Hello r/blogs! I will be writing a 3 part blog for a project. This will be about a bill that was prefiled in the 2017-2018 Georgia General Assembly. The specific bill is HB 659, which will grant immunity to physicians that perform involuntary and emergency evaluations on mental health, drug and alcohol abuse disorders. This first post will be the background of mental health. Mental health disorders in this case means problems such as depression and bi-polar, not clinically defined disorders such as autism.
Mental health diagnoses have increased in the past decade, but most parents end services after a few sessions (Kern et al., 2017). Mental health is currently labeled as a crisis, especially for college students (Xiao et al., 2017). Physicians treat mental health disorders in a wide variety of ways and there are no traditional methods to treat the disorders as of yet (Bischoff, Springer, & Taylor, 2017). Substance abuse disorders are a significant public health problem that are often associated with mental health disorders (Gates, Turney, Ferguson, Walker, & Staples-Horne, 2017). These two are associated with high risk of suicide and are more prevalent among prisoners and inmates (Gates et al., 2017). Since mental health is still not clearly defined, ways to help these people are still mysterious for the most part. People with mental health disorders can act perfectly fine even though they are not, and vice versa. This begs the question if people suffering from these disorders should be subjected to involuntary and emergency evaluations.
Part two will talk more about the specific bill, and part three will be my thoughts on the bill.
**Disclaimer: This bill was not passed or looked at in the general assembly meeting, it was only prefiled.
Bischoff, R. J., Springer, P. R., & Taylor, N. (2017). Global Mental Health in Action: Reducing Disparities One Community at a Time. Journal Of Marital And Family Therapy, 43(2), 276-290. doi:10.1111/jmft.12202
Gates, M. L., Turney, A., Ferguson, E., Walker, V., & Staples-Horne, M. (2017). Associations among Substance Use, Mental Health Disorders, and Self-Harm in a Prison Population: Examining Group Risk for Suicide Attempt. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 14(3). doi:10.3390/ijerph14030317
Kern, L., Mathur, S. R., Albrecht, S. F., Poland, S., Rozalski, M., & Skiba, R. J. (2017). The Need for School-Based Mental Health Services and Recommendations for Implementation. School Mental Health, 9(3), 205-217. doi:10.1007/s12310-017-9216-5
Xiao, H., Carney, D. M., Youn, S. J., Janis, R. A., Castonguay, L. G., Hayes, J. A., & Locke, B. D. (2017). Are we in crisis? National mental health and treatment trends in college counseling centers. Psychological Services, 14(4), 407-415. doi:10.1037/ser0000130
Edit: Added the sources