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Losing TimHow Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia$
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Paul Gionfriddo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168281

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.001.0001

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(p.227) Epilogue
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues how to break the chain of neglect of people with mental illness. Firstly, people must change their perception of mental illness; it is a set of chronic diseases of the brain, not a failure of effort. Secondly, they must recognize that there are a number of paths to follow in the progression of mental illness. Finally, they must realize that a single policy approach repeated over and over again will not work for people like Tim. The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity Act are some of the policies that could facilitate the integration of health and mental health care services in a single treatment system. There is also Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the lead federal agency promoting positive efforts on dealing with mental health, which is aware that many people with mental illness can and will recover if they are given the proper support.

Keywords:   mental illness, chronic diseases, Affordable Care Act, Mental Health Parity Act, SAMHSA, mental health

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