WPA 2015

Primary Care Mental Health:
Innovation and Transdisciplinarity

The Palace of Parliament 

Bucharest, Romania

24 - 27 June 2015

Mental Health Reform Act; WPA Bucharest Statement on Collaborative & Integrated Care

Senators Propose Mental Health Reform Act Of 2015

The New Orleans Times-Picayune (8/5, Alpert) reports that yesterday, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), a physician, “joined together...to offer up legislation they hope will result in a substantial upgrade in mental health services.” The legislation proposed by the senators “would encourage states to break down walls between primary care and mental health care.” One of the bill’s provisions would “clarify that federal privacy laws shouldn’t stop mental health professionals from sharing with family members treatment steps and what Cassidy said are ‘important signs to be on the look out for’ following treatment.” Another would “set up an assistant secretary of mental health and substance abuse post at the Department of Health and Human Services.”

National Journal (8/5, Owens, Subscription Publication) explains that the Murphy-Cassidy legislation “works to integrate physical and mental-health care systems, establishes new grant programs for early intervention, improves mental-health services within Medicare and Medicaid, strengthens enforcement of mental-health parity, and establishes committees and roles to specifically work on mental-illness issues.”

The Hill (8/5, Sullivan) reports that “a more controversial provision involves Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), where a judge can order someone with mental illness to follow a treatment plan.”

Modern Healthcare (8/5, Muchmore, Subscription Publication) reports that the legislation is titled “the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015” and “is a companion bill to a revised House bill brought forth last month by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).”


Psychiatric News
WPA Calls for UN Member States to Back Integrated Care 

WPA

The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) adopted a statement in June calling on United Nations member states to move toward collaborative and integrated mental health care as a means of “achieving total health for all in the 21st century.” The statement was approved by a unanimous vote of the WPA executive committee during the WPA 2015 International Congress in Bucharest, Romania. In it, the association describes the global burden of mental disorders, which often appear in youth and are largely treated in primary care settings. Read more.