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Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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PRECRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSE

Prescription drug abuse is a growing public health concern. With the increasing number of pain killers and other medically necessary products on the market, the likelihood of a person, particularly the youth or seniors, to accidentally overdose or abuse products has been rising.

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PROFESSIONALS' DUTY TO WARN

This LegisBrief focus on doctors and mental health professionals are responsible for maintaining confidentiality of patient information based on the ethical standards of their profession. This concept in health care can be traced to the Roman Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors.

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OVERVIEW

A person with good mental health can use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities to develop and maintain good relationships with his or her family and community, and retain a job that provides for everyday needs. In contrast, mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and/or capacity for fulfilling daily activities.

 
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  • Treating the Whole Person by Integrating Care

    For many patients, including those enrolled in Medicaid, behavioral health problems exacerbate their physical ailments. To improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of Medicaid, state lawmakers are considering and adopting policies to integrate behavioral health and primary care.

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