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Behavioral Health receives much needed government support

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In a recent report by Psychiatric Services, it was learned that more than half of teens with psychiatric disorders go untreated, with treatment rates for some conditions being lower than others, according to a new study. And the government took notice:

Vice President Biden announced $100 million in funding for mental health services and facilities at an event Tuesday with families of the victims of the Newtown elementary school shooting.

The funds will go to help community health centers establish or expand services for those living with mental illness and addiction, according to a White House official. Grants through the Affordable Care Act will fund the hiring of new mental health professionals.

Affordable Care Act advocates for mental health

The Affordable Care Act ensures health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace, offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as essential health benefits. Essential health benefits must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

If you want to make a difference in your community, earning a Behavioral Health degree from Alvernia University in Reading prepares you to be an impactful leader in addiction studies, mental health or child welfare.

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