Advocacy E-News May 14, 2018
May 14, 2018
MURPHY DELAYS MOVE THAT COULD HAVE HURT THOUSANDS OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration Wednesday delayed a new payment system for some private mental health providers who’ve warned the change could disrupt services to thousands of people discharged from New Jersey psychiatric hospitals.
N.J.’S JAILS ARE NOT ASYLUMS. STOP LOCKING UP THE MENTALLY ILL
New Jersey in some respects has been a leader in humane jail reform. But we’re still trailing other states when it comes to the mentally ill. In lieu of criminal charges, the nonviolent but mentally ill should all get a solid plan for medication and therapy in the community, where they can get better care at a lower cost. Now, lawmakers want to do this in New Jersey.
HIS COLLEGE KNEW OF HIS DESPAIR. HIS PARENTS DIDN’T, UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE
Every year, parents send their children to college, trusting that they will be well, or that word will come if they are not. They had lived every parent’s nightmare: a child flunking out, sinking into despair, his parents the last to know. Her discovery set off a wave of pain and soul-searching but also a campaign to strip away some of the veils of confidentiality that colleges say protect the privacy and autonomy of students who are learning to be adults.
WHAT IS ‘STIGMA-FREE’ AND WHY ARE TOWNS EMBRACING IT?
The fear of stigma too often keeps people who are struggling with mental illness from seeking the help they need. But towns across New Jersey are standing up to the shame associated with mental illness by declaring themselves “stigma-free.”