Nov 7, 2019

Federal government must provide mental health services to separated migrant families

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A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration is required to provide mental health services to the thousands of migrant parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This decision "marks a rare instance of the government being held legally accountable for the mental trauma brought by its policies," writes the Times.

  • Judge John Kronstadt found that the government can be held responsible for its actions when it places people in dangerous conditions with "deliberate indifference."
  • Those who've been deported will likely not be eligible for treatment.

The big picture: Carrying out mental health screenings and treatments will be a long and expensive process since thousands of the impacted migrants are spread out across the country.

What's next: Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, told the Times that he "assumes the government will appeal and get the order stayed because it’s brand new. They’ll say the judge got it wrong.”

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Record number of migrant children held in U.S custody in 2019

People protest holding children in custody in September in New York City. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

New government data shows that the U.S. government held 69,550 migrant children in custody in 2019, a 42% increase from fiscal year 2018, the AP reports.

Why it matters: UN researchers report that the U.S. detained more children than any other country in the world this year.

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Disparities persist in mental health coverage

Privately insured people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction or mental health conditions pay more out-of-pocket for care and are more likely to see out-of-network providers than people with chronic physical health conditions, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open.

Between the lines: These costs prevent people from receiving care. The study used data from 2012–2017, a time frame during which the opioid epidemic was ravaging communities across the country.

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Corporate America opens up on silencing mental health stigma

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Corporate America is attempting to abolish the "don't ask, don't tell" attitude on mental health between employers and their staff, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Why it matters: 63% of employees diagnosed with a mental illness say they have not disclosed it to their employer, according to a Harris Poll partnership with the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.

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