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Bill a good start in reforming mental-health care

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 1:08 AM By Dominic A. Sisti and Arthur Caplan   The mental-health-care system in the United States too often neglects the needs of Americans living with serious mental-health conditions and addiction. The system is fragmented and underfunded, and treatment is often provided in nontherapeutic places like jails and prisons.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Pa.) is ready...

Behavioral health parity equals opportunity

Joe Pyle, MA and William Emmet, Guest Bloggers Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 10:09 AM Filed Under: Robert I. Field

The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell and the ongoing discussion on the Affordable Care Act has kept the spotlight on federal health insurance laws. But even with laws like the Affordable Care Act, states will still play a major role in health insurance law...

Dominic Sisti Talks "Bringing Back the Asylum"

  LEE STABERT | TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015 Earlier this year, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a short paper by a group of ethicists at the University of Pennsylvania. Dominic Sisti, director of the Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care, an enterprise housed at Penn, co-authored this provocative piece entitled "Improving Long-term Psychiatric...

MindKare Kiosk Featured in USA Today College

Drexel University implements new mental health kiosk   By Emily Rolen, Temple University June 25, 2015 1:32 pm   Walking through the Drexel University Recreation Center, I couldn’t even spot it at first. In fact, I walked by it multiple times. I just didn’t expect a kiosk that screens for mental illness to look like a sleek version of an ATM.   The sign next...

Drexel debuts a kiosk for mental health

By Susan Snyder   On first glance, it could pass for an ATM. Or the machine at the Wawa for ordering sandwiches. But the sleek, wireless kiosk tucked in a corner of Drexel University's rec center has a much more weighty purpose.   "Get a CHECK-UP from the NECK UP?" a sign near it beckons.   On it, students who are feeling depressed or having other mental-health issues can take anonymous, two-...

Two Recent Commentaries on 'Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum'

Commentary: Bring Back Mental Health Asylums? Published in the Chaska Herald By Gary Norman

“Terry” has been sitting at the hospital’s emergency department for three days. We met Terry on a Sunday afternoon and conducted a mental health assessment with him.

It was determined that he needs care but doesn’t need to be hospitalized in a psychiatric unit. However, he does need supervised...

Shocking Pseudoscience: Anti-ECT protesters are wrong and dangerous

By: Amy S.F. Lutz the author of Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children and president of the EASI Foundation and Dominic A. Sisti, PhD, Director, The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care, University of Pennsylvania

Is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) controversial? Google certainly thinks so: a search for those...