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Resources for Overcoming Insurance Barriers for Mental Health and Addiction

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Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights

If you have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another mental health condition, you are protected against discrimination and harassment at work because of your condition, you have workplace privacy rights, and you may have a legal right to get reasonable accommodations that can help you perform and keep your job. The following questions and answers briefly explain these rights, which are provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You may also have additional rights under other laws not discussed here, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and various medical insurance laws.

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The Health Insurance Appeals Guide

This Guide details important information that consumers, providers and other stakeholders need to know when filing appeals for denials of MH/SUD treatment and related services. The publication was written by leading health insurance experts to help educate individuals about their appeal rights and explain the steps in the appeals process.

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2022 Ensuring Coverage of Behavioral Health Emergency Emergency Services Brief

The Kennedy Forum's brief breaks down policy options for state and federal legislators to ensure the full continuum of crisis care is built out and fully funded. The policy options are accompanied by an analysis of the current landscape model legislation, and a state-based case study.

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State Policy Platform for Addressing the U.S. Mental Health & Addiction Crisis

The Kennedy Forum's policy platform to aid states in leveraging federal funds to address rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders across the nation. The platform provides lawmakers with specific guidance on advancing evidenced-based practices in youth mental health; achieving better integration with primary care; ensuring parity in insurance coverage; and addressing political determinants of health to achieve mental health equity, including comprehensive crisis care and criminal justice system diversion.

School-Based Mental Health: A National Priority

“School-Based Mental Health: A National Priority,” explored how education systems across the country can address the immediate mental health needs of students and integrate mental health curricula long-term. Topics of this panel discussion will include innovative approaches to engage youth, best practices for program development and assessment, strategies for addressing common challenges, and more.

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Mental Health Media Guide

The Mental Health Media Guide is a groundbreaking, comprehensive resource for content creators designed to help expand positive mental health portrayals. The best practices and evidence-based recommendations within this interactive tool can support storytellers at any phase in the production process, across topics and with an eye towards representing diverse communities.

The Essential Role of Organized Labor in Addressing Workplace Mental Health

“The Essential Role of Organized Labor in Addressing Workplace Mental Health,” explored the ways in which labor leaders plan to advance this paradigm shift, working with businesses and organizations nationwide to ensure all workers get the support they need.

The Health Equity Tracker

The Health Equity Tracker aims to give a detailed view of health outcomes by race, ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, and other critical factors. This tool will help policymakers and community leaders, understand, identify, and respond to the resources and support affected communities need to be able to improve their outcomes.