Please Bring Health Homes to Pennsylvania!
  • Petitioned Dennis Marion

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Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Dennis Marion

Please Bring Health Homes to Pennsylvania!

    1. Petition by

      Take Five Initiative of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA

People with severe mental health conditions die, on average, 25 years before the average population. Health Homes are one strategy to reverse this devastating trend. As authorized by Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act, Pennsylvania can amend its Medicaid State Plan to create Health Homes- one-stop-shops where people with behavioral health conditions and other chronic conditions can get integrated care. The state plan amendment also draws down an enhanced Medicaid FMAP at 90%. Other states have moved on the development of health homes, and we need Pennsylvania- as one of the nation's leaders in behavioral health services- to do the same. This will save lives and save money for the Commonwealth.

For more information about health homes, you can visit:  http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-and-Support/Integrating-Care/Health-Homes/Health-Homes.html

Thank you for your time and consideration, and your commitment to our community!

To:
Dennis Marion, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Please Bring Health Homes to Pennsylvania!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 4 months ago

      "Whenever the keys to self-esteem are seemingly out of reach for a large percentage of the people, as in twentieth-century America, then widespread 'mental illness,' neuroticism, hatred, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, and social disorder will certainly occur. Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. We must have it, and when it is unattainable, everybody suffers. A size-able proportion of all human activity is devoted to the task of shielding us from the inner pain of inferiority. I believe this is to be the most dominant force in life."

      James Dobson

      Any illness with a psychological origin, manifested either in symptoms of emotional distress or in abnormal behaviour. Most mental disorders can be broadly classified as either psychoses or neuroses ( neurosis; psychosis). Psychoses (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) are major mental illnesses characterized by severe symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and an inability to evaluate reality in an objective manner. Neuroses are less severe and more treatable illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and paranoia as well as obsessive-compulsive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer disease, are clearly caused by organic disease of the brain, but the causes of most others are either unknown or not yet verified. Schizophrenia appears to be partly caused by inherited genetic factors. Some mood disorders, such as mania and depression, may be caused by imbalances of certain neurotransmitters in the brain; they are treatable by drugs that act to correct these imbalances ( psychopharmacology). Neuroses often appear to be caused by psychological factors such as emotional deprivation, frustration, or abuse during childhood, and they may be treated through psychotherapy. Certain neuroses, particularly the anxiety disorders known as phobias, may represent maladaptive responses built up into the human equivalent of conditioned reflexes.

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    • Cheryl Toland BRISTOL, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      This could very favorably benefit the participants that I work with or have worked with in the past. This could, also, benefit myself if, at any time in the future, I may need to utilize this service.

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    • Jose Manuel Porto-Iglesias PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      I believe it is the most important and crucial human right for any person that is in some type of recovery.

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    • Rosemary Arnold PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      It seems to me that those with Mental Health Issues also have more physical health issues. Maybe because those with mental health issues turn to self medication which in turn contributes to other health issues.

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    • Kathleen Sjogren PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      I have clients who desperately need Health Homes in PA.

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