One ER patient’s tragic story
During the past eight months, Georgia Health News and WebMD have investigated violations of a longstanding federal law on emergency room care. Our investigation found that over a 27-month period, about 1 in 7 of these ER violations involved patients who were having a mental health crisis, including having... Read more
Georgians have voted to help homeless with mental illness
Beyond the debate around Georgia’s election outcome, one result is a clear victory for health care. Three of four Georgians voted to approve a referendum Nov. 6 that will help nonprofits provide permanent housing to homeless people with mental illness.   Referendum B allows a property tax exemption for nonprofit... Read more
Ballot measure would help housing for people with mental illness
At the end of the Georgia ballot this year is a referendum that, if approved, would help nonprofits provide permanent housing to homeless people with mental illness. Referendum B would allow a property tax exemption for nonprofit housing of these individuals in residences that get tax credit financing from for-profit... Read more
Georgia gets ‘D’ on handling mental health, addiction like other medical issues, report says
Georgia was graded “D’’ on ensuring access to mental health and addiction treatment equal to that for physical illnesses, according to a report released Wednesday. The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of a federal law on benefits signed by President George W. Bush. The Mental Health Parity and... Read more
Strengthening the safety net: Grady brings mental health services into primary care
After her daughter’s death last year, Helen Dennard says, “I went over the edge.’’ It followed other deaths in her family in recent years. Dennard, an Atlanta resident, found herself angry and depressed by the time she went to her regular Grady Health System physician for a checkup. “I... Read more

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