mental health

Indiana Approved For Medicaid Mental Health Waiver

Dec 26, 2019

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced the federal approval of a Medicaid waiver that will pay for inpatient stays for Hoosiers diagnosed with serious mental illness.

All IN: Veterans' Mental Health

Nov 14, 2019

The suicide rate among veterans is twice that of the civilian population. Growing awareness of mental illness has prompted the VA and other veterans groups to better address mental health. The network of services is growing, but the stigma around mental illness can mean many of those who need it aren’t seeking help.

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie says he’s encouraged by progress at his agency, even as more work is needed.

Student-Led Program Study Shows Stigma Reduction

Aug 23, 2019

A study that examined the attitudes and behaviors of college students toward mental health issues was conducted in Indiana.  

Days after a student with a gun was arrested outside a Muncie high school, Gov. Eric Holcomb held an event highlighting two school safety bills in Southern Indiana Friday, but Democrats in the General Assembly are calling for more action on school safety and firearms during the next legislative session. 

The state’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children met Wednesday morning to discuss a wide range of issues, including suicide prevention. 

State officials painted a grim picture of suicides among Indiana’s youth. The rising rates of suicide – and thoughts of suicide – are already among the highest in the country. 

Division of Mental Health and Addiction official Leslie Hulvershorn says Indiana has effective ways to prevent youth suicides, but children and teens might have a hard time getting those services.

Educators Learn Advocacy At School Health Conference

Jul 1, 2019

Mental health and Medicaid were some of the policy topics presented at the annual School Health Conference in Indianapolis this week but therewas also push for more action.

An Illinois Senate bill aims to help children who are at risk of entering state custody because of issues caused by untreated mental illness. The measure comes as states grapple with ways to help parents who face a heartbreaking choice: giving up custody to obtain expensive treatment for a child.

Hundreds of school professionals met in Bloomington this week to focus on how they educate children – including their emotional and social needs – and organizers say the efforts could help Indiana make progress on key education issues.

School Mental Health Bill Clears Senate

Feb 27, 2019

A bill to provide mental health care for Indiana students narrowly passed the Senate this week.  The legislation was written in response to school safety. 

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