New Parity Laws And What It Means For Insurance Coverage with guests Jamison Monroe, Jr. CEO, Newport Academy and Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Attorney in Mental Health Law
December 9, 2013
Hosted by Mary Woods
With HHS Secretary Sebelius recently announcing long-awaited parity laws, our two mental health experts will explain what this means for Americans who suffer from mental illness and how insurance companies will now have to give equal coverage to people who have a mental disorder. They will also speak about the new federal grants for community health centers that are helping people sign up for health insurance. Jamison Monroe is the CEO of Newport Academy, a mental health and addiction facility in CA and CT, who believes this will finally make mental health treatment affordable, bringing people with mental illness out of the shadows. Carolyn Wolf, an attorney in mental health law, believes this is long-overdue, as the insurance companies have fought for years not to cover people with mental illnesses. But the next fight is getting insurance companies to actually follow the law.
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.