Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules

In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money. U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero found that United Behavioral Health,…

State expands treatment for people with both addiction and mental illness

Massachusetts health officials are significantly expanding addiction treatment, adding nearly 400 long-term recovery beds devoted to people who suffer from both addiction and mental illness. The recent move aims to address a major failing of the current system: Addiction programs typically lack the expertise to also treat the depression, anxiety, and trauma that often underlie…

MA House Budget

The debate on the house budget is starting on Monday, April 22 after the budget was released on April 10th. As you know from our Legislative Priorities and our awesome Advocacy Day  on April 8th, NAMI Massachusetts is supporting better funding for the DMH Rental Subsidy Program and other initiatives to reduce or prevent homelessness…