After more than a year of investigating the deficiencies of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Commission on Care has issued a 300-page report to Congress, the President, and the Secretary of the
In Massachusetts, opioid/heroin addiction is recognized as a disease and a major public-health concern. It caused about 1200 deaths in the state in 2014 and about 1500 deaths and many overdoses in 2015.
During the years 2007 through 2015, more than 24,000 veterans were denied proper TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) medical examinations in connection with their disability compensation claims. This admission, made by
In a recent report issued by the Democratic Committee staff of the U. S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the National Football League (NFL) was identified as interfering with the National Institutes of
Clinical social workers provide the lion’s share of behavioral health services in the rural parts of America, largely because they are willing to work in areas that are traditionally under-served and for which p
Ever since the 1996 enactment by Congress of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), healthcare professionals have been required to use electronic data systems in managing the treatment
On March 7, at thet, held in Las Vegas, the National Council’s leader, Linda Rosenberg, gave a speech, “Fearless, But Not Reckless,” reflecting on changes in the world of behavioral health in the last 10 years
The future is coming—but whose future is it, and what will it do to you? Every year begins in hope and ends in a widening gap between those who have money and power and those who do not, between those who have the
In New York City, tens of thousands of people who are routinely and repeatedly being sent to jail will soon be diverted for mental illness and substance-use disorders treatment, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A federal appeals court panel has stayed the execution of a Texas man afflicted with schizophrenia. Scott Panetti, 56, who has suffered from mental illness throughout his adult life, was scheduled to be executed
Our ongoing polling of VA clinical social workers continues to yield interesting results about the type of work they do, their working conditions, their access to important information, and the ways in which they
We continue to receive dozens of responses to our VA questionnaire. Recently, in October-November, VA clinical social workers have reported wide diversity in terms of the number of clinical social workers per
ACSWA is committed to learning from VA clinical social workers so we can be helpful in influencing the process of VA reform, as required by the new federal law. Ten recent responses to our questionnaire, selected
ACSWA has a strong commitment to VA clinical social workers, many of whom are currently responding to an ACSWA questionnaire. Their answers point the way toward reforms, just as MITRE Corp. takes over the role of