Prevention of Mental Illness Policy

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In 2003 President Bush’s created the, New Freedom Commission on Mental Health which outlines a plan to move forward in increasing early intervention and screening for children and adolescents. The report suggests that no one body or organization is charge of mental health care of children and adolescents. However schools and teachers are in the best position to provide support to young people because of the consistent exposure teachers have with their students. The report also suggests that because one’s mental health is so tightly intertwined with one’s educational success, that teachers play a vital role in identifying warning signs and linking students to services (Hogan et al., 2003, p. 58). These school based services have the potential to reach more vulnerable and potentially underserved populations with better opportunities to engage parents and the community in services. In order to provide optimum services, care, and proper interventions in schools things like stigma attached to receiving mental health services need to be addressed as well for students to feel comfortable obtaining care. The other necessity is also providing the teachers and counselors in schools the proper training and support based on evidenced based practices (Mills et al. 2006, p.155). In 2010, the President Obama announced that the Affordable Care Act would extend its coverage to preventative mental health care coverage. This coverage would include depression screenings for adults and behavioral screenings for children and adolescents. In addition to this the President announced that the 2014 federal budget would include $130 million dedicated to aiding teachers in identifying the signs and risk factors of mental illness in their students, and r... ... middle of paper ... ..., 67-75. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9686-x Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. (2012). 20 percent of US adults experienced mental illness in the past year, report says. Retrieved March 20, 2014, from The National Academies. (2009). Preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among young people progress and possibilities. (). The Secretariat. (2011). Global burden of mental disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level . (). Turning Point Community Programs. (2011). Prop. 63/MHSA makes A difference!. Retrieved April 1, 2014, from World Health Organization. (2004). Prevention of mental disorders effective interventions and policy options summary report. (). Geneva, Switzerland:
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