Discard the messaging about mental illness. We don’t really know what we are talking about if the assumption about illness is that we know biological causes. We should go in another direction. Mental health should be more highly valued.
There are words that addiction professionals agree should be banned from the lexicon of healthcare stakeholders. In light of the CDC uproar, we have a renewed opportunity to again advocate for a ban on stigmatizing words.
During the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual Hill Day event, 600 stakeholders met with elected officials to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction disorder treatment.
A study released by the Treatment Advocacy Center asserts that states’ inability to care for those with mental illness who have committed major crimes is driving up rearrest rates and draining public resources.