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OP-ED: Mental Health's Great Gray Area

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OP-ED: Mental Health's Great Gray Area

Arthur Evans, Jr., Ph.D., DBHIDS Commissioner, recently authored an op-ed in response to the Newtown shootings. It focuses on the need for prevention and early intervention behavioral health service. It also highlights existing preventive services in Philadelphia, Mental Health First Aid and the Online Behavioral Health Screening.


Currently, mental health professionals are required to show the “medical necessity” of services to be reimbursed by Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance (the primary sources of funding for behavioral health care). Only services focused on ameliorating an active mental health condition are reimbursable. This means funding agencies like [Philadelphia’s DBHIDS] typically devote less than 3 percent of their budgets to prevention and early intervention.

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Added 01/16/2013 by Gary L. Brown, DBHIDS Communications

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