Getting mental health management on track: Editorial

Louisiana chose Magellan for the privatization effort in 2011. At the time, there were about $100 million in annual claims for tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, according to DHH. The new system was expected to expand to cover about 150,000 people, including 50,000 children, through additional federal matching money. The state pays a per-patient fee to Magellan, and the firm is responsible for building a statewide network of providers.
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Mental Health Care as a Humanitarian Response

However, many primary care professionals are under-equipped to deal with these needs, leaving symptoms go untreated, and the increased potential that individuals, families, and communities are unable to rejoin society in a meaningful and productive way. Fortunately, the WHO guidelines emphasize the need for integrating and understanding reactions to extreme stress and trauma in primary care. For survivors of psychological trauma and their mental health care providers, this increasingly comprehensive set of guidelines is essential. The WHO guidelines are also an important next step in advancing access to mental health care in places of great need across the globe.
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Mental Health Crisis Response Centre opens

When arriving at the centre, people in crisis will be welcomed by a trained crisis worker. Individuals will then see a mental health clinician and other members of the team, as required for a more complete mental health assessment and urgent treatment. The close proximity to Health Sciences Centre allows staff to refer people if they are suffering from a physical ailment, or call for transport to the Emergency Department. Nancy Parker, Director of Adult Community Mental Health Crisis Services, says health professionals will work with individuals, families and others to help stabilize a persons crisis. “Were dealing with a wide spectrum of psychosocial and mental health crisis,” says Parker.
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