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HomeHealthCeteraClinton’s plan to close the mental health treatment gap

Clinton’s plan to close the mental health treatment gap

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Some people have access to good mental health care but for a greater number of people mental health care is not within reach. A population of people living with mental health issues worry about where their medication will come from, how they can get back into employment or back into school. Many of these concerns have increased since the global recession. Every one of us knows somebody who has been affected by or is experiencing a mental health condition.

On August 29th, Presidential candidate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released her plan to address mental health care in the United States Hillary Clinton’s Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health. Clinton’s plan encompasses the integration of mental and physical health care systems, including an expansion of reimbursement structures in Medicare and Medicaid, suicide prevention and increase funding for community health centers.


HealthCetera host Barbara Glickstein interviews Kathleen M. Pike, PhD , Executive Director and Scientific Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program and is Associate Director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She currently leads the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia – World Health Organization Collaboration. Dr. Pike addresses global and national mental health issues and comments on the proposed Clinton plan.


Dr. Kathleen Pike has written that “it takes political will, global collaboration and strategic solutions to address the treatment and social needs of people living with a mental health issue.”


Listen to the interview and hear her Dr. Pike’s response to Glickstein’s question, “Do you think that Americans are experiencing political distress during this political campaign?”


Dr. Pike tweets at @PikeKM


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Barbara Glickstein is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, as well as a nurse, media guru and activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. She tweets and 'grams @blickstein.

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