MHA IN THE NEWS!February 22, 2013
Rockland health providers protest Cuomo plan to force mentally ill to use generic drugs
"Rockland County mental health professionals say they fear for their psychiatric patients' safety as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo looks to cut more than $11 million in Medicaid spending by replacing brand-name prescriptions for the mentally ill with generic drugs. Cuomo's elimination of "prescriber prevails" -- a provision that was restored in last year's state budget -- would affect people who take..."
Fight for Doctors' Right to Prescribe is Alive in Rockland
"Carlucci, Mental Health Advocates Seek Reinstatement of Program Protecting Doctor's Rights to Prescribe
Without the program, insurance companies can decide what medication patients receive.
By Adam Littman Pearl River Patch February 22, 2013"
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NY gun control law means fewer will seek therapy, experts say
"Hudson Valley mental health professionals are concerned that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new gun control law will frighten some people into avoiding therapy.
A provision in the new law that's slated to take effect in March will require psychologists, psychiatrists and others to report potentially dangerous patients to local officials. The officials, in turn, will cross-check those reports with a new state gun registration database. If the individuals who are reported possess firearms, the police can suspend licenses and confiscate guns.
Although the new requirement is well-intentioned, given the history of senseless gun violence by disturbed individuals in the country, some experts believe it likely will have a chilling effect on mental health care."