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Individuals with Mental Illness and Crime According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine: As physicians, we are uniquely positioned to call attention to the circumstances that result in our patients being housed in places of punishment rather than places of healing. We can also push for the expansion and funding of programs that seek to rectify these injustices. Given the vast scope of the problem, a combination of solutions including the foundation of insurance parity for mental health care is necessary. “If you dramatically increase the number of crisis options,” points out Joel Dvoskin, chair of the Nevada Behavioral Health and Wellness Council , “police will be less likely to arrest.” Hard Time or Hospital Treatment? Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System, Christine Montross, M.D. N Engl J Med 2016; 375:1407-1409 October 13, 2016 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1606083 36
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Helping People. It’s who we are and what we do . Gun Violence and Individuals with Mental Illness According to CNN, People with serious mental illness are three times more likely than those who are not mentally ill to commit violent acts against themselves or others, but that is still a very small number of people, about 2.9% of people with serious mental illness within a year. And the impact on gun violence statistics is marginal, amounting to about 4% of all firearm homicides, according to research as recent as last year . When talking about gun deaths from suicide, however, epidemiologists say mental illness legitimately becomes an area of concern. Suicides accounted for 61% of all firearm fatalities in the United States in 2014, or 21,384 of 33,599 gun deaths recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gun violence not a mental health issue, experts say, pointing to 'anger,' suicides By Emanuella Grinberg , CNN; 37
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Helping People. It’s who we are and what we do . Summary The Affordable Care Act is in a precarious situation with threats of repeal or replace by new President Trump. If they reduce or eliminate this expanded coverage, there is a need to reconsider our proposed changes to our programs, services and budgets. Trends in the healthcare system means that the Division is now focused on the unmet needs such as those being sent out-of-state for care, including children and adolescents, and adults who need long-term treatment in a secure setting. 38
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Helping People. It’s who we are and what we do . Summary Service capacity that now is covered by Medicaid, is expanding by community providers, which needs support to be sustained. Behavioral Health workforce shortages make for limited resources to operate these programs and therefore the system remains somewhat limited. Safety-net services are now changing to focus on the uninsured, and services that are not reimbursable by traditional health insurance, and Medicaid. These changes drive the modifications in the Mental Health budgets and services at the State level. 39
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