Therapy with Older Adults" by Alison Marriott.


Liz Wilkinson

family system theory - aaqib - Dec 7th 2009


i am working on "impact of aging on mental health " so i need relevant material and a copy of "family system of theory" . kindly provide me this material as you have done good work on mental health.


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aaqib alvi

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