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Discrimination toward individuals experiencing mental illness, substance abuse, and addiction has led mental health advocates in the United States to challenge inequitable health care insurance coverage for mental health care benefits. The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 was passed to eliminate...
Political astuteness enhances nurses’ professional reputation, and persistence is a necessary virtue for nurses to have for successful political action. Nurses must take responsibility for legislation that impacts the profession's destiny by providing education when necessary, promoting...
Coffey RM, Mark T, King E, Harwood H, McKusick D, Genuardi J, Dilonardo J, Buck J. National Estimates of Expenditures for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, 1997. SAMSHA Publication No. SMA-00-3499. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department...
Changing addictive behavior: bridging clinical and public health strategies. Edited by JA Tucker, DM Donovan, and GA Marlatt. The Guilford Press: New York, 1999.
Nurses routinely face treatment issues for individuals with alcohol and drug-related health problems, and have an important stake in improving treatment. The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)* undertook the National Treatment Plan Initiative (NTP) in 1998 to provide an opportunity for...
This article highlights findings that examine how religiosity may influence drug use, HIV risk behavior, and violence. Findings indicate that religiosity is associated with less drug use, decreased engagement in HIV risk behaviors, and less exposure to and engagement in violence. The data...
A first time non-violent drug offender seen in a drug court is given an option for drug treatment instead of prison. Not only does this mitigate the consequences to the user, it also saves taxpayer dollars. Providing clean needles to drug users decreases the chances of spreading AIDS, and not...
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