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October 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Congress hears testimony on mental health
On Capitol Hill on Thursday, lawmakers heard testimony focused on mental health. Outgoing director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that the country needs to improve mental illness treatments and spend more on scientific research into disorders of the brain. On the same day, the members of the American Psychiatric Association briefed the House on “decriminalizing” people with mental illness, stating that our criminal justice system has become America’s “de facto mental health system.”

Low employment rates for the disabled
Department of Labor statistics from June 2015 show that the national unemployment rate stood at 5.3%, but the unemployment rate for adults with disabilities was 9.3%. In addition, approximately 20% of people with disabilities were participating in the labor force as of June, compared to 69.1% of people without disabilities.

The high cost of end-of-life care for dementia patients
A study funded by the National Institute on Aging found that out-of-pocket costs for treating dementia patients during their final years is 81 percent higher than for people with other diseases. According to the study, the average cost of caring for those with dementia during their last five years of life is $287,038, on average – far higher than the cost of caring for individuals with heart disease, cancer, or other causes.

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