The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980

The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 was a bill to improve the provision of mental health services and promote mental health throughout the United States. This bill provided marginalized populations-minorities, chronically mentally ill, elderly, children- to have access to crucial private and public mental health and support services. Jimmy Carter signed it on October… Read More The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980

Ahhh, 10mg Escitalopram, my good friend

I take the medication Escitalopram, also known by its brand names Lexapro and Ciraplex. It is an anti-depressant that is of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor class (SSRI). SSRI’s work by blocking the reabsorption or reuptake of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain. This class of anti-depressants is different from other anti-depressants because they primarily… Read More Ahhh, 10mg Escitalopram, my good friend

Laura’s Law

What is Laura’s Law? Laura‚Äôs Law aka Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)-allows courts after extensive due process- to order a small subset of people with serious mental illness who meet a defined criterion to accept treatment as a condition of living in the community. It also makes the mental health system accountable for providing treatment. Laura… Read More Laura’s Law