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Topics: Health care, Medicine, Health, Health economics, Public health, Illness / Pages: 7 (1951 words) / Published: Nov 11th, 2014
Policy Brief Paper
Stella Mahaga
Alverno College
MSN 603: Health Care Systems: Organization, Economic, and Politics
Diane Duffy
October 3, 2014

Policy Brief Paper
According to the Center for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), the economic burden of mental illness in the United States (U.S) is substantial. The cost for mental health care in 2002 was $300 billion and is on the rise (CDC, 2011). Mental illness is an important public health problem experienced by adults and children. Approximately 80 million American suffer from some form of mental illness. In the last 20 years or so, mental illness in children and adolescents has come to the forefront due to higher rates of, school drop-outs, gun related violence and crimes, suicides and alarming incarceration rates. National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI, 2014) approximates that only 20% of children with mental illness access mental health services. Early diagnosis, intervention and support are essential in ensuring children and adolescents with mental illness have fruitful lives.
Bill H.R. 628- The Mental Health in School Act of 2013. This is an amendment of The Public Health Services Act. If this Bill is passed and enacted, it will increase access to more comprehensive school based mental health services and supports. This will be achieved by the provision of age, linguistically, culturally and trauma informed services while incorporating positive behavioral interventions and supports. These services and supports will target the children with mental health disorders, their parents, family members and community members where these live and attend school. Comprehensive mental health development will be provided to educators and community service personnel using a public health approach to mental health in both the schools and communities. Funding will be through grants and cooperation with public and local agencies. The funding will provide financial supports, technical assistance, development of



References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (nd). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved October 2, 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealthsurveillance/ H.R.628 – 113th Congress: Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 H.R.4783 – 114th Congress: Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act of 2014. (2014) in http://beta.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4783/text?q accessed October 17th, 2014 The National Alliance on Mental Illness

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