Mental Health And Health Services

1167 Words Oct 12th, 2015 5 Pages
First, trauma has become nationally recognized and appreciated in the last two decades. The nation’s perspective has changed for the better due to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the influx of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Citizens are now recognizing how trauma impacts individuals, families, and communities (Reardon, 2011).
A second trend in social services include the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The Act provides that large companies provide equal insurance coverage for mental health services when compared to medical services. In other words, insurance companies are to provide the same medical treatment standards to insurers and their families for mental health services. Insurance companies are no longer able to discriminate against people with mental health issues and are required to close the disparity gaps between people with mental health concerns and people with only medical concerns. Hence, families will be able to receive mental health services at an affordable price. Social workers need to be aware of the “carve” out benefits. “Carve-out arrangements with managed behavioral health organizations are still allowed, as long as mental health and substance use disorder benefits are being covered and managed in a manner that is no more stringent than medical/surgical benefits” (920 Mental Health Parity, 2005; Reardon, 2011).
The third trend in the social work field, policy-making, and politics is…
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