mental health http://michiganradio.org en Supreme Court orders exam of Michigan judge's mental health http://michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-orders-exam-michigan-judges-mental-health <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a judge to undergo a mental health exam.</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18442 at http://michiganradio.org Supreme Court orders exam of Michigan judge's mental health New app listens to bipolar patients, detects mood swings by voice analysis http://michiganradio.org/post/new-app-listens-bipolar-patients-detects-mood-swings-voice-analysis <p></p><p>The National Institute of Mental Health tells us that some 5.7 million American adults struggle with bipolar disorder.&nbsp;</p><p>A critical part of managing the disorder is the ability to sense when the mood swings are about to happen – something the patient isn't aware of – and get that patient to a physician straight away for help.</p><p>A research team at the University of Michigan is working on a smartphone program called PRIORI. It detects mood swings through voice analysis of phone conversations, while still protecting the patient's privacy.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Melvin McInnis is one of the researchers. He's a psychiatrist and a bipolar specialist, and he joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:33:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 17797 at http://michiganradio.org New app listens to bipolar patients, detects mood swings by voice analysis An increasing and scary sense that government is fatally broken http://michiganradio.org/post/increasing-and-scary-sense-government-fatally-broken <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The good news is that there seems to be increasing interest in mental health issues at all levels of government.</span></p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan Health and Wellness Commission released a new report on improving mental health services in this state. This was a special, bipartisan commission including four legislators, chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.</p><p>The study, “<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mentalhealth/CommissionReportFinal1212014_445161_7.pdf">Improving Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination</a>” is available online.</p><p>It is short, straightforward, and easy to understand.</p><p>It calls for legislative action, and calls on all of us to reassess the way we view, as well as treat, those with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16132 at http://michiganradio.org An increasing and scary sense that government is fatally broken Mental health commission report says resources, better coordination needed http://michiganradio.org/post/mental-health-commission-report-says-resources-better-coordination-needed <p>A state commission that’s looking at an overhaul of mental health services has released a sweeping set of proposals.</p><p></p><p>The last big overhaul of the mental health system wrapped up in the early 1990s, when most of the state’s psychiatric hospitals were closed.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>This commission convened by Gov. Rick Snyder found there are still barriers to helping people with mental health issues live productively.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:21:10 +0000 Rick Pluta 16124 at http://michiganradio.org Mental health commission report says resources, better coordination needed Michigan Gov. Snyder proud of health laws, realistic about 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gov-snyder-proud-health-laws-realistic-about-2014 <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is proud of the substantial changes he and lawmakers made to Michigan's health care landscape in 2013.<br /><br />Almost a half-million low-income adults will qualify for government health insurance through an expansion of Medicaid. An overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield is creating a nearly $1.6 billion health endowment fund.<br /><br />More low-income children are eligible for dental coverage.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:18:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15823 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Gov. Snyder proud of health laws, realistic about 2014 An effort to help the mentally ill http://michiganradio.org/post/effort-help-mentally-ill <p></p><p>My guess is that we think too much about football and not enough about mental illness, especially perhaps at holiday season.</p><p>But the fact is that millions of us are trapped in our own private hells. According to a report last year from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, about one in every five Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness. For 5% of us, the suffering is severe.</p><p>The association estimated that more than eleven million adults suffered from severe mental illness in one recent year. Nearly nine million had serious thoughts of suicide, and a million actually tried to kill themselves. Yet we tend to take insufficient notice of the mentally ill, at least until someone walks into a school and begins shooting.</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:34:32 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15809 at http://michiganradio.org An effort to help the mentally ill Social workers in Michigan are preparing to be part of health care changes http://michiganradio.org/post/social-workers-michigan-are-preparing-be-part-health-care-changes <p><a href="http://www.healthcaresalaryworld.com/what-is-health-care-social-worker-salary/">Social workers</a> in Michigan are starting to wear many hats as health-care reform is implemented.</p><p>The expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of the state Health Insurance Exchange is expanding health-care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders.</p><p>Robert Sheehan is the executive director of the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties.</p><p>He says all the changes healthcare are broadening the scope of social workers.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Vincent Duffy 15798 at http://michiganradio.org Social workers in Michigan are preparing to be part of health care changes The future of mental health courts in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/future-mental-health-courts-michigan <p>The Michigan state House approved a package of bills that could lead to more mental health courts around the state. Now the omnibus bill is being sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.</p><p>But how exactly do these courts work? Which defendants would be allowed to be a part of a mental health court — and which would not?</p><p>One champion of the mental health courts is Judge Milton Mack, the chief probate judge in Wayne County. He explains what’s driven him to take on this cause, and what sort of human toll he’s seen from the bench.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:45:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 15183 at http://michiganradio.org The future of mental health courts in Michigan In this morning's headlines: Regulating compound centers, mental health courts, recount fees http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-regulating-compound-centers-mental-health-courts-recount-fees <p><strong>AG calls for state regulation for compounding centers</strong></p><p>"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is calling for tighter regulation of Michigan’s 470 compounding pharmacies. Compounding pharmacies mix customized medicines based on doctors’ prescriptions. A compounding pharmacy based in Massachusetts was responsible for the medication that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak a year ago," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-calls-state-regulation-drug-compounding-centers">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Mental health courts legislation moves forward</strong></p><p>"Legislation meant to strengthen Michigan’s mental health courts system has cleared the state House. The alternative courts allow certain offenders with severe mental health issues to avoid jail time and have charges erased from public records. That’s if they participate in treatment programs under the supervision of a judge," Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-oks-legislation-strengthen-mental-health-courts"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>House approves raising cost to request a recount</strong></p><p>"The Michigan House has voted to make candidates pay more to request a recount of ballots cast in an election. The legislation would increase to $25 the per-precinct deposit required to initiate a recount of votes in state or local elections. It now costs $10 per precinct," the Associated Press <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-votes-raise-cost-request-recount">reports.</a></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:01:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14516 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Regulating compound centers, mental health courts, recount fees Plan to expand mental health courts clears state House committee http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-expand-mental-health-courts-clears-state-house-committee <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A plan to expand mental health courts in Michigan seems to be gaining momentum in the state Legislature. A state House panel unanimously approved the bill Thursday.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">People diagnosed with conditions like severe depression and schizophrenia can avoid jail time and have certain charges erased from public records if they participate in mental health treatment programs under the supervision of a judge.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">At the same time, they can get help finding jobs, education opportunities, and housing.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">State Rep. Kevin Cotter (R-Mount Pleasant) chairs the state House Judiciary Committee. He says alternative courts get results and could save the state money in the long-term.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:15:03 +0000 Jake Neher 14410 at http://michiganradio.org Plan to expand mental health courts clears state House committee In this morning's headlines: mental health courts, campaign donations, gay rights ordinance http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-mental-health-courts-campaign-donations-gay-rights-ordinance <p><strong>Plan to expand mental health courts moves forward</strong></p><p>"A plan to expand mental health courts in Michigan seems to be gaining momentum in the state Legislature. A state House panel unanimously approved the legislation Thursday. People with serious mental health issues can avoid jail time and have certain charges erased from public records if they participate in treatment programs," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>State Bar wants to end anonymous campaign donations </strong></p><p>"The State Bar of Michigan says it’s time to end anonymous campaign spending in elections for judges and Supreme Court justices. It’s asking the state’s top elections official to require committees that pay for so-called “issue ads” to reveal their donors," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Another Michigan community has gay rights ordinance </strong></p><p>A Flint area community has approved an ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the Associated Press, "The City Council in Linden voted this week to approve the ordinance covering employment, housing, public services and other areas."</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:32:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14407 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: mental health courts, campaign donations, gay rights ordinance Mental illness research discovery could help treat schizophrenic symptoms http://michiganradio.org/post/mental-illness-research-discovery-could-help-treat-schizophrenic-symptoms <p>Schizophrenia affects nearly 2.4 million Americans. The mental disorder enables patients to feel like they are "hearing voices," and have difficulty with change.</p><p>Now, Michigan State University researchers have made a discovery that could help treat some symptoms of <a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml">Schizophrenia</a>. While current antipsychotic drugs are able to reduce hallucinations, the new study finds information that may eventually help patients cope with other symptoms. These include trouble responding to change, lack of motivation, and the inability to experience pleasure.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:22:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13538 at http://michiganradio.org Mental illness research discovery could help treat schizophrenic symptoms Stateside for Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-may-28th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are many ideas and strategies being talked about for how to keep young people in Michigan. On today's show:&nbsp; we spoke with one young writer who says it's simply not enough.</span></p><p>And we heard about how refugees, having survived physical and psychological traumas in their home countries, are getting mental health services here in Michigan.</p><p>Also, Rick Pluta gave us an update on ex-Justice Diane Hathaway, who was sentenced for fraud in federal court today in Ann Arbor.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:41:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 12771 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 Improving refugee mental health in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/improving-refugee-mental-health-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, some 8,100 refugees and asylum seekers fled their home countries and came to Michigan hoping to start a new life.</span></p><p>Many of these people might have wanted to stay at home, but war and organized violence made it impossible, and the United States opened its doors to them.</p><p>The World Health Organization estimates a full 50 percent of these refugees are suffering from mental illness.</p><p>The doctors and therapists who work with these refugees believe that number is too low.</p><p>What is life like for these wartime refugees and asylum seekers in Michigan? And what's being done to ease their transition into their new life and help treat these people as they suffer from psychiatric disabilities?</p><p>Hussam Abdulkhalleq&nbsp;is the program supervisor at the ACCESS Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center in Dearborn, the largest Arab-American human services non-profit in the nation.</p><p>He joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 18:25:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 12767 at http://michiganradio.org Improving refugee mental health in Michigan Michigan aims to identify health risk behaviors http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-aims-identify-health-risk-behaviors <p>Michigan is rolling out new guidelines designed to help health providers better identify teens with high-risk behaviors.<br><br>The statewide guidelines recommend that adolescents be assessed for health-risk behaviors, such as violence, at least once a year. They also recommend that health care providers use one of four screening tools to ensure adolescents are consistently screened statewide.<br><br>The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says high-risk behaviors are the primary cause of the death or serious injury of about three-quarters of teens.<br> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:27:16 +0000 Associated Press 11835 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan researchers say 'retail therapy' actually helps combat sadness http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-researchers-say-retail-therapy-actually-helps-combat-sadness <p>Feeling the blues?</p><p></p><p>University of Michigan researchers say so called ‘retail therapy’ can help.</p><p></p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11386 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan researchers say 'retail therapy' actually helps combat sadness Snyder orders mental health services review http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-orders-mental-health-services-review <p>Governor Rick Snyder has called for a review of how Michigan provides mental health services.</p><p>The governor has signed two executive orders to come up with recommendations.The executive orders create two separate commissions.</p><p>Both of them will be led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.</p><p>One major goal is to identify gaps that send people to jails and prisons instead of to programs that could treat their illnesses.</p><p>The plans also include teaching police, teachers, and clergy to spot signs of mental illness, earlier intervention for children with mental health issues, and helping more people get into treatment instead of being sent to jail or prison.</p><p>Administration officials say this will be the first thorough review of mental health services in Michigan since the state shut down its psychiatric hospitals in favor of community-based programs in the early 1990’s Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:51:11 +0000 Rick Pluta 11345 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder orders mental health services review Michigan governor issues executive orders for mental health http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-issues-executive-orders-mental-health <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is taking steps aimed at improving mental health services in Michigan.<br><br>The Republican governor issued two executive orders Wednesday to bolster mental health initiatives in the state.<br><br>The first creates a Mental Health and Wellness Commission. The commission will be led by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and will advise the Michigan Department of Community Health on ways to strengthen mental health services.<br> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:17:46 +0000 The Associated Press 11332 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan governor issues executive orders for mental health Michigan's governor eyes mental health makeover, GOP skeptical http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-eyes-mental-health-makeover-gop-skeptical <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder says he has concerns about whether Michigan's health care system could handle the increased number of patients if the state agrees to expand Medicaid eligibility.<br><br>The Republican has said one of the benefits of opting in to an expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act is it would allow the state to significantly expand assistance for those who need mental health care.<br><br>Snyder said Friday that he hasn't made his decision but will announce it during his budget address on February 7th.<br> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:05:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10955 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor eyes mental health makeover, GOP skeptical Stateside: Assessing mental health in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-assessing-mental-health-michigan <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>Today we looked at Michigan's treatment of mental health.</p><p>Milton Mack, Chief Judge of Michigan County Probate Court, and Dr. Michele Reid, Medical Director of Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, spoke with Cyndy about the ways we treat mental health.</p><p>“I see case after case of people who didn’t get timely treatment. We have a mental health model in Michigan which is based on inpatient, but we live in an outpatient world….Today we know that early intervention helps people survive,” said Mack. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:44:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10799 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Assessing mental health in Michigan