In a report on psychiatric beds in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Treatment Advocacy Center found Iowa ranked dead last in terms of mental health beds per capita. Dr. Jimmy Potash, professor and chair of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, says that’s a big problem.
“It’s very clear that we don’t have as many psychiatric beds in the state as we really need. And the gap is most glaring when it comes to Read More
The state of mental health services in Iowa, especially as it relates to jails and prisons, has been in the news recently. There is no question the current mental health system needs improvement. We want Iowans to know there are many of us working hard, collectively and independently, to make that happen.
Incarceration is not an acceptable alternative for a broken mental health system, yet that’s exactly what has happened, in Iowa and across the country. When a person’s behavior is driven Read More
NAMI Applauds “A Major Step Forward”
Jul 06 2016
WASHINGTON—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking “a major step forward” to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness.
The House passed H.R.2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) by a vote of 422 to 2.
NAMI Chief Executive Read More
Recently, the news has been riddled with devastating stories of terrorist attacks, police brutality, murder, rape, racism and injustice, leaving many of us struggling with difficult emotions. Thanks to technological advances, we are receiving unrelenting minute-by-minute, graphic coverage of these stories with greater speed, intensity and repetition than ever before. For better or worse, the media invites us to share in the loss and trauma of others. And our innate ability to empathize with human suffering puts us at risk for carrying a heavy Read More
View Assistant Professor, Jake Michaelson, PhD’s presentation on the current research projects from UI HERE.
June 20, 2016
Many Iowans with mental illnesses have found themselves marooned in hospitals for months after they were cleared by physicians to be released, costing hospitals millions, according to the Des Moines Register.
In one case, a Des Moines man who had been approved for discharge spent an extra 14 months in Des Moines-based Broadlawns Medical Center’s psychiatric unit because the hospital staff could not find an agency that would supervise him in the community. They eventually found one, Read More