Living in a rural area, for all its benefits, can come with some specific challenges. An important one can be access to services such as health care. This can be especially true for specialty services like behavioral health care. Serving those with unique health care needs requires new approaches when large specialty health care providers are far from home. For rural veterans, this means improving access to quality care.
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To promote recovery and treatment of people with serious mental illnesses, the health care community must foster innovation in treatment and resources. We are making great strides with interventions such as Coordinated Specialty Care for early intervention in psychosis. Medications are a critical part of treatment and recovery for many persons, especially those with Serious Mental illnesses and we need to make sure we’re introducing new medications, as a critically important tool for pursuing recovery.
More Young Adults Use Private Insurance for Behavioral Health Treatment following the ACA’s Dependent Coverage Mandate
I am person in long term recovery, meaning I haven’t used alcohol or drugs in over 23 years. When I started on my recovery journey, there was no “recovery movement” and we did not talk about being in recovery. We were silent. Today, I am proud to be a part of the ever-growing recovery movement in our country.