Achieving Parity for Mental Health Treatment: Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session on Examining Mental Health and Our Ongoing Battle to See that Those Suffering from Mental Illnesses Receive the Services They Need and to Provide Parity in Coverage of Mental Health Services, July 11, 2001, Volume 4

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Page 63 - American youth under 18 years of age who are affected by emotional, behavioral, developmental and mental disorders. AACAP supports research, continuing medical education and access to quality care. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are the only medical specialty fully trained in the treatment of mental illness in children and adolescence.
Page 1 - US SENATE, COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS, Washington, DC. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:02 am, in room SD—430, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Senator Kennedy (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Page 66 - Survey also found that one-half of plans were restricting hospital! zation to 30 to 60 days. More than 70 percent of plans were found to have limited either the dollar value of outpatient benefits, or the actual number of visits. These surveys also found that arbitrary limits were often unrelated to actual treatment needs. While the federal Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) and the...
Page 49 - Code of 1986 to prohibit group and individual health plans from imposing treatment limitations or financial requirements on the coverage of mental health benefits...
Page 32 - I would ask that my prepared statement be included in the record. The CHAIRMAN. It will be so included. [The prepared statement of Senator Nunn follows:] PREPARED STATEMENT OF SENATOR SAM NUNN Mr.
Page 63 - THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a medical membership association established by child and adolescent psychiatrists in 1954.
Page 66 - This historic report documents the scientific evidence that treatment is effective and concludes that there is no justification for health plans to cover treatment for serious brain disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder differently from any other disease. Treatment Works As Surgeon General David Satcher noted in his 1999 landmark report, science has proven that severe mental illnesses are treatable. The current success rate for treating schizophrenia is 60 percent. The success rate...
Page 52 - I still contend with occasional bouts of depression and hypo-manic episodes, continued medication changes (22 & counting) and all kinds of side effects to go along with both Illnesses. However, through careful monitoring and continued doctor's care, I have managed to remain out of the hospital, complete college, pursue a Master's degree In Social Work, maintain a job in Philadelphia's public behavioral health system, manage a relationship, live independently, and, overall, happily. For this, I can...
Page 66 - ... The current success rate for treating schizophrenia is 60 percent The success rate for treating manic depression is 65 percent, and for major depression it is 80 percent. By contrast, treatment efficacy rates for interventions such as angioplasty (41 percent) and atherectomy (52 percent) are lower. Mental illnesses can now be diagnosed and treated as precisely and effectively as other medical disorders. Tragically, the stigma associated with these illnesses too often prevents individuals from...
Page 66 - Georgia was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982 at age 19 when she was an honor student at the University of Virginia. A hospitalization in the mid-1980s resulted in her exhausting her policy's very limited inpatient benefit. At the time of her discharge when her benefits ran out, she was nearly catatonic and unable to care for herself With no inpatient benefit left to fall back on. Anne was forced to leave the job market altogether and apply for disability benefits in order to get health...

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