Kennedy Forum releases 2nd edition of “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”Posted: August 4, 2015
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008. The final regulations were published in 2013 and are now in full effect. For those being denied the care they need and are guaranteed under this law, The Kennedy Forum has released the second edition of the, “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”.
This guide is intended to assist individuals and families who need help filing appeals when their access to behavioral health services has been denied or when their health plans refuse to pay after they have received treatment.
A Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed is a free resource available to show how today’s colleges and universities are improving their technology and resources in order to help students with visual disabilities earn degrees. It also provides a list of online technology and literary resources students with impairments can use on their own to get ahead.
Often individuals with ADHD have problems with their executive function and self regulations skills. If you are just learning about this diagnosis here’s an article written for CHADD’s Attention magazine on the “sleepy secretary” of executive dysfunction and ADHD. Parents, education advocates, and patients will found it helpful. You can read the article, “Executive Dysfunctions and the Sleepy Secretary of ADHD” on the CHADD website.
According to the report an estimated 17.1 million US children and adolescents now have, or have had in the past, a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and two thirds of children with a mental illness do not get treatment. You can view additional statistics and the full report on the Child Mind Institute website.
You also might want to take a look at their additional resources including a “Parents Guide to Getting Good Care“.
The Mental Health Channel (MHC) is a new online mental wellness channel. It will soon have 12 series of original documentaries, 120 episodes in all available to view. MHC was created to raise awareness by showing inspiring true stories and provide new perspectives on mental wellness. Currently 19 of the episodes are available to view. It’s a channel like any you’d see on cable but it’s free to view and commercial free. MHC is underwritten by the Mental Health Awareness Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit.
Students with intellectual disabilities can receive U.S. federal grants to attend approved programs at one of 30 colleges and universities, including big names such as Clemson, University of California, and Vanderbilt. Read more about college resources for students with intellectual disabilities on the Interactive Autism Network website.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
The journal PEDIATRICS has just published an article on the validation of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F).
The M-CHAT-R/F (Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder in toddlers. It can be administered and scored as part of a well-child care visit, and also can be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for ASD.
Professionals using the 2-stage screener can be confident that most screen-positive cases warrant evaluation and referral for early intervention. Widespread implementation of universal screening can lower the age of ASD diagnosis by 2 years compared with recent surveillance findings, increasing time available for early intervention.
It is strongly recommended that users switch to this new version of M-CHAT-R/F. It is available for free download for clinical, research, and educational purposes here.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has published a newly revised medication guide for parents on treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Updates to the guide include the addition of new research about children with ADHD in school, the transition of adolescents with ADHD into college and adulthood, and more effective treatments.
“We hope this Guide will aid families to better understand the advances being made in ADHD and its treatment, and to serve as a useful tool for clinicians caring for individuals with this disorder,” said Theodore Petti, M.D., medication guide workgroup chair.
To download the pdf of the ADHD Parents Medication Guide click here (45 pp).
Thank you to the Attainment Company as they have has graciously provided a variety of items to be raffled off as part of Saturday’s conference including a suite of products designed to assist families affected by autism and a book on writing measureable IEP goals and objectives.