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Mental Health America Bestows Highest Honor To Georgia Mental Health Professional Sharon Jenkins Tucker

Mental Health America announced Sharon Jenkins Tucker of Decatur, Georgia, as its 2009 recipient of the Clifford W. Beers Award. Tucker was recognized for her outstanding achievements in mental health advocacy during Mental Health America's Centennial Gala on June 11. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN). Named after the organization's founder, the Clifford W. Beers award is the highest honor Mental Health America bestows on an individual annually. Since its inception in 1976, the Beers award recognizes a consumer of mental health whose attitudes, actions and advocacy fervently carry out Beers' legacy of improving conditions for, and attitudes toward, those living with mental illness.

Mental Health America Applauds Numerous Provisions In House Health Care Reform Bill

David L. Shern, Ph.D., President and CEO of Mental Health America, will testify on Tuesday, June 23 before the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing to discuss a comprehensive health care reform bill unveiled last week by the Chairmen of the three lead health care reform committees in the House of Representatives: Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor. Dr. Shern and Mental Health America commended the authors of this bill for their thoughtful proposals to expand coverage for the uninsured while improving the quality of care and reducing cost. The bill includes many provisions that would benefit people with mental health or substance use conditions who have traditionally not been well served by our current health care system "We are very pleased to see the principle of non-discrimination and parity for behavioral health services would be maintained in the new provisions to cover the uninsured, " said Dr.

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The Bazelon Center Welcomes President Obama's Pledge To People With Mental Disabilities On Olmstead's 10th Anniversary

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law welcomes President Obama's announcement today of his commitment to the promise of the landmark Supreme Court case, Olmstead v. L.C., on its 10th anniversary. In a statement released by the White House today the President launched a "Year of Community Living" and tasked the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify initiatives that will develop and improve services and supports to assist people with disabilities who wish to live in the most integrated settings possible. The landmark Olmstead decision mandated that public services for people with disabilities be provided in the most integrated setting possible, giving them the opportunity to live in the community.

Gene Theory For Depression Is Now Discredited

A study that attempted to replicate the "seminal" study that laid the foundation for psychiatry's "serotonin theory" of depression, claiming a genetic- serotonin impairment underlying depression, has been debunked by the data from 14 similar studies claiming a genetic underpinning to depression. The study, reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association, "found no evidence of an association between the serotonin gene and the risk of depression, no matter what people's life experience was." The real risk for depression is NOT BIOLOGICAL: Dr. Merikangas, the senior author said the findings show that "a major stressful event, like divorce, in itself raised the risk of depression by 40 percent.

Award Nominations Sought For Excellence In Child Abuse Prevention, Oklahoma State Department Of Health

The State Interagency Child Abuse Prevention Task Force and the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) are accepting nominations for awards to recognize persons and organizations for their demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to child abuse prevention in Oklahoma. Awards will be presented at the Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Conference during opening session on Monday, Sept. 21, at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The four awards to be presented are: 1. The 2009 Outstanding Elected Official Award, which is given to recognize an elected official for distinguished service on behalf of children and families in Oklahoma.

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New Research Into Treatment Availability For People With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, UK

OCD-UK, the leading national charity for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with the support of a grant from Comic Relief has announced a year long research project to understand and evaluate if treatment guidelines have had a positive impact on providing treatment for people with OCD across the UK. In 2005 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) launched a set of guidelines for the identification, treatment and management of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In general, healthcare professionals in the NHS are expected to follow NICE's clinical guidelines for the treatment of the illness. OCD-UK Chief-Executive Ashley Fulwood commented.

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