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Peace Officer Training Signed Into Law!

We are thrilled to announce that SB 11 and SB 29, by Senator Jim Beall, were signed into law by Governor Brown  (October 2015) Together, these bills will require 15 hours of behavioral health training for law enforcement in the basic academy course, and 12 hours of training for Field Training Officers, including 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training. The training must include recognizing the signs and...

Suicide Prevention

SAMHSA Free Mobile App Suicide Prevention Mobile App for Health Care Providers is free from SAMHSA For individuals at risk of suicide, behavioral health and primary care settings provide unique opportunities to connect with the health care system and access effective treatment. Almost half (45%) of individuals who die by suicide have visited a primary care provider in the month prior to their death, and 20% have had contact...

Congress Passes the ABLE Act

Savings Accounts for People with Disabilities Gail Russell Chaddock, Staff Writer for the Christian Science Monitor The ABLE Act, which would help families of people with disabilities save money for health-care costs and other needs, has passed Congress with broad bipartisan support. The reasons why could hold lessons for some of Congress’s thorniest issues. “When Cole was born, my husband and I were told don’t put any...

NEW RULE REQUIRES MENTAL HEALTH PARITY

A LANDMARK MOMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE HAS TAKEN PLACE. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a long-awaited “final rule” dictating that mental health be covered equal to physical health.  2013 A landmark moment for mental health coverage has taken place. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a long-awaited “final rule” dictating that mental health be covered equal to...